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Millennium falls to Valley Vista in title game

JASMINE SINGLETON, left, of Millennium drives the lane Tuesday against Valley Vista's Kiara Edwards during the 6A state championship game at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The Lady Tigers were close all game, but couldn't deliver at the end, losing 44-36. View photo by Ray Thomas
JASMINE SINGLETON, left, of Millennium drives the lane Tuesday against Valley Vista's Kiara Edwards during the 6A state championship game at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The Lady Tigers were close all game, but couldn't deliver at the end, losing 44-36. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Monsoon late run too much for young Lady Tigers

Millennium's quest for the school’s first girls basketball state championship fell just short Tuesday, 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.

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Young Owls charging into 2017 season

ANGEL VILLALOBOS of Agua Fria lays down a bunt last season against Estrella Foothills. The Owls started the year winless in the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational, but have a young team. View photo by Ray Thomas
ANGEL VILLALOBOS of Agua Fria lays down a bunt last season against Estrella Foothills. The Owls started the year winless in the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational, but have a young team. View photo by Ray Thomas

Agua Fria starts 6 underclassmen in field

Agua Fria baseball has a young team for 2017, and it showed in the season’s opening tournament. The Owls went winless in three tries in the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational, making a few small mistakes that put each game out of reach.

Agua Fria coach Marcos Garcia said he understands the team will battle growing pains early, but feels the squad has the talent to make a splash once the season gets rolling.

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Lobos look to learn from early season losses

HUNTER OLDER of La Joya throws a pitch last season. Older is one of the Lobos’ top returning players, and was 7 for 11 with seven RBI in the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational last week. View photo by Mike Rincon
HUNTER OLDER of La Joya throws a pitch last season. Older is one of the Lobos’ top returning players, and was 7 for 11 with seven RBI in the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational last week. View photo by Mike Rincon

La Joya coming off 1st winning season in school history

Despite a rough end to the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational tournament, La Joya baseball coach Gerry Violette said he’s optimistic about his team’s heading into the 2017 baseball season.

The Lobos opened the Feb. 22-25 tournament by beating Agua Fria 6-3, but then lost 9-3 to Surprise Valley Vista and 13-2 to Verrado. Violette said he hopes the team can take some lessons from the Verrado loss.

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Verrado goes 3-1 in DesCombes tourney

BRADY BULGER of Verrado backhands a ball against Tucson Magnet during last year’s playoffs. The Vipers went 3-0 during pool play of the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational, but lost to Tolleson in the semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRADY BULGER of Verrado backhands a ball against Tucson Magnet during last year’s playoffs. The Vipers went 3-0 during pool play of the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational, but lost to Tolleson in the semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado baseball ripped the cover off the ball for three games Feb. 22-25 in the Wayne DesCombes West Side Invitational, but when the big hit was needed during the semifinals against Tolleson, it eluded the Vipers. They lost 2-1, finishing the tournament 3-1.

We couldn’t do anything wrong at the plate for three games, and today we couldn’t get even one of those hits we were getting several of,” Verrado coach Mark Flatten said. “We were 1 for 11 with guys in scoring position, and that’s not going to work, no matter what.”

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Desert Edge has mixed results in tourney

CAMILA DEMERS of Desert Edge looks toward first base Feb. 23 before delivering a throw to retire Ironwood’s Amanda Harris in the fourth inning. The Lady Scorpions won once and tied once during four games of the Sunrise Mountain Invitational. View photo by Mike Rincon
CAMILA DEMERS of Desert Edge looks toward first base Feb. 23 before delivering a throw to retire Ironwood’s Amanda Harris in the fourth inning. The Lady Scorpions won once and tied once during four games of the Sunrise Mountain Invitational. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Scorpions finish 1-2-1 in Sunrise Mountain Invitational

Desert Edge softball had some up-and-down moments in its season-opening tournament Feb. 23-25, finishing with one win and one tie in four contests during the Sunrise Mountain Invitational.

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Welcome back, spring training

But where are the fans?

Spring training started last weekend, but it seems West Valley residents have forgotten about it.

Or, maybe, they still just don’t care.

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Lady Tigers advance to state championship


Dominique Phillips, 24, of Millennium dribbles down the court Feb. 23 during the state semifinals at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Phillips scored a game-high 24 points for the Lady Tigers, who moved on to today’s state championship game.

Millennium beats No. 1 Gilbert 52-47

Millennium girls basketball secured its place in the 6A conference state championship game by beating No. 1 Gilbert, 52-47, Feb. 23 at Gila River Arena in Glendale.

The Lady Tigers earned a date with Southwest Region foe Surprise Valley Vista Tuesday at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The result was unavailable at press time. For a recap of the state championship game, visit westvalleyview.com.

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Feb
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Buckeye advances past Round 1, falls in quarters

JACOB JEFFERSON, 44, of Buckeye battles Flagstaff’s Christian Singleton for a rebound Feb. 15 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. The Hawks won in overtime, but lost three days later to Shadow Mountain.  View photo by Ray Thomas
JACOB JEFFERSON, 44, of Buckeye battles Flagstaff’s Christian Singleton for a rebound Feb. 15 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. The Hawks won in overtime, but lost three days later to Shadow Mountain. View photo by Ray Thomas

Hawks beat Flagstaff in overtime thriller

After an emotional lift in the first round of the 4A state tournament, Buckeye couldn't continue its run toward a title in the quarterfinals.

The eighth-seeded Hawks lost Feb. 18 to No. 1 Shadow Mountain 111-43. Buckeye and Shadow Mountain also played on the last day of the regular season. The Hawks lost that contest 108-77.

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Feb
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Agua Fria falls to Eagles

Agua Fria’s boys basketball was knocked out of the first round of the 5A state tournament Feb. 15 by Glendale Ironwood, 66-58.

The Owls finished the season with a second consecutive 20-win campaign, but were unable to match last year’s run to the state championship game.

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La Joya loses to Desert Vista

La Joya boys basketball took the 6A Conference No. 3 seed down to the wire Feb. 15 in the first round of the state playoffs, but Desert Vista was able to escape the upset bid and pull away late, winning 81-74.

The teams were tied after three quarters, and La Joya had a chance to tie it down three with less than 90 seconds to play, but two 3-point attempts were unsuccessful, coach Roger Lefebvre said.

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