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Buckeye Union grad has Olympic dreams


Buckeye Union High School graduate Dustie Durham played in Canada as part of the 2017 NJCAA Softball National Team. (Photo by Jen Barnes Photography)
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
 
Dustie Durham has softball in her blood.
 
The 2015 Buckeye Union High School graduate’s mother and grandparents love the sport, so it was only natural that she followed in their footsteps. 
 
“My mom, Debbie Barnes, played at Yavapai College,” said Durham, who attended the same school before graduating from Phoenix College. “My grandpa was a men’s fast-pitch pitcher in Maryvale and Surprise leagues.
“My grandma, Gloria Barnes, pitched when she was at Coolidge High School. It runs in our family, definitely.”
 
The 20-year-old Durham competed in the 2017 Canada Cup International Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, from July 7 to July 17. She was one of 18 young women from U.S. junior colleges chosen to play for the 2017 NJCAA Softball National Team.
 
Wed
12
Jul

Summer sports series: Round 4, Family tree

With the NBA Finals wrapped up, and the MLB season months away from the playoff push, View Sports is venturing into the unknown, taking a look at popular sports around the globe that maybe aren’t so big in our own backyard.

Over the next few issues, we’ll tackle what it’s like to learn popular sports from scratch, and see what we find.

Today’s topic: Family tree.

 

Wed
12
Jul

Verrado baseball coach moving on

Mark Flatten steps down to take pro job

For two seasons, Mark Flatten did great things with the Verrado baseball program. Now, he’ll look to do the same for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Flatten stepped down as Verrado baseball coach to take a job with the Pirates’ organization as a scout for the Arizona Rookie League.

Wed
12
Jul

Scorpions gain experience in summer competition

JULIAN GARCIA of Desert Edge swings at a pitch against Buena in the first round of the Division II state tournament April 26 at Desert Edge. Garcia will be an important returning player for the Scorpions, who competed in summer competition for the first time in five years. View photo by Ray Thomas
JULIAN GARCIA of Desert Edge swings at a pitch against Buena in the first round of the Division II state tournament April 26 at Desert Edge. Garcia will be an important returning player for the Scorpions, who competed in summer competition for the first time in five years. View photo by Ray Thomas

15-game schedule helps young crop of players

Desert Edge baseball coach Sean McCorry doesn’t usually have his team compete during the summer. This year was an exception.

For the first time since McCorry took over the program in 2013, the Scorpions played a summer slate of games.

Wed
12
Jul

Odds & Ends: July 12, 2017

Millennium hosting summer skills academy

Millennium High School is hosting the Phoenix Elite Summer Skills Academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22 at the school's gymnasium, 14802 W. Wigwam Blvd., Goodyear.

The camp is for boys and girls from kindergarten through eighth grade and costs $100. It features elite trainers, including coaches from the Phoenix Suns.

Wed
12
Jul

Tonopah sends another to the college ranks

CAITLYNN WILLIAMS of Tonopah Valley goes up for a spike last season at Arizona Lutheran Academy. Williams signed with Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, July 6 to play collegiate volleyball. View photo by Ray Thomas
CAITLYNN WILLIAMS of Tonopah Valley goes up for a spike last season at Arizona Lutheran Academy. Williams signed with Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, July 6 to play collegiate volleyball. View photo by Ray Thomas

Caitlynn Williams becomes 4th Lady Phoenix volleyball player to reach next level in last 2 years

Tonopah Valley High School, with a total enrollment of less than 400 students, is becoming an unlikely source for a volleyball factory.

Caitlynn Williams became the third member of the 2017 senior class to sign on to play collegiate volleyball when she committed to Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, July 6. She’ll head to the community college in north Texas at the end of July to begin her journey.

Wed
12
Jul

The path to success

JACK NEHLS of Westview stares down a line drive March 3 at Westview. Nehls will return for the Knights in 2018 after batting .337 with eight doubles, 18 runs scored and 20 RBIs as a freshman. View photo by Mike Rincon
JACK NEHLS of Westview stares down a line drive March 3 at Westview. Nehls will return for the Knights in 2018 after batting .337 with eight doubles, 18 runs scored and 20 RBIs as a freshman. View photo by Mike Rincon

Westview baseball continues turnaround after 1st winning season of decade

It’d be a tough task to find a baseball program that’s improved more than Westview has in the last three years. The Knights posted their first winning season in more than a decade in 2017 — 15-12-1 — and have vastly improved their fortunes in the three years under John Irish’s tutelage.

What’s on deck for Westview? Continuing its positive trajectory after losing the core of its team that got it to this point.

Wed
12
Jul

Verrado’s new coach a familiar face

JONAH ALICEA, left, of Verrado attempts to haul in a pass while being defended by Desert Edge’s Daniel Pullem during last year’s regular season finale at Desert Edge. Alicea, who had 15 receptions for 311 yards and five touchdowns in 2016, will be one of the top returning receivers for the Vipers and new head coach Tom Ward. View photo by Ray Thomas
JONAH ALICEA, left, of Verrado attempts to haul in a pass while being defended by Desert Edge’s Daniel Pullem during last year’s regular season finale at Desert Edge. Alicea, who had 15 receptions for 311 yards and five touchdowns in 2016, will be one of the top returning receivers for the Vipers and new head coach Tom Ward. View photo by Ray Thomas

Tom Ward moves up from D-coordinator position

It wasn’t in the initial plans, but Verrado and Tom Ward were almost left without a choice.

Derek Wahlstrom, who coached Verrado’s football team since 2011, stepped down in the spring, leaving a vacancy right before spring ball. Ward couldn’t pass up the opportunity at that point, he said.

Wed
05
Jul

Odds & Ends: July 5, 2017

Buckeye High School hosting baseball camp

The Buckeye Union High School baseball team is hosting a camp from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and July 10-12 at Ellis Field, 902 E. Eason Ave., Buckeye.

The camp is for boys ages 8 through 14 and costs $50. Campers are advised to bring a hat, pants, glove, cleats and tennis shoes.

Wed
05
Jul

Millennium hires new baseball coach

Jerod Burleson takes over veteran Tigers

Millennium’s baseball program will be under new leadership for the 2018 season.

The Tigers hired Jerod Burleson as the team’s new head coach after Ryan Bethel stepped down to pursue an administration position opportunity.

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