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  • The Top Court: Spiral 18 Under Armour’s ride to national title

    Some dreams seem just too big to accomplish, like a mirage in a vast, empty desert.That’s what a boys national title seemed like for members of Spiral Volleyball’s Boys 18 Under Armour team. They would sit in the stands and simply watch the teams play on the championship courts, wanting to be there but just unable to make it.“Being from Arizona, you don’t see a lot of good volleyball,” said J.T. Hatch, Spiral 18 Under Armour’s outside hitter. “We would all be on the top court watching the teams … I don’t think we’d ever thought we would ever be on the top court playing.“It was kind of like those were our heroes that we watched and we really kind of admired them; we wanted to be like them because we were from Arizona, we don’t see that a lot.”Indoor volleyball isn’t a popular sport in Arizona. It is starting to pick up traction slowly but isn’t anywhere near the level of football, basketball or baseball.The Spiral boys’ success was not a spontaneous, sudden burst to greatness. Like all great things, it took time to develop.

  • Chandler heptathlete Moore headed to world track championships

    Sitting in the bleachers watching a track meet as just a young girl, Ashlee Moore already knew what she wanted to do.She wanted to be a track star.Now she will be competing on one of the world’s biggest stages.Moore, a Chandler resident, recently won the USA Junior heptathlon title at the USA Outdoor Championships and earned herself a spot on Team USA for the junior world championships July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore.After winning a national title, many would be ecstatic, elated, or any combination of emotions that one associates with winning. Moore however, was much more subdued after struggling in the javelin and 800-meter run at the outdoor championships.“I was happy,” Moore said. “I didn’t think I was as happy as I would have been just because of my performance, but it was exciting. I was kind of surreal …

  • EV football teams in Divisions II, III face tough roads to playoffs

    Just because the schools are a little bit smaller doesn’t mean the competition isn’t just as stiff.The paths for the top East Valley football contenders in Divisions II and III are no less strenuous than their Division I counterparts. In fact, they may even be harder.Division II Mesquite looks to improve on its 11-2 record a year ago, when it made it to the state semifinals before being eliminated by Chaparral.The Wildcats open with Gilbert before heading for a tough road game against Williams Field, which they lost to 32-21 a year ago.The middle of the schedule opens up a bit with three games against Ironwood, Corona del Sol and Westwood, all of which were under .500 in section play in 2013.The end of the schedule will be good preparation for a state tournament berth with a home date with Marcos de Niza and a road test at Campo Verde.

  • Chandler Prep Academy appoints new volleyball coach

    Chandler Prep Academy announced the appointment of a new girls varsity volleyball coach.Sarah Baughman will take over the reins of the program after serving as a varsity assistant coach at Chandler Prep as well as a club coach at Club One since 2009.Baughman will be a teacher at the school, teaching seventh- and eighth-grade literature/composition and ninth-grade humane letters. She attended Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, where she was a member of a 5A-I state runner-up team.

  • Gilbert Early College wins summer basketball tournament

    Leading Edge Academy Gilbert Early College’s varsity girls basketball team took first place in the Canyon Athletic Association’s Summer Cup tournament on June 27.The Spartan girls have dominated the past few years, winning the past three consecutive CAA state titles.

  • RISE Athletics needs coaches for Queen Creek, San Tan Valley

    RISE Athletics is in need of volunteer coaches for youth basketball and cheer coaches for its San Tan Valley and Queen Creek teams. The league will provide practice space starting in November.As a perk, coaches will receive one free ticket to a Phoenix Suns or Mercury game and they will receive discounted prices for family and friends.If interested, email mhodge@riseathletics.com

  • RISE Athletics needs coaches for Queen Creek, San Tan Valley

    RISE Athletics is in need of volunteer coaches for youth basketball and cheer coaches for its San Tan Valley and Queen Creek teams. The league will provide practice space starting in November.As a perk, coaches will receive one free ticket to a Phoenix Suns or Mercury game and they will receive discounted prices for family and friends.If interested, email mhodge@riseathletics.com

  • Futures Game a sign of the inevitable for Gilbert’s Peterson

    To play in the All-Star Futures Game is an honor for everyone involved, whether you’re playing for America or the Americas. For many, like Seattle Mariners prospect and Gilbert’s own D.J. Peterson, it’s a glimpse of the big league dream.“Getting to see what the average day life is for a big leaguer is the biggest experience here,” Peterson said. “They get to fly charter. The hotel: they get to stay in a very nice hotel and get escorted in and out as they go.”Although the purpose of the All-Star Futures Game is to showcase Major League Baseball’s shiny new toys, some toys are shinier than others. Some even get the MLB All-Star treatment.“I saw [Chicago Cubs top prospect] Kris Bryant in the airport getting escorted out by police because he was being swarmed by fans,” Peterson said.Right now Peterson doesn’t command that type of star power yet, but there has been progress. This season, the 22-year-old first baseman has a slash line of .323/.380/.606 with 17 home runs and 71 RBIs in both Single-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson, where he was recently promoted.Peterson is not just in the Futures Game for himself or the Mariners, who will likely call him up after their Justin Smoak/Corey Hart/Logan Morrison experiment. He’s also here for his younger brother Dustin Peterson.

  • Schedules provide different paths for football title contenders

    In order to reach the Arizona Division I state football championship, you have to make it through the regular season first.Some schools have an easier path than others.Defending state champions Mountain Pointe have a schedule that shapes out well for the Pride to start the season strong. After a season opener in the Sollenberger Classic, against Sparks (Nev.) Reed, a team that went 12-2 last year, Mountain Pointe has winnable games against North, Cesar Chavez and Maryvale. After those games comes the tough two-week stretch; a home date with Chandler on Sept. 19 preceding a road contest against Hamilton will test the Pride.“I know on offense they have six Division I (college) prospects and on defense they have probably have five. They’re loaded,” Norris Vaughan said of Chandler. “It’ll be a tough road, but it was tough last year.”Following its game with the Huskies, Mountain Pointe has the ’Tukee Bowl game against Desert Vista at home before heading to a Brophy team that should be better than last year’s 5-7 squad.Rounding out the Pride’s schedule is a road game with Corona del Sol and a homer against Dobson.

Video: Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo held its annual Winter in July event on Saturday for the animals and an estima...

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