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21
Sep
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Lady Owls flock to course

Agua Fria brings back girls golf program after year hiatus

At this time last year, Agua Fria’s girls golf program was non-existent.

Two Lady Owls golfers weren’t enough to field a team, so Andrea Vasquez and Khrystal Parra worked on their craft along with the boys team, unable to compete in girls team events.

This season, the Lady Owls are back — a win for the school. The girls’ first match win against Westview Aug. 31 was just the cherry on top.

Wed
21
Sep
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Buckeye runners out in droves in 2016

ANTHONY GARCIA of Buckeye runs at La Joya during a 2014 cross country meet. The Hawks were third at sectionals last year, and have all of their top runners back this season, including Garcia. View photo
ANTHONY GARCIA of Buckeye runs at La Joya during a 2014 cross country meet. The Hawks were third at sectionals last year, and have all of their top runners back this season, including Garcia. View photo

Buckeye’s cross country team is bigger than it’s ever been before. Last year’s success may have something to do with that.

The boys team finished third in its sectional meet last year to qualify for state, and this season’s team has 28 athletes. Add to that the 13 runners on the girls team, and Buckeye has 41 total competitors.

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21
Sep
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Knights boys swimmers undefeated

TANNER MCMURDIE of Westview swims the breaststroke Sept. 15 during a meet at Goodyear Municipal Pool. Westview’s boys swim team is undefeated this season. View photo by Jordan Christopher
TANNER MCMURDIE of Westview swims the breaststroke Sept. 15 during a meet at Goodyear Municipal Pool. Westview’s boys swim team is undefeated this season. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Westview swim looking to continue good start

Westview’s boys and girls swim teams have taken to the pool with renewed vigor under first-year coach Rachel Parsons.

The boys side is currently undefeated in dual-meet events, and the girls, while undersized, have not backed down from challenges from schools with larger teams, Parsons said.

Wed
21
Sep
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Buckeye hires Estrella alum as soccer coach

KELSIE ROBERTS, right, plays for Estrella Foothills during the 2009-10 season. Roberts was hired by Buckeye to be the Lady Hawks’ head soccer coach. View photo by Ray Thomas
KELSIE ROBERTS, right, plays for Estrella Foothills during the 2009-10 season. Roberts was hired by Buckeye to be the Lady Hawks’ head soccer coach. View photo by Ray Thomas

Kelsie Roberts brings experience in form of state titles

If anybody knows how to win in high school soccer, it’s Kelsie Roberts.

The 2012 Estrella Foothills graduate won four consecutive state titles as a player for the Lady Wolves, and will now bring her knowledge and experience to district sister school Buckeye as the girls’ new head soccer coach.

Wed
21
Sep

Buckeye falters late in loss to Peoria

JOSEPH PEREZ, right, of Buckeye runs with the ball Aug. 26 against Sunrise Mountain. Perez had 301 passing yards and four touchdowns against Peoria Sept. 16, but it was not enough to lead Buckeye to victory, as it lost 44-33 View photo by Mike Rincon
JOSEPH PEREZ, right, of Buckeye runs with the ball Aug. 26 against Sunrise Mountain. Perez had 301 passing yards and four touchdowns against Peoria Sept. 16, but it was not enough to lead Buckeye to victory, as it lost 44-33 View photo by Mike Rincon

Mental errors prove to be difference maker in Hawks' loss

by Rafael Alvarez

special to the View

Buckeye held a 21-13 lead with just over four minutes left in the third quarter, but the momentum shifted in Peoria’s favor after some costly fourth quarter turnovers by the Hawks to give the Panthers the 44-33 win Sept. 16.

