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Roughriders pushing through difficult year

KEANDRE LIVINGSTON of Youngker leaps toward the hoop Jan. 19 against Estrella Foothills. The Roughriders lost, dropping their record to 5-15. View photo by Mike Rincon
KEANDRE LIVINGSTON of Youngker leaps toward the hoop Jan. 19 against Estrella Foothills. The Roughriders lost, dropping their record to 5-15. View photo by Mike Rincon

Youngker boys basketball coach Jake Nelson has a rather simple formula for his team’s success.

We play a lot better if we make shots,” Nelson said. “When we shoot bad, it’s a long night for us.”

The latter was the case for Youngker Jan. 19 against Estrella Foothills, as the Roughriders struggled to score early and lost 56-35. Youngker managed just 11 first-half points, taking a lot of shots from distance that couldn’t find the twine.

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Wolves soccer in good shape despite 1st loss

MARCO VASQUEZ, 8, of Estrella Foothills leaps to head the ball past a Gila Ridge defender Jan. 17. The Wolves lost 6-2 to Gila Ridge, but bounced back two days later to beat Youngker 5-2. Vasquez had a hat trick against the Roughriders. View photo by Ray Thomas
MARCO VASQUEZ, 8, of Estrella Foothills leaps to head the ball past a Gila Ridge defender Jan. 17. The Wolves lost 6-2 to Gila Ridge, but bounced back two days later to beat Youngker 5-2. Vasquez had a hat trick against the Roughriders. View photo by Ray Thomas

Estrella eyes home playoff game

Estrella Foothills boys soccer suffered its first loss in power-points games last week, but it’s still in good shape to host a 4A first-round playoff game.

The Wolves were downed by Yuma Gila Ridge 6-2 Jan. 17. They fell behind early and weren’t able to recover.

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25
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Lady Vipers soak up top spot in region

JESSICA FARMER, left, of Verrado kicks the ball Jan. 20 as Agua Fria’s Selena Garza turns away. Farmer scored a pair of goals for the Lady Vipers in a 5-3 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas
JESSICA FARMER, left, of Verrado kicks the ball Jan. 20 as Agua Fria’s Selena Garza turns away. Farmer scored a pair of goals for the Lady Vipers in a 5-3 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado beats Agua Fria 5-3 in heavy rain

Despite a slow start to the season, Verrado’s girls soccer team began Desert West Region play with a fine run of form. Torrential rain Jan. 20 could not slow the Lady Vipers down.

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Lady Tigers down Westview, win region title

AUBREY CRIPPA, 15, of Millennium chases after a ball Jan. 19 against Westview’s Laura Cooley. The Lady Tigers won 4-2, improving their record to 14-1-1 and claiming the 6A Southwest Region championship. View photo by Ray Thomas
AUBREY CRIPPA, 15, of Millennium chases after a ball Jan. 19 against Westview’s Laura Cooley. The Lady Tigers won 4-2, improving their record to 14-1-1 and claiming the 6A Southwest Region championship. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium holds on to 3-seed as season comes to close

Millennium girls soccer clinched the 6A Southwest region championship with a 4-2 win over Westview Jan. 19 on senior night.

The Lady Tigers overcame an early deficit to put on a show for the almost 1,500 fans in attendance.

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18
Jan
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‘Super’ Steelers take home national title

FAR WEST STEELERS players take a team photo in Kissimmee, Fla., during the Pop Warner Super Bowl Dec. 3-10. The Steelers, made up of players 10 and 11 years old, won the Junior Pee Wee division championship. Submitted photo
FAR WEST STEELERS players take a team photo in Kissimmee, Fla., during the Pop Warner Super Bowl Dec. 3-10. The Steelers, made up of players 10 and 11 years old, won the Junior Pee Wee division championship. Submitted photo

The Far West Steelers proved their worth against the best of the best during the Pop Warner Super Bowl Dec. 3-10 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Steelers, made up of 22 players who are all 10 and 11 years old, won three games in Florida to capture the team’s first National Championship, beating the Virginia Beach Mustangs, 22-14, in the Junior Pee Wee division final.

