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THINK PINK: San Tan Legacy Girls Soccer shows support for breast cancer awareness during the month of October by wearing pink during training all month. Most of the girls, who range in age from 9 to 14, have known a friend or family member who has dealt with cancer. Submitted photo

Valley Christian wins top ranking Chandler’s Valley Christian High School was recently ranked among the top 50 Christian high schools in the U.S. by The Best Schools (TBS), based on its measurements of academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographic and demographic diversity and purposeful Christian faith. VCHS is the only Arizona school to be named to TBS’ annual ranking of top Christian high schools and one of only 12 schools in the western United States. VCHS was also the 2014 recipient of the AIA’s Overall Excellence Award for its successful

athletic and extracurricular programs, the seventh year it has received the award. “This is a testament to the diligence of our entire community and their continued commitment to and pursuit of excellence,” says VCHS Principal Dan Kulper. VCHS opened in 1982 and serves students in grades nine through 12. More than 80 percent of families received financial aid last year to attend VCHS. VCHS is at 6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 705-8888.

Youth golfers shine at Pinehurst BY TIM J. RANDALL

Two Chandler youngsters—5-year-old Ethan “E.” Butters and 10-year-old Mahanth Chirravuri—took on children from around the globe and placed highly at the recent U.S. Kids Golf World Championships. Mahanth finished sixth in the world in the age-10 bracket, while E. tagged ninth in the 6-and-younger bracket. Held in historic Pinehurst, North Carolina, the kids were among more than 2,000 players who participated in what is dubbed the largest and most prestigious event for kids ages 12 and younger. At the three-day tournament, each of the youngsters made handfuls of pars and birdies. Playing 18 holes a day at Little River Golf Resort over a 5,000-yard track, Mahanth scored rounds of even par, even par and three under par. E., who played nine holes per day over 1,200 yards at Midland Country Club, scored a seven-over-par opening round, followed by brilliant second and third rounds of one under par and three under par, respectively. That final round was also E.’s personal best. E. and Mahanth qualified to play by winning the Player of the Year awards in their respective age groups during the local U.S. Kids Golf Phoenix tour. The two golfers share a love of the game. The Golf Channel or a golf tournament is a staple on television in both households. They each like the same players: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. They both have swing coaches, and they play out of Ocotillo Golf Resort. The

E. MAKES AN EAGLE: Ethan “E.” Butters plays at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships. Photo courtesy of Lisa Butters

similarities don’t stop there. These two golfers can thank supportive parents and families for their successes. Lisa Butters’ three brothers have been E.’s golfing companions since he began swinging a club at 18 months old. Her middle brother, Dave, is E.’s caddy. For Mahanth, his mother and father and siblings attend tournaments with him and love to watch him play. Dale Balvin, who works with both kids through U.S. Kids Golf, says, “Sometimes, I don’t think they know how good they really are, and I think that’s good. It is really fun to watch them play every week and watch how they improve.” Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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