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08
Feb
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Comeback wins send Tolleson to 6A semis

CESAR MARTINEZ, 10, of Tolleson dribbles past a Chandler defender Jan. 31 during the opening round of the 6A state playoffs. Martinez scored two penalty kick goals to lift the Wolverines past Chandler, and they beat Corona del Sol Feb. 4 to advance to the semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas
CESAR MARTINEZ, 10, of Tolleson dribbles past a Chandler defender Jan. 31 during the opening round of the 6A state playoffs. Martinez scored two penalty kick goals to lift the Wolverines past Chandler, and they beat Corona del Sol Feb. 4 to advance to the semifinals. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolverines dispatch Chandler, Corona del Sol to keep undefeated season, state run alive

Tolleson boys soccer kept its undefeated season alive with two 3-2 victories in the first and second rounds of the 6A state playoffs, and took on No. 1-seeded Phoenix Brophy Prep in the semifinals on Tuesday at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert. The result was unavailable at press time.

The fifth-seeded Wolverines came from behind twice over the span of five days to down Chandler and Tempe Corona del Sol, both by 3-2 scores.

Wed
01
Feb
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Trivium Prep earns No. 3 seed in state

Lady Crimson Knights look to continue strong season in playoffs

Don Radford was about to give up coaching girls soccer five years ago. Trivium Prep Athletic Director Matthew Akins changed Radford’s mind, and it’s a good thing.

Radford began with a group of middle school players at Trivium Prep five years ago, and now the girls’ high school team is the No. 3 seed heading into the 3A state playoffs this week.

Wed
01
Feb
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Agua Fria boys, girls soccer fall in play-in rounds

MISAEL MORENO, right, of Agua Fria goes after the ball Dec. 29 while fending off Flagstaff’s Marco Avitia. The Owls lost their 5A playoff play-in game 1-0 to Marana Mountain View.  View photo by Ray Thomas
MISAEL MORENO, right, of Agua Fria goes after the ball Dec. 29 while fending off Flagstaff’s Marco Avitia. The Owls lost their 5A playoff play-in game 1-0 to Marana Mountain View. View photo by Ray Thomas

Boys squad surrenders late goal to fall to Marana Mountain View

Agua Fria’s boys and girls soccer teams entered the 5A postseason via the play-in round after successful campaigns on the pitch.

Unfortunately, neither was able to continue its run, as both the boys and girls teams fell to their respective opponents Jan. 26.

Wed
01
Feb
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Lady Wolverines soccer oh so close

MARIANA CARDENAS, right, of Tolleson runs toward the ball Jan. 25 while Copper Canyon’s Karla Uriate pursues. The Lady Wolverines won each of their last three games, but missed the state playoffs by one position.  View photo by Ray Thomas
MARIANA CARDENAS, right, of Tolleson runs toward the ball Jan. 25 while Copper Canyon’s Karla Uriate pursues. The Lady Wolverines won each of their last three games, but missed the state playoffs by one position. View photo by Ray Thomas

Tolleson girls soccer’s 3-0 stretch run not enough to jump into playoffs

Tolleson girls soccer came into the final week of the season needing to win three games in as many days to have any hope of making the playoffs in the 6A conference.

The Lady Wolverines took care of business: Three up, three down.

Wed
01
Feb
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Westview comes up just short of playoffs

MANNY FRANCO, left, of Westview chases the ball Nov. 30 while Tolleson’s Luis Uribe challenges. The Knights won four more games this year compared to last, but still missed the postseason. View photo by Ray Thomas
MANNY FRANCO, left, of Westview chases the ball Nov. 30 while Tolleson’s Luis Uribe challenges. The Knights won four more games this year compared to last, but still missed the postseason. View photo by Ray Thomas

Knights’ have strong turnaround season after difficult 2015-16

Westview boys soccer entered the final week of its season tied for first place in region play, just on the cusp of a playoff berth for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Unfortunately, neither the weather nor the opposition cooperated with the Knights’ quest to bring home the region title.

Wed
01
Feb
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Lady Vipers win 5A play-in game 1-0

ALI JAMES, 18, of Verrado powers through the Shadow Ridge goalkeeper Jan. 26 as the ball caroms off a Lady Stallions defender. James scored the lone goal for the Lady Vipers in a 1-0 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas
ALI JAMES, 18, of Verrado powers through the Shadow Ridge goalkeeper Jan. 26 as the ball caroms off a Lady Stallions defender. James scored the lone goal for the Lady Vipers in a 1-0 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado advances to play No. 3 Arcadia

The Verrado girls soccer team’s late season success continued Jan. 26 in the 5A play-in game.

