The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the surly bonds of summer, and head back to school.
Former Ahwatukee resident Zachary McBee won the silver medal in men’s skeet at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships for Shotgun in July, and with his second-place finish, earned an appointment to the junior national team.
Inspirational sports movies are not uncommon, but the 12-year, 151-game winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team — the longest consecutive winning streak in American team sports history — is extraordinary. That story and the story of Coach Bob Ladouceur comes to the big screen Friday, Aug. 22, in director Thomas Carter’s film “When the Game Stands Tall,” based on Neil Hayes’ book of the same name.
Rhoda Jane Claydor, 98, went to be with the Lord on July 21. She was born in Dickenson County, Va., grew up in Pikeville, Ky., raised her family in Oxon Hill, Md., and spent most of her retirement in Ahwatukee, with the past two years living at Mountain Park Senior Living. She was active at the Pecos Recreation Center and with Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA’s Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors (Y OPAS).
The freshman country singer, who has opened for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Bob Seger, is now on a tour of his own in support of his most recent album, “Sunshine and Whiskey.” He performs, along with The Cadillac Three and Andrew Cooper, Sunday, Aug. 10 at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $31 and are available LuckymanOnline.com.
It might come in a flash or happen over the course of the season, but by the end of the year, there are going to be a handful of football players from the Southeast Valley who are going to have breakout seasons in 2014.
Davis Evans was eliminated from competition in the USGA Junior Amateur Championship this past week, missing the cut after two rounds. But Evans isn’t too worried about it, he was just one of five 14-year-olds to compete in the tournament.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald