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La Joya moves on with 83-68 win over Perry Pumas

Lobos’ Quincy Smith scores 34 in victory

La Joya boys basketball saved one of its best games of the season for when it mattered most.

The Lobos took care of business in the 6A play-in round Feb. 10 at home over Gilbert Perry, 83-68.

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Agua Fria routs Sierra Linda to open postseason

Owls dominate Bulldogs in 74-35 victory

Agua Fria boys basketball picked up its 20th win of the season in emphatic style by crushing Phoenix Sierra Linda, 74-35, in the play-in round of the 5A state playoffs.

The Owls closed out the regular season winning nine of their last 10 games, and continued the hot stretch against Sierra Linda. Agua Fria was a collective monster on the defensive end, holding the Bulldogs to just 26 percent shooting from the field, and 19 percent on 3-point attempts.

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Trivium Prep comes up short

PAULA ROSZTOCZY, 4, of Trivium Prep battles for control of the ball Feb. 10 with Gilbert Christian’s Lexi Feely. The Lady Crimson Knights won 2-1 to advance to the state championship game, but lost the title 2-0 to Fountain Hills. View photo by Ray Thomas
PAULA ROSZTOCZY, 4, of Trivium Prep battles for control of the ball Feb. 10 with Gilbert Christian’s Lexi Feely. The Lady Crimson Knights won 2-1 to advance to the state championship game, but lost the title 2-0 to Fountain Hills. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Crimson Knights lose 2-0 to Fountain Hills

Trivium Prep's title run came up a little shy of the ultimate goal Feb. 11, as it lost 2-0 to Fountain Hills in the 3A state championship game at Williams Field High School in Gilbert.

No. 3 Trivium's defense couldn't thwart top-seeded Fountain Hills' talented striker Erica Yost, who scored both goals for the Lady Falcons. They were her 53rd and 54th of the season.

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Tolleson falls in state final on late goal

ARMANDO VALDEZ, left, of Tolleson attacks the ball Feb. 11 as Gilbert’s Michael Johansson approaches. Despite playing with a man advantage for the second half, the Wolverines lost the 6A state championship game 1-0. View photo by Ray Thomas
ARMANDO VALDEZ, left, of Tolleson attacks the ball Feb. 11 as Gilbert’s Michael Johansson approaches. Despite playing with a man advantage for the second half, the Wolverines lost the 6A state championship game 1-0. View photo by Ray Thomas

Gilbert’s 73rd-minute goal denies Wolverines’ title challenge

Tolleson boys soccer conceded a late goal against Gilbert in the 6A state championship game Feb. 11 at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, denying the Wolverines their first state title since 2009.

Gilbert’s Danny Baca scored on a counterattack with a little more than six minutes remaining in the game, giving Gilbert the 1-0 victory.

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La Joya knocks off Agua Fria 85-77 at home

TRE MITCHELL, 3, of La Joya jumps toward the hoop Feb. 2 against Agua Fria. Mitchell scored a game-high 38 points as the Lobos won 85-77. View photo by Ray Thomas
TRE MITCHELL, 3, of La Joya jumps toward the hoop Feb. 2 against Agua Fria. Mitchell scored a game-high 38 points as the Lobos won 85-77. View photo by Ray Thomas

Both teams on pace to qualify for playoffs

Tre Mitchell and Quincy Smith combined for 67 points to fuel La Joya’s 85-77 comeback win Feb. 2 against old region rival Agua Fria in boys basketball.

La Joya erased a six-point halftime deficit with an outstanding third quarter, outscoring Agua Fria 27-13 to take the lead for good.

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Estrella boys can’t advance past semis

SETH ERDMAN, left, of Estrella Foothills kicks the ball past Higley’s goalkeeper Jan. 31 during the first round of the 4A state tournament. Erdman’s first-half goal put the Wolves ahead 2-1, and they won 5-4 in overtime. View photo by Mike Rincon
SETH ERDMAN, left, of Estrella Foothills kicks the ball past Higley’s goalkeeper Jan. 31 during the first round of the 4A state tournament. Erdman’s first-half goal put the Wolves ahead 2-1, and they won 5-4 in overtime. View photo by Mike Rincon

Wolves beat Higley, lose to Gila Ridge

Estrella’s chance at redemption fell short Feb. 4, as the Wolves lost for the second time to Southwest Region foe Yuma Gila Ridge.

