The rewards of hard work

The Arizona high school football season comes to an end on Monday night with the 5A I and II championships at University of Phoenix Stadium.  For all the boys (and their families), it is the conclusion of a season that started with spring ball practices in early May and passing league games in June.  As a reminder of the hard work these guys have put in over many months, here is Robert Balint’s two-minute video of  last June’s “Big Man” competition at Arizona State University, which pitted lineman from schools around the Valley against each other in tests of speed, strength and agility.

As for Monday’s championship games, Chandler Hamilton and Mesa Desert Ridge play for the 5A I title at 4 p.m. and Scottsdale Chaparral and Peoria Centennial will vie for the 5A II crown at 8 p.m.  Good luck to all of them.  For the underclassmen, the first spring ball practice for the 2011 season is less than five months away.


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