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Strong 2nd quarter propels Estrella past Youngker

CLARIBEL LOPEZ, right, of Youngker drives toward the hoop Dec. 3 against Estrella Foothills’ Lily Mika. The Lady Wolves outscored the Lady Roughriders by 22 points in the second quarter en route to an 83-45 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas
CLARIBEL LOPEZ, right, of Youngker drives toward the hoop Dec. 3 against Estrella Foothills’ Lily Mika. The Lady Wolves outscored the Lady Roughriders by 22 points in the second quarter en route to an 83-45 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Wolves’ defense suffocates Lady Riders in early going

Estrella Foothills girls basketball kicked off 4A Southwest Region play Jan. 3 on a high note, beating Youngker soundly at home.

The Lady Wolves used an intense full-court press to create steals and buckets the other way. The end result was an 83-45 victory.

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Estrella wrestlers building for future

WYATT POWE, right, of Estrella Foothills wraps up Anthony Jett of Shadow Ridge Jan. 4 during a home meet. Powe won his 220-pound match by pinfall at 3:17. View photo by Ray Thomas
WYATT POWE, right, of Estrella Foothills wraps up Anthony Jett of Shadow Ridge Jan. 4 during a home meet. Powe won his 220-pound match by pinfall at 3:17. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolves lose big against Shadow Ridge

Estrella Foothills didn’t fare well in its only home wrestling match of the season.

The Jan. 4 four-school dual meet turned into just two teams because Phoenix North Canyon decided not to participate during its winter break, and Peoria had athletes involved in a car accident during lunch the day of the meet, so it also canceled.

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Verrado scoring woes continue in 3-0 loss

JESSICA FARMER, 4, of Verrado chases down a ball Dec. 8 against Millennium. The Lady Vipers have faced a tough non-region schedule, winning just two games so far, but have their sights set on region play, which begins today. View photo by Ray Thomas
JESSICA FARMER, 4, of Verrado chases down a ball Dec. 8 against Millennium. The Lady Vipers have faced a tough non-region schedule, winning just two games so far, but have their sights set on region play, which begins today. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Vipers look to regroup after difficult non-region slate

Verrado’s girls soccer team had a rough start to the 2016-17 season, but the Lady Vipers still have a shot to qualify for the playoffs.

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Agua Fria girls hoops beat Verrado 32-26

TYNICA GILMORE, 15, of Agua Fria dribbles across the time line Jan. 6 while guarded by Verrado’s Geovana Marquez Gil. The Lady Owls committed 37 turnovers, but still beat the Lady Vipers 32-26. View photo by Mike Rincon
TYNICA GILMORE, 15, of Agua Fria dribbles across the time line Jan. 6 while guarded by Verrado’s Geovana Marquez Gil. The Lady Owls committed 37 turnovers, but still beat the Lady Vipers 32-26. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Owls down district rival in region opener

Agua Fria hosted Verrado in each team’s girls basketball region opener Jan. 6, with the Lady Owls coming away with a key 32-26 victory.

Sophomores Sophia Dunne and Tynica Gilmore, as well as freshman Brooke Rodgers, did the heavy lifting for Agua Fria (11-5), helping pull the Lady Owls out of a first-quarter deficit on the way to victory over Verrado (8-8).

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Lady Knights at full strength for region

GABRIELA FLORES, 1, of Westview turns around a Betty Fairfax defender Jan. 5 during the Aztec Invitational at Copper Canyon High School. The Lady Knights beat Betty Fairfax 4-2, and went 1-1-1 overall in the tournament. View photo by Jordan Christopher
GABRIELA FLORES, 1, of Westview turns around a Betty Fairfax defender Jan. 5 during the Aztec Invitational at Copper Canyon High School. The Lady Knights beat Betty Fairfax 4-2, and went 1-1-1 overall in the tournament. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Westview has 7-4-1 record despite negative goal differential

Westview girls soccer has seen soaring highs and defining lows so far in the 2016-17 season.

The Lady Knights are off to a 7-5-1 start through the early part of the new year, but have a negative goal-differential thanks to a handful of blowouts. Westview has outscored opponents 30-7 in victories, but has given up a dismal 44 goals in four losses.

