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Stars coming out to Glendale

by Jason Stone

It might not be Lilith Fair, but a circus of nationally known music acts is making its way through the West Valley this week.
Sarah McLachlan, who started the successful Lilith Fair tours in the mid-1990s, is headlining a handful of pop and rock acts making their way here this week.
McLachlan, who is touring solo again in promotion of her latest album “Afterglow,” will be at Glendale Arena Friday for an 8 p.m. show with opener Butterfly Boucher. Tickets range between $45 and $65.
If McLachlan’s pop sensibilities turn you off, try rock legends Rush, playing an 8 p.m. show Friday at Cricket Pavilion. Tickets range from $36 to $73.
Additionally, John Mayer will play on a bill with Maroon5 Tuesday at Cricket Pavilion. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $34 and $44.
Tickets for all shows can be purchased through Ticketmaster either by calling (480) 784-4444 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Published at glendalestar.com • July 14, 2004

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Deer Valley wrestlers are big local winner

by Jason Stone

A month long of prep playoff action started in earnest last week at Glendale Arena.
Deer Valley was the big local winner at the 5A and 4A wrestling tournament as the Skyhawks took fifth as a team and 125-pounder Jared Schmidt took second overall.
Glendale Arena hosted the championships of all five wrestling classification tournaments, beginning a month of action the Arizona Interscholastic Association is calling “February Frenzy.”
Deer Valley totalled 111 points, finishing behind Highland (183), Red Mountain (157), (Mesa) Mountain View (156.5) and Mesa (129.5).
Five Skyhawks wrestlers placed individually, the only local wrestlers to do so in 5A.
Schmidt had the best finish as he nearly won a state title before losing 4-2 to Spencer Jasper of Highland in the championship match.
Nick Detloff, a 135-pounder from Deer Valley, took third in the 135-pound weight class, while Josh Wade (130 pounds), Dan Stevens (145) and Jesse Whitson (152) each took sixth place in their respective weight classes.
Ironwood (37th) and Mountain Ridge (45th) did not have any individual placers.
In the 4A tournament, no local teams made the top 10, but Independence came close with three wrestlers placing individually.
J.J. Sanchez (215) and Diamond Johnson (heavyweight) each took fourth place in their respective weight class, and Edgar Guerra took sixth at 189 to help the Patriots finish 14th as a team.
Independence ended up with 56.50 points to fall behind top teams Sunnyslope (first at 235.5), Thunderbird (180), Mingus (142), Payson (117) and Moon Valley (110).
Other local team finishes included Apollo (33rd) and Cactus (35th).

Published at glendalestar.com • Feb. 21, 2005

Hockey appears done; AIA coming

by Jason Stone

The NHL’s loss might just be the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s gain.

With the Phoenix Coyotes season on life support and Glendale Arena aggressively trying to fill dates with other events, the AIA and the arena agreed to bring “February Frenzy” to the facility starting this year.

All basketball state tournament championships will now be played at Glendale Arena, instead of America West Arena, which has hosted the game since opening its doors 12 years ago.

The arena will also host the wrestling and spirit line championships.

“I think this is great for the West Valley — especially people in Glendale and Peoria,” said Peoria High athletic director Kevin Forgia, a longtime West Valley resident who has also headed up the program at Cactus in the past. “It certainly makes it convenient for us.”

The addition of the championship games — and possible football hosting spot at the new Cardinals Stadium in 2006 — has given Glendale another feather in its sports cap.

The city already will receive the Fiesta Bowl starting in 2006, the Super Bowl in 2008 and the NHL All-Star Game in 2006.

The Cardinals officially begin play at the new stadium in 2006.

Published at glendalestar.com • Dec. 22, 2004


Coyotes to open at home — maybe

by Jason Stone

Phoenix Coyotes players do not know if the 2004-05 NHL season will be staged.
But if it is, the Coyotes know who they will be playing.
The NHL released its ’04-’05 schedule last week, and baring an expected owner lockout, the Coyotes will begin at home Oct. 13 against Pacific Division-rival Dallas.
The home opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Glendale Arena.
All Coyotes home games except four will begin at 7 p.m. Two Sunday games, a game on New Year’s Eve and one on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will feature different starting times.
The two longest home stands at Glendale Arena will be a six-game stretch from Nov. 20 through Dec. 4 and a five-game stint from Jan. 17 through 27.
The Coyotes start the season by playing 11 of their first 19 games on the road. The longest road trip is a five-game swing through Columbus, St. Louis, San Jose, Vancouver and Anaheim from Dec. 17 through 26.
The NHL All-Star Game will be played Feb. 13 in Atlanta.
It is the last All-Star Game before Glendale hosts the event in February 2006.

Published at glendalestar.com • July 25, 2004


Country king Chesney hits Glendale on ‘Tiki’ tour

by Jason Stone

He may be known as much for his boy-next-door looks as his vocal chops, but Kenny Chesney has not had to work hard to impress critics.
The Academy of Country Music named Chesney the Male Vocalist of the Year in 2002 and he was nominated for the award again this year.
West Valley fans can find out for themselves if Chesney deserved the award given to Toby Keith last week when Chesney brings his “Guitars, Tiki Bars and a Whole Lot of Love” tour through Glendale Arena at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
With a pair of No. 1 songs on the country charts from his latest release “When The Sun Goes Down” in his arsenal, Chesney’s tour is trying to surpass last year’s American jaunt, which became the third most attended tour of the year.
That’s not bad considering Chesney was behind touring behemouths Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band.
Joining Chesney on the bill are three-time ACM Top Vocal Group winners Rascal Flatts, which had a monster hit in 2002 with “I’m Moving On,” that year’s ACM’s Song of the Year.
In just three years, Rascal Flatts has released eight top 10 country hits and has even cracked the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts.
The group’s latest release “Melt,” sold eight million copies in its first eight weeks of release in 2002.
Michigan-native Uncle Kracker, who is more on the rock side of the ledger, will open up for both acts.
Kracker (whose real name is Matt Shafer) has had two top 10 hits on the pop charts with “Follow Me” (2001) and a cover of Dobie Gray’s 1970s classic “Drift Away” (2003).
Tickets for the triple bill are $59.95 and $44.45 and are available at the Glendale Arena box office or at Ticketmaster by calling (480) 784-4444.

Published at glendalestar.com • June 3, 2004