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Lady Wolves contending again after rough 2016

ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills follows through on a backhand shot March 28 at Estrella Foothills. Nelson, the Lady Wolves’ top player, returned for her senior year after taking last year off of high school tennis. She was the 2015 Division III individual state champion. View photo by Ray Thomas
ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills follows through on a backhand shot March 28 at Estrella Foothills. Nelson, the Lady Wolves’ top player, returned for her senior year after taking last year off of high school tennis. She was the 2015 Division III individual state champion. View photo by Ray Thomas

Estrella has winning record after first 9 matches

Estrella Foothills girls tennis struggled last year coming off a state championship in 2015. The Lady Wolves’ top player and individual state champ, Zoey Nelson, didn’t participate, and the team moved up from Division III to Division II. The combination left Estrella winless in new coach Garrett Maier’s first season at the helm.

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Lady Hawks girls tennis flying high

JASMINE RAMIREZ of Buckeye hits a forehand shot March 30 at Buckeye. Ramirez and the Lady Hawks beat Yuma 5-4 and are 8-2 overall, ranked No. 9 in the Division II power-points. View photo by Jordan Christopher
JASMINE RAMIREZ of Buckeye hits a forehand shot March 30 at Buckeye. Ramirez and the Lady Hawks beat Yuma 5-4 and are 8-2 overall, ranked No. 9 in the Division II power-points. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Buckeye 9th in D-II rankings

Buckeye girls tennis has a new coach, but it hasn't stopped the Lady Hawks from their usual success.

Buckeye entered the week 8-2 and ranked ninth in the Division II power-points. New coach Alan Reyes said the key to their success has been experience and leadership. Five of the top six players on Buckeye's roster are seniors.

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Vipers’ strong pitching has it atop 5A

JAKE OCCHIPINTI of Verrado fires a pitch March 29 at Verrado. The Vipers beat Centennial High School from Gresham, Ore., 4-3 as part of the Coach Bob National Invitational tournament. The Vipers went 5-3 in the event and are 17-4 overall.  View photo by Ray Thomas
JAKE OCCHIPINTI of Verrado fires a pitch March 29 at Verrado. The Vipers beat Centennial High School from Gresham, Ore., 4-3 as part of the Coach Bob National Invitational tournament. The Vipers went 5-3 in the event and are 17-4 overall. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado's 9 power-points victories leading way in conference

Sometimes losing can be an integral part in setting a team off in the right direction. That’s what happened with Verrado’s baseball team.

The Vipers dropped the semifinal contest of the Wayne Des Combes Westside Invitational Feb. 25 but didn’t lose another game for more than a month. The 12-game winning streak included nine consecutive power-points victories, which has Verrado at the top of the 5A rankings.

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Mar
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Good job, Team USA

Last week I ate a big fat crow sandwich – but it was delicious.

In the March 8 edition of the West Valley View, I wrote a column bashing the fact that the World Baseball Classic takes away players from spring training, and how USA never does well because it doesn't take the biggest stars.

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Taking the next step

ARI ARREDONDO of Agua Fria gets a force out at second base and looks to first against Sierra Linda March 20 at Agua Fria. The Lady Owls are 7-5 this season and looking for a playoff berth.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ARI ARREDONDO of Agua Fria gets a force out at second base and looks to first against Sierra Linda March 20 at Agua Fria. The Lady Owls are 7-5 this season and looking for a playoff berth. View photo by Ray Thomas

Agua Fria softball seeks to return to playoffs and beyond in 2017

After reaching the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010, Agua Fria softball’s main goal is not just to return to the postseason.

This year, the Lady Owls want to advance.

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Millennium softball dialing in for playoff push

MELISSA GUTIERREZ of Millennium reaches out her glove to make a running catch in left field March 21 at Millennium. The Lady Tigers beat Chandler 3-2 and are 4-2 in power-points games. View photo by Ray Thomas
MELISSA GUTIERREZ of Millennium reaches out her glove to make a running catch in left field March 21 at Millennium. The Lady Tigers beat Chandler 3-2 and are 4-2 in power-points games. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Tigers shake off tourney woes, sit at RECORD in power-points games

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Millennium softball team this year. Fortunately for the Lady Tigers, they’re excelling in the one that counts.

Millennium is 4-10 on the season overall, but all but one loss has come in tournament play. The Lady Tigers are a tidy 4-2 in power-points games that count toward the playoff standings. They were listed at No. 12 in the initial 6A rankings released Tuesday.

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Buckeye bats heat up as region begins

AALIYAH WILSON of Buckeye throws a pitch during the 2016 state tournament at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix. Wilson and the Lady Hawks won two region games against Yuma last week. View photo by Ray Thomas
AALIYAH WILSON of Buckeye throws a pitch during the 2016 state tournament at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Phoenix. Wilson and the Lady Hawks won two region games against Yuma last week. View photo by Ray Thomas

Buckeye softball coach Pete Alva was waiting for the Lady Hawks' bats to heat up, and they did in a big way March 21 and 23 against Yuma.

The Lady Hawks scored 36 runs in the two games, winning 19-0 and 17-2.

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Tolleson baseball ends tournament on high note

RAMON RAMIREZ, left, of Tolleson underhands the ball to Omar Baldenegro for a force out at second base March 9 at Tolleson. The Wolverines dropped their first three games of the Pride Classic tournament, but came back to win the last two.  View photo by Mike Rincon
RAMON RAMIREZ, left, of Tolleson underhands the ball to Omar Baldenegro for a force out at second base March 9 at Tolleson. The Wolverines dropped their first three games of the Pride Classic tournament, but came back to win the last two. View photo by Mike Rincon

Wolverines open region play this week with Westview

Tolleson baseball ran into a tough stretch of games after starting the season 8-0, but the Wolverines bounced back nicely by winning their final two games of the Pride Classic tournament.

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Only one way to go

D-backs have chance to make statement in 2017

The Arizona Diamondbacks will begin the 2017 Major League Baseball season with a rare gift: low expectations.

By the time the first pitch is thrown April 2 against the San Francisco Giants, the Diamondbacks will have used much of their patience and excitement reserves among the fans. Not because they’re expected to win, but because they’ve finally taken a step toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Mar
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Lady Wolves ready for start of region play

CHERISH GONZALEZ of Estrella Foothills takes a swing March 14 during a first inning at bat against Greenway. The Lady Wolves lost 13-0 and are 6-11 overall. View photo by Mike Rincon
CHERISH GONZALEZ of Estrella Foothills takes a swing March 14 during a first inning at bat against Greenway. The Lady Wolves lost 13-0 and are 6-11 overall. View photo by Mike Rincon

The Estrella Foothills softball team is still finding its footing in a new conference, but remains confident in a strong showing in region play, coach Randi Isaacs said.

The Lady Wolves sit at 4-7 competing in the 4A Conference, and just snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Fountain Hills in the Grace Lee Haught Memorial tournament March 16 in Payson.

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