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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:00 pm

August 31, 2005 - Jordan Powell capped off an outstanding high school career this summer with three solid meets on and near the West Coast. Before heading to the University of Arizona to compete for the Wildcat track and field program this fall, Powell had some unfinished business to attend to. First up, at the 30th Great Southwest Classic held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Powell knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Southwest with a wind-aided long jump of 24 feet, 1 inch. The jump was the third longest in the country in 2005 for his age group and gave him first place in the meet against athletes from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

Next up for the Canyon Del Oro High School grad was the Adidas Golden West Track and Field Meet, held June 12 at Folsom High School in Folsom, Calif. In that meet, Jeremy Hicks of Texas edged out Powell for first place in California, with the ex-Dorado leaping 23 feet, 5 inches.

The summer concluded down the coast the following weekend in Carson City, Calif., at the USA Junior Nationals. Although he didn't finish in the top two in the nation and earn a spot on the USA team for the Pan-Am Games, Powell's ninth place finish (23 feet, 2.75 inches) was enough to land him on the All-American team.

Powell's work continues this fall when he joins the Wildcats, where his high-flying career should continue to soar under the tutelage of the UA's coaches. His freshman year has the potential to be an exciting one, considering that his long jump of nearly 25 feet at the Great Southwest Classic would have qualified him for fourth place at the 2005 Pac-10 championships.

Foothills foothold

For the third consecutive year, Catalina Foothills High School is the winner of the Hendrickson Overall Excellence Award by the Arizona Interscholastic Association for the best athletic and activity programs in the state. In 2004-05, the Falcons captured state championships in chess; boys and girls tennis and swimming; and girls soccer, track and golf.

Pigskin party

The high school football season will get underway this weekend with all five Northwest and Foothills teams kicking off their seasons Sept. 2. Hitting the road to start the year will be Catalina Foothills High School (3-7 season record, 3-4 in the Kino Conference in 2004), which heads to Cholla to get its season underway. Mountain View High School (7-3, 5-1), which missed out on a state playoff spot by a tiebreaker in 2004, will travel the farthest to open its season, heading to Phoenix North Canyon High School. In Marana, the Willie Dudley era will enter its second season when the head coach and the Tigers visit Catalina High School. Staying at home on Sept. 2 will be Canyon Del Oro High School (8-3, 5-1), which joins Ironwood Ridge High School in the Class 4A Sonoran Region this year. The Dorados will open with Scottsdale Saguaro while the Nighthawks (8-3, 6-1) play host to Flowing Wells High School. All games kick off at 7 p.m.

Already underway is Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (3-6, 3-1), which suffered an opening week loss to Scottsdale Christian High School on Aug. 27. The Eagles upended the Lions 43-15 in Scottsdale.

The Sporting Life Jinx?

What's in the Oro Valley water? Former TSL highlight-ees and Oro Valley residents Alan Zinter and Scott Hairston of the Tucson Sidewinders have each had their seasons cut short by injuries. The culprit? Both players' campaigns ended with torn labrums. Hairston's occurred after he got hit on his non-throwing shoulder by a pitch July 22. Zinter injured his wing midway through the year and has been out ever since.

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