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Agua Fria to host recruiting seminar

There are the occasional athletes that come along and shoot right to the top of everyone’s recruiting lists. For the other 99 percent of student athletes looking to continue playing careers into college, the process isn’t as easy as just selecting a school.

Agua Fria High School is hosting a recruiting seminar by Recruiting Realities with speaker Jack Renkens, who’ll talk about the how-tos of getting recruited for athletes who are serious about playing at the next level. The event will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Agua Fria High School auditorium, 530 E. Riley Drive, Avondale.

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31
Jul
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A look back at memorable football games

TANNER LUNG, Desert Edge’s quarterback in 2010, evades a Liberty defender while running the football. The Scorpions squeaked out a 14-11 victory Nov. 5, 2010, to win their first ever region title. View photo
TANNER LUNG, Desert Edge’s quarterback in 2010, evades a Liberty defender while running the football. The Scorpions squeaked out a 14-11 victory Nov. 5, 2010, to win their first ever region title. View photo

Top-10 games covered, #10 and 9

 

Fri
31
Jul
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Former Westview standout commits to Arizona State

ANDRE ADAMS, a Westview graduate, looks to get a shot up with his left hand during a game against St. Mary’s in 2014. Adams recently committed to playing basketball for ASU. View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDRE ADAMS, a Westview graduate, looks to get a shot up with his left hand during a game against St. Mary’s in 2014. Adams recently committed to playing basketball for ASU. View photo by Ray Thomas

Arizona State University was always in Andre Adams’ backyard, he just took the long route to get there.

Adams, a 2014 graduate of Westview High School, committed to Arizona State to play basketball for new Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley. Adams announced his official decision July 21.

Adams’ journey had many bumps along the way, though.

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31
Jul
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D.E. wrestler wins national championship

BRANDON COURTNEY of Desert Edge holds the trophy he won by taking first place at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Championships July 25 in Fargo, N.D. Courtney won all six of his matches, including an 11-9 victory in the finals, to claim the title. View photo by Jordan Christopher
BRANDON COURTNEY of Desert Edge holds the trophy he won by taking first place at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Championships July 25 in Fargo, N.D. Courtney won all six of his matches, including an 11-9 victory in the finals, to claim the title. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Brandon Courtney takes ASICS/Vaughan title at 113 pounds

After winning the ASICS/Vaughan Junior Nationals freestyle wrestling tournament July 25 in Fargo, N.D., Brandon Courtney’s father, Jonathan, didn’t even realize how great a feat his 113-pound son had just pulled off.

Tue
28
Jul
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Estrella runners putting in work

ZACH GRIMSLEY of Estrella Foothills runs during a cross country meet at Youngker High School last season. Grimsley is one of several athletes who has participated in Estrella’s summer running program, which helps prepare athletes for the upcoming season. View photo by Casey Pritchard
ZACH GRIMSLEY of Estrella Foothills runs during a cross country meet at Youngker High School last season. Grimsley is one of several athletes who has participated in Estrella’s summer running program, which helps prepare athletes for the upcoming season. View photo by Casey Pritchard

Summer runs build team camaraderie

The Estrella Foothills runners have been battling the sun to see who will get up to start the day first this summer.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 a.m., runners from the Wolves’ cross country team lace up their shoes and hit the ground running in preparation for the upcoming season.

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28
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Youngker gains experience in summer

JEREMIAH WELLS, 5, and Nino Heiden, bottom, of Youngker defend Estrella Foothills’ David McCray during a game last season. The Roughriders had several young players compete with them during summer workouts and tournaments.View photo by Ray Thomas
JEREMIAH WELLS, 5, and Nino Heiden, bottom, of Youngker defend Estrella Foothills’ David McCray during a game last season. The Roughriders had several young players compete with them during summer workouts and tournaments.View photo by Ray Thomas

Youthful squad shows improvement on court

Youngker had a young squad in 2014-15, a season that saw the Roughriders win just five games and lose 20. They might be even younger come the upcoming campaign, as only one senior participated during summer workouts and tournament games. Despite the youth, co-head coach Jake Nelson doesn’t look at that as a negative, he said.

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28
Jul
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Put Pete Rose in Cooperstown …

Major League Baseball’s Hall of fame induction ceremony took place over the weekend, which got us thinking about a topic that is constantly debated: Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame? That was the inspiration behind the following piece, a two-part column where we look at each side of the argument. By the way, congratulations to Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

 

It’s time for baseball to reinstate Pete Rose. It’s time for him to take his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame.

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28
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… stay in Vegas to sign autographs

It’s hard to deny Pete Rose’s place in baseball history, but he’s made it really easy to accept his omission from the Hall of Fame.

The guy was a great ballplayer. He owns the Major League Baseball record for career hits, singles, doubles by a switch hitter, among other things. He’s also the career leader in games played, at bats and, understandably, outs. He got out more than 10,000 times in his career. Most players never see that many plate appearances.

Fri
24
Jul
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Summer strength

JOSH HILL of Tolleson settles underneath the ball to make a catch against Deer Valley last season. Hill and the Wolverines hit the weight room this summer to gain strength for the upcoming year. View photo by Ray Thomas
JOSH HILL of Tolleson settles underneath the ball to make a catch against Deer Valley last season. Hill and the Wolverines hit the weight room this summer to gain strength for the upcoming year. View photo by Ray Thomas

Tolleson baseball commits to weight room during offseason program

Tolleson baseball finished last season 12-14, guided by a young, but talented nucleus.

Heading into the summer offseason program, it was time for the team to shed the “young” moniker, Tolleson coach Scott Richardson said.

Fri
24
Jul
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Arizona RBI junior team wins region tourney

ARIZONA RBI JUNIOR TEAM takes a team photo at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The team won the West Region tournament with a 1-0 victory in the championship game. Submitted photo
ARIZONA RBI JUNIOR TEAM takes a team photo at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The team won the West Region tournament with a 1-0 victory in the championship game. Submitted photo

U-15 team headed to RBI World Series

Arizona RBI baseball had a banner weekend July 17-19, and both of its teams are heading to the RBI World Series as a result.

The under-15 junior team swept its five games in the West Regional, including a 1-0 victory in the championship game over Dodgers RBI, which were the hosts. The game was played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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