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Wed
10
May

Verrado stays alive in 5A state playoffs

MADDIE GAINES of Verrado connects with a pitch during a home playoff game April 29 against Poston Butte. Gaines and the Lady Vipers stayed alive in the 5A double-elimination state tournament by beating Marana Mountain View 11-1 in five innings May 4. View photo by Michael Rincon
MADDIE GAINES of Verrado connects with a pitch during a home playoff game April 29 against Poston Butte. Gaines and the Lady Vipers stayed alive in the 5A double-elimination state tournament by beating Marana Mountain View 11-1 in five innings May 4. View photo by Michael Rincon

After losing to Chaparral, Lady Vipers dominate Marana Mountain View

The double-elimination portion of the 5A state playoffs provided Verrado with an extra opportunity, and the Lady Vipers took full advantage of that last week.

Two days after losing a back-and-forth affair to Scottsdale Chaparral, Verrado answered the call against Marana Mountain View, winning 11-1 at Rose Mofford Softball Complex May 4. The game was halted in the bottom of the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.

Wed
10
May

Millennium doubles team taste state glory

MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium rips into a forehand shot during the 2015 state tournament. Lawlor and Austin Todd went undefeated all season in doubles, and capped the year by winning the Division I state doubles championship April 29. View photo
MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium rips into a forehand shot during the 2015 state tournament. Lawlor and Austin Todd went undefeated all season in doubles, and capped the year by winning the Division I state doubles championship April 29. View photo
AUSTIN TODD of Millennium stares down a forehand shot during the 2015 state tournament. Todd and doubles partner Maximo Lawlor won the Division I state doubles championship April 29, beating a duo from Brophy 6-4, 6-4. View photo
AUSTIN TODD of Millennium stares down a forehand shot during the 2015 state tournament. Todd and doubles partner Maximo Lawlor won the Division I state doubles championship April 29, beating a duo from Brophy 6-4, 6-4. View photo

Maximo Lawlor, Austin Todd win D-I boys title

Millennium’s Maximo Lawlor and Austin Todd completed an undefeated season in doubles tennis by winning the Division I doubles state championship April 29.

Lawlor and Todd defeated Phoenix Brophy’s Trey Brown and Jack Woodrow in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, in the final to capture the pair’s first championship in three seasons as a partnership.

Wed
03
May

Lady Tigers’ season comes down to last play

DENAE CHATMAN of Millennium reaches back to throw the ball April 19 at Westview. Chatman was called out at home plate for the final out of the Lady Tigers’ playoff game against Desert Mountain April 26. View photo by Mike Rincon
DENAE CHATMAN of Millennium reaches back to throw the ball April 19 at Westview. Chatman was called out at home plate for the final out of the Lady Tigers’ playoff game against Desert Mountain April 26. View photo by Mike Rincon

Millennium’s season ends on play at plate

Millennium's softball season came down to the last inning, the final play of the game.

Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, the result came up in the opposition's favor, giving Scottsdale Desert Mountain the 6-5 victory in the 6A conference play-in round April 26.

Wed
03
May

Millennium baseball bows out in play-in game

ALEX FIGUEROA, right, of Millennium is greeted by teammate Michael Garverick after scoring a run at Tolleson April 7. The Tigers fell behind early in their 6A state playoff play-in game, losing 9-1 to Chandler April 26. View photo by Mike Rincon
ALEX FIGUEROA, right, of Millennium is greeted by teammate Michael Garverick after scoring a run at Tolleson April 7. The Tigers fell behind early in their 6A state playoff play-in game, losing 9-1 to Chandler April 26. View photo by Mike Rincon

Early hole too much for Tigers to overcome in 9-1 loss

Millennium baseball’s season came to an end in the 6A Conference play-in round at the hands of Chandler, 9-1, April 26.

No. 15 Chandler jumped on No. 18 Millennium early, taking a sizable lead, and shut down the Tigers’ bats the rest of the way.

Wed
03
May

Scorpions eliminated in state play-in game

WILLIE LOERA, left, of Desert Edge reaches to tag Buena’s George Hargon as the ball gets away April 26 at Desert Edge. The Scorpions struggled offensively in the 5A state tournament play-in game, collecting just three hits in a 3-1 loss. View photo by Ray Thomas
WILLIE LOERA, left, of Desert Edge reaches to tag Buena’s George Hargon as the ball gets away April 26 at Desert Edge. The Scorpions struggled offensively in the 5A state tournament play-in game, collecting just three hits in a 3-1 loss. View photo by Ray Thomas

Desert Edge’s offense goes silent in 3-1 loss

Desert Edge’s return to the state baseball playoffs was short lived, as the Scorpions couldn’t find any offensive footing in a 3-1 loss to Sierra Vista Buena during the 5A Conference play-in round April 26.

