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2/15/2013 6:01:00 AM
Would Kingman Academy move take rivalries to a new level?
RODNEY HAAS/Miner Kingman Academy’s Ike Chinyere grabs a rebound during the third quarter of the Tigers’ 79-37 win Saturday over Estrella during the Fourth Annual Hoops for Hope cancer night. With KAHS moving to the AIA, next year’s game could be bigger if the Tigers played Kingman High.

Kingman Academy’s Ike Chinyere grabs a rebound during the third quarter of the Tigers’ 79-37 win Saturday over Estrella during the Fourth Annual Hoops for Hope cancer night. With KAHS moving to the AIA, next year’s game could be bigger if the Tigers played Kingman High.

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter

For the fourth consecutive year, Kingman Academy's Hoops for Hope cancer night was a success. It raised more money this year than it did last year and the school continues to work toward the overall goal of $10,000 for the Kingman Cancer Care Unit.

But as I look into the future through the crystal ball on my desk (which also doubles as a Los Angeles Dodgers softy ball), I see an event that continues to grow, and will grow by leaps and bounds next year thanks in large part to the decision by KAHS to move to the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

It's January 2014 and KAHS is getting set to host Kingman High on a Friday night for the Fifth Annual Hoops for Hope. Planning has been going on for this event since the start of the school year. Unlike last year, there are no concerns over whether the other team is going to find some excuse to forfeit. It's something that happened a year ago with Phoenix South Ridge and was a problem that seemed to be getting worse when the Tigers were playing in the Charter Athletic Association.

Instead, what started off as a small event has taken over the community this year. With KHS as the opponent, both schools are getting involved, challenging each other to see which school can raise the most money.

An idea that was forged last year by KAHS boys basketball coach Bryant Morrison of a traveling cup between the two schools has taken hold. Now players from both schools are talking about whose trophy case the cup will sit in.

As Friday nears and game time approaches, both schools are neck-and-neck with more than $5,000 raised. The goal of $10,000 has been met; the only question now is how much more will be raised.

As tipoff nears for the girls' game, KAHS athletic director Shawn Byrne slaps a "sold out" sign on the door after being notified by the Kingman Fire Department that the Betty Rowe Gymnasium is at maximum capacity.

The schools decide to hold the varsity girls game at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 7 p.m. at KAHS, while the freshman and junior varsity teams play over at KHS.

Inside the gym, every spot that can hold fans is being utilized. The bleachers that are six rows deep on the east side of the gym are filled and temporary benches three and four deep connect the bleachers to the end of KHS' bench.

"That would be fantastic. You could imagine the type of crowd that it would bring," said KHS Athletic Director John Venenga. "The crowd is going to be big anyway, but to be able to do something like that for cancer would be phenomenal. Plus we could add Lee Williams in the mix."

For some at KAHS, this night reminds them of the Tigers' homecoming game at Southside Park against Lee Williams High back in October. That night there was such a large crowd the Kingman Police Department had to be called to help direct traffic out of the park.

Yes, I can see it now. The possibilities are limitless.

If KAHS' move to the AIA does become a reality, the idea of a Bulldogs vs. Tigers matchup for the annual Hoops for Hope is a move the school should seriously consider. It's an event that has seen continued success, but this matchup and a potential matchup of KAHS and Lee Williams down the road could take the event to levels beyond comprehension.

KAHS' current goal is to raise $10,000. Playing the Bulldogs or the Volunteers could make raising $10,000 a drop in the bucket and cause the school to raise its goals to levels never even thought of in the past. $20,000? $30,000?

As for those wondering if my crystal ball has final scores - sorry. The only score the magic Dodgers softy ball can predict is Adrian Gonzalez hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series to beat the Detroit Tigers.

ICT - Dr. Mohtaseb
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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Jenn Gregory

Kingman Academy High School currently has no wait. I am only speaking for Kingman Academy High School, not the primary, intermediate, or middle school.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Matty Ice

There must be a misprint on the KOAL Website?

"Upon receipt of the completed application, students will be placed on the waiting list for the appropriate grade level.

All students submitting a timely application will be admitted, unless the number of applications exceeds the number of openings available. If the number of applications exceeds the number of openings, preference will be given to siblings of students already enrolled. Remaining openings will be filled through an equitable selection process."

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous Anonymous

@ Jennifer Gregory,

That is just not true. There is indeed a waiting list, and children are supposedly chosen by lottery to attend KAOL. It is not open or available to everyone.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jennifer Gregory

@Public school sytem needs this kind of attention!

Kingman Academy High School is opened to all students. There is no tuition, no wait and free busing is offered.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: jist me a walkin

That is exactly why there are charter schools. Because of the public schools. The more money you throw at them, the less they do with it. ..... in service days with teachers, playing board games so they could learn team work??? NO DISCIPLINE for the kids.... DISRESPECTFUL KIDS toward teacher, and any other adult. Kids NOT LEARNING then parents insisting they pass any way because it might damage their egos and self esteem if they have to stay back or repeat a class. ... and the list goes on. FIGHTS ON CAMPUS and when a teacher tries to break it up gets fired...... .... I do not want my child taught down to that level. BTW my son got angry at another student, back in 9th grade, and shoved him, a teacher witnessed it, both students received 1 week in school detention, apologies to all involved, an essay. mi son was also placed on probation. .... try that in public school

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: jist me sittin

they are in different associations and are not allowed to play each other.

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Article comment by: Public school sytem needs this kind of attention!

Pretty sad that all our money is not going to the public school system so that ALL children can receive this kind of top notch attention.

Kudos to Kingman Academy BUT why not make this kind of education available to ALL of Mohave County.

It is obvious that our public school system needs this kind of attention and funding!

Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

The question is "Why hasn't this happened already?"

Teams in both leagues are allowed to play non-league games. Shouldn't this have happened years ago?

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