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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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  • 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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  • <img title="" height="169" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/150/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_13_image_0012-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0"/>The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) designated April 29-May 6 this year as its 5th Annual Play It SmartWeek to highlight the community service aspect of its mentoring program. <br/><br/>This year, National Play It Smart Week events include hospital and nursing home visits, food banks, Rebuilding Together, neighborhood clean-ups, preparing meals for the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, reading to elementary school students and more. <br/>

    Around The Horn

    The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) designated April 29-May 6 this year as its 5th Annual Play It SmartWeek to highlight the community service aspect of its mentoring program.

    This year, National Play It Smart Week events include hospital and nursing home visits, food banks, Rebuilding Together, neighborhood clean-ups, preparing meals for the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, reading to elementary school students and more.

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  • <p>Picture the following scene: Ricky, a running back for his high school football team, takes the handoff from his quarterback and runs off-tackle as the play is designed. As he turns the corner, a large, menacing linebacker suddenly appears, possessing an evil intent to pummel Ricky to the ground into submission and rip the football from his clutching hands. <br/></p>

    Mind Games: Accept Competitive Anxiety and Know That You Can Cope With It

    Picture the following scene: Ricky, a running back for his high school football team, takes the handoff from his quarterback and runs off-tackle as the play is designed. As he turns the corner, a large, menacing linebacker suddenly appears, possessing an evil intent to pummel Ricky to the ground into submission and rip the football from his clutching hands.

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  • <img title="" height="169" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/150/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_13_image_0012-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0"/>The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) designated April 29-May 6 this year as its 5th Annual Play It SmartWeek to highlight the community service aspect of its mentoring program. <br/><br/>This year, National Play It Smart Week events include hospital and nursing home visits, food banks, Rebuilding Together, neighborhood clean-ups, preparing meals for the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, reading to elementary school students and more. <br/>

    Around The Horn

    The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) designated April 29-May 6 this year as its 5th Annual Play It SmartWeek to highlight the community service aspect of its mentoring program.

    This year, National Play It Smart Week events include hospital and nursing home visits, food banks, Rebuilding Together, neighborhood clean-ups, preparing meals for the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, reading to elementary school students and more.

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  • <img title="" height="126" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/150/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_03_image_0004-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0"/>This season, Anthony Robles put the final stamp on a remarkable wrestling career at Mesa High School by winning the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) title at 112 lbs. <br/><br/>With that victory, Robles became the first disabled wrestler to win a title at the NHSCA national championships. <br/>

    What handicap?

    This season, Anthony Robles put the final stamp on a remarkable wrestling career at Mesa High School by winning the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) title at 112 lbs.

    With that victory, Robles became the first disabled wrestler to win a title at the NHSCA national championships.

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  • <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/150/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_10_image_0009-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0" height="71" hspace="0"/>The Tempe Junior Crew team took part in the 33rd San Diego Classic in early April. There were 117 teams attending, rowing in the big 8+ boats. Team officials told SportZine that more than two-thirds of the teams there represented some of the better colleges and universities in the nation.

    Crew team travels to San Diego

    The Tempe Junior Crew team took part in the 33rd San Diego Classic in early April. There were 117 teams attending, rowing in the big 8+ boats. Team officials told SportZine that more than two-thirds of the teams there represented some of the better colleges and universities in the nation.

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  • <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/200/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_10_image_0002-200.jpg" width="200" align="right" border="0" height="273"/>Summer is just around the corner and the heat index is rising. Boys and girls, get your swimming trunks ready because it’s time to hit the water! Tanning on the shores of Hawaii, jet skiing on Lake Havasu, or hanging out at the water park… whatever the case, maybe it’s time to get that “beach body” in shape. <br/>

    POWER POINTS

    Summer is just around the corner and the heat index is rising. Boys and girls, get your swimming trunks ready because it’s time to hit the water! Tanning on the shores of Hawaii, jet skiing on Lake Havasu, or hanging out at the water park… whatever the case, maybe it’s time to get that “beach body” in shape.

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  • <img title="" height="246" alt="" hspace="0" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/200/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_01_image_0001-200.jpg" width="200" align="right" border="1"/>A field of 19 teams showed up in late April at Westwood High School in Mesa for the annual Tribune Invitational, as this year’s high school track teams began winding down another season and tuning up for finals competition. <br/><br/>The East Valley schools made a strong showing, with those from Mesa and Chandler nailing down the majority of the top four places in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions. Phoenix’ Desert Vista crashed the party, finishing first in the boys’ competition, and Glendale’s Mountain Ridge took third in girls’ events.. <br/>

    2006 Tribune Track Invitational

    A field of 19 teams showed up in late April at Westwood High School in Mesa for the annual Tribune Invitational, as this year’s high school track teams began winding down another season and tuning up for finals competition.

