High School Archive

  • Pro athletes are scheduled to make a stop in Phoenix in June to offer gravitydefying demonstrations of the best of skateboard and freestyle motocross action. Some of the nation’s hottest new music artists will mix it up with some of the country’s best alternative sports athletes as Journeys Backyard Barbeque launches it’s six-city national tour in Phoenix on Saturday, June 3.

    Sport & Music Festival Making Phoenix Stop

    Pro athletes are scheduled to make a stop in Phoenix in June to offer gravitydefying demonstrations of the best of skateboard and freestyle motocross action. Some of the nation’s hottest new music artists will mix it up with some of the country’s best alternative sports athletes as Journeys Backyard Barbeque launches it’s six-city national tour in Phoenix on Saturday, June 3.

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  • Power of Positive Self-Talk <br/><br/>What athletes think or say is critical to their performance. Thoughts directly affect feelings and, ultimately, actions. Inappropriate or misguided thinking usually leads to negative feelings and poor performance, just as appropriate or positive thinking leads to good performances. <br/><br/>

    THE MENTAL EDGE

    Power of Positive Self-Talk

    What athletes think or say is critical to their performance. Thoughts directly affect feelings and, ultimately, actions. Inappropriate or misguided thinking usually leads to negative feelings and poor performance, just as appropriate or positive thinking leads to good performances.

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  • <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-11/150/sportzine_jan_feb_2006_issue_11_page_04_image_0003-150.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="267" width="150"/>Every year, more students make the transition from life in the public high schools to a seat in a charter school classroom. And the numbers appear to be growing. <br/><br/>“Alternative education is really growing here (in Arizona),” says Tim Eiden, league director for the Charter Athletic Association that governs athletic competition in these schools. “Our growth is almost entirely through word-of-mouth, but every year we pick up four or five new schools (in the CAA).” <br/><br/><br/>

    HAVE THE CHARTERS GOT GAME?

    Every year, more students make the transition from life in the public high schools to a seat in a charter school classroom. And the numbers appear to be growing.

    “Alternative education is really growing here (in Arizona),” says Tim Eiden, league director for the Charter Athletic Association that governs athletic competition in these schools. “Our growth is almost entirely through word-of-mouth, but every year we pick up four or five new schools (in the CAA).”


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  • This article was written by John Armhein, a member of the Tempe Junior Crew, to give others an appreciation for a sport that requires hard work and dedication, but gets little recognition. SportZine welcomes submissions from students and uses those that are appropriate for our readers. <br/><br/>

    More than most sports, CREW relies on TEAMWORK

    This article was written by John Armhein, a member of the Tempe Junior Crew, to give others an appreciation for a sport that requires hard work and dedication, but gets little recognition. SportZine welcomes submissions from students and uses those that are appropriate for our readers.

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  • <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-11/150/sportzine_jan_feb_2006_issue_11_page_01_image_0001-150.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="185" width="150"/>This year’s Martin Luther King Basketball Classic at Well Fargo Arena in January culminated in a pair of thrilling boys and girls games that put the icing on a great day of basketball. <br/><br/>Mesa Dobson and Tempe Corona del Sol showcased their girls teams in the 1 o’clock opener, with Dobson getting the first win of the day, 68-43. Boys’ games followed, with Gilbert Mesquite using its size advantage for a 64-44 victory in the second game, and 5A defending champion Mesa Mountain View used a 11-3 run during the final minutes to win over No. 3 Desert Vista, 58-53, and avenge a December loss. <br/>

    Martin Luther King Basketball Classic

    This year’s Martin Luther King Basketball Classic at Well Fargo Arena in January culminated in a pair of thrilling boys and girls games that put the icing on a great day of basketball.

    Mesa Dobson and Tempe Corona del Sol showcased their girls teams in the 1 o’clock opener, with Dobson getting the first win of the day, 68-43. Boys’ games followed, with Gilbert Mesquite using its size advantage for a 64-44 victory in the second game, and 5A defending champion Mesa Mountain View used a 11-3 run during the final minutes to win over No. 3 Desert Vista, 58-53, and avenge a December loss.

