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Tue
01
Sep
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Youngker working hard to prepare for season

NOELANI SIMPSON, 2, of Youngker reaches for a ball over the net last season. Simpson is one of two experienced returning players for the Lady Roughriders, who start the season today at Tucson Empire. View photo
NOELANI SIMPSON, 2, of Youngker reaches for a ball over the net last season. Simpson is one of two experienced returning players for the Lady Roughriders, who start the season today at Tucson Empire. View photo

Youngker’s volleyball team is going to get very familiar with bus rides this season. As long as they result in victories, coach Troy Sherman is fine with it.

The Lady Roughriders stayed in Division III after the latest Arizona Interscholastic Association realignment, but moved to Section II. Four of the eight teams in the section, Parker, Kingman, Lee Williams and Lake Havasu, are a two-and-a-half hour or longer bus ride away.

Tue
01
Sep
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Wolves start fast, hold on to beat Combs

JOE LOGAN, 22, of Estrella Foothills sprints through a hole en route to a 94-yard touchdown run against Combs Aug. 28. Logan also had a 71-yard touchdown run, rushing for 246 yards in helping the Wolves to a 21-8 victory. View photo by Jordan Christopher
JOE LOGAN, 22, of Estrella Foothills sprints through a hole en route to a 94-yard touchdown run against Combs Aug. 28. Logan also had a 71-yard touchdown run, rushing for 246 yards in helping the Wolves to a 21-8 victory. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Estrella defense comes up big in 21-8 victory

Estrella Foothills hadn’t won its season opener since 2012, but the Wolves changed that Aug. 28 while hosting Combs.

Joe Logan had a pair of lengthy touchdown runs and Estrella’s defense played superbly, helping the Wolves to a 21-8 victory.

Tue
01
Sep
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Tigers’ comeback dashed after missed field goal

BRENDON BAKER of Millennium gets sandwiched between a pair of Mountain Ridge players Aug. 28. The Tigers lost 20-17, missing a field goal on the last play of the game.  View photo by Ray Thomas
BRENDON BAKER of Millennium gets sandwiched between a pair of Mountain Ridge players Aug. 28. The Tigers lost 20-17, missing a field goal on the last play of the game. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium misses key opportunities in 20-17 loss

 

The Lions and Tigers fought like bears Aug. 28, even after the clock read 0:00.

Millennium’s field-goal attempt with no time remaining in the fourth quarter fell short, giving Glendale Mountain Ridge the 20-17 victory at Mountain Ridge High School.

Tue
01
Sep
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Great expectations

When Charles Dickens penned the classic novel Great Expectations, he must have had football in Arizona for 2015 on his mind.

Hyperbole aside, the spotlight has never been brighter on the state’s football teams, both college and professional.

The Cardinals, Sun Devils and Wildcats each won at least 10 games in 2014. The Cardinals and Sun Devils did it for the second year in a row, while the Wildcats won more than expected going into last season.

Tue
01
Sep
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Youth basketball, soccer seasons starting up

Avondale has announced the fall Youth Basketball and Youth Soccer seasons for youths ages 5 to 10.

The season runs through Nov. 21. Practices will begin the week of Sept. 21 and will be held once or twice per week for one hour. Games are scheduled to be played on Saturday mornings beginning Oct. 3.

All games and practices for basketball will take place at Littleton Elementary School, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale.

Fri
28
Aug
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La Joya girls golf setting foundation

KATHERINE RETANA, of La Joya, eyes the cup before hitting a putt on the 16th hole at Southern Ridge Golf Club. Retana is the only returning player for the Lady Lobos. View photo by Ray Thomas
KATHERINE RETANA, of La Joya, eyes the cup before hitting a putt on the 16th hole at Southern Ridge Golf Club. Retana is the only returning player for the Lady Lobos. View photo by Ray Thomas

1 returner, 3 new players fill out roster for Lady Lobos

There might not be a lot of experience to go around for the La Joya girls golf team this season, but the girls are working hard to pick it up and are hungry for more.

The four girls on the squad have a combined one year of experience on the team. Three girls hadn't so much as picked up a club prior to joining the team. La Joya coach Zak Kovach said inexperience hasn't deterred the girls from getting after it everyday and striving to get better.

Fri
28
Aug
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Serrato perseveres, lands at Wagner College

LAUREN SERRATO, a Verrado graduate, makes a play from second base during the 2013 state tournament. Serrato overcame two knee surgeries to earn a softball scholarship to Wagner College in New York. View photo by Ray Thomas
LAUREN SERRATO, a Verrado graduate, makes a play from second base during the 2013 state tournament. Serrato overcame two knee surgeries to earn a softball scholarship to Wagner College in New York. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado grad battles past knee injury to fulfill dream

If battling back from one knee injury wasn’t hard enough, try doing it twice.

That was the dilemma facing Verrado graduate Lauren Serrato her junior year of high school. The journey was long and hard, with bumps along the way, but Serrato pushed through it and recently earned a scholarship to Wagner College in New York.

Fri
28
Aug
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Buckeye coach ‘excited’ about cross country season

GUILLERMO RIOS, Buckeye’s top runner, competes in a meet at Sierra Linda last season. View photo
GUILLERMO RIOS, Buckeye’s top runner, competes in a meet at Sierra Linda last season. View photo

Boys team eyes return trip to state tournament

The Buckeye boys cross country team had a breakthrough in 2014, making the state tournament for the first time in 29 years. This season, the boys team intends to make bigger strides, coach Pat Maddux said.

We’re really excited because of the work ethic of these kids, the youth, and they get it,” Maddux said. “It’s going to be interesting. We’re really excited, and we’ve got good numbers.”

Fri
28
Aug
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Millennium ready to bounce back

J.J. GAYLES of Millennium carries the ball against Westview last season. Gayles had 16 carries for 98 yards in the season opener against Mesquite, and will look to help the Tigers’ offense against Mountain Ridge tonight. View photo
J.J. GAYLES of Millennium carries the ball against Westview last season. Gayles had 16 carries for 98 yards in the season opener against Mesquite, and will look to help the Tigers’ offense against Mountain Ridge tonight. View photo

Tigers eager to grow from mistakes in season opener

 

Millennium football might have taken one off the chin in its season opener against Gilbert Mesquite, losing 42-7 Aug. 21, but coach Jason Randels is confident his team can learn from its mistakes moving forward, he said.

The Tigers' biggest issue coming into the season was their inexperience on both sides of the ball, and it showed against Mesquite, Randels said.

Tue
25
Aug
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Knights drop season opener to Skyline

ALEC WILLIAMS, center, of Westview prepares to hike the football during the Knights’ game against Skyline Aug. 21. Westview lost, 35-29. View photo by Jordan Christopher
ALEC WILLIAMS, center, of Westview prepares to hike the football during the Knights’ game against Skyline Aug. 21. Westview lost, 35-29. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Westview loses first home game since 2013

Westview held tough, but dropped its season opening game to Mesa Skyline, 35-29, Aug. 21.

The Knights never held the lead in the game, but also never trailed by more than one score before tying the game 29-29 early in the fourth quarter. Skyline broke the tie with about four minutes remaining with a touchdown. The Coyotes missed the extra point, but the score stood until the final whistle, 35-29.

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