The little<BR>moments in a sports fan's life<BR>


The All Starz Academy dance team shows off some of its trophies from a recent dance competition in Las Vegas.

"This was the first time we won top studio," coach and co-owner Brandee Proffit said.

"I was so excited."

The event was held on May 15-16 at Cashman Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The All Starz competed against eleven studios from Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

The All Starz Academy of Gymnastics and Dance entered a total of 85 dancers ranging in age from two to 50-plus.

The All Starz won first place overall group with their variety routine titled "Hey Baby." The routine was also awarded two judges' choice awards: one for outstanding entertainment, and one for outstanding showmanship.

The six, seven and eight-year-old dancers in this winning group are: Breanna Allen, Kelsey Chan, Briana Mecom, Alexis Montanez, Ricky Ogborn, Hannah Renfrow and Patrick Webb.

The routine was choreographed and directed by Proffit.

The two, three, and four-year old dancers in "Animal Crackers In My Soup" won the Cutie Betutti Award, and placed ninth overall.

"The Lil' Fishies" dance won Best Costume & placed 10th overall.

In the large group division, the acrobatic dance "Football Follies" earned third place overall, the "Whoop-de-Dooper Bounce," also acrobatic, received fourth overall, and the lyrical routine "Missing You" won fifth place honors.

Courtney and Ricky Ogborn's variety duet to "Get Into My Car" placed second overall.

Lauren Bledsoe, Tricia Hall, and Dani Lauvers' acrobatic trio to "Heaven" placed fourth overall.

Chan and Mecoms' acrobatic duet called "Clownin' Around" placed fourth overall.

In the eight and under solo rankings, Chan placed second overall with her acrobatic number called "Tumbling For Treasure." Chan was also awarded the regional photogenic title and second runner up in the Miss Petite Dance Competition.

Mecom placed third with her acrobatic solo "Too Hot," and was first runner-up in the Miss Petite Dance Competition.

Both of these dancers were chosen to be a part of the Spotlight National Dance Team, which will perform in Branson, Mo., and in Las Vegas this summer.

Eight-year-old Alexis Diaz placed seventh overall with her lyrical solo "Reflection," and in the nine and over rankings, Bledsoe placed third with her solo entitled "A Moment Like This." Mariah Moon placed eighth with her novelty routine "Goodie Two Shoes," and Donna Gore placed 10th with her variety solo "You Make Me Jam."

The dance team's season runs until September.Sports fans witnessed a special piece of history on Tuesday when Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves.

Watching his performance was one of those special moments in life.

One of those moments where you just know something miraculous is taking place; all is good in the world.

I put together a list of some of my greatest sports moments – in no particular order.

Diamondbacks win the 2001 World Series.

This was one of the greatest series ever played.

The United States was still recovering from the shock of Sept.

11, baseball's greatest dynasty was taking on one of baseball's youngest teams – it was the perfect series.

The D-backs easily won the first two games at Bank One, and then traveled to historic Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees appeared destined to win the series by pulling out three unbelievable wins to take a 3-2 series lead coming back to Phoenix.

Johnson simply dominated New York in Game 6 and set up a showdown to remember in Game 7.

A miracle happened, and before you realized what was happening, Luis Gonzalez blooped a single over Derek Jeter and Arizona was the World Champions.

San Francisco wins the 1994 Super Bowl.

I was born to be a Niners fan, and I will die a Niners fan, so I had to pick one of their five Super Bowl titles.

Steve Young had yet to lead his team to a title since taking over for the legendary Joe Montana.

The pesky Dallas Cowboys had defeated the 49ers the previous two years in the NFC title game.

Finally, Young overcame adversity and led the 49ers to one of the biggest romps in Super Bowl history, easily defeating the San Diego Chargers.

Future Hall-of-Famer John Stockton announces retirement.

I was working as in intern with the ABC station in Salt Lake City, and I was helping the sports reporter cover the Jazz locker clean-out, following a first-round playoff loss to Sacramento.

Stockton came out of his meeting with Jazz owner Larry Miller and coach Jerry Sloan, simply asked for a few minutes to clean out his locker, and then briefly said he was done.

BYU vs.

Utah football game, 2001.

I can't leave out my alma mater, especially in one of the greatest games I ever saw played.

BYU was on the verge of a perfect conference season and the possibility of a BCS bowl bid.

The Utes seemed to be in control most of the game, eventually taking a 21-10 lead late in the fourth quarter.

But BYU scored two quick touchdowns to take a 24-21 lead with just about two minutes to go in the game, then great defense held the lead.

1996 Playoffs Phoenix vs.

San Antonio – Charles Barkley's final game in a Suns' uniform.

Sure the Spurs won the game and swept the Suns out of the playoffs, but I got to watch Barkley face off with the Admiral David Robinson.

Everyone has their favorite sports moments It's those moments that make sports so important to our culture.

Brent Hinckley is the Miner's sports writer.

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