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  • Instead of Banning Food Options, Teach Students About Nutrition <br/><br/>The Arizona Coaches Association is concerned about legislation that seeks to ban food options in Arizona under the guise that it will address the growing problem of childhood obesity. Unfortunately, such a simple approach may not produce the intended results and does not teach proper nutrition. Childhood obesity is a complex issue that must be addressed with nutrition and physical education, both at home and in school. We need to educate students about nutrition and fitness for life. Students need to make informed decisions by researching the facts. They need to be critical thinkers, which is a goal of our educational system. We want to educate the students about their health to make them responsible and accountable for their actions. We must teach a balanced approach to eating and living an active lifestyle to prevent obesity and obesity related illnesses. Since no one food or beverage is the cause of obesity, a ban will not work. <br/>

    Coaches Corner

    Instead of Banning Food Options, Teach Students About Nutrition

    The Arizona Coaches Association is concerned about legislation that seeks to ban food options in Arizona under the guise that it will address the growing problem of childhood obesity. Unfortunately, such a simple approach may not produce the intended results and does not teach proper nutrition. Childhood obesity is a complex issue that must be addressed with nutrition and physical education, both at home and in school. We need to educate students about nutrition and fitness for life. Students need to make informed decisions by researching the facts. They need to be critical thinkers, which is a goal of our educational system. We want to educate the students about their health to make them responsible and accountable for their actions. We must teach a balanced approach to eating and living an active lifestyle to prevent obesity and obesity related illnesses. Since no one food or beverage is the cause of obesity, a ban will not work.

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  • For any high school athlete, the most difficult situation to remedy is the return to competition following a major knee injury. In this issue, even though we’ll be focusing in on some of the challenges facing female athletes, the guys should note that these same devastating, and in many cases preventable, injuries are also on the rise for men. <br/><br/>Lost practice and play time, coupled with the injury, may produce the gap that denies you the ability to receive a collegiate scholarship and move to the next level. <br/>

    Planned progressive training can reduce injuries

    For any high school athlete, the most difficult situation to remedy is the return to competition following a major knee injury. In this issue, even though we’ll be focusing in on some of the challenges facing female athletes, the guys should note that these same devastating, and in many cases preventable, injuries are also on the rise for men.

    Lost practice and play time, coupled with the injury, may produce the gap that denies you the ability to receive a collegiate scholarship and move to the next level.

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  • Two years ago, the sportswriters of the nationwide newspaper USA TODAY ran a feature that identified the 10 toughest athletes in sport. Professional golfer Tiger Woods was among those athletes chosen, but not for his physical toughness. What makes Tiger so tough, you ask? Simply put – his mental strength. <br/><br/>According to sport psychology researchers, mentally tough athletes are born with and can learn to develop a psychological edge that allows them to be better and more consistent than their opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure. I think you would agree that few athletes have more determination, focus, or confidence than Tiger.

    Mind Games: Your unique abilities allow you to be better than your opponents

    Two years ago, the sportswriters of the nationwide newspaper USA TODAY ran a feature that identified the 10 toughest athletes in sport. Professional golfer Tiger Woods was among those athletes chosen, but not for his physical toughness. What makes Tiger so tough, you ask? Simply put – his mental strength.

    According to sport psychology researchers, mentally tough athletes are born with and can learn to develop a psychological edge that allows them to be better and more consistent than their opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure. I think you would agree that few athletes have more determination, focus, or confidence than Tiger.

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  • <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-11/150/sportzine_jan_feb_2006_issue_11_page_12_image_0004-150.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="210" width="150"/>The organizers of Pat’s Run this year want high schools to show their true colors. <br/><br/>“We want high school kids from all over the Valley to show up this year and show their school spirit,” says Rob Gilmore, a teacher at Mountain Ridge High School and one of the many organizers for the event. “We’re encouraging them to form teams of five runners from each school, who will wear clothes and colors that represent their schools.” Gilmore is a former prep football coach who just recently took up marathon running to lose weight; in just the last year, he says he has lost 110 pounds. <br/>

    Pat’s Run: Honoring A Fallen Hero

    The organizers of Pat’s Run this year want high schools to show their true colors.

    “We want high school kids from all over the Valley to show up this year and show their school spirit,” says Rob Gilmore, a teacher at Mountain Ridge High School and one of the many organizers for the event. “We’re encouraging them to form teams of five runners from each school, who will wear clothes and colors that represent their schools.” Gilmore is a former prep football coach who just recently took up marathon running to lose weight; in just the last year, he says he has lost 110 pounds.

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  • Already in its 12th season of play, the Arizona Football League fields 12 teams from across the state, giving graduating high school players who haven’t signed with a college a chance to continue developing their skills and stay in shape and on film, while preparing to play at the next level. <br/><br/>

    Catching On…

    Already in its 12th season of play, the Arizona Football League fields 12 teams from across the state, giving graduating high school players who haven’t signed with a college a chance to continue developing their skills and stay in shape and on film, while preparing to play at the next level.

