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Ground battle likely in region clash

In a season finale of Desert West Region foes, speed will play a major role between two carpet-burning teams when Tolleson hosts Westview at 7 p.m. tonight. Both the Wolverines and Knights predominantly use the running game as their main focus of attack. Leading the way for Westview are its two horses Robert Hernandez and D’Andre Covington. Both backs have averaged better than eight yards per carry on the season. Hernandez, a senior fullback, has rushed for 1,359 yards on 167 attempts, and scored 13 touchdowns.

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04
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MS sufferer is insPIRation

As a young girl, Kelly “Girl” Sutton wanted to follow the path blazed by her father and grandfather as racing drivers. However, a road block was placed in her path that threatened to send her to the pits before she ever took a green flag. “Ever since I can remember, I wanted to race,” Sutton said. “I worked on cars since I was old enough to race. My father taught me to drive when I was 10 years old.” She was on the road in pursuit of her dream when a giant caution flag sidelined her.

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ODDS & ENDS

Glendale Arena to host IBF title fight

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04
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Hawks not overlooking Demons

a blowout loss and a heartbreaking defeat in the past two weeks, Buckeye should stroll through a proverbial cakewalk tonight when it hosts Dysart in the season finale. The Demons not only are winless (0-9, 0-3 West Valley Region), but have failed to score a single point in six straight contests. In that span Dysart has been outscored 298-0. Buckeye head coach Bobby Barnes is aware of the numbers, but said his goal this week was to make sure his kids don’t let those figures get to their heads.

Thu
04
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Girls stumble in region, but positive for ’05

In a year dedicated to improvement and learning, the end of Tolleson’s girls golf season presented a whole new twist to the educational curve. The Wolverines competed in regionals Oct. 19-20 in difficult weather conditions, with wind and rain forcing the cancellation of the final eight holes, turning the event into a 29-hole affair. “We don’t get a lot of practice with it [rain] obviously,” head coach Josh Woznicki said. In the end the Wolverines were unable to overcome the elements and placed last in the region tournament, sending no individuals to state.

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Results/Schedule

RESULTS
Boys swimming Oct. 29-30 State meet at Arizona State University
Catalina Foothills, 368; Chaparral, 170.5;
Shadow Mountain, 152; Sabino, 137.5;
Thunderbird, 131; Arcadia, 129;
Desert Christian, 125; Sunnyslope, 121;
Rincon University, 116; Millennium, 102 Girls swimming Oct. 29-30 State meet at Arizona State University
Catalina Foothills, 322.5; Chaparral, 290;
Sunnyside, 233; Rincon University, 191;
Arcadia, 189; Pinnacle, 167;
Thunderbird, 156; Millennium, 150;

Thu
04
Nov
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Millennium swimmers shine at state

Led by another record-setting performance by Skye Elbert, Millennium’s girls finished eighth in the state swimming and diving meet Oct. 29-30 at Arizona State University. The school’s boys team placed 10th. Both finishes were the school’s best ever. Catalina Foothills won both team championships. “I’m very pleased with the results,” said coach Sonny Culbreth, who was selected region coach of the year for both boys and girls swimming. “It was fantastic for the boys to get in the top 10. They have never been in contention before.

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Owls, Tigers battle for title

For the second consecutive year, the final regular season game, pitting Agua Fria (6-3, 3-0) against Millennium (7-3, 3-0), will determine the region champion and, likely only playoff team. Both coaches are excited about the prospects of playing for the region championship in the winner-take-all game. The loser is likely to be excluded from the state playoffs. “This is what I came to Millennium for, to compete for the region championship and a state playoff berth,” said Millennium head coach Mark Smith. Millennium will be gunning for its fourth consecutive state playoff berth.

Mon
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Nov
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ODDS & ENDS

Youth hoops league slated for Litchfield Park
Registration for the Litchfield Park Recreation Center will be held Nov. 7 at the center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road. The league will be for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14. Games will be played on Saturdays, beginning Dec. 4 and ending Jan. 29, at Western Sky and Middle Creek middle schools. For information, call 623-935-9040.

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Tolleson ace verbally commits to UNM

A good education doesn’t come cheap, but sometimes it comes free.

That’s the case for Tolleson baseball star Brent Fisher, who has committed verbally to play baseball at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque starting in spring 2006.

“I’m ready to go,” Fisher said. “I’m excited.”

After much delineation and countless phone calls to and from various schools around the nation, Fisher chose New Mexico. The decision was based on two factors — the full scholarship and an immediate chance to play and contribute.

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