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AFN's best photographs of 2012
Major Tyler Willbanks hugs his son Justin an eighth grader at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School during a surprise lunch visit Tuesday afternoon. Major Willbanks hasn't seen his kids since August 201. Feb 21, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Trey Lauer, #3 of Mountain Pointe, listens to Head Coach Norris Vaughan before entering the locker room before the state semi-finals between Mountain Pointe and Brophy at McClintock High School on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.
A runner makes his way along a trail on a Butte in Papago Park in Phoenix, AZ in front of the "Super Moon" Saturday May 5, 2012. . Darryl Webb/AFN
Anthony "Buckets" Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters walks down the hall with his daughter to the multi-purpose room at Kyrene del Milenio Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Blakes is there to teach the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders the ABC's of Bullying Prevention.
Attendees watch President Obama's acceptance during the Democrat election party at the Renaissance Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
San Francisco 49er fans at Native New Yorker are ecstatic as their team scores their first touchdown against the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game Sunday afternoon. Native New Yorker has been the headquarters for the AZ 49er Empire football fans here in Arizona. Jan 22, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Amil Pedro 67, tells tales of ancient Pima and Maricopa legends based on desert wildlife. Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa storytellers typically tell stories with a moral lesson, as well as personal stories about their experiences growing up on the surrounding Tribal lands. Jan 6, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Kyrene District Bus Driver Yalonda Angulo picks up kids on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
Desert Vista coach Rachel Proudfoot shows her dissatisfaction with the referee during Monday's loss to S. Mary's in the Division I state quarterfinals.
Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck believes the Pride returns enough talent to have a similar scene - celebrating a state championship - again this spring.
The MP Marching Band during the halftime of the football game between Mountain Pointe and Mesa at MP on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.
A wine vendor gives a sample as wine connoisseurs sample wines during The Festival of Lights' 17th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Festival. June, 2, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Visitors watch the sharks get pole fed during Shark Week at the SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.
Kyrene de la Colina first graders try to tackle Arizona Ratters' fullback Johnie Kirton who also is an after school teacher at Colina. April 24, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Thomas Warren, #26 of Mountain Pointe, listens to Head Coach Norris Vaughan speak to the team after their first loss of the season after the football game between Mountain Pointe and Brophy at Phoenix College on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
Arturo Martinez, 2, plays in the water at Pecos Park on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
Daniel Fedorka, #32 of Desert Mountain, reacts to the impending tackle by Ciyre Simmons, #25, and Thomas Warren, #26 of Mountain Pointe, during the playoff football game between Mountain Pointe and Desert Mountain at MP on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Phoenix Police Department Commander Eric Hailey stands with other police officers during the 9/11 Memorial Event at Phoenix City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
Vernon Parker wipes his face before an interview during his election party at Tomaso's in Phoenix on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Parker won the 9th district congressional GOP nomination.
The Dresert Vista linemen have a close bond as seen here after the state title game as Zack Tamburo, left, and Cole Preston embrace after the emotional victory.
Mykayla Skinner, 15, practices the balance beam at Desert Lights Gymnastics on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. She is currently on the USA National Team.
Quarterback Matt Young, #7, evades Palo Verde defense and throws a pass during The Sollenberger Classic between Desert Vista and Palo Verde at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. DV won 20-10.
A MP swimmer during the 100 freestyle during the swim meet between Mountain Pointe and Highland at the Nozomi Aquatic Center on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
Desert Vista graduates celebrate during their 2012 Commencement Ceremony Thursday night at Desert Vista Stadium. May 24, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
A member of the Tempe Police and Fire salutes the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance during the Healing Field 9/11 Memorial vigil at Tempe Town Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
Kaleb Germinaro, #14 of DV, is tackled by Thomas Warren, #26 of MP, and Landry Payne, #7 of MP, during the "Tukee Bowl" between Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe at DV on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
People enjoy Ahwatukee's Red White & Boom celebration Tuesday night.. July 3, 2012 Darryl Webb/AFN
Mountain Pointe celebrates when they won the "Tukee Bowl" between Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe at DV on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
Caleb Danenberg of Estrella catches the ball before Landon Walker and Riley Crump does during the Kyrene School District Kickball Classic on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 to end their inaugural kickball intramural season.
Desert Vista has showed some fiestiness this year, including Connor Cox in this squirmish to start the year against Palo Verde, and he is one of linebackers contributing to to defense's development.
From left, Don Hawker, Michelle Helm, Sandy Lowe Moses Sanchez and Dave Wells during the Tempe Union High School District candidate forum at Mountain Pointe High School on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.
Mountain Pointe waits in the locker room before the game during the Division I State Championship football between Mountain Pointe and Hamilton at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
Mountain Pointe's Travonn White sticks the landing on the way to the Division I state title in the long jump with an effort of 24 feet, 5.5-inches during the State track meet at Mesa Community College. May 12, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Carina Arellano and Meghan Crown of Xavier celebrate winning the second game of their doubles match against Mountain Pointe's Vi Koka and Kiyoko Hashimoto during the badminton team state championship match between Mountain Pointe and Xavier at Sunny Slope High School on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
Mountain Pointe's Kyle Detwiler delivers a pitch during a intrasquad game. April 24, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Lorenzo Melvin, #10 of Desert Vista, is comforted after their defeat in the playoff football game between Hamilton and Desert Vista at Hamilton on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Jesse Slebodnik, of Sunrise Mountain, looks up at the referee while wrestling Brett Kasprzyk, of Mesa, at the 126 pound level during the 2012 Moon Valley Wrestling Tournament championships at Moon Valley High School on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.
Jolyn Andrews beems with pride over her son Joel Andrews 3 1/2 who has Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and has undergone three surgeries – one for a spinal fusion, and the others to remove tumors and to increase mobility. Monday Feb 13, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN
Chandler Dowell, #54, and Austin Hicks, #26 of Desert Vista, talk on the field after their defeat in the playoff football game between Hamilton and Desert Vista at Hamilton on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Lucas Bryan visits with Becker, a service dog from Arizona Goldens, at his Ahwatukee home on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Antonio Hinojosa, #6 of Mountain Pointe, warms up during halftime of the state semifinals between Mountain Pointe and Brophy at McClintock High School on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.
Awhatukee resident's Paige Swaine(L) and Mary Laibe(R) plan on putting their best foot forward as they prepare to run the Boston Marathon April 16, 2012. The Marathon will be Swaine's second and Laibe's first. March 28, 2012. Darryl Webb/AFN