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  • Why do we need goals? <br/><br/>If you were going to dig for buried treasure on an island, you wouldn’t just start digging anywhere would you? No, you would need a map to get you to where the treasure is buried. You can think of goals in the same way. Not having goals is similar to digging for treasure without a map. Goals, like a map, help you to get to your destination much faster than digging up the whole island to find the treasure. <br/><br/>

    THE MENTAL EDGE

    Why do we need goals?

    If you were going to dig for buried treasure on an island, you wouldn’t just start digging anywhere would you? No, you would need a map to get you to where the treasure is buried. You can think of goals in the same way. Not having goals is similar to digging for treasure without a map. Goals, like a map, help you to get to your destination much faster than digging up the whole island to find the treasure.

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  • The Arizona Coaches Association congratulates the following coaches on being recognized for their efforts in the 2005 season. They will be honored at the awards banquet at the Mesa Holiday Inn in May. <br/>

    Coaches recognized for their successes

    The Arizona Coaches Association congratulates the following coaches on being recognized for their efforts in the 2005 season. They will be honored at the awards banquet at the Mesa Holiday Inn in May.

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  • “I don’t need to workout, I’m the best athlete on the team.” There’s always one athlete on every team that has the God-given talent, but lacks the work integrity necessary to be the best at their sport. <br/><br/>“I’ll do whatever it takes, coach, just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” There’s always one athlete on every team that has the work integrity but lacks the God-given talent necessary to become the best at his/her sport. Whatever your situation may be—hard work will always beat talent alone, when talent doesn’t work hard. Imagine two athletes with God-given talent, one works hard and one does not. Which one would you want to be? <br/>

    POWER POINTS

    “I don’t need to workout, I’m the best athlete on the team.” There’s always one athlete on every team that has the God-given talent, but lacks the work integrity necessary to be the best at their sport.

    “I’ll do whatever it takes, coach, just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” There’s always one athlete on every team that has the work integrity but lacks the God-given talent necessary to become the best at his/her sport. Whatever your situation may be—hard work will always beat talent alone, when talent doesn’t work hard. Imagine two athletes with God-given talent, one works hard and one does not. Which one would you want to be?

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  • What’s left after you’ve run the table for an unbeaten season? How about another state title? The Chaparral Firebirds made it look easy this year, sweeping a very good Washington High School squad 5-0 in the 4A badminton state championship to win its third straight title and extend its unbeaten streak to 51 matches (17-0 this season). It was a team of seniors that capped their high school careers with an unbelievable three-year ride for Coach Heather Boyce. <br/>

    3 IN A ROW!

    What’s left after you’ve run the table for an unbeaten season? How about another state title? The Chaparral Firebirds made it look easy this year, sweeping a very good Washington High School squad 5-0 in the 4A badminton state championship to win its third straight title and extend its unbeaten streak to 51 matches (17-0 this season). It was a team of seniors that capped their high school careers with an unbelievable three-year ride for Coach Heather Boyce.

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  • After leading ASU to three post-season appearances, Jason Braxton takes his game on the road. <br/><br/>With just 41/2 minutes left to play, Jason Braxton finished a drive to the basket that put ASU ahead of arch-rival Arizona, 61-60, in one of the last, and most important, games of a 4-year career as one of the most popular and recognizable players on the Sun Devil squad. <br/>

    He’s still Looking for Game

    After leading ASU to three post-season appearances, Jason Braxton takes his game on the road.

    With just 41/2 minutes left to play, Jason Braxton finished a drive to the basket that put ASU ahead of arch-rival Arizona, 61-60, in one of the last, and most important, games of a 4-year career as one of the most popular and recognizable players on the Sun Devil squad.

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  • The Paradise Valley Invitational is one of the few early tournaments that give high school boys basketball teams a chance to ‘get their game on’ before regular-season play begins. This year, a field of 12 teams from around the Valley showed up for four days of competition, capped by a Saturday final between Paradise Valley HS and Cesar Chavez HS. Both had gone undefeated in pool play, but it was Cesar Chavez on top in the finals.

    TUNE-UP TIME

    The Paradise Valley Invitational is one of the few early tournaments that give high school boys basketball teams a chance to ‘get their game on’ before regular-season play begins. This year, a field of 12 teams from around the Valley showed up for four days of competition, capped by a Saturday final between Paradise Valley HS and Cesar Chavez HS. Both had gone undefeated in pool play, but it was Cesar Chavez on top in the finals.

