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Articles by Jason Skoda

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  • Playoff standards differ for Arizona high school boys, girls basketball teams

    Standards differ for AZ teams in playoffs

    by J. SkodaThis Week

    The Arizona basketball playoffs reach second week with some teams getting a chance to set a new standard for their programs.

  • Arizona high school wrestling moves on to the offseason

    AZ wrestling moves to offseason

    by J. SkodaWed, Feb 18 2015

    Arizona wrestlers team up to create competitive environment as Sunnyside's Bravo-Young and Ironwood Ridge's Vega led a contingent of nationally ranked competitors.

  • MaxPreps 2015 Arizona preseason softball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona softball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaWed, Feb 11 2015

    Red Mountain looks to win sixth-straight big-school state title. Also look out for Mountain Ridge, SDO, Horizon and Hamilton

  • Last minute commitments change Arizona outlook on National Signing Day 2015

    Last minute commitments head out of state

    by J. SkodaWed, Feb 04 2015

    Mountain Pointe's Paul Lucas and Corona del Sol's Cassius Peat switch commitments on signing day to lead large contingent leaving Arizona borders for other top programs.

  • Confident end-of-game shooters have big effect in Arizona boys basketball postseason

    Confident shooters have big effects in AZ

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 30 2015

    Once the postseason begins teams need someone ready to step up to take the shot that determines whether or not the season will continue.

  • Seahawks, Patriots players reflect upon high school football battles at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day

    Super Bowl players share HS memories

    by J. SkodaTue, Jan 27 2015

    Before Sunday's Super Bowl, there were formative big games back when the Seahawks and Patriots were running around on high school fields throughout the country.

  • Three lasting impressions from the winter Arizona high school sports season thus far

    Three lasting impressions from AZ sports

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 23 2015

    Recent memorable moments will help define 2014-2015 winter sports season in Arizona, as two records falls and another is tied by individuals and teams.

  • Fighting through the doubt: Arizona wrestlers prepare for huge weekend

    AZ wrestlers prepare for huge weekend

    by J. SkodaWed, Jan 14 2015

    A negative thought can begin the unraveling of an athlete's self-confidence in an individual sport like wrestling, especially at big events like this weekend's Flowing Wells and Doc Wright Invitationals.

  • Arizona soccer playoff standings are still fuzzy

    Soccer playoff picture still very fuzzy

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 09 2015

    Soccer rankings are different than most sports because of the amount of contests and the frontloading of schedules.

  • Corona del Sol basketball coming together over the holidays

    Coming together over the holidays

    by J. SkodaFri, Dec 26 2014

    Corona del Sol has some missing parts early on, but still takes an 8-0 record into two big-time events, including the VisitMesa.Com Basketball Challenge on Friday where 10 other Arizona programs are also participating.

  • Arizona girls basketball teams look to claim spot among the best at Nike TOC

    AZ teams ready for Nike TOC

    by J. SkodaThu, Dec 18 2014

    Three local teams - Desert Vista, Millennium and Hamilton - find a spot in the Joe Smith Division at the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions, which is held Thursday through Monday.

  • MaxPreps 2014 Arizona high school wrestling preview

    Arizona wrestling preview

    by J. SkodaSun, Dec 07 2014

    Mesa Mountain View works hard to stay on top of Arizona wrestling by heading out of state for top national events; Cibola, Seton Catholic, Camp Verde and St. Johns appear to be in line for state titles.

  • 2014 Arizona high school football finals preview

    AZ football finals preview

    by J. SkodaThu, Nov 27 2014

    Williams Field and Liberty played in the independent state title game in 2008 as programs just started out, and now both teams are playing for their first true state championships.

  • Rematches rule 2014 Arizona high school football playoff semifinals

    Rematches rule Arizona football semifinals

    by J. SkodaThu, Nov 20 2014

    Brophy might be the hottest team in Arizona,riding a nine-game win streak. The Broncos get to prove how far they have come in the semifinals as Brophy, which lost 41-6 to Hamilton in September, plays in one of five rematches this weekend.

  • MaxPreps 2014-15 Arizona preseason girls basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona girls basketball preseason Fab 5

    by J. SkodaFri, Nov 14 2014

    Desert Vista is our pick as the top girls basketball team in Arizona this season. Also watch for Hamilton, Millennium, Dobson and Highland.

