My youngest son started middle school this year. On the first day of classes, climbing on the bus with all his No. 2 pencils and three-ring binders, he also carried with them enough anxiety to fill a mama’s boy’s backpack. It wasn’t just the reality of a new school that put them on edge; it was middle school, and that is scary enough all on its own.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author.
Collecting autographs all started probably when you were a child. For me, it was a Nolan Ryan baseball in 1974. Going to Angel Stadium with my mom and dad, I would grab a baseball that I had been playing catch with, not thinking that maybe someday it would be worth something if I got it signed. Nolan Ryan was my favorite player — being able to control a game with your pitching skills was pretty cool and being able to throw no-hitters — even better. I would hang over the fence by the dugout to see where Ryan was and where he might come out and sign autographs. It always seemed to me that people that were there also seeking autographs were getting the programs they had purchased when they entered the stadium signed. I figured since he played on the field with a baseball, maybe he would sign my baseball. Not only did he end up signing my ball, but he also signed my glove, too. And believe it or not, I played catch with that ball and glove until most of the autograph wore off!
When Mesa residents need to borrow a book, they can turn to the Mesa Public Library. But what about when they desire a little exercise in the park or want to bake a cake? Now, not only can residents check out their favorite classics on paper and disc from the library, they can also check out sports equipment and bakeware.
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.
Arizona United SC (4-10-3) travels to California for a Saturday clash against the Orange County Blues FC (8-8-0) at 7 p.m. at Anteater Stadium at University of California Irvine. The team then heads to Oklahoma City to take on the OKC Energy FC (5-7-3) at 5 p.m. on July 17.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced it will have to start charging schools for postseason participation, along with other means, in order to help erase a deficit for the non-profit organization.
Ahwatukee resident Brendan Hicks is a member of the SC Del Sol Boys 2000 Leebrook team that qualified for the National Premier League’s Mountain Developmental League Playoff Championship to the 2014 NPL National Finals in North Carolina in July.
In this May 23, 2014, photo, tourists walk on a street decorated for the upcoming World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Visitors to Brazil will find the land of soccer, sun and surprisingly sky-high prices. It’s not just hotels and flights that are wallet busters. It’s the $35 pepperoni pizza, the $10 cocktails and $17 cheeseburgers, standard prices around the country. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
In this May 23, 2014, photo, foreigners shop for handcrafts during a tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil, land of soccer, sun and is also the land of surprisingly sky-high prices. The dizzying prices are referred to here as the “Custo Brasil,” or “Brazil Cost”, the mixture of high taxes and steep import tariffs, combined with bad infrastructure, a dose of inefficiency and a thick shot of bureaucracy. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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