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I got the chance recently to chat with Thomas Carter, director of “When the Game Stands Tall.”
Pretty much every inspirational sports movie from the past two and a half decades follows the same basic recipe for success. A struggling team of misfits, or sometimes just one underdog, has nowhere to go but up. Then through strenuous training montages and the support of a dedicated coach, the team and/or underdog achieves sweat victory. “When the Game Stands Tall” doesn’t transcend or revolutionize the sports movie formula. It consists of many archetypes and plot points we’ve already seen a million times before. The film does change up the formula in some respects, however, making for a slightly less conventional picture than initially expected.
Ahwatukee resident Cade Knox is the Brophy starting quarterback.
Authorities are asking for the public's help identifying a man who sexually assaulted a woman in the parking lot of Chandler Fashion Square mall.
It took a cancer diagnosis at the age of 40 to wake up Lisa Wrobel to the fact that something in her life needed to change.
I nearly ran over a good-sized turtle last week in the middle of 44th Street in front of the clubhouse of the closed Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club. Despite all of the assurances, this turtle was escaping the slow destruction of the course and draining of the lakes. It is the efforts of Pulte Homes to make the place look so physically bad and unattractive that homeowners will feel resigned and agree to the deed change.
The Mountain Pointe offensive playbook has always been fluid under Norris Vaughan.
Wells Fargo is offering $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed two of their Valley banks.
Police have dubbed a man responsible for five bank robberies in the area the “High Jump Bandit.”
Cocktail connoisseurs are falling for craft beers in a new way — as a mixer.
Standing at just 6 feet tall and weighing just more than 200 pounds, Torrey Hickle isn’t what most people expect a thrower to look like.
When my father Ira Fulton was just 12 years old, his father stood him in front of a mirror and said, “Ira, this is your competition. Don’t compare yourself to others; just compare yourself with you.” Years later, my father would repeat this scenario, but now he was the father and I was the mirror image.
PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK — "Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!" I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
This March 2014 photo shows visitors descending a steep portion of the Camelback Mountain trail in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2,704-foot-high mountain offers 360-degree views of distant mountain ranges and closer views of golf courses and pools, all framed by tall saguaros and blooming wildflowers. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
Lynne Avril packs every summer to spend it in Paris. She commutes to work in Ahwatukee wearing her pink flannel pajamas, feeling the cool cement floor on her bare feet as she patters from bed to studio. She may sit with the morning sunlight warming her back and continue until her eyes grow tired from the bright glare of the lamp perched on her desk. Maxie, her recently groomed puppy, is snuggled on the white leather chair nearby. White pieces of paper conceal most surfaces with countless sketches venturing to show a story written by another. She expresses her thoughts with black lines and passionately coloring outside of them, endearing characters evolve. A teetering stack of paper plates splotched with carefully chosen paint colors are her pallets and labeled with names like Amelia, Ruby, Nellie Sue or Sadie. Just a few steps down the narrow hallway her front bedroom displays her work. Tall bookcases hug the walls, parading the colorful books she brings to life.
A warmer winter is causing snakes to be active sooner and local reptile experts are urging people to rethink their Easter plans.
It’s often called, “The greatest story ever told,” and it’s taken straight from the Bible in an annual production with a stage and cast of near biblical proportions, as befitting the story. The Easter Pageant of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is performed in the huge grassy bowl in front of the Visitor’s Center of the Mesa Arizona Temple, 525 East Main St. It never fails to be a moving, memorable and uplifting experience that brings people back year after year.
We bought food bowls, borrowed a crate and dusted off baby gates. But soon after we adopted our 13-week-old puppy, we discovered the house really wasn't ready.
Chris Senna took the “f” out of golf.
Handsome Louie is a super affectionate and talkative red and white cat. He’s tall with long, white legs. He enjoys napping in a cat tree all day and watching TV or playing poker at night. Louie is fine with friendly, mellow cats and would also be great as king of the castle and your only cat.
I feel extremely blessed to work with tweens and teens as they learn to navigate the many challenges of adolescence. Aside from the countless benefits of teaching what I love, this journey has rewarded me in countless other ways. For example, although my daughters are young (6 and almost 2), my daily interactions with youth have helped to shape who I am as a parent.
An upcoming update of a power plant in Tempe by APS is expected to provide benefits ranging from new construction jobs to an improvement in the neighborhood aesthetics.
It’s a fact, when it comes to buying or selling any house the kitchen gets the No. 1 scrutiny and can make or break the sale. It is the most used space in the house and has the most expensive components concentrated in one spot. The kitchen has been the most evolved room in the house and does not look nor function the same as yesterday’s kitchen.
From an adventure within the bowels of titanoboa, the world’s largest snake, to a step-by-step procedure on how to shrink a human head, Arizona Science Center’s newest exhibit, “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” has it all.
Louie is a super affectionate and talkative red and white cat. He’s tall with long white legs and is quite handsome. He’s a bit shy or cautious with other cats — but he’d be fine with one friendly, mellow cat or even better as the king of his castle as your only cat.