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Wed
24
May
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Estrella grad to play baseball at Ottawa

ROB JESIONOWSKI of Estrella Foothills throws a pitch during the 2017 season. Jesionowski has signed on to play college baseball for Ottawa University in Surprise. The school will begin its first ever baseball season in 2018. View photo by Ray Thomas
ROB JESIONOWSKI of Estrella Foothills throws a pitch during the 2017 season. Jesionowski has signed on to play college baseball for Ottawa University in Surprise. The school will begin its first ever baseball season in 2018. View photo by Ray Thomas

Rob Jesionowski to be part of school’s 1st baseball team

Rob Jesionowski has the chance to make an imprint with a brand new baseball team.

The Estrella Foothills graduate signed his national letter of intent with Ottawa University in Surprise May 21, joining the school before the start of the 2018 baseball season, which will be its first. He received a partial scholarship.

Wed
17
May
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Jefferson lands scholarship with Chadron

JACOB JEFFERSON of Buckeye goes up over Flagstaff’s Christian Singleton during the 4A state playoffs in February. Jefferson will continue his basketball career at Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., after receiving a full-ride scholarship.  View photo by Ray Thomas
JACOB JEFFERSON of Buckeye goes up over Flagstaff’s Christian Singleton during the 4A state playoffs in February. Jefferson will continue his basketball career at Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., after receiving a full-ride scholarship. View photo by Ray Thomas

Jacob Jefferson was a force for three years of varsity boys basketball at Buckeye. Now, he’ll use his skills to help Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.

Jefferson, a 6-7 power forward who can also play wing, received a full ride scholarship to Chadron State.

Wed
17
May
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Knights eager to replace big shoes on offense

SCOTT FALLERS of Westview catches a pass against Millennium last season. Fallers is in line to be the Knights’ quarterback this year after three-year starter Ryan Martinez graduates.  View photo by Ray Thomas
SCOTT FALLERS of Westview catches a pass against Millennium last season. Fallers is in line to be the Knights’ quarterback this year after three-year starter Ryan Martinez graduates. View photo by Ray Thomas

New quarterback, running backs ready to take mantle into 2017 offseason

Westview football has had a steady stream of success for more than a decade, in the midst of coaching changes and player turnover.

For its next trick, the team will look to continue its winning ways without two of its most successful stalwarts of all time.

Wed
17
May
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Buckeye boys take 4th at state meet

Darzell Smith wins 110 hurdles despite hamstring strain

Darzell Smith wasn’t at 100 percent for his 110-meter hurdles final, but he gutted through it and won the state championship.

Smith ran a 15.21 to win the 110 hurdles during the Division III state track and field meet May 5 and 6 at Mesa Community College.

Wed
17
May
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D.E. boys place 5th at state

DANTE BLISSIT of Desert Edge spins around before hurling the discus at the 2016 Division II state track and field championships. Blissit took second in the discus at this year’s state meet, throwing it 184 feet, 5 inches.  View photo by Ray Thomas
DANTE BLISSIT of Desert Edge spins around before hurling the discus at the 2016 Division II state track and field championships. Blissit took second in the discus at this year’s state meet, throwing it 184 feet, 5 inches. View photo by Ray Thomas

Scorpions’ Tyson Jones wins shot, Dante Blissit 2nd in discus

Desert Edge finished fifth in the Division II state track and field meet at Mesa Community College May 3 and 6, and it was largely on the shoulders of its throwers.

Wed
17
May
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Are we not entertained?

And if not, does it reallly matter?

Through Sunday's action, we've gone through 65 National Basketball Association playoff games.

More than half of those games, 37, have ended with a winning margin of 10-plus points. Roughly 57 percent of all NBA playoff games this season have been decided well before the final moments of the fourth quarter.

Wed
10
May
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Buckeye football team headed to Hawaii

JOSEPH PEREZ, left, of Buckeye hands off to Jaiden Segundo during a home game last season. Perez and Segundo are two of the 50 Hawks football players who will be traveling to Hawaii for a football game this August. View photo by Michael Rincon
JOSEPH PEREZ, left, of Buckeye hands off to Jaiden Segundo during a home game last season. Perez and Segundo are two of the 50 Hawks football players who will be traveling to Hawaii for a football game this August. View photo by Michael Rincon

Hawks’ players to get educational experience in addition to game

Buckeye's football team will be saying aloha to Hawaii this August. The Hawks are playing a zero week football game in Honolulu in a chance of a lifetime opportunity.

Wed
10
May
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Young Wolves eliminated in 1st round

SAM CUNNINGHAM of Estrella Foothills fires a warm-up pitch May 2 at Sunrise Mountain. The Wolves lost 12-2 to the Mustangs in the opening round of the 4A state playoffs, finishing the season 19-11. Cunningham was named the Southwest Region Player of the Year. View photo by Ray Thomas
SAM CUNNINGHAM of Estrella Foothills fires a warm-up pitch May 2 at Sunrise Mountain. The Wolves lost 12-2 to the Mustangs in the opening round of the 4A state playoffs, finishing the season 19-11. Cunningham was named the Southwest Region Player of the Year. View photo by Ray Thomas

Estrella Foothills to return 8 of 9 starters in 2018

Estrella Foothills baseball coach Pat McCubbins didn’t know what to expect coming into a year when the Wolves had moved into a more difficult conference and had a plethora of youth, but results showed things worked out pretty well.

Wed
10
May
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Tolleson duo take home state track titles

Trey Johnson, Dallas Dixon fuel 4th-place team finish

Two members of the Tolleson boys track team added state champion medals to their resume at the Division I state meet May 6 at Mesa Community College.

Trey Johnson placed first in both the 100 meter dash and the long jump, while Dallas Dixon placed first in the high jump.

Wed
10
May
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Millennium sand volleyball makes title game in 1st season

MILLENNIUM’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM poses with their Division I state runners-up trophy. The Lady Tigers lost to Xavier Prep 4-1 in the finals during their inaugural season in the sport. View photo by Shane McOwen
MILLENNIUM’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM poses with their Division I state runners-up trophy. The Lady Tigers lost to Xavier Prep 4-1 in the finals during their inaugural season in the sport. View photo by Shane McOwen

Lady Tigers lose to Xavier in Division I state championship

For many new programs, it takes years to build into a powerhouse and compete for state titles. Millennium’s girls beach volleyball team didn’t quite get that memo.

The Lady Tigers made it all the way to the Division I state title game in their inaugural season when they lost to Phoenix Xavier, 4-1, in the final May 2 at Mesquite High School in Gilbert.

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