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Tue
16
Dec
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Defending champs cruise in home opener

ADRIANNA OROZCO, 7, of Verrado sends a pass around a Betty Fairfax defender Friday night. Orozco scored two goals for the Lady Vipers, who won 10-1, to improve to 2-0.
ADRIANNA OROZCO, 7, of Verrado sends a pass around a Betty Fairfax defender Friday night. Orozco scored two goals for the Lady Vipers, who won 10-1, to improve to 2-0.

Freshman forward nets hat trick in 10-1 victory

Although the season is new, it was business as usual for Verrado’s girls soccer team Friday night. The defending Division II state champion Lady Vipers returned to the pitch for their home opener and clobbered Laveen Betty Fairfax, 10-1.

Verrado scored five goals in each half, and had six different players get on the score sheet. It was a much better performance than the season-opening 6-0 win on the road Dec. 9 against Laveen Cesar Chavez, coach David Hopkinson said.

“We were really rusty on [Dec. 9],” Hopkinson said. “First game, and I think half the girls were new. Half the girls didn’t start the opener last year, so you put five or six new girls out there and the chemistry isn’t going to be there right away.”

Tue
16
Dec
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Desert Edge explodes in 3rd, beats Buckeye

SIERRA MENDOZA, right, of Buckeye eyes Desert Edge’s Brooke Polite while she dribbles the ball. Desert Edge won the game, 49-35.
SIERRA MENDOZA, right, of Buckeye eyes Desert Edge’s Brooke Polite while she dribbles the ball. Desert Edge won the game, 49-35.
JASMINE GONZALEZ, left, of Buckeye tries to dribble around Desert Edge’s Aisha Thomas. The Lady Scorpions got 15 points from Thomas to help them beat the Lady Hawks Thursday at Buckeye, 49-35.
JASMINE GONZALEZ, left, of Buckeye tries to dribble around Desert Edge’s Aisha Thomas. The Lady Scorpions got 15 points from Thomas to help them beat the Lady Hawks Thursday at Buckeye, 49-35.

Thomas, Montano lead way for Lady Scorpion

Desert Edge used a common theme to push past Buckeye on Thursday night. The Lady Scorpions have started 3-0 in power-points games by putting together a big run during each of those contests.

On Thursday, it was a 12-0 run in just 1 minute, 15 seconds of the third quarter, giving them an insurmountable lead en route to a 49-35 triumph.

Tue
16
Dec
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Lady Owls off to strong start on pitch

DAKOTA CAMERON of Agua Fria attempts to maneuver around a Copper Canyon player during a Dec. 10 matchup. The Lady Owls won the game, 4-1.
DAKOTA CAMERON of Agua Fria attempts to maneuver around a Copper Canyon player during a Dec. 10 matchup. The Lady Owls won the game, 4-1.

Agua Fria goes 2-0-1 in 1st week of power-points game

Agua Fria girls soccer played three matches last week and came out undefeated.

The Lady Owls won against Glendale Raymond S. Kellis on Dec. 8, 2-1, beat Glendale Copper Canyon on the road Dec. 10, 4-1, and tied Peoria Independence Dec. 12, 4-4. The results moved Agua Fria to 3-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in Division II, Section 3 play.

Agua Fria won the first game of the week 2-1, but it was a result that didn’t sit well with many of the team’s players.

“We beat Kellis 2-1, but they weren’t happy with the game,” Agua Fria coach Darryl Rigsby said. “They were a really good, competitive team. To get away with a 2-1 win after the tournament [was impressive].”

The Lady Owls came back with a win against Copper Canyon and had a better feeling about the team’s performance.

Tue
16
Dec
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Westview girls snap losing streak

SAYLAIR GRANDON of Westview chases after a loose ball Thursday against Camelback. Grandon scored 17 points for the Lady Knights, who snapped a seven-game losing streak, 53-25.
SAYLAIR GRANDON of Westview chases after a loose ball Thursday against Camelback. Grandon scored 17 points for the Lady Knights, who snapped a seven-game losing streak, 53-25.

Lady Knights subdue Camelback in section opener

The Westview Lady Knights girls basketball team has been taking a page out of the Arizona Cardinals’ playbook. The page title: injuries.

The Lady Knights haven’t been at full strength all season, and haven’t had less than two girls sit out at any point during the year.

“I haven’t seen what they do as a whole squad together in an actual game,” Westview coach Lisa Contreras said. “Hopefully next week for the Nike Tournament we can get everyone back.”

Unfortunately for the defending state runner-up Lady Knights, the results haven’t been the same as the oft-injured Cardinals.

Westview has started 3-7, which includes the Highland Thanksgiving Tournament in Gilbert and a handful of regular season games.

“We’ve already seen some tough teams,” Contreras said. “It has been a good experience for some of the young girls.”

Tue
16
Dec
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Next man up, Cardinals

Shane McOwenThe Cardinals are doing something remarkable this year.

It’s not just that the team is now 11-3, after the most exciting field-goal fest last Thursday. It’s how they’ve done it.

That’s the hardest part to figure out. How are they doing it?

The Cardinals have had many key contributors out of the lineup at various points of the season. Starting quarterback Carson Palmer has been sidelined since tearing his ACL in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has missed two games this year thanks to a knee sprain, and still isn’t at 100 percent. Safety Tyrann Mathieu broke his thumb against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Andre Ellington, the team’s do-it-all running back, is out for the year with a sports hernia.