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  • Performing “In the Zone” <br/><br/>Many athletes have experienced what is known as being “in the zone,” where his/her performance seems automatic and effortless. While this is the goal for many athletes, it is more typical for athletes to perform when they are not in this automatic, optimal-performance zone. Learning to perform when not “in the zone” requires athletes to be mentally skilled; focus effectively; and manage their thoughts, emotions, and actions during competition. <br/><br/>

    THE MENTAL EDGE

    Performing “In the Zone”

    Many athletes have experienced what is known as being “in the zone,” where his/her performance seems automatic and effortless. While this is the goal for many athletes, it is more typical for athletes to perform when they are not in this automatic, optimal-performance zone. Learning to perform when not “in the zone” requires athletes to be mentally skilled; focus effectively; and manage their thoughts, emotions, and actions during competition.

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  • There’s A Lot Going On This Year! <br/><br/>The Arizona Coaches Association is staying busy and appreciates all the input for the coaches this year. Keep up the good work! <br/>

    Coaches Corner

    There’s A Lot Going On This Year!

    The Arizona Coaches Association is staying busy and appreciates all the input for the coaches this year. Keep up the good work!

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  • <img title="" height="172" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-10/150/sportzine_nov_dec_2005_issue_10_page_11_image_0005-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0"/>Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin made a surprise visit to Independence High School in Glendale on Tuesday, November 15 to donate $10,000 to help benefit the school’s football program with new uniforms and equipment. <br/><br/>“This is a school that I just fell in love with,” commented Boldin. “I actually held a camp here over the summer and Coach Moore was so helpful. He got his whole team to come out and help with my camp and ever since then I’ve been in contact with the football team and the basketball team.” <br/>

    BOLDIN DONATES $10,000 TO INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL

    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin made a surprise visit to Independence High School in Glendale on Tuesday, November 15 to donate $10,000 to help benefit the school’s football program with new uniforms and equipment.

    “This is a school that I just fell in love with,” commented Boldin. “I actually held a camp here over the summer and Coach Moore was so helpful. He got his whole team to come out and help with my camp and ever since then I’ve been in contact with the football team and the basketball team.”

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  • More than a dozen Valley high schools qualified for a USA National event in at least one category, in Regional competition held in mid-November at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. The list of qualifiers included Desert Mountain, Thunderbird, Agua Fria, Deer Valley, Chaparral, Mountain View, Notre Dame Prep, Cactus Shadows, Westview, Xavier College Prep, Millenium, Horizon, and Pinnacle. The all-day event showcased cheer, tumbling, stunt, dance, pom, and song. And SportZine was there to capture a big part of the day in pictures.

    Jump start to Nationals

    More than a dozen Valley high schools qualified for a USA National event in at least one category, in Regional competition held in mid-November at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. The list of qualifiers included Desert Mountain, Thunderbird, Agua Fria, Deer Valley, Chaparral, Mountain View, Notre Dame Prep, Cactus Shadows, Westview, Xavier College Prep, Millenium, Horizon, and Pinnacle. The all-day event showcased cheer, tumbling, stunt, dance, pom, and song. And SportZine was there to capture a big part of the day in pictures.

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  • In this day and age optimization of performance is crucial. Young athletes are seeking specialized fitness training, focusing on one sport or attending sports specific camps to enhance their performance. As I have mentioned in earlier articles speed is one of the most sought after performance enhancement component. Today, you will discover one of the most beneficial movements that enhance overall speed…The Power Snatch. <br/><br/>

    POWER POINTS

    In this day and age optimization of performance is crucial. Young athletes are seeking specialized fitness training, focusing on one sport or attending sports specific camps to enhance their performance. As I have mentioned in earlier articles speed is one of the most sought after performance enhancement component. Today, you will discover one of the most beneficial movements that enhance overall speed…The Power Snatch.

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  • “It was a huge turnout—it’s amazing how many people showed up!” This wasn’t a sporting event that Sandra Marshall was talking about. It was a car wash.<br/><br/>Marshall is the aunt of DeShawn Brown, the 16-year-old McClintock High School football and basketball player who died in a July automobile accident in Texas.<br/>

    Chargers Pitch In

    “It was a huge turnout—it’s amazing how many people showed up!” This wasn’t a sporting event that Sandra Marshall was talking about. It was a car wash.

    Marshall is the aunt of DeShawn Brown, the 16-year-old McClintock High School football and basketball player who died in a July automobile accident in Texas.

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  • The "Local Factor" in ASU Football<br/><br/>Nearly half of this year’s Sun Devil sophomore class was recruited locally, a good sign for future grads.<br/><br/>“THIS IS OUR HOME NOW… not even our ‘home away from home.’ It’s not like the six hours a day that we spent in high school – we’re here all day.”<br/><br/>

    HOME-GROWN HELP

    The "Local Factor" in ASU Football

    Nearly half of this year’s Sun Devil sophomore class was recruited locally, a good sign for future grads.

    “THIS IS OUR HOME NOW… not even our ‘home away from home.’ It’s not like the six hours a day that we spent in high school – we’re here all day.”

