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Shelby Miller, we hardly knew ya

D-backs starter making case for worst pitcher in franchise history

The end is near.

Those words are usually plastered on some kook’s sign, prophesying the end of days. They might actually be right this time, because the Arizona Diamondbacks finally made a smart roster move. Egad!

The Diamondbacks optioned starting pitcher Shelby Miller to Triple-A Reno July 14 after a horrendous first half of the season.

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Sports are back – how I missed thee

Baseball’s all-star break makes for longest week of year

Last week was extraordinarily long. Not in the number of days, obviously, but for anyone who has an interest in sports. There were no games.

OK, there was the baseball all-star game — and a couple MLS and WNBA games, but who’s watching those?

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Butler named Agua Fria athletic director

TIM BUTLER, left, points to the court during a boys basketball game he coached at Verrado in 2011. Butler was hired at Agua Fria to be the school’s athletic director. View photo by Ray Thomas
TIM BUTLER, left, points to the court during a boys basketball game he coached at Verrado in 2011. Butler was hired at Agua Fria to be the school’s athletic director. View photo by Ray Thomas

Former Tigers, Vipers basketball coach takes on administrative role

Agua Fria has hired a new athletic director for the 2016-17 school year, and he’s a familiar face around the district.

Tim Butler, who has spent time at Millennium and Verrado, both Agua Fria Union District schools, will replace Ryan Ridenour, who left Agua Fria following the conclusion of the school year for a job in the East Valley.

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Local players pace travel team to regionals

ANDREW COLEMAN of Verrado catches the ball at second base May 3 during the Division II state tournament. Coleman is a member of the AZ PROspects team that won the Babe Ruth Arizona State Championship for 15-and-under teams.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDREW COLEMAN of Verrado catches the ball at second base May 3 during the Division II state tournament. Coleman is a member of the AZ PROspects team that won the Babe Ruth Arizona State Championship for 15-and-under teams. View photo by Ray Thomas

AZ PROspects win Babe Ruth league state title

A West Valley youth travel baseball team is on its way to California after capturing the Babe Ruth Arizona State Championship.

The AZ PROspects, a 15-year-old and under travel team, swept through the Arizona finals in the Surprise Babe Ruth League, earning a place in the Western Regionals in Santa Maria, Calif. The PROspects’ roster is dotted with Millennium and Verrado players, and two Verrado assistant coaches: Enrique Cotto and Rocky King.

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Pair of Hawks soar into college baseball

RANDEN GARRISON of Buckeye anticipates a play May 28 during the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Division IV/V All-Star Game. Garrison will play college baseball at Arizona Christian University next year.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDREW ROQUE of Buckeye runs between first and second base May 28 during the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Division IV/V All-Star Game. Roque is going to Pasadena City College next year to play baseball.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDREW ROQUE of Buckeye runs between first and second base May 28 during the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Division IV/V All-Star Game. Roque is going to Pasadena City College next year to play baseball. View photo by Ray Thomas

Randen Garrison heading to ACU, Andrew Roque to Pasadena City College

Buckeye’s baseball team had a sensational season in 2016, making it to the Division IV state semifinals. Two of its impactful seniors are reaping rewards from the successful run.

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Buckeye teen excels in pool after liver transplant

MAIA THOMPSON of Buckeye swims the butterfly July 12 at The Center on Main pool in Buckeye. Maia had a liver transplant last September, and last month finished top three in a pair of swimming events for her age division at the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland. View photo by Jordan Christopher
MAIA THOMPSON of Buckeye swims the butterfly July 12 at The Center on Main pool in Buckeye. Maia had a liver transplant last September, and last month finished top three in a pair of swimming events for her age division at the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Maia Thompson loves to swim, but the 13-year-old Buckeye resident’s best race wasn’t in the pool. It was for her life.

After returning home from a camping trip to the Grand Canyon last summer, Maia wasn’t feeling well. Her mother, Christine, thought it was just vacation fatigue.

She was super tired and having a hard time keeping her eyes open in class,” Christine said. “I said, ‘Which one?’ and she said, ‘Every one.’”

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Odds & Ends - July 13, 2016

Kole Calhoun continues to flourish despite Angels' struggles

Kole Calhoun, a 2006 graduate of Buckeye Union High School, wrapped up a strong first half of the season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday by going 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored against the Baltimore Orioles in the final game before the all-star break. Calhoun has at least one hit in 10 straight games, and 15 of the last 16.

He's batting .288 with a .362 on-base percentage. Both figures, were they to hold, would be career highs for the left-handed right fielder.

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Westview soccer takes advantage of summer

Knights complete school’s first summer training program in 2016

Westview’s boys soccer program is committing heavily to taking the next step under coach Stephen Bower.

The former Westview midfielder took over the program months before the 2015-16 season began and led the Knights to a 4-10-1 season. This summer, Bower was able to implement an offseason program, a first of its kind for the school.

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Trivium Prep to have varsity football in fall

Mike Spencer hired to coach program

It’s been a longstanding dream of Mike Spencer to coach a varsity football program, and he’ll get his first opportunity to do so this fall.

Spencer was hired in May to teach math at Trivium Prep Academy in Goodyear, and immediately applied for the football vacancy.

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em …

 … and then the whole world hates you?

Kevin Durant has been getting some serious heat since making his decision to join the Golden State Warriors. I understand some of it, but the reasons people are throwing around totally contradict what’s generally believed: It’s all about the rings.

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