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Valley HS football players big part of ASU roster

    One-fourth of Arizona State University's football roster this season contains the names of players from high schools scattered throughout the Valley.  More than a third of those are freshmen stepping up to the demands of a whole new level of play.
    The lions' share of the local recruits are funneling into the program from Hamilton High School.  The six former Huskies players include freshman wide receiver Gerell Robinson and freshman Patrick Jamison on the offensive line; redshirt freshman linebacker Colin Parker; sophomore wide receiver Kerry Taylor; junior linebacker Gerald Munns; and senior defensive tackle David Smith.

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        Notre Dame Prep infielder Tony Piazza singled in the second game of the final day of the 2008 Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA., to give his Cincinnati Reds to tie the game in the third inning.  The Reds scored once more in the top of the seventh when Brophy Prep's Jake Williams, son of former Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams, doubled.
        But both hits came in a losing effort as the New York Yankees took the final game for both teams in the week-long showcase of elite high school talent that ended Monday.  The Games were won this year by the team representing the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
        Notre Dame pitcher Casey Upperman was the first of a group of Arizona baseball players to make his mark at the Games.  Upperman was credited with the Reds' opening night's 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, Aug. 5.  In that same game, teammate Kirby Pellan from Corona del Sol HS doubled off Jeffrey Ames from Vancouver, Wash.   Two nights later, Jake Barrett from Desert Ridge HS, took the mound as the starting pitcher for the Reds, but was tagged for the first home run of the Games, as the Reds fell to the Texas Rangers, 4-0.  Lance Harper of Desert Mountain (Scottsdale) HS kicked in a single in the losing effort.
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  • Area Code Games conclude as local players shine

        Notre Dame Prep infielder Tony Piazza singled in the second game of the final day of the 2008 Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA., to give his Cincinnati Reds to tie the game in the third inning.  The Reds scored once more in the top of the seventh when Brophy Prep's Jake Williams, son of former Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams, doubled.
        But both hits came in a losing effort as the New York Yankees took the final game for both teams in the week-long showcase of elite high school talent that ended Monday.  The Games were won this year by the team representing the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
        Notre Dame pitcher Casey Upperman was the first of a group of Arizona baseball players to make his mark at the Games.  Upperman was credited with the Reds' opening night's 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, Aug. 5.  In that same game, teammate Kirby Pellan from Corona del Sol HS doubled off Jeffrey Ames from Vancouver, Wash.   Two nights later, Jake Barrett from Desert Ridge HS, took the mound as the starting pitcher for the Reds, but was tagged for the first home run of the Games, as the Reds fell to the Texas Rangers, 4-0.  Lance Harper of Desert Mountain (Scottsdale) HS kicked in a single in the losing effort.

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        The Phoenix Desert Vista boys track and field team scored heavily in each of the 10 events that determined the best team in the nation, based on a computer program that tabulates the performances of teams from across the country.  The Thunder racked up 8,430 points in the Nike Web Nationals, 113 more points than last year, to edge out Los Gatos of California for first place.
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  • Desert Vista tops in Nike Web Nationals

        The Phoenix Desert Vista boys track and field team scored heavily in each of the 10 events that determined the best team in the nation, based on a computer program that tabulates the performances of teams from across the country.  The Thunder racked up 8,430 points in the Nike Web Nationals, 113 more points than last year, to edge out Los Gatos of California for first place.

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    Prior to Super Bowl III, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath made one of the boldest statements in the history of sports when he guaranteed victory against the powerful and heavily-favored Baltimore Colts. Namath and the Jets made good on his claim, however, and defeated the Colts in what many consider to be one of the greatest upsets of all time. Broadway Joe (as Namath was called) certainly wasn’t short on believing in his ability to achieve his goals – and neither should you.

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  • MIND GAMES: Believe & you will achieve

    Prior to Super Bowl III, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath made one of the boldest statements in the history of sports when he guaranteed victory against the powerful and heavily-favored Baltimore Colts. Namath and the Jets made good on his claim, however, and defeated the Colts in what many consider to be one of the greatest upsets of all time. Broadway Joe (as Namath was called) certainly wasn’t short on believing in his ability to achieve his goals – and neither should you.

