Athletics

Xavier Senior Named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year

Xavier College Preparatory is pleased to announce that senior Khalia Lanier has been named the 2015-2016 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports. The award distinguishes Miss Lanier as the nation’s best player in a sport played by approximately 430,000 young women at 15,672 high schools across the …

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Meet Emmie, Cardinals’ Punt, Pass, and Kick Champ

Emmie won the Arizona Cardinals 12-13 year-old girls’ Championship for the NFL’s Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. Q. How do you feel about winning the 12-13 year old girls championship for the NFL punt, pass and kick competition? A. I am proud. I am also happy to represent my school, St. Thomas Aquinas, my soccer team, and Litchfield Park. Q. …

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Meet Volleyball Star, Shannon

Rancho Solano Prep senior, Shannon Gurley, has verbally committed to continue her volleyball career collegiately at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Since beginning her education at Rancho Solano in Pre-School, Shannon has been a fixture on and off the court throughout her 14 years as a Mustang. Shannon is currently the school’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category …

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Cole, Joevanni, and Kevin Love Football

Joevanni Haddad, Kevin Lopez and Cole Bishop are close friends who all play on the same team for Toros Academy with Authority Football. Q. How long have you been playing football? A. Kevin: For about two years now. It might not be a long but I’ve been working really hard since I started. Joevanni: I have been playing football since …

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Julianna Balances Volleyball and Volunteering

Julianna loves to be involved with activities, is spontaneous and always looking for the next adventure. Q. How long have you been playing volleyball? A. I have been playing volleyball since I was in fourth grade. Both of my older sisters played volleyball so I have grown up watching them play and practicing with them at home. Q. You’ve gone …

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Sky Enjoys Basketball and Volunteering

Since Sky was young she has shown much interest and has volunteered with various charitable organizations throughout the valley, two include the St. Mary’s food bank and, recently, the Phoenix Rescue Mission. She is protective of those she loves, and those found in unfortunate circumstance. Sky goes above and beyond for causes she believes in. She loves working with children. …

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Aiden Talk Soccer and Arizona Sports Complex

Aiden has shown great character and leadership in the youth soccer program at Arizona Sports Complex. Aiden sets a great example for all the other athletes by showing good sportsmanship, giving his best effort and encouraging his teammates. Q. How are you enjoying playing soccer at Arizona Sports Complex? A. I love it! All of my friends and family play …

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Meet Emma and Ava, Best Friends, Soccer Teammates

Emma and Ava met while playing soccer together and have become the best of friends. Q. What made you want to start playing soccer? A. Ava: When I was four I started soccer because I loved to run and kick a ball. Emma: When I watched almost every game of the US woman’s national soccer team. My eyes were always glued …

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Benjamin Enjoys New Experience at Phoenix Country Day School

Benjamin is a regular kid who loves music, bike riding, and soccer. He works hard at school and plays hard too. Q. You are quite the athlete, what sports do you play? A. I really enjoy staying active through playing a variety of sports including: soccer, basketball, golf, flag football, swimming. Q. You recently received most valuable player on the golf team, …

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Emily, Ellie and Aaron Love Xtreme Gymnastics

Q. How are you liking Xtreme Gym? A. Emily: I have been at Xtreme Gymnastics since I took Mom and Me classes. I love gymnastics! Ellie: I have been having a great time at Xtreme Gymnastics, learning new skills. Aaron: I have a blast at Xtreme Gymnastics! Q. What do you compete in? A. Emily: I will be competing Vault, …

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