The 4-0 defeat came in the boys soccer 4A state quarterfinals, eliminating the fifth-seeded Wolves. No. 4 Gila Ridge previously beat Estrella 6-2 Jan. 17.

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Lady Wolves ousted by Flagstaff in quarters

ANITA MORENO, 13, of Estrella Foothills goes to kick the ball Feb. 1 as Seton Catholic’s Mary Carrieres comes in for the challenge. Moreno scored the game-winning goal as the Lady Wolves beat Seton 3-2 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs, but they lost in the quarterfinals to Flagstaff 1-0. View photo by Mike Rincon
ANITA MORENO, 13, of Estrella Foothills goes to kick the ball Feb. 1 as Seton Catholic’s Mary Carrieres comes in for the challenge. Moreno scored the game-winning goal as the Lady Wolves beat Seton 3-2 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs, but they lost in the quarterfinals to Flagstaff 1-0. View photo by Mike Rincon

Estrella falls 1-0 after beating Seton Catholic 3-2 in 1st round

Estrella Foothills girls soccer team was hoping to take last year’s state semifinal run a step further this season, but the Lady Wolves were cut short of their goal when losing at top-seeded Flagstaff Feb. 4 in the 4A state quarterfinals.

Eighth-seeded Estrella beat No. 9 Chandler Seton Catholic in the opening round, but lost 1-0 at Flagstaff.

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Lady Tigers’ run ends in Round 1

NAOMI AGUILAR of Millennium kicks the ball Feb. 1 during the first round of the 6A state playoffs against Chandler. The Lady Tigers lost 2-0, ending a 15-win season. View photo by Ray Thomas
NAOMI AGUILAR of Millennium kicks the ball Feb. 1 during the first round of the 6A state playoffs against Chandler. The Lady Tigers lost 2-0, ending a 15-win season. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium ousted by Chandler, ends season at 15-2-1

Millennium girls soccer’s postseason appearance came to an abrupt end Feb. 1 in the first round of the 6A state playoffs at the hands of Chandler, 2-0.

Millennium had an undesirable start to the game, conceding a goal in the first minute. An uncharacteristic defensive error led to the opening goal and put the Lady Tigers in the hole early.

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Verrado girls upended in 1st round of state

NAIYANA BARKMAN, 14, of Verrado chases after the ball Jan. 26 against Shadow Ridge’s Alyssa Francia. Barkman scored the Lady Vipers’ lone goal in a 6-1 loss to Arcadia in the first round of the 5A state playoffs. View photo by Ray Thomas
NAIYANA BARKMAN, 14, of Verrado chases after the ball Jan. 26 against Shadow Ridge’s Alyssa Francia. Barkman scored the Lady Vipers’ lone goal in a 6-1 loss to Arcadia in the first round of the 5A state playoffs. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Vipers' impressive late-season run comes to halt

Verrado’s girls soccer team hadn’t tasted defeat in more than three weeks heading into the first round of the 5A state playoffs Feb. 1, but that run of success finally came to an end. The 14th-seeded Lady Vipers were ousted from the playoffs by No. 3 Scottsdale Arcadia 6-1.

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Trivium Prep headed to first state semifinals

SCOUT BACIGALUPI, 17, of Trivium Prep wards off Arete Prep’s Helen Letizia Feb. 3 during the first round of the 3A state playoffs. The Lady Crimson Knights beat Arete 4-0, and won 1-0 against Veritas Prep Feb. 4, advancing to this weekend’s state semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas
SCOUT BACIGALUPI, 17, of Trivium Prep wards off Arete Prep’s Helen Letizia Feb. 3 during the first round of the 3A state playoffs. The Lady Crimson Knights beat Arete 4-0, and won 1-0 against Veritas Prep Feb. 4, advancing to this weekend’s state semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Crimson Knights beat Arete Prep, Veritas Prep in opening rounds

Trivium Prep’s girls soccer team is putting its school on the map.

The third-seeded Lady Crimson Knights are into the 3A state semifinals after a pair of playoff victories last weekend. They beat No. 14 Gilbert Arete Prep 4-0 in the opening round Feb. 3, and knocked off No. 11 Phoenix Veritas Prep 1-0 Feb. 4 in the quarterfinals. Both games were played at Red Mountain Park in Mesa.

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