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        Four local players were selected in the latest Major League Baseball draft: Ike Davis, 1B, Chaparral HS; Jaff Decker, OF, Peoria Sunrise HS; Kyle Lobstein, P, Flagstaff Coconino HS; and Ryan Perry, Marana HS.  But the Arizona Republic also points out in a recent article that there are more Arizona athletes currently playing for major league teams - enough to fill a starting line-up.
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  • Arizona High Schools filling MLB rosters

    Posted on July 8, 2008 | 641 Comments
        Four local players were selected in the latest Major League Baseball draft: Ike Davis, 1B, Chaparral HS; Jaff Decker, OF, Peoria Sunrise HS; Kyle Lobstein, P, Flagstaff Coconino HS; and Ryan Perry, Marana HS.  But the Arizona Republic also points out in a recent article that there are more Arizona athletes currently playing for major league teams - enough to fill a starting line-up.

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    Many athletes spend countless hours of practice in an attempt to get better at their sport.  Shooting numerous free throws, hitting buckets of golf balls, spending handfuls of quarters at the pitching machine are all ways in which athletes attempt to fine-tune their sports skill.  Many athletes even recognize the necessity of “outside” training to improve their speed, reactive ability, and/or strength.  However, many people don’t realize that running, jumping, being explosive or powerful are all skills, just like shooting a basketball, and must be constantly trained to both maintain and improve them.

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    PEAK PERFORMANCE: skill maintenance

    Many athletes spend countless hours of practice in an attempt to get better at their sport.  Shooting numerous free throws, hitting buckets of golf balls, spending handfuls of quarters at the pitching machine are all ways in which athletes attempt to fine-tune their sports skill.  Many athletes even recognize the necessity of “outside” training to improve their speed, reactive ability, and/or strength.  However, many people don’t realize that running, jumping, being explosive or powerful are all skills, just like shooting a basketball, and must be constantly trained to both maintain and improve them.

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     This time around, I'm reviewing Wii Sports, for the Nintendo Wii. This is the game that came packaged with the console itself, for free. Because it was free, this review is going to be fairly lenient. For many, this is the first experience with the Wii, which makes an important first impression.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of the Wii, the controller is simplified and has various motion sensors on it, allowing its movement to be tracked in three dimensions.  The graphic capabilities aren't on par with the PS3 and Xbox360, but the Wii is considerably more powerful than Gamecube.

               

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    A closer look at Wii Sports!

     This time around, I'm reviewing Wii Sports, for the Nintendo Wii. This is the game that came packaged with the console itself, for free. Because it was free, this review is going to be fairly lenient. For many, this is the first experience with the Wii, which makes an important first impression.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of the Wii, the controller is simplified and has various motion sensors on it, allowing its movement to be tracked in three dimensions.  The graphic capabilities aren't on par with the PS3 and Xbox360, but the Wii is considerably more powerful than Gamecube.

               

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="left">Core Training (Part 1):<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>A 6-Pack of Functional Strength <br/><br/><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt">Having ripped-up six-pack abs should not only be for show, but also functional to perform in sports.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Core training is not only focused on the abs, but it’s the complete area surrounding the abs, obliques, lower back, hips and glutes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>It is this region that will transfer power from the legs to the upper body in order to generate the appropriate power to perform that homerun swing or allow you to drive through your opponent when running through the crowd into the end zone.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The core will also help minimize lower back injuries by stabilizing the spine and creating a natural internal brace</span>.</span></p></span></o:p></span><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2008/07/a-simple-but-effective-workout-to-build-core-strength/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    A simple, but effective, workout to build core strength


    Core Training (Part 1):  A 6-Pack of Functional Strength 

    Having ripped-up six-pack abs should not only be for show, but also functional to perform in sports.  Core training is not only focused on the abs, but it’s the complete area surrounding the abs, obliques, lower back, hips and glutes.  It is this region that will transfer power from the legs to the upper body in order to generate the appropriate power to perform that homerun swing or allow you to drive through your opponent when running through the crowd into the end zone.  The core will also help minimize lower back injuries by stabilizing the spine and creating a natural internal brace.

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    WATCHING SPORTS ON TV, many times you find yourself commenting on the athleticism of a player. Michael Jordan seemed to float in the air, Barry Sanders ran effortlessly cutting, dodging and evading tacklers; examples can be drawn from every sport. 
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    PEAK PERFORMANCE

    WATCHING SPORTS ON TV, many times you find yourself commenting on the athleticism of a player. Michael Jordan seemed to float in the air, Barry Sanders ran effortlessly cutting, dodging and evading tacklers; examples can be drawn from every sport. 

