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Articles by Jason Skoda

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  • MaxPreps 2016 Arizona boys volleyball playoff matchups

    AZ boys volleyball playoff matchups

    by J. Skoda3 hours ago

    Desert Ridge's fantastic season has the Jaguars thinking about a state title in boys volleyball after years of futility, while Seton Catholic and Desert Vista have the top seeds.

  • 2016 NFL Draft: Fun facts with every Arizona player taken since 2006

    Arizona NFL Draft facts, full list

    by J. SkodaWed, Apr 27 20161 Comment

    The NFL draft has been good to Arizona high school products and a handful more are expected to be selected to join the likes of Andrus Peat and Taylor Lewan.

  • Arizona high school boys volleyball power rankings standings

    AZ boys volleyball power ranking standings

    by J. SkodaFri, Apr 22 2016

    The top teams have risen to the top in preparation for the postseason beginning on May 7.

  • Arizona high school baseball power rankings standings

    AZ baseball power rankings standings

    by J. SkodaFri, Apr 15 2016

    The baseball season is down to only a handful of games, as each passing inning is one less chance to position a team for a postseason run.

  • Arizona high school softball stat leaders

    AZ softball stat leaders this week

    by J. SkodaMon, Apr 11 2016

    Players like Valley Christian's Hailey Heeringa, Red Mountain's Lyndsay Steverson and Arcadia's Emily Ingles are having fantastic statistical seasons.

  • Top high school boys volleyball stat leaders in Arizona

    Top Arizona boys volleyball stat leaders

    by J. SkodaThu, Mar 31 2016

    A look at the top statistical leaders, as submitted by coaches, through March 30.

  • 2016 Chandler Rotary Invitational: Javelin makes a grand entrance

    Javelin spices up Chandler Rotary Inv.

    by J. SkodaMon, Mar 21 2016

    As Arizona track coaches continue the fight to add javelin to the state meet schedule, the 76th-annual Chandler Rotary added the event as an exhibition to help push the process along.

  • Joe Babinski's message has been well-received for four decades

    Babinski's message has been well-received

    by J. SkodaThu, Mar 03 2016

    Perry High's Joe Babinksi retires from coaching basketball after 39 years of instructing young mean in Oklahoma and Arizona on his way to 653 career wins.

  • Arizona high school basketball role players find spots in the rotation

    AZ role players find their spots

    by J. SkodaThu, Feb 25 2016

    As the state basketball tournaments dwindle down to just a handful of teams left in the semifinals, certain roles have to be filled to finish off the championship run.

  • Arizona high school wrestlers cap off illustrious careers with state titles

    AZ wrestlers cap illustrious careers

    by J. SkodaThu, Feb 18 2016

    Deer Valley's Jacob Swift leads group of talented Arizona wrestlers finishing with state titles and team championships, including Roman Bravo-Young and Danny Vega.

  • MaxPreps 2016 Arizona preseason high school softball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona Softball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaWed, Feb 10 20161 Comment

    Sandra Day O'Connor leads the way as the top team. But also watch out for Pinnacle, Desert Vista, Hamilton and Red Mountain in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • Arizona athletes processing difficult recruiting process

    Processing the difficultrecruiting process

    by J. SkodaThu, Feb 04 2016

    Arizona's 2016 class is signed, sealed and delivered. There were very few surprises, but the process still hardened the exterior of many of the players as they filtered the offers and found a home.

  • Some Arizona basketball teams benefiting without sectional tournament

    Teams benefit without sectional tournament

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 29 2016

    Sectional basketball tournaments were dropped for Division I and one other section. Whether it was a good decision or not essentially comes down to positioning as the regular season winds down.

  • Arizona high school soccer's cruel postseason fate

    AZ soccer's cruel postseason fate

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 22 2016

    Possibly more than any other sport, soccer is ripe for the upset in the postseason as defenses fill up the box to stop teams from scoring.

