Desert Vista senior defensive lineman Lorenzo “Zo” Melvin gave his verbal commitment to continue his career at Northern Arizona in the fall after taking an official visit to Flagstaff last weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was a two-year starter for the Thunder and combined for 17 sacks.

He chose the Lumberjacks over Western Illinois, South Dakota State and North Dakota.

The national signing date is Feb. 6.

Deadline for Hershey Track meet approaching

Chandler boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, who want to compete in the 2013 Hershey Track and Field Meet on Saturday, April 6, must register by March 8. The entry fee is $4 per child for Chandler residents and $6 for non-residents.

The meet will be at Chandler High School and iis open to children who live or attend school within Chandler’s city limits. The competition features sprints, relays, the standing long jump, and the softball throw for youths in various age categories. The top performers may have the opportunity to compete in the State Hershey Track and Field Meet and the national meet in Hershey, Penn.

Registration forms are available online at, from physical education teachers in Chandler schools, at all Chandler libraries, and at: Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Road.; Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road.; Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.

Registration forms and fees should be dropped off at or mailed to the Snedigar Recreation Center, ATTN: Hershey Track, Mail Stop 502, P.O. Box 4008, Chandler, AZ 85244-4008. Checks should be made payable to the City of Chandler.

For more information, call (480) 782-2704 or visit

Athletes honored at Tempe All-City banquet

The annual Tempe All-City banquet was Monday and local athletes honored were:

• Girls volleyball: Brooke Honeycutt, Desert Vista; Alexandra Glover, Desert Vista; and Chandler Hillman, Mountain Pointe.

• Badminton: Kiyoko Hashimoto, Mountain Pointe; Sabrina Martinez, Mountain Pointe; and Geneva Heinkel, Mountain Pointe.

• Golf: Matt Liringis.

• Boys swimming: Cole Miller, Desert Vista; Dietrich Benz, Desert Vista; Trey Roggenstein, Desert Vista; and Connor Bagnall, Desert Vista.

• Girls swimming: Emily Ankeney, Desert Vista; Annabella Ankeney, Desert Vista; Cecelia Kowalski, Desert Vista; Cecelia Kowalski, Desert Vista; Mary Geavaras, Desert Vista; and Clara Jenck, Mountain Pointe.

• Girls cross country: Danielle Jones, Desert Vista.

• Football: Jarek Hilgers, Desert Vista; Cole Preston, Desert Vista; Zack Tamburo, Desert Vista; Lorenzo Melvin, Desert Vista; Dylan Fischer, Desert Vista; Nick Farina, Desert Vista; Kaleb Germinaro, Desert Vista; Jalen Brown, Mountain Pointe; Natrell Curtis, Mountain Pointe; Wesley Payne, Mountain Pointe; Ryan Sheehan, Mountain Pointe; Kenny Lacy, Mountain Pointe; and Garette Craig, Mountain Pointe.

• Jason P. Skoda, (480) 898-7915 or

Free tickets available for baseball game

The 21st annual Molina Celebrity Baseball Game will be on Jan. 27 at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road. Tickets are $10 for 17 and over.

It is free for 16 and younger, military personnel, and 65 and over. Forty Little leagues from across the state will attend and receive $300. During the seventh-inning stretch an additional $20,000 will be given 13 of those teams.

The game will include Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry and Fergie Jenkins, along with many former Diamondbacks like Tony Womak and Albie Lopez.

Before the game there is a free CrossFit Scottsdale Run for Kids. Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to run a race to benefit other kids.

Registration is at 1 a.m. and the first race is at 11:30 a.m. The divisions are 6 and under (100 meters), ages 7-8 (meters), 9-10 (150 meters) and 11-12 (500 meters).

For more information on the race, visit For more information on the baseball game, visit

The AFN sports department has a handful of free tickets. Contact for more information.

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