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18
Jan
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Lady Wolves suffer 1st loss of year

HALEE YEAGER, left, of Estrella Foothills crashes to the ground Jan. 12 after being fouled by Higley’s Grace Trejo. The foul could have resulted in a PK, but instead was ruled a free kick outside the box. The Lady Wolves lost 2-1 for their first defeat of the season. View photo by Mike Rincon
HALEE YEAGER, left, of Estrella Foothills crashes to the ground Jan. 12 after being fouled by Higley’s Grace Trejo. The foul could have resulted in a PK, but instead was ruled a free kick outside the box. The Lady Wolves lost 2-1 for their first defeat of the season. View photo by Mike Rincon

Pair of free-kick goals doom Estrella Foothills in 2-1 defeat to Higley

Estrella Foothills’ girls soccer team was riding an 11-game winning streak into its Jan. 12 matchup with Gilbert Higley, the toughest opponent the Lady Wolves have faced to date. Estrella showed promise in dominating time of possession, but a pair of free-kick goals were the Lady Wolves’ demise in a 2-1 loss.

We’re good,” Estrella coach Rosie Gonzalez said. “We win and we lose as champions. We had momentum the whole game.”

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18
Jan
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Wolverines wrestlers learning on the job

JABREEL EDWARDS, right, of Tolleson puts Alhambra’s Josh Nance in a guillotine choke Jan. 11 during a meet at Tolleson. Edwards won by pinfall in the 220-pound matchup. View photo by Ray Thomas
JABREEL EDWARDS, right, of Tolleson puts Alhambra’s Josh Nance in a guillotine choke Jan. 11 during a meet at Tolleson. Edwards won by pinfall in the 220-pound matchup. View photo by Ray Thomas

Young Tolleson team showing growth on the mat

Tolleson wrestling is navigating a bit of a transition year with a roster heavy on underclassmen, head coach John Padilla said.

It’s a learning curve,” Padilla said. “I’m really pleased with the kids who’ve stuck with it. They’ve done really well. They’ve picked up a lot, their effort has been good. The older guys, we’re lucky the older guys are our heavyweights. They’re our leaders.”

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Tigers smash Wolverines

KAREEM SHARP, left, of Tolleson and Millennium’s Eric Fahy watch the ball carom away Jan. 13 after battling for a rebound. The Tigers outscored the Wolverines by 14 points in the second quarter and won 69-49. View photo by Mike Rincon
KAREEM SHARP, left, of Tolleson and Millennium’s Eric Fahy watch the ball carom away Jan. 13 after battling for a rebound. The Tigers outscored the Wolverines by 14 points in the second quarter and won 69-49. View photo by Mike Rincon

Millennium’s full-court press proved too much for Tolleson to handle in the teams' boys basketball region matchup Jan. 13, as the Tigers blew past the Wolverines 69-49.

The Tigers’ aggressive defense was the catalyst in stretching the team’s lead from four points early in the second quarter to 18 by halftime.

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Undefeated Tolleson soccer continues rolling

MOISES PALACIOS, middle, of Tolleson streaks in on goal Jan. 12 against Valley Vista. Palacios had one of the Wolverines’ nine goals in a 9-0 blanking of the Monsoon. View photo by Ray Thomas
MOISES PALACIOS, middle, of Tolleson streaks in on goal Jan. 12 against Valley Vista. Palacios had one of the Wolverines’ nine goals in a 9-0 blanking of the Monsoon. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolverines have outscored opponents 77-9 in 12 games

Feb. 6, 2016.

That’s the last time Tolleson’s boys soccer team lost a match — in the quarterfinal round of last season’s state tournament.

The Wolverines have passed every test they’ve faced so far this season, to the tune of a 12-0 record. Even an extended layoff — 23 days between games — couldn’t derail Tolleson’s superb form.

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18
Jan
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Desert Edge football hires Jose Lucero as new coach

Scorpions’ 6-year offensive coordinator returns

Desert Edge didn’t look far to find a replacement for its vacant head football coaching position.

Jose Lucero, who was the Scorpions’ offensive coordinator for six years under Rich Wellbrock, is returning as the head coach after spending one year at the helm of Phoenix North Canyon. The position became official after approval at the Agua Fria Union High School District’s Jan. 11 board meeting.

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