  • Valley Christian boys, girls programs both led by legendary coaches

    VC boys, girls programs coached by legends

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 15 20161 Comment

    Valley Christian's basketball programs house two of the 15 coaches in Arizona history made more unique by the fact that all 1,045 wins between Greg Haagsma and Scott Timmer came with the Trojans

  • Defending Division I champions Corona del Sol, Dobson adjust to new coaches in different situations

    CDS, Dobson adjust to new coaches

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 08 2016

    The Division I basketball champions each began their title defense with new coaches. With just over a month before the postseason, both squads are still trying find last year's level of play.

  • Arizona wrestling succeeds at a high level nationally

    AZ wrestling holding its own nationally

    by J. SkodaWed, Dec 23 2015

    Seton Catholic, Liberty, Mesa Mountain View and Ironwood Ridge perform well at highly visible tournaments.

  • Christmas break tournaments mean vacation from season for Arizona high school basketball teams

    Christmas tournaments mean a vacation

    by J. SkodaFri, Dec 18 2015

    Arizona hosts two nationally visible tournaments - Nike Tournament of Champions on the girls side and Hoophall West on the boys side - this weekend. It allows coaches to try lineups and schemes without the power point ramification of a loss

  • MaxPreps 2015-16 Arizona high school wrestling preview

    Arizona wrestling preview

    by J. SkodaThu, Dec 10 2015

    Liberty wrestling has progressed to where the Lions are among the favorites to win their classification along with Mountain View, Amphitheater and Camp Verde.

  • MaxPreps 2015 Arizona high school football state finals preview

    AZ state finals preview

    by J. SkodaWed, Nov 25 2015

    A lot of familiar faces dot the Arizona football championship weekend, including one of the state's highest-ranked recruits - Saguaro's Byron Murphy - facing his former teammates at Marcos de Niza in the Division II final.

  • Arizona high school football playoffs moment-makers

    AZ football moment-makers

    by J. SkodaFri, Nov 20 2015

    A tight fourth quarter with a state championship berth on the line can be defined by one play by one player, and Arizona has plenty of candidates to be the player that comes through in the clutch.

  • MaxPreps 2015-16 Arizona preseason high school boys basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona boys basketball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaMon, Nov 09 2015

    Shadow Mountain is our pick on top of the list. But also watch out for Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, Gilbert Christian and Mesa in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • MaxPreps 2015-16 Arizona preseason high school girls basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona girls basketball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaMon, Nov 09 2015

    Hamilton is our pick on top of the list. But also watch out for Mesquite, Seton Catholic, Gilbert and Millennium in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • Only 16 teams remain in each division of 2015 Arizona high school football playoffs now

    Only 16 teams remain in AZ brackets

    by J. SkodaThu, Nov 05 2015

    The Arizona state 11-man football playoffs get underway with plenty of favorites, contenders and dark horses.

  • Arizona high school football teams sweat it out before playoff selection time

    AZ teams sweat it out ahead of playoffs

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 29 2015

    Sectional champions outside of top 16 in the power rankings will edge out higher-ranked teams that fall within the qualifying parameters.

  • Offensive schemes leading to short-lived records in Arizona high school football

    Schemes leading to short-lived FB records

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 22 2015

    Westwood's Johnson and Desert Edge knock off rushing records on same night to continue assault on Arizona's record book.

  • Ready or not, the stretch run is coming in Arizona high school football

    Ready or not, football stretch run coming

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 15 2015

    With three weeks left in the regular season, bye weeks and returning players help teams prepare for the football playoffs in 2015.

  • Arizona high school football coaches put their trust in elite quarterbacks

    AZ coaches trust elite QBs

    by J. SkodaFri, Oct 09 2015

    The relationship between coach and quarterback goes a long way in how plays are called on Friday nights.

  • Nike Tournament of Champions gives high school volleyball teams a chance for a postseason primer

    Nike TOC provides postseason primer

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 01 2015

    The annual Nike Tournament of Champions features girls volleyball teams from 12 states, including six nationally ranked programs, to create one of the top tournaments in the country.

  • Desert Vista girls volleyball reestablishes its dominance

    Desert Vista VB is back to dominance

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 24 2015

    Desert Vista girls volleyball goes 9-0 at the Tournament of Champions to remind all that the Thunder are still the team to beat in Division I, while programs like Salpointe Catholic and Verrado begin to take control of the smaller divisions.