David Rodish
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Sports Reporter, Phoenix

David Rodish expects to graduate in spring 2023 with a master’s degree in mass communication degree.

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Yuma Catholic QB Richard Stallworth aims to throw himself into Arizona’s record books as all-time passing leader

YUMA – Richard Stallworth sits atop most of Arizona’s all-time high school quarterback records. This season, he passed Spencer Rattler for most career touchdowns, and entering Friday’s game he’s only 183 yards away from being the state’s all-time passing yards leader.


Whistleblowers: Verbal abuse from fans prompts AIA officiating shortage, Thursday night football

PHOENIX – Most officials quit the profession after just three years. The most common reason has been dealing with verbal abuse from the stands. The lack of officials has led to the AIA moving more varsity football games to Thursday night.

Working as a high school official can be a lonely business. The verbal abuse by fans is one reason there is a shortage in Arizona and why the AIA has asked football teams to play at least one Thursday night game. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Mesa High athletes memorialize former student with local cemetery cleanup

MESA – Mesa High students who participate in sports or clubs make a trip each fall to the City of Mesa Cemetery to clean up the grounds. It’s a way to give back to their community and honor the late Jackrabbit Zedo Ishikawa, who is buried there. Ishikawa’s dying words, “Carry on,” became the school’s motto, and today’s students aim to carry on the cemetery tradition.

In honor of Zedo Ishikawa and the “Carry On” movement, Mesa High School students help clean the City of Mesa Cemetery. (Photo courtesy of Steven Lewis)

Did Chandler-Saguaro rematch serve as potential postseason preview?

CHANDLER – For five years, nobody could top the Wolves. Last November, the Saguaro Sabercats were able to beat Chandler in the Open Division Championship, ending Chandler’s run. Friday showed a rematch of the game with a renewed Chandler offense.

A standout crowd of 5,000 witnessed a shift of power in Friday's Chandler-Saguaro rematch. The Wolves won, 31-21, and remain undefeated this season at 4-0. (Photo by Adrian Chandler/Cronkite News)

Mesa high schools hit coaching reset in quest to end title drought

MESA – In a push to return to its glory days, Mesa Public Schools hired six new head coaches – three each in volleyball and football – and upgraded facilities at several schools. The Mesa district hasn’t accounted for a state football title since 2002 or a state volleyball championship since 1999.


Since 1980, Horizon volleyball coach McKenzie has thrived in evolving sports landscape

PHOENIX – Since Ronald Reagan was president, Valorie McKenzie has been the coach of Horizon High School’s volleyball team. She has seen the high school landscape change with Title IX, college recruitment and the spread of club volleyball.


Big 12 Conference remains open for expansion after Pac-12 merger talks end

PHOENIX – New Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark said the conference is exploring all options to expand in light of USC and UCLA’s recent departure to the Big 10 conference.


Despite improvements from 2021, Diamondbacks still struggling with NL West opponents

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have improved since last season, but still have a lot to prove against the National league West. The team is a combined 9-19 against the division.


Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks and souvenirs and … Diamondbacks named most affordable for fans

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have the most affordable fan experience in Major League Basesball in 2022, according to Team Marketing Reports 2022 MLB Fan Cost Index.


Eat, Pay, Glove: Caesars Sportsbook, Guy Fieri restaurant open at Chase Field

PHOENIX – A Caesars gambling venue has opening at Chase Field, the second major sportsbook to attach to a sports venue in Arizona. The facility includes Guy Fieri’s first restaurant in Arizona.


Battle for Arizona Avenue: Hamilton-Chandler rivalry extends to baseball with first title meeting

TEMPE – A rivalry best known for football has extended to the diamond. Hamilton High School and Chandler High School showcased their talents in the baseball 6A state championship game. Is a new rivalry underway?


Long Beach, LA docks work round the clock to slog through backlog of shipments

LONG BEACH, California – A major backlog of overseas shipments in L.A. and Long Beach, California, is leading to supply chain disruptions throughout the country.


Fast food workers strike in LA, push for better pay and safety standards across industry

LOS ANGELES – The fight for safer working conditions and creating a minimum standard at fast food restaurants led to workers protesting outside several McDonald's restaurants in Los Angeles on Nov. 9.


‘Becoming Jane’: LA exhibit explores the evolution of conservationist Jane Goodall

LOS ANGELES – Jane Goodall began living among chimpanzees in Tanzania in 1960, and over the decades she has given scientists a new understanding of our closest relatives.


Return of the Jedis: Lightspeed Saber League back in competition

BUENA PARK, California – Last month’s competition in Southern California was the first tournament for the Lightspeed Saber League since the shutdown from COVID-19.


‘Be bold. Be courageous’: Gabby Giffords opens Gun Violence Memorial in LA

LOS ANGELES – Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was gravely wounded in 2011, opened the Gun Violence Memorial at Expedition Park on Tuesday to memorialize the 3,400 Californians who died in gun violence in 2020.


LA wheelchair basketball program helps kids with physical disabilities stay active

LA84 and Las Floristas fund the Rancho Los Amigos wheelchair basketball program. This provides kids and adults a chance to stay active and compete in sports.


Sniffing out the waves: Doggy surfing contest brings smiles to spectators

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California – The Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, allows dogs to enjoy the water and humans to enjoy watching dogs ride surfboards.


They ‘just want to play:’ The history of girls in the Little League World Series

LOS ANGELES – Victoria Ruelas broke a gender barrier in 1989 by playing in the Little League World Series. Today, Ellie Bruning is continuing her legacy.


Heads-up on concussions: Cardinals’ receiver Christian Kirk praises Barrow’s Brainbook

Christian Kirk and Dr. Javier Cárdenas of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center discussed the usefulness of the Barrow Brainbook for detecting concussions and other head trauma among high school athletes.