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17
Apr
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Tonopah football wins sportsmanship award

Tonopah Valley might not have had the best team on the football field last season, but the Phoenix excelled in another important area.

The school’s football team received the Division IV Matt O. Hanhila Sportsmanship Award, given by the Arizona Football Officials Association. The award has been presented annually since 1993 to the team in each division that embodies the highest caliber of sportsmanship consistently throughout the season.

Fri
17
Apr
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Millennium fires on all cylinders in win

JORDAN ROJAS of Millennium connects with a pitch against Maryvale Wednesday. Marek had a three-
JORDAN ROJAS of Millennium connects with a pitch against Maryvale Wednesday. Marek had a three-
DeNAE CHATMAN of Millennium winds up to fire a pitch Wednesday. Chatman threw a no-hitter against Maryvale.
DeNAE CHATMAN of Millennium winds up to fire a pitch Wednesday. Chatman threw a no-hitter against Maryvale.

Lady Tigers cruise to 20-0 win over Maryvale

Millennium softball seemingly could do no wrong against Phoenix Maryvale Wednesday. The Lady Tigers won 20-0, fueled by a stellar day at the plate and pitcher DeNae Chatman throwing a no-hitter.

Millennium smacked 18 hits.

Fri
17
Apr
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La Joya wins slugfest

HUNTER OLDEN, 9, of La Joya throws the ball from the outfield during a game against Copper Canyon this season while Luis Acosta looks on. Olden had a triple in a nine-run fourth inning Monday, as the Lobos beat Camelback 19-9.
HUNTER OLDEN, 9, of La Joya throws the ball from the outfield during a game against Copper Canyon this season while Luis Acosta looks on. Olden had a triple in a nine-run fourth inning Monday, as the Lobos beat Camelback 19-9.
JUAN RETANA of La Joya eyes a pitch during a game against Copper Canyon earlier this season. The Lobos beat Camelback Monday, 19-9.
JUAN RETANA of La Joya eyes a pitch during a game against Copper Canyon earlier this season. The Lobos beat Camelback Monday, 19-9.

The La Joya baseball team was coming off four losses in a row into its home matchup against Phoenix Camelback. The Lobos decided to let all their frustration out at once, beating the Spartans 19-9 Monday afternoon.

The Lobos overcame three Camelback home runs, a two-run shot from Gabe Lopez and a two-run shot and grand slam from Shantell Jordan, in the win. La Joya’s two big scoring innings paved the way to victory; seven in the first and nine in the fourth.

Fri
17
Apr
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Power points watch grows as season winds down

SYDNEY McLEOD of Desert Edge throws a pitch against Raymond S. Kellis April 3. McLeod, the Lady Scorpions’ ace, has helped put her team into a top-eight position in the Division II power points.
SYDNEY McLEOD of Desert Edge throws a pitch against Raymond S. Kellis April 3. McLeod, the Lady Scorpions’ ace, has helped put her team into a top-eight position in the Division II power points.
JOHN BERROTH, right, of Estrella Foothills throws the ball as Youngker’s Sergio Fernandez, 4, slides into second base to try to break up a double play during a game April 2. Berroth and the Wolves are ranked 14th in the Division III power points, which puts them in position to make the state tournament.
JOHN BERROTH, right, of Estrella Foothills throws the ball as Youngker’s Sergio Fernandez, 4, slides into second base to try to break up a double play during a game April 2. Berroth and the Wolves are ranked 14th in the Division III power points, which puts them in position to make the state tournament.
16 area schools find themselves in playoff contention in final weeks
 

With less than two weeks remaining in the baseball and softball seasons, and only a handful of days to go in tennis, the playoff picture is beginning to take shape and teams are jockeying for position in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s power-points ranking system.

Four area baseball teams are currently inside the top-24 and likely to make the postseason, while five softball squads have a good shot at state.

