While most teenagers spend their time just trying to get through junior high and high school in one piece, 13-year-old Mesa resident Kayli Merwin is giving a voice to children facing adversity through hope-filled songs in her latest EP “Tapestry.”
What began seven years ago as an off-season scrimmage between a few lacrosse teams has turned into a full blown jamboree with more than 35 teams coming together to play and also raise money for local kids diagnosed with cancer.
After an accident in 2000 left her paralyzed from the waist down, former Ahwatukee business owner, Cristin Van Driel, was unable to act on her love of running. Her doctors at the time told her that she may never be able to run again due to the extent of her injuries.
The chatter doesn’t matter. It’s essentially the approach the Desert Vista girls basketball team has taken when it comes to the lopsided scores that have become common place as the Thunder prepare for the postseason and defending their title.
Every few years, a bear makes headlines by shambling through a Mesa alfalfa field, or mountain lions show up on a Scottsdale golf course. Most days, though, you’re far more likely to cross paths with a smaller critter, like a javelina or coyote.