NVCA Kindergarten Roundup

2015-01-15 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Meet teacher Mandy Davis and learn about educational programs and financial aid opportunities available at NVCA. 6-7:30 p.m. North Valley Christian Academy, 42101 N. 41st Dr. #101, 623-551-3454, More

MTA Casting Call for Sleeping Beauty and Cats

2015-01-10 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Audition for coveted parts for two of MTA’s upcoming productions: Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty KIDS” and Broadway’s “Cats.” “Sleeping Beauty” vocal auditions begin at 10:30 a.m.; “Cats” vocal auditions begin at 12 p.m. Audition preparation workshops for both will be available Jan. 8 for $35. Check website for details. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, More

Notre Dame Prep Girls' Soccer Plans for a State Title

2015-01-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon     The Lady Saints are marching, perhaps as never before. The Notre Dame Preparatory girls’ teams — particularly the intensive team sports of basketball, volleyball and soccer — have been on quite a forward march over the last year. The volleyball team just capped a 28-7 season with a playoff run, making it to the semifinals. The girls’ basketball team is off and running on another season after a string of winning years, and the girls’ soccer team is a threat to win the program’s second state championship.   Last season, the girls’ soccer team finished with a brilliant 15-2-2 record, losing in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.   This season? Coach Tom White is back for his second year at NDP, with almost all of the girls who played so impressively last season ready for the next step.   “The girls are playing extremely well,” he said early in the season. One of the players looking good is Taylor Culver, who is coming off a banner... More

Darian Slaga, In Two Words :: Coach's Dream

2015-01-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon     The Boulder Creek High School girls’ basketball team has a new coach, but an old star.   Well, Darian Slaga isn’t really old. She just seems like she has been around forever, as the senior has made such an impact on the Lady Jags basketball team. By the time she is finished playing basketball, she will likely nail down a spot as one of the top athletes to compete at BC.   As a freshman, she charged into the Arizona girls’ sports scene, averaging 18.3 points per game as the Lady Jags went 23-7. She and tall center Sam Young played an inside-out game the following season, with Slaga averaging 14.1 points and Young 12.5 as the team went 18-11. She lost her big center to graduation the following year, but upped her scoring to 17.8 points per game, pounded the boards for 4.5 rebounds per game and led the Lady Jags to another playoff appearance. The 5-foot-9-inch guard rose to the pressure, scoring 21 points in a season-ending loss in the second round.   Her... More

BC Looks To Take Down a Title

2015-01-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Tom Scanlon     Under coach Doug Crooks, the team finished third in the state last year, as Jro Byrd won the school’s fourth state wrestling title. He has since graduated, but this year’s team features two returning state runners-up: Stone Crooks (one of the coach’s sons), last year’s freshman sensation; and Branson Tibbs, looking to follow Byrd as a state champion in his senior year. And there is Cory Crooks, who battled to a fourth place finish last season as a sophomore.   Not satisfied with last season’s third-place finish, this year’s team wants to bring a team championship back to Anthem.   “Things look good,” said Coach Crooks. “We are young on varsity experience with the majority of our lineup, but we have some tough, hardworking kids.”   The season started in late November with BC dominating Horizon, 68-3. After December preliminary matches and mini-tournaments, wrestling really heats up in January, as wrestlers battle to qualify for the... More

Upscale Singers Award Scholarships to Area Youth

2014-12-14 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Pinnacle High School junior Mason Reeves and Gavilan Peak seventh grader Sophia Humbert were the top winners of the Upscale Singers eighth annual Vocal Scholarship auditions. Reeves took first place in the Senior High division, winning a $500 scholarship; Humbert won the Junior High division and secured a $400 vocal scholarship. Both winners will be featured soloists in the Upscale Singers’ annual Christmas show on December 14. Seven other students placed in the auditions and six honorable mentions were named, with a total of $3,200 awarded. For more information, visit ... More

Taste of Preschool

2014-12-12 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Children ages 2½ to 5 will have a fun morning meeting the teachers of Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool and making gingerbread houses during this open house event. 10 a.m. Free. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-595-6409, ... More