Sports

Tue
15
Apr
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Wasted opportunities costly to Tigers

TOLLESON’S BILLY WILSON (6) is caught stealing in the fourth inning of the April 9 game at Millennium. Millennium shortstop Chaz Mighells awaits the throw from catcher Jared McDonald. Tolleson won the game, 8-2.
TOLLESON’S BILLY WILSON (6) is caught stealing in the fourth inning of the April 9 game at Millennium. Millennium shortstop Chaz Mighells awaits the throw from catcher Jared McDonald. Tolleson won the game, 8-2.
CARLOS BALDENEGRO pitches for Tolleson April 9 at Millennium. The junior scattered seven hits, to earn the victory in the Wolverines’ 8-2 triumph.
CARLOS BALDENEGRO pitches for Tolleson April 9 at Millennium. The junior scattered seven hits, to earn the victory in the Wolverines’ 8-2 triumph.

It was a matter of capitalizing on opportunities April 9 as Millennium hosted Tolleson.

The visiting Wolverines took advantage of their opportunities while the Tigers did not.

Tolleson had 11 hits and turned them into eight runs but the Tigers were able to scratch out only a pair of runs on eight hits, leaving 10 runners stranded. Tolleson won the game, 8-2.

Tue
15
Apr
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Millennium’s Jones chooses Utah State

MILLENNIUM’S ELSTON JONES (50) challenges the shot of Desert Edge’s Ricky Whitehead in January 2013. Despite knee problems throughout his high school career, Jones has landed a scholarship to play collegiately at Utah State University.
MILLENNIUM’S ELSTON JONES (50) challenges the shot of Desert Edge’s Ricky Whitehead in January 2013. Despite knee problems throughout his high school career, Jones has landed a scholarship to play collegiately at Utah State University.
ELSTON JONES, left, of Millennium battles Westview’s Andre Adams for a rebound during a January 2013 game at Grand Canyon University.
ELSTON JONES, left, of Millennium battles Westview’s Andre Adams for a rebound during a January 2013 game at Grand Canyon University.

An opportunity to play right away in a system that he enjoys led Elston Jones to commit to playing collegiate basketball at Utah State University.

There will be an opportunity to play immediately since only five players who saw playing time last season will return for the Aggies, who went 18-14 overall and 7-11, finishing eighth in the Mountain West Conference.

They told me I’d get a lot of playing time as a freshman,” Jones said.

Tue
15
Apr
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Desert Edge grad helps Cal win another title

TYLER MESSERSCHMIDT swims for the University of California during the NCAA national-championship meet March 27-29 at Austin, Texas. The Desert Edge High School alumunus helped the Golden Bears to their second national title in the past three seasons.
TYLER MESSERSCHMIDT swims for the University of California during the NCAA national-championship meet March 27-29 at Austin, Texas. The Desert Edge High School alumunus helped the Golden Bears to their second national title in the past three seasons.
TYLER MESSERSCHMIDT, a 2011 graduate of Desert Edge High School, celebrates a University of California victory in the 200-meter freestyle relay during the recent NCAA championship in Austin, Texas. Messerschmidt’s performance during the meet helped the Golden Bears win the national title.
TYLER MESSERSCHMIDT, a 2011 graduate of Desert Edge High School, celebrates a University of California victory in the 200-meter freestyle relay during the recent NCAA championship in Austin, Texas. Messerschmidt’s performance during the meet helped the Golden Bears win the national title.

To say Tyler Messerschmidt’s career at the University of California, Berkeley has been a rollercoaster ride is an understatement.

The 2011 Desert Edge graduate helped the Golden Bears win a national championship as a freshman, only to get dismissed from the school during his sophomore year because of grades. Messerschmidt has turned things around academically, and upon his return aided Cal in winning another national title, which it pulled off March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

Tue
15
Apr
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Estrella Foothills blanks Youngker

YOUNGKER CATCHER CORRALES lunges to tag out Estrella Foothills’ Shane Luden during Friday’s game at Goodyear Ballpark. The Wolves won the contest, 4-0, behind the two-hit performance of left-hander Baylor Giannini.
YOUNGKER CATCHER CORRALES lunges to tag out Estrella Foothills’ Shane Luden during Friday’s game at Goodyear Ballpark. The Wolves won the contest, 4-0, behind the two-hit performance of left-hander Baylor Giannini.
BAYLOR GIANNINI pitches Friday night against Youngker at Goodyear Ballpark. The senior southpaw blanked the Roughriders on two hits as the Wolves won 4-0.
BAYLOR GIANNINI pitches Friday night against Youngker at Goodyear Ballpark. The senior southpaw blanked the Roughriders on two hits as the Wolves won 4-0.
YOUNGKER SECOND BASEMAN Avery Elliott throws on to first base, trying to a complete a double play Friday against Estrella Foothills. The Wolves won the game, played at Goodyear Ballpark, 4-0.
YOUNGKER SECOND BASEMAN Avery Elliott throws on to first base, trying to a complete a double play Friday against Estrella Foothills. The Wolves won the game, played at Goodyear Ballpark, 4-0.

