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Jason P. Skoda

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Red Mountain revving up for big season

Mike Peterson has lived in northeast Mesa for about two decades, essentially matching the same amount of time he has spent being an assistant...

Football rankings: Preseason picks tough to nail

Ah, initial rankings. Why do you burden me so? The first set of football rankings are always the most difficult. Coaching changes (Red Mountain, Dobson,...

Female wrestling in position for big move

This is no time for a stalling call. There has been a movement for female wrestling to become an “emerging” sport at the NCAA level...

‘Carry On’ tradition grows at Mesa High

The "Carry On" mantra has been around Mesa High since 1932. It is one of the oldest and unique stories tied to Arizona high schools...

Skyline’s equipment man Polamalu stays close to game after stroke

The image bothered Ken Polamalu to the point he knew he had to do something about it. He came across a photo of a football...

Carlson overwhelmed by turnout at benefit in his honor

As he sat in front of Chandler High administrators in 1974, John Carlson remembers telling them during the interview process that the most important...

First lady of Arizona wrestling: Mesa Mountain View’s Jelacic wins national...

Stefana Jelacic has already done a lot in her wrestling career, but what she did in North Dakota last week did even more for...

Training camp set to start for Mesa football programs

The offseason, if it can be called that anymore, is over for area football programs as the regular season opener is just four Fridays...

Coaching legend Jesse Parker dies

It is somewhat ironic Jesse Parker died on a Friday night. The man with an unwavering will to win, clenched jaw, love for history and...

Mesa wrestlers head to Fargo to prove they belong

Christian Riordan has written the words, has put in the work against some of the best wrestlers in the state of Arizona and has...