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/az-cardinals-looking-for-championship-team-photos/"></div><img title="" height="134" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-13/150/sportzine_sept_oct_2006_issue_13_page_13_image_0002-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0"/>The Arizona Interscholastic Association recently announced that the 4A and 5A high school football championships will be moved to Glendale this year, to be played in the new Arizona Cardinals stadium. Class 4A and 5A Division II title games are scheduled to be played on Dec. 2 , and the Class 4A and 5A Division I will be on Dec. 9.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/az-cardinals-looking-for-championship-team-photos/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    AZ Cardinals looking for championship team photos

    The Arizona Interscholastic Association recently announced that the 4A and 5A high school football championships will be moved to Glendale this year, to be played in the new Arizona Cardinals stadium. Class 4A and 5A Division II title games are scheduled to be played on Dec. 2 , and the Class 4A and 5A Division I will be on Dec. 9.

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    Arizona Coaches Association Welcomes New President Mike
    Brown of Greenway.

    The end of 2006 marks the end of the Arizona Coaches Association presidency for me. I welcome Mike Brown as he heads up this organization for the next two years. I have worked with Mike as a coach, as well as on our ACA board, having coached his son in track. Mike will make a great leader for our association.
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    Coaches Corner

    Arizona Coaches Association Welcomes New President Mike
    Brown of Greenway.

    The end of 2006 marks the end of the Arizona Coaches Association presidency for me. I welcome Mike Brown as he heads up this organization for the next two years. I have worked with Mike as a coach, as well as on our ACA board, having coached his son in track. Mike will make a great leader for our association.

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    Treg Jeffery is beginning to bring things into focus… which is not good news for the rest of the runners in 4A-I this year.

    The senior at Moon Valley High School plays soccer, ran a year of cross-country, and is putting in his fourth year on the track team, where he was state champion last year in the 400 meter and 800 meter and anchored the 4x400 relay.
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    Focused on the Finish Line

    Treg Jeffery is beginning to bring things into focus… which is not good news for the rest of the runners in 4A-I this year.

    The senior at Moon Valley High School plays soccer, ran a year of cross-country, and is putting in his fourth year on the track team, where he was state champion last year in the 400 meter and 800 meter and anchored the 4x400 relay.

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/sportzines-video-game-review/"></div><p class="MsoNormal"><img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-13/150/sportzine_sept_oct_2006_issue_13_page_12_image_0013-150.jpg" width="150" align="right" border="0" height="195"/>For those who haven’t already
played it, this review is for Madden NFL 2007 for the Nintendo GameCube. This is
the latest installment of the legendary Madden series, and brings with it everything
you would expect. The things that make this edition new are the Superstar mode,
along with lead blocking. </p><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/sportzines-video-game-review/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    SportZine's VIDEO GAME REVIEW

    For those who haven’t already played it, this review is for Madden NFL 2007 for the Nintendo GameCube. This is the latest installment of the legendary Madden series, and brings with it everything you would expect. The things that make this edition new are the Superstar mode, along with lead blocking.

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/were-keeping-the-dream-alive/"></div><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Univers-Condensed; color: rgb(35, 31, 32);"></span><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Univers-Condensed; color: rgb(35, 31, 32);"><img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/9.jpg" align="left" border="0" width="100"/>Ann Meyers Drysdale steps
out of broadcasting and onto the floor at US Airways Center, where she will take
the reins of General Manager of the Phoenix Mercury. She plans to provide an
exciting brand of winning basketball that will draw high school fans to the
women’s game.</span><span style="font-family: Univers-Condensed; color: black;"> </span><span style=""> </span><span style=""></span></p><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/were-keeping-the-dream-alive/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    "We're keeping the dream alive"

    Ann Meyers Drysdale steps out of broadcasting and onto the floor at US Airways Center, where she will take the reins of General Manager of the Phoenix Mercury. She plans to provide an exciting brand of winning basketball that will draw high school fans to the women’s game.  

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/power-points/"></div><img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-13/200/sportzine_sept_oct_2006_issue_13_page_10_image_0002-200.jpg" width="200" align="right" border="0" height="202"/>One of the oldest, yet most beneficial, exercises an athlete can do with little to no equipment is the “Pull-up.” Pull-up or Chinup is a key exercise for upper-body strength and improvement in speed. For the sake of simplicity, we are going to use the term “Pullup” as our universal movement and adjust our hand positions for each movement.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/power-points/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    POWER POINTS

    One of the oldest, yet most beneficial, exercises an athlete can do with little to no equipment is the “Pull-up.” Pull-up or Chinup is a key exercise for upper-body strength and improvement in speed. For the sake of simplicity, we are going to use the term “Pullup” as our universal movement and adjust our hand positions for each movement.

