Odds and Ends - March 15, 2017

Scorpion Skills Camp starting March 20

Desert Edge High School is hosting a basketball skills camp starting next week.

The camp is for boys and girls from third through eighth grades, and lasts eight weeks.

The camp will focus on fundamentals including ball handling, passing, layups, shooting, rebounding and defensive positioning. It will also have an emphasis on small-squad games.

The camp is once a week, with sixth through eighth graders going Mondays, and third through fifth graders going Wednesdays. The time for each group is 6-7:30 p.m., with the last day of the camp coming the week of May 8.

Cost is $20 per child.

For information, contact Desert Edge girls varsity basketball coach Heidi Behnke at 623-932-7500, ext. 3033, or hbehnke@aguafria.org.


Goodyear youth basketball team looking for players

The AZ Sharks, a youth basketball club team in Goodyear, is looking for boys in fourth through seventh grades to play.

For information, contact Ryan Nelson at 623-210-5451.


Local products having successful springs

Kole Calhoun, a 2006 graduate of Buckeye Union High School, and Aaron Altherr, a 2009 graduate of Agua Fria High School, are having good starts to spring training.

Calhoun, a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is batting .269 (7 for 26) with a homerun and six RBI.

Calhoun signed a three-year, $26-million contract in January, which came on the heels of his best season in the majors. Calhoun batted .271 with 35 doubles, 18 homers and 75 RBI in 2016. He also cut down his strikeouts, and increased his walks, accounting for a .348 on-base percentage.

Altherr, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, is batting .286 (8 for 28) with a homer, four RBI and six runs scored.

Altherr is yet to play a full regular season in the majors. Last year, he was projected to be an everyday outfielder for the Phillies, but a preseason injury forced him to spend a lengthy stint on the disabled list. Upon his return, Altherr batted .197 with four homers and 22 RBI in 57 games.


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