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Pair of Lady Scorpions learn ropes at state meet

When the 2004 swimming and diving season started at Desert Edge, no one dreamed of making it to the state tournament.

The doubt was not caused by a lack of ability, but the Scorpions were not scheduled to compete in the West Valley Region championships, making it impossible to qualify for state.

Included in the region meet late in the season, Desert Edge made the most of its opportunity, and even sent two members to state.

“It was amazing, the kids were so excited,” head diving coach Melissa Yapo said. “They got a chance they didn’t think they would have.”

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Tigers look to emulate a mongoose

Millennium (8-3, 4-0), seeded 15th, opens its quest for its initial state championship with a road game at 7 p.m. tonight at second-seeded Cactus (9-1, 4-1).

Millennium enters the fray riding the momentum of a five-game winning streak, including last week’s 52-21 win over Agua Fria, which clinched the third straight West Valley Region championship for the Tigers.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Millennium has reached the state playoffs.

The Tigers were knocked out in the first round last year, falling to Washington, 33-14.

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Lady Tigers have links success

Millennium concluded a successful girls golf season with a seventh-place finish in the Class 4A state golf tournament.

“This is the best finish Millennium has ever had at the state tournament,” coach Tom Morales said. Millennium began varsity interscholastic play in 1999.

The Lady Tigers placed 10th the previous year.

Catalina Foothills won the championship with a 646 at the par 72 The Duke at Rancho El Dorado in Maricopa Nov. 1-2. Millennium fashioned a two-day score of 820.

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Experienced Lady Knights ready for season

Long on experience but short on height, Westview will look to improve on last year’s performance when it opens the 2004-05 campaign with a Nov. 29 road contest at Deer Valley.

“We are speedy and quick, and will be an up-tempo team” coach Jeff Eccles said. “I think this team should be in the playoffs.”

The Lady Knights fashioned a 12-18 overall record and 4-6 in the Desert West Region last season. They finished fourth in the regular season and in the postseason tournament, qualifying for the state tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round by Dobson, 57-52.

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Friday Night Scores

Cactus 27, Millennium 14

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Tigers look to emulate a mongoose

Millennium (8-3, 4-0), seeded 15th, opens its quest for its initial state championship with a road game at 7 p.m. tonight at second-seeded Cactus (9-1, 4-1).

Millennium enters the fray riding the momentum of a five-game winning streak, including last week’s 52-21 win over Agua Fria, which clinched the third straight West Valley Region championship for the Tigers.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Millennium has reached the state playoffs.

The Tigers were knocked out in the first round last year, falling to Washington, 33-14.

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Scorpions offensive in season-ending loss

Desert Edge’s football program is still in the maturing phase, but the learning process is becoming more enriching every week.

The Scorpions suffered a season-ending setback to Basha Nov. 5 in the first round of the independent teams’ playoff, falling 61-35.

However, Desert Edge hung with the 6-2 Bears throughout the second half, matching them point for point.

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Buckeye ends season with a blowout

Scoring more points in a game than it had all season, Buckeye’s 2004 seniors made sure to go out on a memorable note.

Playing a Dysart team that had been beaten down time and again this season, the Hawks added insult to injury with a 58-8 pounding over the Demons in the Nov. 5 season finale.

Buckeye head coach Bobby Barnes said his one concern entering the game was getting on the scoreboard early because he didn’t want Dysart (0-10, 0-4 West Valley Region) to build confidence.

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Westview swimmers set 3 school marks at state meet

Westview’s swimming teams capped a satisfying season by establishing three new school records in the state meet.

“The team met my expectations,” coach Dawn Maxwell said. “I was satisfied with the team’s performance.

“We had a lot of good performances,” she said. “Some of the kids really stepped up in the state meet, helping us set the new school records.”

Erin DeVinney completed the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.11, shattering the existing school record by more than five seconds.

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Millennium spikers lose in state semifinals

Millennium concluded its best season on the volleyball court with a loss to Ironwood Ridge in the semifinals of the state tournament Nov. 4 at Mountain Pointe High School.

Ironwood Ridge won in two sets, 25-20 and 25-11.

The Lady Tigers clawed their way to within three points, 22-19, before losing the opening game to Ironwood Ridge.

“Once we lost that first game, we didn’t play our game,” coach Vicki Turrell said. “We made a lot of mistakes.

“They tried really hard but you can’t make that many mistakes and beat a good team.”

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