Wolves set to howl under new coach

Estrella Foothills football coach Derek Wahlstrom gives instruction during a preseason scrimmage August 9 against Agua Fria. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

By Casey Pritchard

The Estrella Foothills High School football team will take the field Friday with a new face at the helm.  


Goodyear’s Raines ‘born’ to be around baseball

Hall of Famer Tim Raines, who has lived in Goodyear for 11 years, throws the ceremonial first pitch at the D-backs/Dodgers game on August 9. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks/Sarah Sachs)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Former baseball player and 11-year Goodyear resident Tim Raines stands on the steps of the Diamondbacks’ dugout prior to their August 9 game.


Owls look to take flight in Ross Crow’s 2nd year

Nick Thyfault, middle linebacker for the Agua Fria High School Owls, takes part in blocking drills before the first game. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

By Casey Pritchard 

Coach Ross Crow had a rough first season with Agua Fria in 2016. The Owls went 2-8, failing to make the state playoffs for the third year in a row.

Moving forward in his second campaign, Crow sees a few things that the team could improve upon to find success.


Estrella Foothills to host USA Basketball Open Court

The goal of USA Basketball Open Courts, presented by Nike, is to provide children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball. (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)

By West Valley View staff

West Valley children ages 6 to 17 can participate in the USA Basketball Open Court program starting August 13 at Estrella Foothills High School.


Knights preparing for second season with Nick Gehrts

Westview High School head football coach Nick Gehrts instructs players and fine-tunes plays during practice. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

By Casey Pritchard

Westview’s football team went through a change last year when Nick Gehrts took over the program, but the Knights finished 8-3 in his first season at the helm, and will look to improve on that in 2017.


PIR overhaul to feature new infield, start/finish line

PIR officials are excited for the track's changes, which will make for a better fan experience. (Photo courtesy PIR)

By Casey Pritchard

Racing teams are constantly making adjustments to their cars to make sure they’re running at optimum performance. In similar fashion, Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale is doing that to its racetrack.


Buckeye football preparing for Hawaii

The Buckeye Hawks went to camp early this summer. (Photo special to WVV)

The Hawks will go to Hawaii in August. (Photo special to WVV)

By Casey Pritchard

Buckeye’s football team had good results in summer competition, and one that was not so favorable. However, coach Kelley Moore and his team talked at length about the less-than-desirable showing, and what they’ve learned from it.


Youngker’s new coach excited for future

Tony Cluff, above, is succeeding Kelly Epley as football coach at Youngker. (West Valley View Photo by Ray Thomas)

By Casey Pritchard

Tony Cluff is experiencing déjà vu.


Tolleson coach displays confidence despite athlete losses

Photo by Mike Rincon
By Israel Gonzalez
The Tolleson Wolverines’ football roster will have at least eight different starters for the upcoming football season, but that hasn’t shaken the confidence of head coach Jason Wilke.
“It has been a long off-season. We’re ready to put work in play,” Wilke said. “We’re replacing quite a few starters on both sides of the ball. We had some good growth here in May and June. Now we have to keep growing here in camp.”
Tolleson will be losing eight starters on offense and defense to graduation. Among the biggest losses were linemen on both sides of the ball and some experience at wide receiver and defensive back, Wilke said. Only one lineman will be returning with varsity game experience. But the replacements are coming along nicely. 

Lucero, Desert Edge tackle new season

Desert Edge is coming off of a 9-1 regular season and a playoff appearance. (Photo courtesy Desert Edge)
By Israel Gonzalez
Two years ago, Jose Lucero helped lead the Desert Edge Scorpions to a state championship as the offensive coordinator. Now he’s looking to do the same as the head coach.
Lucero was hired as the head coach for Desert Edge earlier this year after Rich Wellbrock left to coach at Basha High School. Being familiar with the system, Lucero said he and the team “hit the ground running” as soon as he was certified by the Aqua Fria Union High School District. Now at the helm of the team, Lucero said he is ready to start the season. 
“We’re excited with the group we got coming back and looking forward to the season. The kids have been working hard all summer,” Lucero said. “We like our core. It feels like we’re doing pretty good upfront with our O-line and D-line. And we’re just excited for our first game and see where the chips fall.”


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