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03
May
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Verrado advances past 1st round of state

BIANCA WORTHY of Verrado connects with a pitch during the first inning against Poston Butte April 29 at Verrado. The Lady Vipers won 3-2, advancing to the second round of the 5A state playoffs.  View photo by Mike Rincon
BIANCA WORTHY of Verrado connects with a pitch during the first inning against Poston Butte April 29 at Verrado. The Lady Vipers won 3-2, advancing to the second round of the 5A state playoffs. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Vipers advance past Poston Butte with 3-2 victory

Verrado’s softball team reached the double-elimination portion of the 5A state playoffs by beating San Tan Valley Poston Butte in the first round of the state playoffs 3-2 April 29.

The fourth-ranked Lady Scorpions scored twice in the third and once in the fifth, and pitcher Reina Kelley limited the Lady Broncos’ offense to just five hits and no walks.

Wed
03
May
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State champion!

ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills rips through a backhand shot against Gila Ridge March 28 at Estrella. Nelson claimed her second state singles championship April 29, beating Notre Dame Prep’s Lexi Lehman 6-0, 6-2 in the Division II final. View photo by Ray Thomas
ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills rips through a backhand shot against Gila Ridge March 28 at Estrella. Nelson claimed her second state singles championship April 29, beating Notre Dame Prep’s Lexi Lehman 6-0, 6-2 in the Division II final. View photo by Ray Thomas

Estrella’s Zoey Nelson wins 2nd state title

A one-year hiatus didn't stop Zoey Nelson from winning the ultimate prize on her return to high school tennis.

Wed
26
Apr
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Agua Fria boys tennis sets standard with section title

Owls finish 12-2, face Cactus Shadows in 1st Round today

Agua Fria boys tennis punched its ticket to the playoffs after a fantastic season, finishing 12-2 and as Division II, Section IV champions.

The Owls went undefeated in section play a year after going 8-5 overall. Agua Fria coach Sam Eid said the team's fighting spirit pushed it to the next level this season.

Wed
26
Apr
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Estrella beats Buckeye, wins region title

ROB JESIONOWSKI of Estrella Foothills throws a pitch during the Wolves’ home game against Buckeye April 20. Estrella scored a run in the bottom of the seventh without the benefit of a hit to beat the Hawks 4-3. View photo by Ray Thomas
ROB JESIONOWSKI of Estrella Foothills throws a pitch during the Wolves’ home game against Buckeye April 20. Estrella scored a run in the bottom of the seventh without the benefit of a hit to beat the Hawks 4-3. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wild pitch scores game-winning run in bottom of 7th

With the 4A Southwest Region title on the line, Estrella Foothills was gifted a run in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded wild pitch, giving the Wolves a 4-3 home victory April 20 against district rival Buckeye.

Wed
26
Apr

Odds & Ends - April 26, 2017

Lady Tiger hoops to host youth clinic

The Millennium High School girls basketball team is hosting a youth clinic for girls ages 10 to 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. each night from May 1 through 4 at the school's gymnasium, 14802 W. Wigwam Blvd., Goodyear.

Lady Tigers coaches and players will instruct attendees through drills designed to improve fundamental skills like ball handling, shooting, passing, rebounding and defense. The camp will also feature contests and games.

Wed
26
Apr
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Millennium tennis sets lofty goals for state

MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium hits a forehand during the 2015 state tournament. Lawlor and his doubles partner, Austin Todd, are the No. 1 seed in the 6A doubles tournament and have advanced to the third round. View photo
MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium hits a forehand during the 2015 state tournament. Lawlor and his doubles partner, Austin Todd, are the No. 1 seed in the 6A doubles tournament and have advanced to the third round. View photo

 

After a down year in a tough conference, Millennium boys tennis reversed its fortune in 2017, going undefeated in section play and earning a return trip to the Division I team state playoffs.

The Tigers finished 12-2 in dual meets, 6-0 in section play, and earned the No. 13 seed in the playoffs. Millennium travels to No. 4 Phoenix Desert Vista for the first round starting at 3 p.m. today.

Wed
26
Apr
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Vipers top Scorpions, take region crown

BRADY BULGER, left, of Verrado takes a throw at second base April 21 at Verrado as Desert Edge’s Roman Yerian slides in. The Vipers beat the Scorpions 4-1 to win the 5A Desert West Region title. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRADY BULGER, left, of Verrado takes a throw at second base April 21 at Verrado as Desert Edge’s Roman Yerian slides in. The Vipers beat the Scorpions 4-1 to win the 5A Desert West Region title. View photo by Ray Thomas

Pair of 2-run innings pave way to Verrado’s 4-1 victory

Verrado punctuated its remarkable season April 21 by winning the 5A Desert West Region title with a 4-1 victory over Desert Edge.

The Vipers wiggled out of a fifth-inning jam, added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the frame and closed it out with outstanding pitching.

Wed
26
Apr
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Walk-off home run gives Lady Vipers sweep of D.E.

HAILEY RAIO of Verrado follows through on a swing during the first inning of Verrado’s home game against Desert Edge April 24. Raio hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to propel the Lady Vipers to a 6-4 victory against the Lady Scorpions. View photo by Mike Rincon
HAILEY RAIO of Verrado follows through on a swing during the first inning of Verrado’s home game against Desert Edge April 24. Raio hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to propel the Lady Vipers to a 6-4 victory against the Lady Scorpions. View photo by Mike Rincon

Hailey Raio's blast propels Lady Vipers to 6-4 win

Verrado softball ended the regular season in style Monday.

Down to its last out and trailing by a run against rival Desert Edge, the Lady Vipers produced consecutive hits to tie and then win the game. Hailey Raio's two-run walk-off home run to deep center field sent the home crowd away happy with a 6-4 victory.

Wed
26
Apr
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Phoenix has on MLS

It's a badge of honor for the 13 markets that currently support at least one franchise in each of the four major sporting leagues, as it should be. The “Big Four” – the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League – has a combined 122 teams across 48 cities in the United States and Canada. A city with one team is part of an exclusive club. The places with four? That's a first-class ticket to an entirely different level.

Wed
19
Apr
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D.E. boosts playoff hopes with sweep of A.F.

LALO JIMENEZ of Desert Edge throws to first base April 13 at Agua Fria. Jimenez and the Scorpions won a pair of one-run games against the Owls, tying them with Verrado for first place in the Desert West Region standings.  View photo by Ray Thomas
LALO JIMENEZ of Desert Edge throws to first base April 13 at Agua Fria. Jimenez and the Scorpions won a pair of one-run games against the Owls, tying them with Verrado for first place in the Desert West Region standings. View photo by Ray Thomas

Owls need strong finish to get back in postseason contention

Desert Edge baseball greatly improved its chance of qualifying for the 5A state playoffs at the expense of district rival Agua Fria, sweeping the Owls in the teams’ two-game series.

The Scorpions prevailed by one run in each game, the first at home on April 11, 3-2 in extra innings, and the second at Agua Fria April 13, 4-3.

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