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    Text messaging is the newest recruiting
    tool of college coaches – and some are concerned
    that it is becoming too intrusive into
    the lives of highly-prized high school athletes.
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    Get the message… Texting is a problem

    Text messaging is the newest recruiting
    tool of college coaches – and some are concerned
    that it is becoming too intrusive into
    the lives of highly-prized high school athletes.

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/sportzine-spotlight-game-peoria-wins-but-struggles/"></div><img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-13/150/sportzine_sept_oct_2006_issue_13_page_08_image_0001-150.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="161" width="150"/>Week four proved to be a focal point for the Peoria panthers and the Westview Knights. Both teams had been ranked in the Top 5 during the opening weeks of the season, but by the fourth game of the season, Peoria had dropped from the rankings and needed a win against Westview to re-establish its footing.<br/><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/sportzine-spotlight-game-peoria-wins-but-struggles/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    SportZine Spotlight Game – PEORIA WINS, BUT STRUGGLES

    Week four proved to be a focal point for the Peoria panthers and the Westview Knights. Both teams had been ranked in the Top 5 during the opening weeks of the season, but by the fourth game of the season, Peoria had dropped from the rankings and needed a win against Westview to re-establish its footing.

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    It’s not even the halfway point in the high school football season, and no team wants to consider itself among the have-nots. Every team believes they will still be playing
    in late November, early December. 
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    It’s mid-season: which teams need to CHECKOFF To Another Game Plan?

    It’s not even the halfway point in the high school football season, and no team wants to consider itself among the have-nots. Every team believes they will still be playing
    in late November, early December. 

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/from-high-school-to-the-proae%e2%84%a2s/"></div><img title="" alt="" src="http://www.phxfan.com/content_images/issue-13/150/sportzine_sept_oct_2006_issue_13_page_05_image_0002-150.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="193" width="150"/>Paula Clendaniel was one of the Top 10 Finalists in last year’s Qwest Leadership Challenge, one of the last few vying for one of two $5,000 scholarships offered by Qwest Communications and the Phoenix Suns. This year the high school senior got to go behind the scenes in the Phoenix Suns organization, a direct result of her involvement in the Challenge program.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/from-high-school-to-the-proae%e2%84%a2s/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    From high school to the pro’s

    Paula Clendaniel was one of the Top 10 Finalists in last year’s Qwest Leadership Challenge, one of the last few vying for one of two $5,000 scholarships offered by Qwest Communications and the Phoenix Suns. This year the high school senior got to go behind the scenes in the Phoenix Suns organization, a direct result of her involvement in the Challenge program.

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<p class="MsoNormal">Volleyball tournament play heated up as the season neared the midway point, and many of the area’s top teams we in action the Sept. 22 weekend, either at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /><st1:placename w:st="on">Cactus</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">Shadows</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">High School</st1:placetype> or <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placetype w:st="on">Highland</st1:placetype> <st1:placetype w:st="on">High School</st1:placetype></st1:place>. SportZine photographers captured some of the play at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Highland</st1:city></st1:place>.</p>A field of 16 teams showed for the tournament, a good crowd considering that another tournament was taking place on the same Sept. 22-23 weekend across town at Cave Creek Cactus Shadows. At Highland, Seton had to work past two teams in the top ten 5A power rankings, Hamilton and Mountain Ridge.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/09/highland-volleyball-tournament/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Highland Volleyball Tournament

    Volleyball tournament play heated up as the season neared the midway point, and many of the area’s top teams we in action the Sept. 22 weekend, either at Cactus Shadows High School or Highland High School. SportZine photographers captured some of the play at Highland.

    A field of 16 teams showed for the tournament, a good crowd considering that another tournament was taking place on the same Sept. 22-23 weekend across town at Cave Creek Cactus Shadows. At Highland, Seton had to work past two teams in the top ten 5A power rankings, Hamilton and Mountain Ridge.

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    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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    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.
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    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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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/around-the-horn-2/"></div><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/><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/around-the-horn-2/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    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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    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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    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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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/around-the-horn/"></div><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/><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/around-the-horn/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    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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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/what-handicap/"></div><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/><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/what-handicap/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    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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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/crew-team-travels-to-san-diego/"></div><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.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/crew-team-travels-to-san-diego/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    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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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/power-points-2/"></div><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/><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/power-points-2/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    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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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/2006-tribune-track-invitational/"></div><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/><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="http://phxfan.com/2006/05/2006-tribune-track-invitational/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    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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