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Think back to when you were a kid and how you zipped around the playground, parks and black tops. You ran at full speed to get almost anywhere: getting in line at school, running to first base in a kickball game or trying to beat your two siblings to the car, so you didn’t get the horrible middle seat.
As February Frenzy fades away — given all the drama, controversy and action we’ve seen it’ll take awhile — and March moves in, the spring sports have begun.
GLENDALE – Soon after the nets were cut down about year ago and a perennial power was dismantled, Division I girls basketball coaches knew for the first time in years a state title was in the offing.
The first eight minutes looked like an intrasquad scrimmage. The next 24 minutes played out like a team which won the state championship.
Here is a re-posting of my intro story on Desert Vista's J'ontar Coleman when he took over in mid-January 2013.
J'ontar Coleman had one message for the Desert Vista administration when he interviewed for the girls basketball coaching position:
The request was straightforward, confident and sums up J’ontar Coleman perfectly.
Once upon a time, nearly everyone had to wait their turn.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – After failing to place his first two attempts at the Division I state tournament, Jeremiah Imonode finally found the podium.
In a team-based Bowl competition at the National History Bee and Bowl at Mesquite High in Gilbert, Desert Vista A and Scottsdale Prep came in first and second, respectively, after a final game. Desert Vista, a regular at academic competitions, regularly tops the charts while Scottsdale Prep, a team composed of ninth- and 10th-graders (compared to the 11th- and 12th-graders of DV), also consistently perform well. Coming in third place overall was Mesquite A, and in fourth place cinching the last Nationals qualification spot was Desert Vista B.
Ready for the February frenzy? Grab a camera and post your best boys and girls basketball state tournament photos to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/EVTvarsityxtra. Or send your photos to us on Twitter to @varsityxtra. We’ll pick our favorite and one winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.
It was never going to happen.
Horizon Community Learning Center (HCLC) was buzzing during homecoming weekend.
There was a time when the Miller boys missed portions of the Super Bowl.
It’s a sign of respect bellowed by basketball coaches at all levels of the game.
Jennifer Wirth, Forward, Seton Catholic: Jennifer isn’t alone, not only among Seton freshmen but among Wirth freshmen. Twin sister, LeeAnne, has also seen playing time this season as she continues her return from a significant injury in eighth grade. The Wirth sisters aren’t alone, either, as two elite, record-setting Wirths came through Seton in the past decade (Theresa and Christina). Jennifer and LeeAnne came to their games as elementary school kids, and then 11-, 12- and 13-year-old kids, and they didn’t just run around the school or hide in the bleachers. Each of the older sisters started as freshmen, so the pattern continues. So, too, might the pattern of greatness those older sisters built. “We’d come to the games to watch our sisters and we paid attention,” Jennifer said. “I think it definitely helped a lot having siblings who’ve been part of this.” Still, summer and early fall weren’t always a smooth transition for the Wirth sisters as they tried to learn the varsity basketball expectations while fitting in with teammates, and while the older Wirths occasionally chimed in about expectations and suggestions for success. Sometimes the best resource was each other. “It was hard getting used to this especially in summer and early in fall, but we worked hard for these spots. They said it’s hard but it’ll be worth it.”
2013-2014: 6.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg
Momentum in a year of transition is vital to first-year success and Mountain Pointe seems to have found some at the McClintock Holiday Tournament.
The Mountain Pointe boys soccer team has had its moment this season.
Maddy Sulka got what she wanted.
Quincy Taylor has always been good at the transition game.
Horizon Honors graduate Jessica Laflin has continued to progress in her volleyball at Central College in Pella, Iowa. The 6-foot middle/outside hitter as she earned all academic honors for the Iowa Conference, while finishing with 161 kills with 58 digs and 29 blocks in 21 matches.
Members of the marching band, girls swim and dive and boys and girls cross country are honored for their award before the varsity basketball game at Desert Vista on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (This panoramic was made with several images)
Members of the marching band, girls swim and dive and boys and girls cross country are honored for their award before the varsity basketball game at Desert Vista on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn’t mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.
As we bid farewell to the 2013 football season; a crazy, cooky, memorable (for all the right and wrong reasons), let’s take a look at a few impact players.