Estrella Foothills cooled off a red hot Youngker team on Friday night, blanking the Roughriders at Goodyear Ballpark, 4-0.

Baylor Giannini pitched a two-hitter and the Wolves executed their small ball, giving them a much-needed victory.

Fri
11
Apr
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Results and Schedule - April 11, 2014

Results

Baseball

April 7

Tolleson 9, Westview 0

Fri
11
Apr
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Rice commits to Texas Southern

AGUA FRIA’S ARCHIE RICE (4) looks to lend a hand to a teammate in bringing down Desert Edge running back Jordan Jackson on Nov. 1. Rice has committed to playing collegiate football at Texas Southern University. View file photo by Ray Thomas
AGUA FRIA’S ARCHIE RICE (4) looks to lend a hand to a teammate in bringing down Desert Edge running back Jordan Jackson on Nov. 1. Rice has committed to playing collegiate football at Texas Southern University. View file photo by Ray Thomas

When Archie Rice made the Agua Fria varsity as a freshman in 2011, it was as a quarterback.

Although he had success on the offensive side of the ball throughout his tenure with the Owls, he always maintained the mentality of a defensive player.

He preferred to hit people rather than be hit.

After playing both ways at Agua Fria, Rice will be able to concentrate on his preference in college.

Fri
11
Apr
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Lady Hawks top Estrella to stay unbeaten

ALEX TATE OF BUCKEYE reaches to return a shot against Estrella Foothills Tuesday. The Lady Hawks won the match, 7-2, to remain unbeaten. View photo by Ray Thomas
ALEX TATE OF BUCKEYE reaches to return a shot against Estrella Foothills Tuesday. The Lady Hawks won the match, 7-2, to remain unbeaten. View photo by Ray Thomas

In a clash of undefeated teams on Tuesday at Estrella Foothills, Buckeye left the tennis court with its winning streak intact.

The Lady Hawks topped previously unbeaten Estrella, 7-2, pulling out a pair of third-set tiebreaks to help make a tough battle look quite convincing.

Fri
11
Apr
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Lady Owls rally for big victory

AGUA FRIA’S KORTNEY JOLLY gets her foot on third base just ahead of the tag by Estrella Foothills’ Briana Wilbur in Monday’s game. The Lady Owls rallied from an 8-0 deficit to win, 11-10. View photo by Ray Thomas
AGUA FRIA’S KORTNEY JOLLY gets her foot on third base just ahead of the tag by Estrella Foothills’ Briana Wilbur in Monday’s game. The Lady Owls rallied from an 8-0 deficit to win, 11-10. View photo by Ray Thomas

Agua Fria overcomes early 8-0 deficit

 

Things certainly looked bleak for Agua Fria early in Monday’s game against visiting Estrella Foothills.

The visitors built an 8-0 lead after two innings but the Lady Owls persevered and rallied for an 11-10 victory.

Fri
11
Apr
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Desert Edge senior going to Naval Academy

KAITLIN RANEY, 18, of Goodyear has earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Desert Edge High School senior, who plays left field for her school’s softball team, plans to play club ball at the academy. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Ray Thomas
KAITLIN RANEY, 18, of Goodyear has earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Desert Edge High School senior, who plays left field for her school’s softball team, plans to play club ball at the academy. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Ray Thomas

At only 18 years of age, she’s ahead of the game.

Desert Edge High School senior Kaitlin Raney is an athlete, a good student, recognized as a leader by her peers and teachers and has a full ride to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in the fall.

In total, she received five nominations; two to the Naval Academy, two to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and one to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

After getting appointed to both the United States Coast Guard Academy and the Naval one as well, Raney chose the Navy.

She said she visited the Naval Academy last year and really enjoyed her time.

“It was overwhelming just how large it was, and just how grand and traditional it was,” she said. “Being from Arizona, nothing is older than 40 years, so to see something that was almost 200 years was just phenomenal.”

She will have her tuition, room and board costs completely covered, which is about $375,000.

Tue
08
Apr
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Lady Owls overpower Sierra Linda

NATALIE CAMMILLERI of Agua Fria fields a ball Friday against Sierra Linda. Cammilleri had single, a stolen base and scored a run to help the Lady Owls defeat the Lady Bulldogs, 13-3. View photo by Ray Thomas
NATALIE CAMMILLERI of Agua Fria fields a ball Friday against Sierra Linda. Cammilleri had single, a stolen base and scored a run to help the Lady Owls defeat the Lady Bulldogs, 13-3. View photo by Ray Thomas

Scoring runs has been problematic for Agua Fria for much of the season.

Such was not the case Friday.

The Lady Owls (8-9) pounded out 14 hits, including a pair of triples, in a 13-3 win over visiting Phoenix Sierra Linda (1-12) in a game halted in the bottom of the sixth inning by the mercy rule.

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