Fri
12
Dec
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Estrella places 4 wrestlers at Jerry Benson

JAIDEN SEGUNDO, top, of Buckeye wraps up the head of a Cactus wrestler during a dual meet Dec. 3 at Estrella Foothills. Segundo was the Hawks’ lone placer at the Jerry Benson Invitational tournament last weekend, finishing fifth.
JAIDEN SEGUNDO, top, of Buckeye wraps up the head of a Cactus wrestler during a dual meet Dec. 3 at Estrella Foothills. Segundo was the Hawks’ lone placer at the Jerry Benson Invitational tournament last weekend, finishing fifth.

Buckeye has 1 place

It was a successful weekend for Estrella Foothills at the Jerry Benson Invitational wrestling tournament at Buckeye High School Dec. 5-6. The Wolves had four wrestlers place, finishing 12th as a team.

Senior Eric Aguilar had the best performance for the Wolves, finishing second at 145 pounds. Seniors Delaney Alvidrez (138) and Maverick Newman (152) were fourth and sixth, respectively, while freshman Steven Garate (120) was also sixth.

“It’s really nice to have that senior leadership coming through and having success, but it’s also really good to see a freshman on the varsity team also finding success with what we’re doing in the room right now,” Estrella coach Garth Benson said.

Estrella might have had two other placers at the tournament, but Mark Garcia and Victor Cortez had to take the SAT test on Saturday. Therefore, despite advancing, they were unable to wrestle.

Fri
12
Dec
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Owls dominate Panthers

ISAIAH OLVERA, of Agua Fria drives past a Peoria defender Tuesday night.
ISAIAH OLVERA, of Agua Fria drives past a Peoria defender Tuesday night.
ISAIAH JOHNS of Agua Fria goes up for a shot during the same game. The Owls shut out the Panthers in the first quarter and went on to win, 62-39.
ISAIAH JOHNS of Agua Fria goes up for a shot during the same game. The Owls shut out the Panthers in the first quarter and went on to win, 62-39.

Agua Fria holds Peoria scoreless in 1st quarter

For a while, it looked as if Agua Fria was going to pitch a shutout.

The Owls (5-2, 1-0) held visiting Peoria (1-6, 0-1) scoreless for the first 11:38 of the game en route to a 62-39 victory Tuesday in Division II, Section 3 boys basketball.

Junior guard Isaiah Olvera led the way for the Owls, scoring 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Sophomore Bryce Fowler and junior Isaiah Johns had 10 points apiece in the contest. Fowler hit 3 of 4 3-point shots, and Olvera went 2 of 4 beyond the arc, in part of a 58 percent performance for the team in 3-point shooting.

The Owls shot 54 percent for the game, but really left their mark on the defensive side of the ball.

Peoria was held scoreless in the first quarter, 11-0, and didn’t score until 4:22 remained in the second quarter on a 3-pointer by Kahliq Muhammad.

Fri
12
Dec
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Wolves top Riders with strong 2nd half

DAVID McCRAY, 24, of Estrella Foothills puts up a shot while being guarded by Youngker’s Jeremiah Wells, 5. McCray had three points in his return to the lineup, helping the Wolves to a 61-46 victory.
DAVID McCRAY, 24, of Estrella Foothills puts up a shot while being guarded by Youngker’s Jeremiah Wells, 5. McCray had three points in his return to the lineup, helping the Wolves to a 61-46 victory.
RICKY ROBINSON of Estrella Foothills surveys the floor as he dribbles upcourt. Robinson and the Wolves topped visiting Youngker on Tuesday, 61-46.
RICKY ROBINSON of Estrella Foothills surveys the floor as he dribbles upcourt. Robinson and the Wolves topped visiting Youngker on Tuesday, 61-46.

Tae Brown scores 26 in victory

Estrella Foothills used its shooting guard to get the lead, and its full-court pressure to extend it, topping Youngker on Tuesday night at home, 61-46.

Tae Brown scored 12 points in the first quarter, connecting on four 3-pointers. He finished with a season-high 26 points.

Tue
09
Dec
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Knights fall to Broncos, 62-41

STORME DONAHUE of Westview holds the ball away from a Brophy defender during Friday’s game. Donahue and the Knights were without leading scorer Kendall Barnes and lost the game, 62-41.
STORME DONAHUE of Westview holds the ball away from a Brophy defender during Friday’s game. Donahue and the Knights were without leading scorer Kendall Barnes and lost the game, 62-41.

The Phoenix Brophy Broncos were able to take advantage of a shorthanded Westview Knights squad Friday night in a Division I boys basketball showdown, defeating the hosts 62-41 at Westview High School.

The Knights were without top scorer Kendall Barnes for the contest. Barnes, who averages 20.4 points per game, missed because of an injury suffered the night before against Anthem Boulder Creek.

Tue
09
Dec
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Millennium loses lead late, falls in OT

HABIB AROGUNDADE, 12, of Millennium passes to teammate Hunter Wirth while playing Perry Dec. 3. The Tigers lost the game in overtime, 50-48.
HABIB AROGUNDADE, 12, of Millennium passes to teammate Hunter Wirth while playing Perry Dec. 3. The Tigers lost the game in overtime, 50-48.

The Millennium Tigers’ boys basketball team started last week off well, but finished it with two tough losses to drop the team to 1-2.

The Tigers split the opening pair of home games against Anthem Boulder Creek on Dec. 2 and Gilbert Perry on Dec. 3.

Millennium defeated Boulder Creek 48-45. The Tigers held the lead after each quarter on their way to victory.

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