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Westview baseball focusing on next step during summer

XZAVIER LINDSEY of Westview sets to fire the ball across the diamond April 6 against Tolleson. Lindsey and the Knights are playing summer contests to prepare for next year’s baseball season.  View photo by Ray Thomas
XZAVIER LINDSEY of Westview sets to fire the ball across the diamond April 6 against Tolleson. Lindsey and the Knights are playing summer contests to prepare for next year’s baseball season. View photo by Ray Thomas

Knights ready to shine on diamond after year of vast improvement

John Irish’s first goal when taking over the Westview baseball program before the 2015 season was to go back to the basics and build a winning foundation.

The Knights went 2-24 in Irish’s first season, but rebounded nicely in 2016, finishing with 10 wins for the first time in six years. Now, halfway through the summer offseason schedule, the Knights are poised to take the next step on the diamond.

Wed
22
Jun
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Millennium hoops reload during summer

NOVA SCOTT, 13, of Millennium dribbles through traffic against Desert Vista in a game last season. Scott is one of several players participating in summer competition for the Lady Tigers.  View photo by Ray Thomas
NOVA SCOTT, 13, of Millennium dribbles through traffic against Desert Vista in a game last season. Scott is one of several players participating in summer competition for the Lady Tigers. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Tigers not missing a beat after graduating 8 seniors

Not many girls basketball programs have matched the success of Millennium over the last few seasons. The Lady Tigers have averaged more than 24 wins a season for the last five years, and appeared in the 2015 Division I state championship game.

This fall, the Lady Tigers will only have one player who was on that state runner-up team on campus. Millennium graduated eight seniors from last year’s squad, but coach Cory Rojeck said the team is in a position to reload, rather than rebuild.

Wed
22
Jun
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Local coach, pitcher lead Arizona to 3rd place in Sunbelt

MICHAEL SEARS of Millennium fires a pitch during a game earlier this season. Sears went to McAlester, Okla., to play in the Junior Sunbelt Classic, pitching Arizona to a victory over Canada. View photo by Ray Thomas
MICHAEL SEARS of Millennium fires a pitch during a game earlier this season. Sears went to McAlester, Okla., to play in the Junior Sunbelt Classic, pitching Arizona to a victory over Canada. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium’s Michael Sears pitches to victory in game against Team Canada

Team Arizona, featuring a few West Valley ties, secured a third-place finish June 15 by defeating Team Georgia, 7-6, in the McAlester Junior Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Okla.

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22
Jun
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Estrella grad to play collegiately in Washington

ANTAVEUS BROWN, 30, of Estrella Foothills drives around a Scottsdale Christian defender Feb. 27 during the Division III state championship game. Brown committed to play collegiate basketball at Highline College in Des Moines, Wash. View photo by Ray Thomas
ANTAVEUS BROWN, 30, of Estrella Foothills drives around a Scottsdale Christian defender Feb. 27 during the Division III state championship game. Brown committed to play collegiate basketball at Highline College in Des Moines, Wash. View photo by Ray Thomas

Antaveus Brown going to Highline College

Antaveus Brown was a key contributor to the Estrella Foothills basketball team the past three seasons. His impact for the Wolves has translated into an opportunity to continue playing at the collegiate level, as Brown has committed to play at Highline College in Des Moines, Wash.

Wed
22
Jun
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Hockey returns to the desert, part 2

Professional sports are finally entering the forbidden zone.

The National Hockey League has decided — a few contingencies aside — that Las Vegas will be home to a new hockey franchise, awarding the desert city an expansion team set to start play in 2017. A few details still need to be hammered out — the NHL Board of Directors is expected to vote in favor of the Las Vegas franchise today — but it looks like a done deal. Sin City will join the ranks of “major league” towns in the U.S.

I think it’s worth a shot for both the city and the league.

Wed
22
Jun
Casey Pritchard's picture

When sports are no longer sports

Fans at Euro Cup making mockery of soccer

Everyone knows soccer fans are passionate. Sometimes, that passion goes too far.

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22
Jun
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Avondale man to compete in World Strongman

JERRY PRITCHETT of Avondale does warmup squat lifts June 8 in preparation of a workout routine at his gym in Phoenix. Pritchett, who owns the United States record for heaviest deadlift at 1,006 pounds, is preparing for his fifth World Strongman Competition.  View photo by Jordan Christopher
JERRY PRITCHETT of Avondale does warmup squat lifts June 8 in preparation of a workout routine at his gym in Phoenix. Pritchett, who owns the United States record for heaviest deadlift at 1,006 pounds, is preparing for his fifth World Strongman Competition. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Jerry Pritchett owns U.S. deadlift record

Jerry Pritchett is a strong man.

Very strong.

So strong, in fact, that the 35-year-old Avondale man owns the United States record for deadlift. It’s 1,006 pounds. That’s right, quadruple digits.

Wed
15
Jun
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Odds and Ends - June 16, 2016

Estrella Foothills basketball hosting youth skills camp

Estrella Foothills High School is hosting a youth basketball camp for third through eighth grade boys from 9 a.m. to noon June 27-30 at the school’s gymnasium, 13033 S. Estrella Parkway in Goodyear.

Wed
15
Jun
Shane McOwen's picture

That’s enough, old timers

It’s time to stop comparing different hoops eras

After a handful of NBA finals games, I’ve learned that the guys who paved the way for today’s game don’t seem to enjoy watching the current product. Why else would they keep saying today’s teams wouldn’t stand a chance against some of the heavyweights of the past?

Pump the brakes, NBA old timers. It’s getting tiresome to hear how the ’80s Celtics or Lakers, or ’90s Bulls would have no trouble replicating their successes in the modern era.

Wed
15
Jun
Casey Pritchard's picture

Father doesn’t always know best

Stanford swimmer, er, rapist, defended by parent

I learned something sad last week. I learned parents don’t always teach you good life lessons.

Actually, I already knew that isn’t always true, but Dan Turner’s letter to the judge in his son Brock Turner’s case showed me some parents just don’t get it. How can anyone feel their child is that entitled?

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