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Wolves bite Hawks, win region contest

JACOB JEFFERSON, top, of Buckeye goes up for a rebound Jan. 5 over Estrella’s Grant Greabell, 20, and Ben Parks. The Wolves won the Southwest Region contest 90-77. View photo by Ray Thomas
JACOB JEFFERSON, top, of Buckeye goes up for a rebound Jan. 5 over Estrella’s Grant Greabell, 20, and Ben Parks. The Wolves won the Southwest Region contest 90-77. View photo by Ray Thomas

Strong 2nd half propels Estrella past Buckeye

Estrella Foothills’ boys basketball team grabbed the upper hand in the 4A Southwest Region last week.

The Wolves topped Buckeye in a frantic and intense battle Jan. 5 at Estrella, 90-77. Estrella used a late second-quarter surge to get back in the game after trailing by double digits, then had a strong second half to seize momentum and take the victory.

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Lady Tigers hoops continue impressive run

DOMINIQUE PHILLIPS, center, of Millennium drives down the lane Jan. 7 past a pair of Red Mountain defenders. The Lady Tigers had a huge first half, beating Red Mountain 61-33 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. View photo by Ray Thomas
DOMINIQUE PHILLIPS, center, of Millennium drives down the lane Jan. 7 past a pair of Red Mountain defenders. The Lady Tigers had a huge first half, beating Red Mountain 61-33 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. View photo by Ray Thomas

4th-ranked Millennium 9-1 against AZ foes

The Millennium girls basketball team may have entered the 2016-17 season with a bunch of new faces, but the results have been largely the same: the Lady Tigers are tough to beat.

The young Lady Tigers improved their record to 14-6, and 9-1 against Arizona teams, with a 61-33 rout of Mesa Red Mountain Dec. 7 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

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Vipers top Owls in intense OT matchup

ROBERT GALLARDO, 10, of Verrado leaps toward the hoop Jan. 6 while being defended by Agua Fria’s McArthur Osborne. Gallardo had 16 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, helping the Vipers to a 52-50 overtime victory against the Owls.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ROBERT GALLARDO, 10, of Verrado leaps toward the hoop Jan. 6 while being defended by Agua Fria’s McArthur Osborne. Gallardo had 16 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, helping the Vipers to a 52-50 overtime victory against the Owls. View photo by Ray Thomas

Late 3-pointer by Gallardo sends game to overtime

The drama meter was cranked to high for Verrado’s home boys basketball game Jan. 6 against Agua Fria.

There were technical fouls, slam dunks, a buzzer beater to send it to overtime and a shot block at the overtime buzzer. The end result was a 52-50 Verrado victory in overtime, giving the Vipers the upper hand to begin 5A Desert West Region play.

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Wolves go winless in AZ Soccer Showcase

MARCO VASQUEZ of Estrella Foothills kicks the ball Dec. 29 during the Arizona Soccer Showcase at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Vasquez had the tying goal in a 3-3 draw with Mesa Mountain View.  View photo by Ray Thomas
MARCO VASQUEZ of Estrella Foothills kicks the ball Dec. 29 during the Arizona Soccer Showcase at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Vasquez had the tying goal in a 3-3 draw with Mesa Mountain View. View photo by Ray Thomas

Despite tourney struggles, Estrella Foothills off to strong start

Estrella Foothills didn’t find a victory at the Arizona Soccer Showcase Dec. 27-29 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, but the Wolves don’t have anything to hang their heads about.

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Desert Edge hoops 1-2 in home tournament

VKYLE WERNER, 3, of Desert Edge jumps toward the basket Dec. 28 amongst a trio of Nogales defenders during the Scorpion Challenge. iew photo by Ray Thomas
VKYLE WERNER, 3, of Desert Edge jumps toward the basket Dec. 28 amongst a trio of Nogales defenders during the Scorpion Challenge. iew photo by Ray Thomas

Scorpions drop close one in 2nd round

Desert Edge missed out on an opportunity to potentially play in the championship game of its home tournament Dec. 27-29.

The Scorpions played a streaky second game and lost by one-point to Nogales, 63-62, which put them in the third-place game instead. Desert Edge wound up losing that contest as well, 56-45 to Phoenix Sierra Linda, finishing fourth in the Scorpion Challenge.

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