Musical Theatre of Anthem Auditions

2014-10-22 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Audition for roles in MTA’s upcoming productions: “The Diary of Anne Frank” (ages 13 to adult) and their 2014 holiday show (ages 9 to 19). Registration materials available online. 11 a.m. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, More

Wheels are Turning for Bike Season Two

2014-10-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Paul Neal
Writer Tom Scanlon     It’s strange, in a way: Why hasn’t this sport taken off?   For generations, American kids have loved riding bikes, from the Schwinn generation to the current mountain bikers. Yet biking has never really been a popular organized sport in this country, especially at the high school level, where athletic kids might ride their bikes to practice and then focus on football, basketball or volleyball.   That might be changing, though. Last year, the Arizona High School Cycling League had its first season. It was almost an instant success, with 208 student athletes from 31 teams competing in the inaugural season.   A Boulder Creek team was right there from the beginning, not only taking part in the competition, but also establishing itself as one of the best teams, finishing sixth in the state.   You won’t find the BC team listed on the high school’s athletics website, as the bike squad is a “club” team, not officially affiliated with the... More

Happy Accidents: Kickin' Down Walls of Sound in Anthem

2014-10-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Michele Celentano
Tom Scanlon     It’s just another quiet Sunday afternoon north of Phoenix, and in one gated community the residents of a modern, spacious home are enjoying an informal family day.   The teenage boys are working on their project, the parents are watching appreciatively … and Anthem may never be the same.   Happy Accidents is what the Droban boys call a “progressive hard rock trio.” They crank out thundering, downhill racer-paced songs inspired by great rock bands: Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and even a few bands from the 2000s (think Muse).   Though Happy Accidents hasn’t yet shattered any windows or set off car alarms, they are loud. And, more importantly, they are good, playing technically advanced riffs that belie their ages.   Guitarist-singer-lyricist Sergei Droban, a sophomore at Boulder Creek High, is 15 years old. The John Bonham Jr.-like figure crushing the drums is Sergei’s kid brother D’mitri, a 13-year-old 8th grader... More

Boulder Creek Girls Look to Follow Boy's Volleyball Success

2014-10-12 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon   The Boulder Creek Lady Jags girls’ volleyball team reached 20-plus wins in three seasons under Sara Wildman, highlighted by a 25-13-1 record in 2010.   Last year, Troy Dueling took over as coach, and the season started … well, it wasn’t quite a train wreck, but it was pretty bad. The Lady Jags lost their first four matches under Dueling by a combined score of 10-1.   Finally, against Dobson, the BC girls gave Dueling his first victory. The rest of the season was up and down, with a few wins followed by a couple losses. Though the Lady Jags finished the season under .500, it was hardly as disastrous as it seemed at the beginning. So, a losing record. No big deal, like the Katy Perry song goes, right? Then again, last year could be a stepping stone toward a very big deal, if Dueling’s plan comes to fruition.   After finishing the girls’ season, Dueling went on to coach the boys’ volleyball team in the spring – and he coached them all the way to a... More

Pinnacle High School Graduate, Makes Waves, Moves Oceans

2014-10-10 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Seventeen months ago, Tammy Trotti was a Pinnacle High School senior, among the many who were no doubt daydreaming about post-graduation life. Her life was about school, ROTC and a part-time job at Café Zupas.   Thanks to her fast-track drive, today she stands tall on one of the world’s most versatile multi-mission combat ships, the USS Nitze DDG 94.   “I graduated high school, went to boot camp, followed apprentice school and then completed my first Navy deployment, all within a year and a half,” Tammy says.   Access to a better college education attracted Tammy to sign up, but the fringe benefits sealed the deal.   “I have always been an adventurous person, so the fact that I’d get to go all over and travel the world was what I wanted most,” says Tammy. Her grandfather, Frank Trotti, served in the Army, and her uncle was a Marine; however, the Phoenix native was the first in her immediate family to continue the legacy of military service. And she’s glad she did,... More