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NBA players taking repeated shots to groin this postseason

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Passing tournament, big-man challenge Saturday in Buckeye

YANCEY VANOSDELL of Buckeye pulls a weighted sled during a big-man competition in Glendale last June. The Hawks will be one of six West Valley high schools competing in a passing tournament at Youngker High School and a big-man competition at Jones Ford, both in Buckeye.  View photo by Ray Thomas
YANCEY VANOSDELL of Buckeye pulls a weighted sled during a big-man competition in Glendale last June. The Hawks will be one of six West Valley high schools competing in a passing tournament at Youngker High School and a big-man competition at Jones Ford, both in Buckeye. View photo by Ray Thomas

Six local high schools will compete in a passing-league tournament and big-man competition Saturday in Buckeye, with a bit of a twist.

The passing tournament will be played at Youngker High School, while the big-man competition will be at Jones Ford, 24600 W. Yuma Road, Buckeye.

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La Joya flashes speed during spring ball

DAVON JONES of La Joya carries the ball during a game last season. Jones, who had 103 carries for 468 yards and three touchdowns, is the Lobos’ top returning rusher. View photo by Mike Rincon
DAVON JONES of La Joya carries the ball during a game last season. Jones, who had 103 carries for 468 yards and three touchdowns, is the Lobos’ top returning rusher. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lobos return leading receiver, rusher for 2016

La Joya football’s spring practice revealed a major advantage for head coach Josh Mitchell: The Lobos will have plenty of speed to go around in 2016.

The Lobos have all summer to figure out which quarterback will get the responsibility of distributing the ball to a crop of talented skill-position players.

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New Owls coach pleased with spring progress

DARIQUE WILLIAMS, 32, and Nor Akol, 12, of Agua Fria help take down a Tolleson ballcarrier during a game last season. Williams will return as a senior for the Owls in 2016. View photo by Mike Rincon
DARIQUE WILLIAMS, 32, and Nor Akol, 12, of Agua Fria help take down a Tolleson ballcarrier during a game last season. Williams will return as a senior for the Owls in 2016. View photo by Mike Rincon

Agua Fria looks to build identity in 1st offseason under Ross Crow

Agua Fria football entered the 2016 offseason with some tremendous holes to fill.

The team’s offense graduated two driving forces responsible for a combined 3,821 yards and 49 touchdowns, and the team lost its coach a few weeks after the season finale.

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New Millennium coach inherits large returning class

ERNIE PINA of Millennium sets to throw a pass during a game against Westview last season. Pina passed for 1,734 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore. View photo by Mike Rincon
ERNIE PINA of Millennium sets to throw a pass during a game against Westview last season. Pina passed for 1,734 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore. View photo by Mike Rincon

Millennium football’s spring practice session was filled with many familiar faces, but was anchored by one big change.

James Carter, the Tigers’ new football coach, is inheriting a large group of core returners in what will be his first season at the helm of the program.

Carter came over from Peoria Sunrise Mountain, which finished last season 11-1, only losing in the Division III quarterfinals to Verrado. The Mustangs went 47-20 in six seasons under Carter, making the playoffs each of the last five years.

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Local players to compete in All-Star games

DEREK CONIDI of Estrella Foothills gets ready to throw a pitch April 29 during the state playoffs against Kofa. Conidi was chosen to play in the Division III Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game. View photo by Ray Thomas
DEREK CONIDI of Estrella Foothills gets ready to throw a pitch April 29 during the state playoffs against Kofa. Conidi was chosen to play in the Division III Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game. View photo by Ray Thomas
CALEB STULL of Millennium swings at a pitch March 4 against Marana. Stull was one of two Tigers players chosen to play in the Division I Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game. View photo by Ray Thomas
CALEB STULL of Millennium swings at a pitch March 4 against Marana. Stull was one of two Tigers players chosen to play in the Division I Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game. View photo by Ray Thomas

The West Valley will be well represented this weekend when the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games take place at Goodyear Ballpark.

The games showcase graduating seniors getting to suit up one last time. Thirteen local players and one coach will participate in the four games.

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Millennium grad earns 2nd-team collegiate honors

ANGELIQUE ELEMEN, a 2015 Millennium graduate, prepares to make a catch at home plate during high school for the Lady Tigers. Elemen had a successful freshman campaign at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., being named to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Second Team. View photo by Ray Thomas
ANGELIQUE ELEMEN, a 2015 Millennium graduate, prepares to make a catch at home plate during high school for the Lady Tigers. Elemen had a successful freshman campaign at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., being named to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Second Team. View photo by Ray Thomas

Angelique Elemen shines in freshman season at Fort Lewis College

Angelique Elemen was a star at Millennium, and moving to the collegiate ranks didn’t do anything to change that.

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Wolves athletes have nice showings at state

JOE LOGAN, right, of Estrella Foothills leans across the finish line of the 100-meter dash May 7 while Payson’s Wyatt Chapman follows behind. Logan took third place in the event during the Division III state championships at Mesa Community College.  View photo by Ray Thomas
JOE LOGAN, right, of Estrella Foothills leans across the finish line of the 100-meter dash May 7 while Payson’s Wyatt Chapman follows behind. Logan took third place in the event during the Division III state championships at Mesa Community College. View photo by Ray Thomas

Estrella Foothills didn’t compete for a title during the Division III state championship May 6-7 at Mesa Community College, but did have some standout performances.

The boys scored 12 points, finishing 16th, while the girls had 10 points and placed 18th.

The Wolves’ top performer was Joe Logan, who finished third in the 100 at 11.21 seconds. His best time of the year was a 11.11.

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West Valley grads headed to NAIA World Series

KYLIE CHRISTMAN, a 2013 Millennium graduate, swings at a pitch during her senior season. Christman batted .422 for Arizona Christian University this year. View photo by Ray Thomas
KYLIE CHRISTMAN, a 2013 Millennium graduate, swings at a pitch during her senior season. Christman batted .422 for Arizona Christian University this year. View photo by Ray Thomas
SIANNA GOMEZ, a 2012 Westview graduate, rounds second base during her junior season. Gomez batted .399 for Arizona Christian University this season, helping guide the Lady Firestorm to the NAIA National Championship tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas
SIANNA GOMEZ, a 2012 Westview graduate, rounds second base during her junior season. Gomez batted .399 for Arizona Christian University this season, helping guide the Lady Firestorm to the NAIA National Championship tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas

Kylie Christman, Sianna Gomez lead Arizona Christian to 2016 postseason

A few former West Valley high school softball players have been instrumental cogs to the success of the Arizona Christian softball team in 2016.

Junior Kylie Christman, a Millennium graduate, and junior Sianna Gomez, a graduate of Westview, helped pace the Lady Firestorm to 37 wins and an appearance in the NAIA Softball National Championship tournament.

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May
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Verrado baseball drops playoff opener

BRADY BULGER of Verrado reaches out to make a catch May 4 against Tucson Magnet in the second round of the Division II state tournament. The Vipers struggled offensively in a 3-1 loss. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRADY BULGER of Verrado reaches out to make a catch May 4 against Tucson Magnet in the second round of the Division II state tournament. The Vipers struggled offensively in a 3-1 loss. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado scored runs all season, and in bunches. Unfortunately for the Vipers, their offense went quiet May 4 in the second round of the Division II state tournament, which resulted in a 3-1 loss to Tucson Magnet.

Eighth-seeded Verrado, which had a first-round bye, only managed two hits against Tucson starter George Arias. The Vipers had several hard hit balls, but none that found holes.

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