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Tue
27
Jan
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Owls’ late goal enough for win

BRIAN FLORES, 9, of Agua Fria kicks the ball against Desert Edge Jan. 21. The Owls scored a second-half goal and went on to blank the Scorpions, 1-0. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRIAN FLORES, 9, of Agua Fria kicks the ball against Desert Edge Jan. 21. The Owls scored a second-half goal and went on to blank the Scorpions, 1-0. View photo by Ray Thomas

Agua Fria blanks Desert Edge 1-0

Sometimes all it takes is one.

That’s exactly what the Agua Fria Owls’ boys soccer team needed to defeat visiting Desert Edge, 1-0, in a sectional contest Jan. 21

The Owls and Scorpions were even until the 65th minute when junior Julio Chavez found the back of the net.

Tue
27
Jan
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E.F. knocks off undefeated Yuma Catholic

DAVID McCRAY, right, of Estrella Foothills drives on a Northwest Christian player Friday night. McCray had 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Wolves beat Yuma Catholic Jan. 21. View photo by Ray ThomasDAVID McCRAY, right, of Estrella Foothills drives on a Northwest Christian player Friday night. McCray had 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Wolves beat Yuma Catholic Jan. 21. View photo by Ray Thomas
DAVID McCRAY, right, of Estrella Foothills drives on a Northwest Christian player Friday night. McCray had 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Wolves beat Yuma Catholic Jan. 21. View photo by Ray Thomas

Win vaults Wolves to 1st in Section 2

Estrella Foothills has been hot since the start of 2015, and Jan. 21 was confirmation of their improved play.

The Wolves knocked off previously unbeaten Yuma Catholic, 57-53, thanks to big fourth quarters from David McCray and Rex Greabell. The victory moved Estrella to the top of the Division III, Section 2 standings.

Tue
27
Jan
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Estrella tops Buckeye on late header

MARCO VASQUEZ, 8, of Estrella Foothills chases the ball in a game against River Valley earlier this season. Vasquez scored the opening goal in a 2-1 Wolves’ victory against Buckeye Jan. 22. View photo by David Weibel
MARCO VASQUEZ, 8, of Estrella Foothills chases the ball in a game against River Valley earlier this season. Vasquez scored the opening goal in a 2-1 Wolves’ victory against Buckeye Jan. 22. View photo by David Weibel

Win keeps state playoff hopes alive for Wolves

With its playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Estrella Foothills pulled off an improbable victory in the final 70 seconds of its game against Buckeye Thursday night, getting a much needed 2-1 victory.

Buckeye entered the night ranked 13th in Division III power points, while Estrella was 14th. The win bumped Estrella up to 11th, while Buckeye dropped all the way to 24th.

Tue
27
Jan
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Strong 2nd half fuels Lady Knights’ victory

VANESSA VELOZ, 13, of Tolleson goes up for a shot while Westview’s Saylair Grandon, top, tries to block the shot from behind. Grandon had 17 points for the Lady Knights, who knocked off their district rival, 54-47. View photo by Ray Thomas
VANESSA VELOZ, 13, of Tolleson goes up for a shot while Westview’s Saylair Grandon, top, tries to block the shot from behind. Grandon had 17 points for the Lady Knights, who knocked off their district rival, 54-47. View photo by Ray Thomas

Westview’s girls basketball team was able to ride the wave of a fast second-half start to victory over district rival Tolleson Thursday, 54-47.

The Lady Wolverines held a 27-23 advantage going into the half. The Lady Knights went on a 7-0 run in the third quarter’s first 55 seconds to capture the lead and the momentum. Westview outscored Tolleson 14-6 in the third quarter and 31-20 in the second half.

Tue
27
Jan
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Do you know if your balls are deflated?

There’s a new star in the NFL.

You can’t see or feel it, but when it’s not there, boy does it cause controversy.

I’m talking about a simple three-letter word: Air.

Fri
23
Jan
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Playoff picture shaping up

11 West Valley teams in line for playoff berths

It’s crunch time for the West Valley high school winter sports teams, as the squads give a final push for playoff positioning as the regular season comes to an end.

Fri
23
Jan
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Riders’ wrestling rebuilding with new coach

TRENT JUENGER, left, of Youngker grapples with Estrella Foothills’ Gustavo Ramirez during a tournament at Verrado Jan. 17. Juenger went on to take third place at 195 pounds. View photo by Ray Thomas
TRENT JUENGER, left, of Youngker grapples with Estrella Foothills’ Gustavo Ramirez during a tournament at Verrado Jan. 17. Juenger went on to take third place at 195 pounds. View photo by Ray Thomas

Harold Dumas has a lot of experience coaching wrestlers, but for the first time he’s at the helm of a program.

Dumas took over at Youngker after Garric Simmons stepped down, and he’s trying to rebuild the Roughriders in his first year as head coach.

Fri
23
Jan
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E.F. recovers from slow start to beat Buckeye

CHEYENNE NABITY, right, of Estrella Foothills is hounded by a Fountain Hills player in a game earlier this season. Nabity scored 16 points Tuesday, helping the Lady Wolves to a 46-42 victory over Buckeye. View photo by Ray Thomas
CHEYENNE NABITY, right, of Estrella Foothills is hounded by a Fountain Hills player in a game earlier this season. Nabity scored 16 points Tuesday, helping the Lady Wolves to a 46-42 victory over Buckeye. View photo by Ray Thomas

Nabity scores 14 in 2nd half to propel Lady Wolves

Estrella Foothills’ first half was not indicative of a defending state semifinalist looking to return to the postseason. The ninth-ranked Lady Wolves (Division III) scored just 12 first-half points against Buckeye Tuesday night, but turned things around in the second half for a 46-42 victory.

Fri
23
Jan
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Knights hold on for OT win

STORME DONAHUE, right, of Westview drives to the basket while being guarded by Millennium’s Chandler Solis. The Knights prevailed in overtime to beat the Tigers, 40-38. View photo by Ray Thomas
STORME DONAHUE, right, of Westview drives to the basket while being guarded by Millennium’s Chandler Solis. The Knights prevailed in overtime to beat the Tigers, 40-38. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium’s 2nd-half run falls just short

The Westview Knights boys basketball team was not to be denied Tuesday night against rival Millennium.

Despite some stifling defense from the Tigers, and a little bit of a distraction in the third quarter, Westview (12-9, 6-2) outlasted Millennium (8-7, 4-3) in overtime, 40-38.

Tue
20
Jan
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Desert Edge wrestlers having strong season

Scorpions place top 5 at 3 different tournaments

Desert Edge is trying to put itself on the wrestling map this season.

The Scorpions placed in the top five at all four tournaments they competed in this year. The latest was a fifth-place showing at the Peoria Invitational Tournament of Champions Jan. 9-10.

“We’ve beaten [Peoria] Liberty, which has got a good program, we beat [Glendale] Deer Valley,” Desert Edge assistant coach Jonathan Courtney said. “We’ve beat really good teams that have been successful in all the other years.”

The tournament success has put Desert Edge in the top five on the rankings page at Arizonawrestling.com, Courtney said.

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