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Just days after the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board voted to cancel the winter sports season due to rising COVID-19 and hospital metrics, a re-vote in favor of allowing the season to begin as scheduled took place Tuesday during a special meeting.

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The 2020 football season faced an adversity unlike any other as teams were forced to navigate through rigorous mitigation protocols as the coronavirus pandemic raged on in the state.

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The 50th rendition of the Fiesta Bowl, the premier annual college football even in Arizona, provided the first-ever meeting between 11th ranked Iowa State of the Big 12 and No. 25 Oregon from the PAC-12.

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The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Friday the winter sports season, initially scheduled to start Jan. 5, has been pushed back two weeks to Jan. 18.

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The opportunity to play in games like the 2020 AIA Open State Championship Finals was what drew running back Eli Sanders to transfer to Chandler from Mountain Pointe between his sophomore and junior year.

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Before every game, senior wide receiver Isaiah Newcombe sat at his locker, ate a protein bar and listened to Meek Mill and Chief Keef through his headphones. 

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The pandemic and shutdown over the summer due to the Coronavirus sent shockwaves throughout the economy. Businesses both big and small had to close their doors, lay-off and furlough staff members.

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