  • MaxPreps 2014-15 Arizona preseason boys basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona boys basketball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaTue, Nov 11 2014

    Corona del Sol is our pick as the top boys basketball team in Arizona yet again this season. Also watch for Gilbert Christian, Chaparral, Shadow Mountain and Desert Vista.

  • Gilbert Christian is the new kid on the block in the AIA Division VI football playoffs

    Gilbert Chr. is new kid in D-VI playoffs

    by J. SkodaFri, Nov 07 2014

    Gilbert Christian is in its second-straight 8-man football semifinals in just the Knights' fourth year existence as they prepare to take on top-seeded defending champion Bagdad on Saturday. Perennial championship contenders Mogollon and Pima meet in the other semifinal.

  • Spectacular quarterbacks leave their mark on Arizona high school football

    Spectacular QBs leave their mark

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 30 2014

    The quarterback play in 2014 has been record-setting and breathtaking as players like Tempe's Emanuel Gant, Chandler's Bryce Perkins and Higley's Mason Crossland drive their teams toward the postseason.

  • Arizona high school football players and coaches put it all on the line with health issues

    Coaches, players put it on the line

    by J. SkodaFri, Oct 24 2014

    Two Arizona figures - Yuma Catholic coach Rhett Stallworth and Joy Christian quarterback Matt Mitchell - deal with health worries while being fully committed to football teams.

  • Final touches before Arizona high school volleyball playoffs begin

    Final touches before VB playoffs begin

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 16 2014

    Sixth annual Nike Tournament of Champions gives teams a chance to play intense games and work on improving without playoff implications.

  • Halfway through and ready for more in the Arizona high school football season

    Mid-season Arizona football update

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 02 20141 Comment

    Five weeks into the football season, and plenty of things have become clear but the second half could be even better.

  • Mountain Pointe-Hamilton Preview: Competitive nature bonds head coaches Norris Vaughan, Steve Belles

    No. 16 Mountain Pointe to face Hamilton

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 25 2014

    Both coaches are alike in how they run their programs, and it has led to a mutual respect that isn't always found among coaching ranks.

  • Chandler vs. Mountain Pointe highlights huge Week 4 in Arizona high school football

    Week 4 will be huge in Arizona

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 18 2014

    Aside from matchup of Xcellent 25 teams, Globe and Miami will play for the 100th year and two coaches will gun for career win No. 300.

  • Arizona high school football coaching changes: New leaders look to jumpstart programs

    AZ football coaching changes

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 04 2014

    Arizona has 47 new football coaches taking over programs this fall. The new guys are wide-ranging, from a legend at Poston Butte to newcomers at Basha and Wickenburg.

  • 2014 Arizona high school volleyball season could be full of surprises

    Arizona volleyball scene wide open

    by J. SkodaTue, Sep 02 2014

    Division I returns plenty of college talent that should lead their teams toward successful seasons, while the smaller divisions have traditional powers looking to return the top.

  • Get  tickets now: Top 10 must-see 2014 Arizona high school football games

    Top 10 must-see Arizona football games

    by J. SkodaThu, Aug 21 20141 Comment

    The football season gets underway this weekend with a few games to start an 11-week odyssey, but here are a handful of games that shouldn't be missed.

  • Sollenberger Classic: Role reversals in Las Vegas showdowns

    Role reversals shape Sollenberger

    by J. SkodaThu, Aug 21 2014

    The Ninth annual Sollenberger Classic provides some familiar storylines as Brophy College Prep (Phoenix) and Reed (Sparks, Nev.) try to duplicate's Mountain Pointe's program-shifting win a year ago.

  • MaxPreps 2014 Arizona preseason football Fab 5

    Arizona preseason football Fab 5

    by J. SkodaMon, Aug 18 2014

    Mountain Pointe is our pick as the top football team in Arizona this season. Also watch for Chandler, Hamilton, Saguaro and Centennial.

  • Arizona high school wrestling setting the standard for years to come

    AZ wrestling setting standard

    by J. SkodaFri, Aug 01 2014

    Team Arizona returns from Greco-Roman and freestyle nationals with a record number of All-Americans (15) and a triple crown winner in Ironwood Ridge's Danny Vega.

  • Desert Vista's Kristine Anigwe eyes gold medal opportunity with U.S. National Team

    Anigwe eyes medal chance with Team USA

    by J. SkodaWed, Jun 11 2014

    Kristine Anigwe, a 2015 Cal commit, used a stellar performance in the state title game to earn a spot on the U-17 U.S. National squad headed to the Czech Republic.