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The Phoenix Suns have an image problem.

It’s not that they had a terrible season on the court, although they did. Terrible might even be too kind a word for the second-worst record in franchise history.

It’s not that personnel moves haven’t backfired, although they have. Seventeen former players were on playoff rosters in 2016, six from last year’s team alone. It’s that the Suns just don’t know how to get out of their own way.

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Millennium enduring tough season

ALEX FIGUEROA of Millennium sprints to third base April 22 during a game against Apollo at Goodyear Ballpark. Figueroa had a hit and scored a run, but the Tigers lost 13-4.  View photo by Jordan Christopher
ALEX FIGUEROA of Millennium sprints to third base April 22 during a game against Apollo at Goodyear Ballpark. Figueroa had a hit and scored a run, but the Tigers lost 13-4. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Millennium baseball is enduring a down year by the team’s usual standards, going 10-15.

The Tigers have had a rough go of it in the second half of the season, winning only one time in the last 10 chances dating back to March 29.

Millennium coach Ryan Bethel said inconsistent fielding has been the team’s downfall in many of the losses.

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Knights qualify 9 athletes to state tournament

TEVIN SIGMON, left, of Westview sprints to the finish line against Tolleson’s Alize Haley. The Knights have qualified nine athletes for the state meet, which is May 4 and 7. View photo by Ray Thomas
TEVIN SIGMON, left, of Westview sprints to the finish line against Tolleson’s Alize Haley. The Knights have qualified nine athletes for the state meet, which is May 4 and 7. View photo by Ray Thomas

Westview having all-around success during 2016 track and field season

Westview’s track and field team will be well represented at the state meet beginning May 4.

The Knights have had nine athletes qualify already, with a chance to add a few more in the final meets of the season.

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Estrella Foothills rides hot streak into postseason

BETHANY TRAMMELL of Estrella Foothills fouls off a pitch March 24 against Apollo. The Lady Wolves have been hot on the diamond of late, winning nine of their last 10 games. View photo by Ray Thomas
BETHANY TRAMMELL of Estrella Foothills fouls off a pitch March 24 against Apollo. The Lady Wolves have been hot on the diamond of late, winning nine of their last 10 games. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Wolves winners of 9 of 10, ready to host in Round 1

The Estrella Foothills softball team has hit its stride, and will look to remain hot entering the postseason.

The Lady Wolves are 17-12-1, but have won 9 of 10 games in April, with one to play. Estrella Foothills’ last three victories have all come by at least 10 runs.

Estrella Foothills coach Randi Isaacs said the team is focusing on remaining in the zone at the plate.

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D.E. struggles defensively in extra-inning loss

NICK KOVAR of Desert Edge reaches back to throw a pitch April 22 at Goodyear Ballpark. Kovar had a crucial RBI single to give the Scorpions a late lead, but they fell to Shadow Ridge 8-7 in nine innings.  View photo by Ray Thomas
NICK KOVAR of Desert Edge reaches back to throw a pitch April 22 at Goodyear Ballpark. Kovar had a crucial RBI single to give the Scorpions a late lead, but they fell to Shadow Ridge 8-7 in nine innings. View photo by Ray Thomas

Errors pile up on both sides in back-and-forth battle

Desert Edge lost a tough one April 22. Tough in the sense of how badly coach Sean McCorry wanted a victory for his seniors. The game, an 8-7 nine-inning loss to Surprise Shadow Ridge, was played at Goodyear Ballpark.

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Local tennis players having state success

VICTORIA CORDOVA of Agua Fria reaches for a shot March 10 during a match against St. Mary’s. Cordova won three times last weekend in the Division II state individual singles tournament, reaching this weekend’s quarterfinals. Cordova is the only unseeded player in the bracket to make it that far. View photo by Jordan Christopher
VICTORIA CORDOVA of Agua Fria reaches for a shot March 10 during a match against St. Mary’s. Cordova won three times last weekend in the Division II state individual singles tournament, reaching this weekend’s quarterfinals. Cordova is the only unseeded player in the bracket to make it that far. View photo by Jordan Christopher

The individual state tennis tournaments have treated West Valley athletes very well so far.

Two doubles teams and one individual are still alive after three rounds in the Division II tournament, and a doubles team from Millennium has already reached the state semifinals in Division I. Everyone will compete this weekend at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale.

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Lady Owls softball showing good form

KASSIE SIMMONS of Agua Fria makes a throw to first base March 11 against La Joya. Simmons and the Lady Owls have positioned themselves inside the playoff hunt with one week remaining in the regular season.  View photo by Mike Rincon
KASSIE SIMMONS of Agua Fria makes a throw to first base March 11 against La Joya. Simmons and the Lady Owls have positioned themselves inside the playoff hunt with one week remaining in the regular season. View photo by Mike Rincon

Agua Fria relying on youth, leadership for April playoff push

Agua Fria softball last made the postseason in 2012. Four years and four coaches later, the Lady Owls are knocking on the door again, finding success and stability in 2016.

Agua Fria is 14-9, but has managed a 9-4 record in power-points games. The Lady Owls are fifth in the Division III, Section IV standings at 5-2.

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Phoenix tab Dustin Johnson as new football coach

Tonopah Valley coming off school best 9-2 season

Tonopah Valley looked inward to fill its football head coaching vacancy, promoting defensive coordinator Dustin Johnson to the job following Nick Gehrts’ departure to Westview.

Johnson will inherit a team that finished with a school-best record of 9-2. The ninth-seeded Phoenix finished second in the Division V, Section V standings, behind Scottsdale Christian. Tonopah Valley lost to Miami in the first round of the Division V state playoffs in 2015.

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La Joya tennis enjoys banner year

CHRISTOPHER EVANGELISTA of La Joya hits a forehand shot March 18 against Estrella Foothills. Evangelista and the Lobos went 6-7 this season, compiling more wins than the team had in the previous four seasons combined. View photo by Ray Thomas
CHRISTOPHER EVANGELISTA of La Joya hits a forehand shot March 18 against Estrella Foothills. Evangelista and the Lobos went 6-7 this season, compiling more wins than the team had in the previous four seasons combined. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lobos win 6 matches in 2016, most in 4 years combined

La Joya’s boys tennis team had a breakthrough year in 2016. The Lobos went 6-7 in match play, winning more this season than the last four combined.

The team’s resurgent year was partly fueled by its Nos. 1 and 2 players: Bernardo Luna and Christopher Evangelista, respectively. Both seniors were new additions to the Lobos’ roster this year.

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Desert Edge looking strong in track and field

TYSON JONES of Desert Edge throws the discus April 16 during the Valley Classic meet at Alhambra High School. Jones is the state leader in the shot put among all divisions, having thrown it a personal best 60 feet, 1 inch.  View photo by Ray Thomas
TYSON JONES of Desert Edge throws the discus April 16 during the Valley Classic meet at Alhambra High School. Jones is the state leader in the shot put among all divisions, having thrown it a personal best 60 feet, 1 inch. View photo by Ray Thomas

Desert Edge’s track and field team has a lot to be excited about as the season winds down.

The boys team has competed in five invitationals and won every one, while the girls have a talented group of jumpers who could do well in the state meet. Coach Rich Wellbrock changed things up a bit this season, and so far, it’s paid dividends.

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