MTA Presents Disney's "Sleeping Beauty KIDS"

2015-02-19 | ImagesAZ | Youth

The classic tale of three fairies who use their magic to save a princess from the spell of an evil sorceress comes to life with a talented cast of youth ages 6–9. Check website for show times. $19, adults; $16, students, seniors and children 12 and under. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, More

Foothills Academy Enrollment Open House

2015-02-11 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Prospective students to Foothills Academy College Preparatory and Foothills Academy Elementary are invited to view each school, meet the teachers and discover what Foothills Academy has to offer. 5:40-7 p.m. Foothills Academy College Preparatory, 7191 E. Ashler Hills Dr.; Foothills Academy Elementary, 4720 E. Lone Mountain Dr., More

Pinnacle Girls Boot Inexperience to Defend Soccer Title

2015-02-04 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon     “The boot.” It could be the key for this season’s Pinnacle High School girls’ soccer team.   It’s not nearly the same as “the boot” from last year, when Kayla Fleming booted the ball into the goal for a 1-0 state final win over Perry High School.   This year, “the boot” is the inflatable cast being worn by Jalen “JJ” Tompkins, the dominating goalkeeper who didn’t allow a goal in any of Pinnacle’s playoff matches last year. Will Tompkins’ ankle heal in time for her to defend not just the goal, but also Pinnacle’s state title?   Last year was the year for Pinnacle High girls’ soccer.   “I was so lucky to come in and coach that group,” said Sue Kirchner. You can forgive her sigh of nostalgia, even if it’s a reflection of memories just a year old.   The Anthem resident and Pinnacle High teacher took a break from coaching to work on a master’s degree and start a family. When a coaching vacancy came open last year, she was... More

Learning From a Living Legend

2015-02-02 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Tom Scanlon     Britt Scherba didn’t last long as the Cactus Shadows cheer team and spiritline coach. It’s tough to follow in the footsteps of living legend, Rika Cuff, who retired after bringing seven state championships and a national title to Cave Creek. Cuff has since moved to Georgia, where she is working for Varsity Brands.   Her protégée, Scherba, didn’t quit as coach — she just went and got married. Now the new-new coach of the Cactus Shadows cheer team and spiritline is technically Britt Dodd. Her goal: successfully defend the national title that last year’s Cactus Shadows girls won for Cuff as a going away present.   Cuff was inducted into the Cactus Shadows Hall of Fame this fall. Her acceptance tweet said, “I am honored and humbled by this honor and always so proud to be a Falcon!” She used the time to see what her old friends were up to: “When it’s 4:45 a.m. and I’m driving to practice, that means I’m back in Cave Creek. Cannot wait to... More

OLOJ Preschool Priority Enrollment Begins

2015-02-02 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Priority enrollment for children ages 3–5 years old at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool begins and continues during the first two weeks in February. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-595-6409, More

Strike Up The Band! (& Pump Up The Boosters!)

2015-02-02 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Tom Scanlon     What’s that sound pulsating through Anthem? The thundering drums, inimitable tubas, blaring bugles?   It’s the Boulder Creek Jaguar Pride Marching Band. They are growing, with nearly 100 members. In its first year at the Division 1 level, Jaguar Pride was ranked No. 2 despite being the smallest band in the division (other schools have bands between 150 and 190 members), and placed 11th overall in the state competition.   They are loud, they are good; you can even say “superior.” Led by band director James O’Halloran, the Jaguar Pride received the Superior with Distinction award at Northern Arizona University’s 2013 Band Day. This past fall they were honored again, earning an Excellent rating.   As it takes a village to raise a child these days, it takes boosters to raise a band. Perhaps in no other sport or activity is parental support as key. Hence the Boulder Creek High School Band Boosters, who help raise funds so the band can compete.   The... More