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Wolves News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Wolves News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN


Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from Active.com’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:

 

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Wolves News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Wolves News · AIA Final State Championship Scoreboard 2016-2017


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Eighty-seven championship trophies were awarded for the just completed 2016-2017 prep school year. Sixty-one schools garnered at least one crown.

Seventen schools earned more than one title. They are: Desert Vista (4), Fountain Hills (4),  Xavier Prep (3), Chandler (3), Salpointe Catholic (3), Chaparral (3), North Canyon (3), Flagstaff (2), Corona del Sol (2), Chino Valley (2),Cienega (2), Hamilton (2), Sunnyslope (2), Catalina Foothlls (2), Brophy Prep (2), Pusch Ridge (2), Northwest Christian (2).

Here are the championships awarded and who won them:

FALL

Football: Chandler, Williams Field, Saguaro, American Leadership, Thatcher, Bagdad. Boys cross country: Desert Vista, Flagstaff, Page, Hopi. Girls cross country: Desert Vista, Flagstaff, Salpointe, Northland Prep. Boys golf: Desert Vista, Catalna Foothills. Girls golf: Xavier Prep, Cactus Shadows. Badminton: Xavier Prep, Sunnyslope. Boys swimming: Brophy Prep, Chaparral, Phoenix Country Day. Girls swimming: Desert Vista, Chaparral, Sabino. Girls volleyball: Corona del Sol, Centennial, Salpointe, Fountain Hills, Horizon Honors, St. David. Boys soccer: Chino Valley. Girls soccer: Chino Valley.

WINTER

Boys basketball:  Basha, Sunnyslope, Shadow Mountain, Fountain Hills, Gilbert Christian, NFL Yet. Girls basketball: Valley Vista, Mesquite, Seton Catholic, Valley Christian, Valley Sanders, St. Michael. Boys soccer: Gilbert, North Canyon, Coronado, Yuma Catholic. Girls soccer: Xavier Prep, Chaparral, Salpointe, Fountain HIlls. Wrestling: Corona del Sol, Marana Mountain View, Show Low, Morenci.

SPRING

Boys tennis: Brophy Prep, Catalina Foothills, Tanque Verde. Girls tennis: Desert Mountain, Arcadia, Pusch Ridge. Boys track: Chandler, North Canyon, Snowflake, Scottsdale Prep. Girls track: Chandler, North Canyon, Fountain Hills, Pusch Ridge. Boys volleyball: Boulder Creek, Cienega. Baseball: Hamilton, Raymond Kellis, Nogales, Northwest Christian, Phoenix Christian, Superior. Softball: Hamilton, Cienega, Canyon del Oro, Empire, Benson, Ray. Spring golf: Northwest Christian.

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Final state championship scoreboard 2016-2017

Eighty-seven championship trophies were awarded for the just completed 2016-2017 prep school year. Sixty-one schools garnered at least one crown. Seventen schools earned more than one title.


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Wolves News · Arizona’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Nominations are open now! – Presented by VNN


This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Arizona? Nominate your favorite with the form below.

Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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Wolves News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN


The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Wolves News · Event Recap: Week of April 15 – April 21


Saturday, Apr 15th

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Sunday, Apr 16th

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Monday, Apr 17th

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Friday, Apr 21st

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Multiple Teams · Arizona’s Track and Field Records – Presented by VNN


As the Spring Season hits full swing, state records start falling.

Think you can meet the challenge? Here’s a link to the AIA Track and Field State Records:

Arizona AIA Track and Field State Records

 

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Wolves News · All Teams Schedule: Week of April 17 – April 23


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Walden Grove High School, April 17 – April 23

MONDAY

April 17, 2017

3:30 PM Boys Varsity Tennis
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TUESDAY

April 18, 2017

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WEDNESDAY

April 19, 2017

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THURSDAY

April 20, 2017

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FRIDAY

April 21, 2017

3:30 PM Boys Varsity Tennis
State Individual Tournament
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SATURDAY

April 22, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

April 23, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Wolves News · Event Recap: Week of April 8 – April 14


Saturday, Apr 8th

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Monday, Apr 10th

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Tuesday, Apr 11th

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Wednesday, Apr 12th

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Thursday, Apr 13th

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Friday, Apr 14th

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