Tue
14
Apr
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La Joya girls gaining experience on court

ANDREA VILLALOBOS of La Joya runs up to a forehand shot during a match last week. Villalobos had never participated in competitive tennis before, but is the Lady Lobos’ No. 6 varsity player. View photo by David Weibel
ANDREA VILLALOBOS of La Joya runs up to a forehand shot during a match last week. Villalobos had never participated in competitive tennis before, but is the Lady Lobos’ No. 6 varsity player. View photo by David Weibel
TAYABBA MASGOOD of La Joya reaches out with her left hand to try to hit a shot last week. Masgood is the varsity team’s No. 2 player, and is on the No. 1 doubles squad. View photo by David Weibel
TAYABBA MASGOOD of La Joya reaches out with her left hand to try to hit a shot last week. Masgood is the varsity team’s No. 2 player, and is on the No. 1 doubles squad. View photo by David Weibel

After losing four seniors from last season, the Lady Lobos are rebounding nicely in a rebuilding year on the court.

The La Joya girls tennis squad has secured three team wins on the year, but have gone down to the wire in three others.

We lost four varsity players from last year,” La Joya coach Grace Wallace said. “You can tell throughout the season that we’ve been adjusting to our new roles. There’s a huge difference from when we started our first match to now. We’re playing much better.”

Tue
14
Apr
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Tigers blank Wolverines behind solid pitching

GRANT SMITH of Millennium swings at a pitch against Tolleson April 8. Smith had an RBI double as part of a four-run fourth inning for the Tigers, who went on to beat the Wolverines, 4-0. View photo by Ray Thomas
GRANT SMITH of Millennium swings at a pitch against Tolleson April 8. Smith had an RBI double as part of a four-run fourth inning for the Tigers, who went on to beat the Wolverines, 4-0. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium’s 4-run 3rd enough for win

Millennium’s ace Gio Lopez threw a one-hit shutout and the Tigers’ offense scored all four runs in the top of the third inning to secure a 4-0 win over Tolleson April 8.

Lopez struck out 12 batters and only gave up one hit and three walks over the seven innings. He had come into the game slightly under the weather, but managed to overcome it, Millennium coach Ryan Bethel said.

Tue
14
Apr
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Buckeye pitcher heading north for college ball

ARTURO CORONADO of Buckeye throws against Verrado in a game earlier this season. Coronado signed his national letter of intent April 10 to play at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn. View photo by Ray Thomas
ARTURO CORONADO of Buckeye throws against Verrado in a game earlier this season. Coronado signed his national letter of intent April 10 to play at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn. View photo by Ray Thomas

Arturo Coronado to play at Dakota County Technical College

Buckeye senior Arturo Coronado is about to experience an extreme climate change.

The Hawks’ ace pitcher signed a national letter of intent April 10 to play baseball at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn. He’ll go from the intense summer heat of the Valley to frigid winter temperatures, but is looking forward to continuing his playing career.

Tue
14
Apr
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Will MLB pace of play really help?

Good try, Major League Baseball.

I applaud your effort to try to speed up the game with your new pace of play rules, but so far, I’ve seen nothing to make me believe games are going to be any quicker than they have been in the past.

I know it’s only been one week, but from watching games personally, it seems pretty clear that the length of game times is not going to change, at least not significantly.

Fri
10
Apr
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Scorpions’ tennis hopeful for return to state

Senior heavy squad 6-2

Desert Edge’s boys tennis team made the state tournament by default last year, but as the No. 16 seed lost 5-0 to Tucson Catalina Foothills. This season, the Scorpions are trying to get back on their own accord.

Last year, we made it because [Surprise] Shadow Ridge had some paperwork issues,” coach Dan Black said. “We want to earn it this time instead of be given it.”

Fri
10
Apr
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Lady Wolves drop shorthanded Owls in high-scoring affair

PAIGE KNEZEVICH of Estrella Foothills swings at a pitch during Monday’s game against Agua Fria. Knezevich went deep against the Lady Owls, then hit another home run Tuesday against North Pointe Prep as the Lady Wolves won both games, improving their record to 13-7. View photo by David Weibel
PAIGE KNEZEVICH of Estrella Foothills swings at a pitch during Monday’s game against Agua Fria. Knezevich went deep against the Lady Owls, then hit another home run Tuesday against North Pointe Prep as the Lady Wolves won both games, improving their record to 13-7. View photo by David Weibel

Agua Fria and Estrella Foothills met on the softball diamond for a wild game Monday afternoon. The Lady Wolves triumphed 16-5 in nearly four complete innings.

The teams combined for 21 runs and scored in each half inning except for the top of the fourth. The game was called in the middle of the bottom of the fourth because Agua Fria was left with only seven available players after an injury.

The Lady Owls struck first, scoring two runs in the top half of the first frame.

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