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The Mountain Pointe badminton team closed the gap but couldn’t get past Xavier in the state title match, falling 5-4 on Thursday.
Mountain Pointe coach Larry Holmes talks to the team before they start the doubles matches during the badminton team state championships between Mountain Pointe and Xavier at Sunnyslope High School on on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
Mountain Pointe coach Larry Holmes hugs Kristen McCann after she won her singles match during the badminton team state championships between Mountain Pointe and Xavier at Sunnyslope High School on on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
(L-R) Mountain Pointe's Lisa Chavez, Larae Keso, Vi Koka Kiyoko Hashimoto, coach Larry Holmes, Kristen McCann and Tara Garretson pose with their second-place trophy at the badminton team state championships between Mountain Pointe and Xavier at Sunnyslope High School on on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
It was a close series of matches with both teams showcasing their strengths, but top-seeded Xavier was able to do just enough Thursday to beat Mountain Pointe for the state badminton title.
The meeting was inevitable.
Mountain Pointe coach Larry Holmes hugs Kiyoko Hashimoto after she won the state badminton championship tournament at Independence High School on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
Mountain Pointe coach Larry Holmes poses with (L-R) Vi Koka, Kiyoko Hashimoto, Larae Keso and Lisa Chavez after the state badminton championship tournament at Independence High School on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
As far as scripts go for a swan song, they don’t get much better than the one Mountain Pointe seniors Kiyoko Hashimoto and Vi Koka delivered in the 2013 badminton singles state championship.
Vi Koka will end her athletic career at Mountain Pointe as one of the most decorated badminton players in the long and successful history of the Pride program.
Larry Holmes is in a very unique position and he is not complaining.
The kinship between brothers is never tested quite as much as when sports are involved.
Assumptions were made, jokes were told and Larry Holmes' confidence was shaken.
Mountain Pointe boys tennis coach Larry Holmes watches a match at Mountain Pointe on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Mountain Pointe boys tennis coach Larry Holmes speaks to a player during a match at Mountain Pointe on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
A young Larry Holmes, right, meets tennis legend Arthur Ashe not long before the latter died in 1993. Holmes used Ashe's story as inspiration to keep a positive attitude when it came to dealing with his stuttering problem.
The years have been good in Ahwatukee tennis, circles although last year was far from being among the best campaigns.
The only thing more painful for Monty Roth than fracturing his hand while slipping on the wet tile in his bathroom was returning to the tennis court against Corona del Sol’s Alex Lawson.
The 2012 tennis season has an odd feel to it already.
Last year it was Mountain Pointe's Nathan Keso making an unforeseen run to the elite eight in the state tennis tournament.
Team meetings can go one of two ways.
Jan Gleeson may have passed on, but people who knew and worked with her say her memory and passion for education is still being felt everyday at Horizon Community Learning Center.
Teams sports are not a foreign concept for Richie Snelling.
For the first time in eight years Mountain Pointe’s boys tennis team won’t have a Nguyen on the roster.