The Lady Vipers won their sixth consecutive game, beating Surprise Shadow Ridge 1-0. The victory advanced Verrado to the state tournament bracket, where it is seeded 14th. The Lady Vipers play at 6 p.m. today at No. 3 Scottsdale Arcadia.

Wed
01
Feb
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Round 2 goes to the Lobos

MALIQUE COLLINS, 5, of La Joya leans in on Westview’s Christian Diaz Jan. 27. Collins scored 14 points in the Lobos’ 77-47 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas
MALIQUE COLLINS, 5, of La Joya leans in on Westview’s Christian Diaz Jan. 27. Collins scored 14 points in the Lobos’ 77-47 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

La Joya avenges earlier loss to Westview with blowout victory

La Joya boys basketball flexed its defensive muscle against Westview Jan. 27, snapping the Knights’ 17-game win streak with a 77-47 victory in front of its home crowd.

La Joya spread the wealth on offense with four players scoring in double digits, but really excelled on the defensive end. The Lobos held Westview to under 40 percent shooting and caused havoc all night with an aggressive press defense.

Wed
01
Feb
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Buckeye hangs on, beats Estrella in wild finish

OTIS FRAZIER, right, of Buckeye drives the lane Jan. 24 as Estrella Foothills’ Jacob Ellis defends. Frazier scored the go-ahead basket and had a game-saving block to help the Hawks beat the Wolves 65-63 and even up the 4A Southwest Region standings. View photo by Ray Thomas
OTIS FRAZIER, right, of Buckeye drives the lane Jan. 24 as Estrella Foothills’ Jacob Ellis defends. Frazier scored the go-ahead basket and had a game-saving block to help the Hawks beat the Wolves 65-63 and even up the 4A Southwest Region standings. View photo by Ray Thomas

Hawks even up 4A Southwest Region standings

The script of Buckeye and Estrella Foothills’ boys basketball game Jan. 24 was playing out much like it did the first time the teams met, but the Hawks wrote a different ending this time.

Buckeye let a 13-point advantage slip away Jan. 5 in a 90-77 loss at Estrella, and surrendered a 21-point advantage at home Jan. 24.

Wed
25
Jan
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Westview wrestlers focusing on improvement

LUIS GUERRERO, top, of Westview takes down a Cactus wrestler Jan. 14 during the Verrado Varsity Tournament at Verrado High School. Guerrero, a sophomore, has been one of the Knights’ most improved wrestlers in 2016-17. View photo by Mike Rincon
LUIS GUERRERO, top, of Westview takes down a Cactus wrestler Jan. 14 during the Verrado Varsity Tournament at Verrado High School. Guerrero, a sophomore, has been one of the Knights’ most improved wrestlers in 2016-17. View photo by Mike Rincon

Westview’s wrestling team, while young, has made great progress during the 2016-17 season, coach George Burgess said.

The Knights entered the season with a young core, both overall and in the varsity ranks.

Our varsity lineup is made up of three seniors and one junior, and the rest being sophomores,” Burgess said. “We have three strong seniors who are wrestling well, and lots of sophomores getting varsity experience.”

Wed
25
Jan
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Westview blasts Copper Canyon, 59-14

JIMYA CHAMBERS, 14, of Westview drives to the hoop Jan. 20 against Copper Canyon’s Sandy Vera. The Lady Knights dominated the Lady Aztecs, winning 59-14. View photo by Mike Rincon
JIMYA CHAMBERS, 14, of Westview drives to the hoop Jan. 20 against Copper Canyon’s Sandy Vera. The Lady Knights dominated the Lady Aztecs, winning 59-14. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Knights eye playoff spot heading into stretch run

Westview girls basketball dominated visiting Glendale Copper Canyon from start to finish Jan. 20, racing the Lady Aztecs out of the gym to the tune of a 59-14 blowout.

The Lady Knights kept pace in the playoff rankings with the victory, sitting at No. 18 in the 6A conference. Westview coach Lisa Contreras said the team is starting to hit its stride.

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