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Karli Karanges is an ASU Cronkite School of Journalism student majoring in Sports Journalism covering Desert Edge High School athletics.

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Special Olympics Arizona will host one of its biggest competitions of the year, featuring more than 1,000 athletes vying for the top spot in swimming, softball and bocce. 

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Starworld Martial Arts Academy will host the annual World Tang Soo Do Association Regional Tournament Championship on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Palm Valley Elementary School. 

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As a 6-year-old girl, Savannah Groshong started playing softball with her younger sister, Sadie Groshong, for a local rec team. 

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It can take time to rebuild a program with new talent and names. Many teams have to wait years before that one class that has been eyed for so long, can finally step onto the gridiron.

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Less than a month before NASCAR Championship Weekend returns to the Valley, Phoenix Raceway will host Track Laps for Charity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. 

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The face of Marcus Carter, co-head coach of the Desert Edge Scorpions, immediately lit up when talking about the culture of the team. Halfway through his second year, the 4-1 Scorpions are currently sitting as the No. 23 ranked high school football team in Arizona.

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Working side by side with a sibling or any family member could sound like a dream to some and alarming to others. Coming into their second year as head coaches for Desert Edge High School football, twin brothers Marcus and Mark Carter couldn’t see each other working with anyone else.

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The Millennium Tigers (3-1) will put its two-game win streak on the line against a very impressive and undefeated Horizon Huskies (3-0) team this Friday night in Scottsdale. Both teams have found success nearly halfway through the season in the 5A division, setting up a crucial divisional battle.

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High School football players across Arizona are working with Teen Lifeline and the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club to produce a series of PSAs during Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

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Coming off a thrilling win against Boulder creek this past week, Millennium High School looks to continue its success heading into its next matchup against the run-heavy offense of Mountain View on Sept. 24.

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Howler the Coyote has been hyping up fans since the 2005 season, and it’s clear his popularity hasn’t waned, according to a recent survey from Play Canada that ranked him the third-best mascot in the NHL. 

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Bicycle enthusiasts of all levels can participate in Avondale’s annual half-metric bike ride. Cycle Avondale Presented by Avondale Toyota on Sunday, Oct. 24, is an official USA Cycling-permitted event.

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From COVID-19 restrictions to injuries, Verrado High School’s football team endured a rough season last year. 

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As if being a math teacher and a football coach at Millennium High School wasn’t enough for 26-year-old Matthew Humphries, he decided to add Ironman to his list of accomplishments. 

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The Coyotes moved on from captain and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, along with fan-favorite forward Conor Garland, in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on July 23.

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Buckeye Union High School’s 4-x-100-meter team is headed to the Outdoor Nationals, a track and field high school national championship event at the University of Oregon from June 30 to July 3.

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The Off-Road Expo Arizona will have a new home in 2021 as the event heads to Phoenix Raceway in Avondale Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12.

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Boxing is ingrained into Breenan “Bfly” Macias’ DNA. The Verrado High School graduate has boxed since he was just 7 years old. 

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The city of Avondale, Avondale Toyota and Phoenix Raceway will host the largest tailgate fireworks experience in the Southwest Valley on Independence Day.

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Marvin “The Italian Dream” Vettori is confident about his sold-out Saturday, June 12, UFC match against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at Gila River Arena. 

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Alfredo Escarcega Jr. has wanted to be a boxer since he put on gloves for the first time in the third grade.  

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For three and a half years, Goodyear Recreation Superintendent Michael Beadle has been training for a potential new role: American Ninja Warrior. It all started with a simple question: “Can you do that?”

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After an 11-0 regular season and a first-round victory, Estrella Foothills’ boys tennis team is readying for the state tournament’s quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 5, as the No. 2 seed in its division. Third-year coach Devin Gable credits the team’s depth for its success.

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Courtney Cardoza recently made history by becoming the first Millennium High School state champion wrestler, as well as the only women’s grappler to take the top spot in the Agua Fria Union High School District. She can barely maintain her excitement.

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In a strange way, baseball bookended the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in Arizona. While the NBA was the first league to act and suspend its season on March 11, 2020, the virus’s ripples were not truly felt in the desert until the remainder of the Cactus League schedule was called off the next day.

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Millennium High School won its third consecutive state title on March 20 against Flowing Wells in the 5A Conference Championship. 

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The sports community across the United States, and in Arizona, is condemning the violence toward Asian Americans, after 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long shot and killed eight people in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian American women, on March 16.

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Shorts, tank tops and swimsuit weather will be here before you know it. Now is the time to get back into your exercise routine, as Fitness in the Park returns to Buckeye’s Sundance Park at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 22.

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When the 2020 baseball season began for Millennium, optimism was high among the team. They were coming off of a successful 2019 season and had their sights set on continuing the momentum. 

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Used to be, college was a place where new adults smacked face-first into life. You met people unlike any you’d known before. You confronted new ideas and cultures. You got challenged a little. You learned a lot. 

Dr. Michael Crow has completed almost two decades as president of Arizona State University. He spent a portion of that time co-authoring a book that encapsulates what could be considered his mission statement for the institution: “Designing the New American University.”