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    Nearly half of this year’s Sun Devil sophomore class was recruited locally, a good sign for future grads.

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    HOME-GROWN HELP

    The "Local Factor" in ASU Football

    Nearly half of this year’s Sun Devil sophomore class was recruited locally, a good sign for future grads.

    “THIS IS OUR HOME NOW… not even our ‘home away from home.’ It’s not like the six hours a day that we spent in high school – we’re here all day.”

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  • THE MESA WESTWOOD TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS again drew some of the best volleyball talent to its annual event, which has expanded to 32 teams.<br/><br/>Considered one of the top regular-season high school volleyball tournaments in the state, this year’s Westwood became a stage for then-undefeated Xavier Prep, which swept 5A power Tempe Corona del Sol (25-21, 25-19) in the finals.<br/>

    LIFE AT THE NET

    THE MESA WESTWOOD TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS again drew some of the best volleyball talent to its annual event, which has expanded to 32 teams.

    Considered one of the top regular-season high school volleyball tournaments in the state, this year’s Westwood became a stage for then-undefeated Xavier Prep, which swept 5A power Tempe Corona del Sol (25-21, 25-19) in the finals.

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  • THE CHANDLER INVITATIONAL <br/><br/>It was September, but it felt like August heat to the more than 800 runners completing the three-mile course through Tumbleweed Park at this year’s edition of the Chandler Invitational. The freshman runners got a break, as they led off at 8:30, but by the time the seniors took off it was already 10:00 and the temperatures had climbed to the mid 90’s. <br/><br/><br/>

    RUN IN THE SUN

    THE CHANDLER INVITATIONAL

    It was September, but it felt like August heat to the more than 800 runners completing the three-mile course through Tumbleweed Park at this year’s edition of the Chandler Invitational. The freshman runners got a break, as they led off at 8:30, but by the time the seniors took off it was already 10:00 and the temperatures had climbed to the mid 90’s.


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  • BUILDING A CHAMPION, ONE PHASE AT A TIME (Second installment of a two-part series) <br/><br/>First of all, it is important to go over some basic principles that will intensify and maximize your training. Secondly, I will use a detailed training program to emphasize these principles. Prepare yourself for the next level of training and the highest level of success. <br/>

    POWER POINTS

    BUILDING A CHAMPION, ONE PHASE AT A TIME (Second installment of a two-part series)

    First of all, it is important to go over some basic principles that will intensify and maximize your training. Secondly, I will use a detailed training program to emphasize these principles. Prepare yourself for the next level of training and the highest level of success.

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  • SPORTZINE SPOTLIGHT GAME <br/><br/>Easily the most significant game in the early season in Class 4A involved Chaparral’s attempt to move up from Div. I No. 2 ranking by defeating No. 1 Cactus. <br/><br/>The Firebirds got off to their usual early-season surge, running up 117 points in their first two games, while holding their opponents to a collective 20 points. Their 2-0 record also included a shutout of defending 4A state champion, Moon Valley, which hadn’t been held scoreless since 1999. <br/>

    Cobras make a statement

    SPORTZINE SPOTLIGHT GAME

    Easily the most significant game in the early season in Class 4A involved Chaparral’s attempt to move up from Div. I No. 2 ranking by defeating No. 1 Cactus.

    The Firebirds got off to their usual early-season surge, running up 117 points in their first two games, while holding their opponents to a collective 20 points. Their 2-0 record also included a shutout of defending 4A state champion, Moon Valley, which hadn’t been held scoreless since 1999.

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  • The Arizona Coaches Association has optimism in the air as the 2005-2006 school year begins. The Association will celebrate its 60th year in 2006 and plans are underway to make the Summer All Star Classic one of the most festive in years. Coming off successful games this summer in the City of Surprise and at Eastern Arizona College, the ACA looks to make the All Star games even better for the anniversary games. Plans are now underway to include more sports and more athletes in the festival format. Please watch for news releases and updates at the website to stay informed of the exciting events planned. You can get information at the All Star link located at www.azcoach.net. <br/><br/>

    Coaches Corner

    The Arizona Coaches Association has optimism in the air as the 2005-2006 school year begins. The Association will celebrate its 60th year in 2006 and plans are underway to make the Summer All Star Classic one of the most festive in years. Coming off successful games this summer in the City of Surprise and at Eastern Arizona College, the ACA looks to make the All Star games even better for the anniversary games. Plans are now underway to include more sports and more athletes in the festival format. Please watch for news releases and updates at the website to stay informed of the exciting events planned. You can get information at the All Star link located at www.azcoach.net.

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