    The East Valley schools made a strong showing, with those from Mesa and Chandler nailing down the majority of the top four places in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions. Phoenix’ Desert Vista crashed the party, finishing first in the boys’ competition, and Glendale’s Mountain Ridge took third in girls’ events..

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<p><img title="" height="222" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/150/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_07_image_0002-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0"/>She’s already clocked some of the fastest times in the nation. And she’s only a junior.</p>
<p>KENYANNA WILSON wasn’t even a blip on the national track & field radar last year. She even had a sub-par school season at Peoria High School. But last July, just weeks after that sophomore season ended, she literally exploded on the national scene.</p>
<p>‘Keke’, as her family and friends know her, won the 100 meter and 200 meter races in the USATF Junior Nationals in Indianapolis and, in the process, broke the Region 10 records in both events.</p></font>

    AT TOP SPEED

    She’s already clocked some of the fastest times in the nation. And she’s only a junior.

    KENYANNA WILSON wasn’t even a blip on the national track & field radar last year. She even had a sub-par school season at Peoria High School. But last July, just weeks after that sophomore season ended, she literally exploded on the national scene.

    ‘Keke’, as her family and friends know her, won the 100 meter and 200 meter races in the USATF Junior Nationals in Indianapolis and, in the process, broke the Region 10 records in both events.

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  • <p>This time around, we’ll discuss how the training facility you choose will play a big role in you getting the most out of speed and performance training and why consistency is so important. <br/><br/>On a regular basis, we’re asked by parents and athletes what they could do to be faster and more athletic. Our response to them is very simple: The key to becoming a faster athlete is to consistently train in an athletic fashion under conditions which allow for optimum training results. Improvements in speed and athletic ability are analogous to any other sport skill. If you want to be better at a specific sports skill, you must practice that skill repeatedly. <br/><br/></p>

    Selecting the Right Training Facility for You

    This time around, we’ll discuss how the training facility you choose will play a big role in you getting the most out of speed and performance training and why consistency is so important.

    On a regular basis, we’re asked by parents and athletes what they could do to be faster and more athletic. Our response to them is very simple: The key to becoming a faster athlete is to consistently train in an athletic fashion under conditions which allow for optimum training results. Improvements in speed and athletic ability are analogous to any other sport skill. If you want to be better at a specific sports skill, you must practice that skill repeatedly.

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  • <p>The 60th Year of the Arizona Coaches Association is shaping up nicely. We created a vision and input session on the goals of the ACA. The results given by the coaches were great and we are working on many components of the plan. Please continue to contact me with your thoughts, ideas and concerns as we make the ACA even better. <br/><br/>We are looking to honor the top 60 coaches in Arizona History at the Summer All Star games. Post your input at the website under current events. And plans are underway to relocate the Hall of Fame so that the public can learn about our great coaches. We also want to videotape coaches and save them for the website download as well, in order to preserve our past. <br/></p>

    Coaches Corner

    The 60th Year of the Arizona Coaches Association is shaping up nicely. We created a vision and input session on the goals of the ACA. The results given by the coaches were great and we are working on many components of the plan. Please continue to contact me with your thoughts, ideas and concerns as we make the ACA even better.

    We are looking to honor the top 60 coaches in Arizona History at the Summer All Star games. Post your input at the website under current events. And plans are underway to relocate the Hall of Fame so that the public can learn about our great coaches. We also want to videotape coaches and save them for the website download as well, in order to preserve our past.

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  • <img title="" height="115" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-12/150/sportzine_apr_may_2006_issue_12_page_04_image_0001-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0"/>Governor Janet Napolitano headlined a list of dignitaries and sports celebrities who gathered on the Senate lawn in Phoenix to honor high school basketball championship teams from around the state.<br/><br/>“You are all very special people, blessed with an incredible opportunity, and incredible responsibility as well. Because you are champions, someone, somewhere, is watching you and wanting to be just like you.”<br/><br/>

    Saluting the state’s BEST

    Governor Janet Napolitano headlined a list of dignitaries and sports celebrities who gathered on the Senate lawn in Phoenix to honor high school basketball championship teams from around the state.

    “You are all very special people, blessed with an incredible opportunity, and incredible responsibility as well. Because you are champions, someone, somewhere, is watching you and wanting to be just like you.”

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • <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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • <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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  • 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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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • <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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  • 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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  • 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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