The Scorpions scratched out a first-inning run, but couldn’t produce again after that.

Wed
03
May

Desert Edge can’t make it past 1st round

SANIAH DORSEY of Desert Edge slides home safely to score a run against Liberty April 26 at Desert Edge. The Lady Scorpions won 9-6 in the 5A state tournament play-in game, but lost 12-3 at Ironwood Ridge April 29 in the first round. View photo by Ray Thomas
SANIAH DORSEY of Desert Edge slides home safely to score a run against Liberty April 26 at Desert Edge. The Lady Scorpions won 9-6 in the 5A state tournament play-in game, but lost 12-3 at Ironwood Ridge April 29 in the first round. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Scorpions win play-in game, fall to Ironwood Ridge

Desert Edge softball won its home state playoff play-in game April 26, but the Lady Scorpions couldn’t keep that momentum rolling in the first round of the 5A tournament, losing 12-3 at Tucson Ironwood Ridge April 29.

Ironwood Ridge scored three runs in the first and four in the third, taking a 7-0 lead. Desert Edge rallied back with two runs in the top of the fourth, but couldn’t get any closer. The big hit eluded Desert Edge all day.

Wed
03
May

6-run 6th inning ends Westview’s season

CEAIRRA PEREZ of Westview charges a ground ball to shortstop against Gilbert April 26 at Westview. The Lady Knights won the 6A state tournament play-in game 9-4, but lost to Desert Ridge 7-1 April 29 and were eliminated from the postseason. View photo by Mike Rincon
CEAIRRA PEREZ of Westview charges a ground ball to shortstop against Gilbert April 26 at Westview. The Lady Knights won the 6A state tournament play-in game 9-4, but lost to Desert Ridge 7-1 April 29 and were eliminated from the postseason. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Knights fall 7-1 to Desert Ridge in 6A playoffs

Westview softball's playoff run came crashing to a halt thanks to one unfortunate inning.

Tied in the sixth, Mesa Desert Ridge was able to plate six runs to put the game out of reach, beating the Lady Knights 7-1 in the first round of the 6A Conference state playoffs April 29.

Wed
03
May

Verrado advances past 1st round of state

BIANCA WORTHY of Verrado connects with a pitch during the first inning against Poston Butte April 29 at Verrado. The Lady Vipers won 3-2, advancing to the second round of the 5A state playoffs.  View photo by Mike Rincon
BIANCA WORTHY of Verrado connects with a pitch during the first inning against Poston Butte April 29 at Verrado. The Lady Vipers won 3-2, advancing to the second round of the 5A state playoffs. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Vipers advance past Poston Butte with 3-2 victory

Verrado’s softball team reached the double-elimination portion of the 5A state playoffs by beating San Tan Valley Poston Butte in the first round of the state playoffs 3-2 April 29.

The fourth-ranked Lady Scorpions scored twice in the third and once in the fifth, and pitcher Reina Kelley limited the Lady Broncos’ offense to just five hits and no walks.

Wed
03
May

State champion!

ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills rips through a backhand shot against Gila Ridge March 28 at Estrella. Nelson claimed her second state singles championship April 29, beating Notre Dame Prep’s Lexi Lehman 6-0, 6-2 in the Division II final. View photo by Ray Thomas
ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills rips through a backhand shot against Gila Ridge March 28 at Estrella. Nelson claimed her second state singles championship April 29, beating Notre Dame Prep’s Lexi Lehman 6-0, 6-2 in the Division II final. View photo by Ray Thomas

Estrella’s Zoey Nelson wins 2nd state title

A one-year hiatus didn't stop Zoey Nelson from winning the ultimate prize on her return to high school tennis.

Wed
26
Apr

Agua Fria boys tennis sets standard with section title

Owls finish 12-2, face Cactus Shadows in 1st Round today

Agua Fria boys tennis punched its ticket to the playoffs after a fantastic season, finishing 12-2 and as Division II, Section IV champions.

The Owls went undefeated in section play a year after going 8-5 overall. Agua Fria coach Sam Eid said the team's fighting spirit pushed it to the next level this season.

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