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21
Sep
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Mountain Ridge takes down Tolleson

DAVYON DUHART, 22, of Tolleson finds some running room Sept. 16 while being pursued by Mountain Ridge’s Thomas Fitzke. Duhart had 51 yards rushing for the Wolverines, who lost to Mountain Ridge 28-21. View photo by Mike Rincon
DAVYON DUHART, 22, of Tolleson finds some running room Sept. 16 while being pursued by Mountain Ridge’s Thomas Fitzke. Duhart had 51 yards rushing for the Wolverines, who lost to Mountain Ridge 28-21. View photo by Mike Rincon

Miscues costly Wolverines

Tolleson football succumbed to an inconsistent day Sept. 16, as the Wolverines fell to visiting Glendale Mountain Ridge 28-21 in the teams’ 6A contest.

The Wolverines traded off looking exceptional and sloppy, sometimes during the same play. Tolleson committed four turnovers, had a field-goal attempt blocked and generally just didn’t make enough things happen on the field, Tolleson coach Jason Wilke said.

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21
Sep
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La Joya cross country eyes state

JOSE LIMAS, center, of La Joya runs Sept. 14 during a cross country meet at Desert Edge. Limas is the Lobos’ top runner, having run a season best time of 18 minutes, 59.5 seconds. View photo by Mike Rincon
JOSE LIMAS, center, of La Joya runs Sept. 14 during a cross country meet at Desert Edge. Limas is the Lobos’ top runner, having run a season best time of 18 minutes, 59.5 seconds. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lobos fielding strong boys, girls squads

La Joya cross country is on pace to make a splash in the state’s top division.

Both the girls and boys squads are putting up strong times, La Joya coach Jordan Beverly said. In fact, the Lobos’ runners continue to post personal bests each week.

Wed
21
Sep
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Lady Scorpions claim Wolves Classic title

JENNESSY CAIN, left, of Desert Edge spikes the ball last season. Cain had the winning point Sept. 17 against Fountain Hills as the Lady Scorpions claimed the Wolves Classic title. View photo by Ray Thomas
JENNESSY CAIN, left, of Desert Edge spikes the ball last season. Cain had the winning point Sept. 17 against Fountain Hills as the Lady Scorpions claimed the Wolves Classic title. View photo by Ray Thomas

D.E. comes from behind in championship game

Desert Edge was a set down, and then faced match point in the championship game of the Wolves Classic tournament Sept. 17 at Estrella Foothills, but that didn’t stop the Lady Scorpions from claiming the ultimate prize. Desert Edge came from behind to beat Fountain Hills, winning 23-25, 25-19 and 17-15.

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21
Sep
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Desert Edge tops Mesquite, stays unbeaten

DANTE BLISSIT, 45, and Milton Rodgers sandwich Mesquite running back Joseph Eubanks Sept. 16. The Scorpions’ defense held Mesquite to 177 total yards of offense in a 24-13 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas
DANTE BLISSIT, 45, and Milton Rodgers sandwich Mesquite running back Joseph Eubanks Sept. 16. The Scorpions’ defense held Mesquite to 177 total yards of offense in a 24-13 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

Scorpions win despite struggles in red zone

Desert Edge coach Rich Wellbrock was not a happy camper following his team’s 24-13 victory over Gilbert Mesquite Sept. 16, and with good reason.

The Scorpions, at times, were sloppy handling the ball on offense, which led to turnovers and stalled drives.

Wed
14
Sep
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Slow start dooms Vipers in loss to Black Hawks

JA’TAI JENKINS of Verrado runs the football Sept. 2 against Millennium. Jenkins and the Vipers struggled to move the ball against Williams Field Sept. 9, losing 45-15. View photo by Mike Rincon
JA’TAI JENKINS of Verrado runs the football Sept. 2 against Millennium. Jenkins and the Vipers struggled to move the ball against Williams Field Sept. 9, losing 45-15. View photo by Mike Rincon

Verrado offense stagnant in 45-15 loss to Williams Field

In its previous game, Verrado was able to overcome a slow start to down Millennium 41-20.

The Vipers had no such luck this time around.

Gilbert Williams Field (4-0) jumped to a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter and eventually defeated Verrado 45-15 Sept. 9 at Williams Field High School.

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