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15
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Lady Knights taking care of business

CEAIRRA PEREZ of Westview throws to first March 8 in an attempt to complete a double play. Perez leads the team in several offensive categories, including extra-base hits, runs, batting average and on-base percentage.  View photo by Ray Thomas
CEAIRRA PEREZ of Westview throws to first March 8 in an attempt to complete a double play. Perez leads the team in several offensive categories, including extra-base hits, runs, batting average and on-base percentage. View photo by Ray Thomas

Westview to expand depth once transfers become eligible

Westview softball got off to a hot start and has navigated a difficult freedom schedule without a large portion of its full team.

The Lady Knights are 8-3, including an undefeated showing in the Carl Hayden Invitational tournament to open the season.

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15
Mar
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Estrella beats Cactus Shadows in home opener

JUSTIN WILLIAMSON of Estrella Foothills fires the ball across the diamond March 9 against Cactus Shadows. Williamson had an RBI double in the third inning and scored in the fifth, helping the Wolves win 6-4. View photo by Ray Thomas
JUSTIN WILLIAMSON of Estrella Foothills fires the ball across the diamond March 9 against Cactus Shadows. Williamson had an RBI double in the third inning and scored in the fifth, helping the Wolves win 6-4. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolves’ Corbin Wright comes up clutch on emotional day

Estrella Foothills baseball won its home opener March 9, and its hero was the most appropriate person considering the circumstance.

On the day Corbin Wright’s mother, Shelly — an English teacher at the school — was having cancer surgery, Wright delivered the go-ahead RBI’s in the bottom of the fifth inning with a pinch-hit single, leading the Wolves to a 6-4 victory over Cave Creek Cactus Shadows.

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15
Mar
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Bring on the madness

Brackets, brackets everywhere.

The NCAA tournament begins this week, meaning work productivity will decrease dramatically Thursday and Friday around the country.

While that might be infuriating to bosses of the world, it's not the reason the tournament has been appropriately named March Madness.

Wed
08
Mar
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Allen Larm has coaching change of scenery

ALLEN LARM swings to hit a ball March 3 during practice at Estrella Foothills. After 11 years, a 145-10 record and a state championship with the Buckeye girls tennis team, Larm is now coaching the Estrella boys. View photo by Casey Pritchard
ALLEN LARM swings to hit a ball March 3 during practice at Estrella Foothills. After 11 years, a 145-10 record and a state championship with the Buckeye girls tennis team, Larm is now coaching the Estrella boys. View photo by Casey Pritchard

After 11 years with Buckeye girls, Larm coaching Estrella boys

Allen Larm has stepped across the net to the other side of the tennis court — figuratively speaking.

The longtime Buckeye girls tennis coach hung it up last spring, only to re-emerge this year as the boys coach at Estrella Foothills. It wasn’t an intended plan, but when tennis season approached, Larm found himself missing the sport already.

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08
Mar
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Blazing a new trail

LOUIE TATE, right, of Millennium signs his national letter of intent Feb. 28 alongside Ottawa University soccer coach Matt Gow. Tate will be part of the first soccer team in the history of Ottawa’s Surprise campus. Photo submitted by Robert Tate
LOUIE TATE, right, of Millennium signs his national letter of intent Feb. 28 alongside Ottawa University soccer coach Matt Gow. Tate will be part of the first soccer team in the history of Ottawa’s Surprise campus. Photo submitted by Robert Tate

Millennium soccer player signs with Ottawa's new program

A Millennium boys soccer player has signed on to play this fall for the newly established Ottawa University athletic program in Surprise.

Senior Louie Tate, a three-year letterman for the Tigers, will be a part of the first men's soccer team in Ottawa University's history. The school recently announced a new residential campus with athletic teams competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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08
Mar
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Desert Edge tagged early in 11-7 loss

BRETT MILLER of Desert Edge makes a putout at first base March 3 against Maricopa. Miller had a pair of hits and scored twice, but the Scorpions lost 11-7 to Maricopa. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRETT MILLER of Desert Edge makes a putout at first base March 3 against Maricopa. Miller had a pair of hits and scored twice, but the Scorpions lost 11-7 to Maricopa. View photo by Ray Thomas

Defensive woes plaguing Scorpions in 0-4 start

It was the same old story for Desert Edge March 3, as fielding errors led to unearned runs that cost the Scorpions.

Desert Edge committed three errors, helping plate five unearned runs in an 11-7 loss to Maricopa.

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08
Mar
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Lady Tigers tennis off to strong start

GABRIELA LAWLOR of Millennium rushes the net March 1 to hit a backhand against Perry. Lawlor returns for her senior season as the Lady Tigers’ No. 1 player. View photo by Ray Thomas
GABRIELA LAWLOR of Millennium rushes the net March 1 to hit a backhand against Perry. Lawlor returns for her senior season as the Lady Tigers’ No. 1 player. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium goes 3-0 over tough non-region slate

After a down year, Millennium’s girls tennis team is working toward a bounce-back campaign. So far, the Lady Tigers are off to an ace start.

Millennium has won every match it has played this season, beating Gilbert Highland 5-4, Gilbert Perry 6-3 and Surprise Valley Vista 9-0.

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08
Mar
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Long layoff no problem for Knights

CAMERON MAXWELL of Westview throws a pitch against North March 3 during the third inning. Maxwell threw a six-inning complete game, striking out five in the Knights’ 11-1 victory. View photo by Mike Rincon
CAMERON MAXWELL of Westview throws a pitch against North March 3 during the third inning. Maxwell threw a six-inning complete game, striking out five in the Knights’ 11-1 victory. View photo by Mike Rincon

Westview run-rules North, improves record to 4-1-1

Westview baseball showed no signs of rust after a week off because of a weather cancellation, cruising to an easy 11-1 win in six innings over Phoenix North in the team's March 3 home opener.

After surrendering a run in the first, the Knights (4-1-1) scored 11 unanswered for their second run-rule victory of the season.

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08
Mar
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Millennium loses title game

ALI ZELAYA, right, of Millennium tries to shoot the ball over Valley Vista’s Taylor Chavez March 1 during the 6A state championship game at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Zelaya had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, but they came up short of the title, losing 44-36. View photo by Ray Thomas
ALI ZELAYA, right, of Millennium tries to shoot the ball over Valley Vista’s Taylor Chavez March 1 during the 6A state championship game at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Zelaya had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, but they came up short of the title, losing 44-36. View photo by Ray Thomas

Valley Vista's late run too much for young Lady Tigers

Millennium’s quest for the school’s first girls basketball state championship fell just short Feb. 28, as the Lady Tigers fell to region foe Surprise Valley Vista, 44-36, in the 6A Conference title game at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

It’s the second time in three years Millennium’s season has ended with a loss in the championship game.

Wed
08
Mar
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Leave our spring players, WBC

I’m not quite sure which side of the World Baseball Classic fence I want to lean on, liking it or hating it. It’s kind of like the right-field fence at Boston’s Fenway Park. If you lean on it too strong, you might fall to the other side.

My rationale is I love any type of international tournament, and baseball is my favorite sport, but this particular tournament also takes baseball away from me. What I mean by that is I don’t get to see all the best players in spring training for the two and a half weeks the tournament is being played.

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