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Wed
26
Apr

Estrella beats Buckeye, wins region title

ROB JESIONOWSKI of Estrella Foothills throws a pitch during the Wolves’ home game against Buckeye April 20. Estrella scored a run in the bottom of the seventh without the benefit of a hit to beat the Hawks 4-3. View photo by Ray Thomas
ROB JESIONOWSKI of Estrella Foothills throws a pitch during the Wolves’ home game against Buckeye April 20. Estrella scored a run in the bottom of the seventh without the benefit of a hit to beat the Hawks 4-3. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wild pitch scores game-winning run in bottom of 7th

With the 4A Southwest Region title on the line, Estrella Foothills was gifted a run in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded wild pitch, giving the Wolves a 4-3 home victory April 20 against district rival Buckeye.

Wed
26
Apr

Odds & Ends - April 26, 2017

Lady Tiger hoops to host youth clinic

The Millennium High School girls basketball team is hosting a youth clinic for girls ages 10 to 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. each night from May 1 through 4 at the school's gymnasium, 14802 W. Wigwam Blvd., Goodyear.

Lady Tigers coaches and players will instruct attendees through drills designed to improve fundamental skills like ball handling, shooting, passing, rebounding and defense. The camp will also feature contests and games.

Wed
26
Apr

Millennium tennis sets lofty goals for state

MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium hits a forehand during the 2015 state tournament. Lawlor and his doubles partner, Austin Todd, are the No. 1 seed in the 6A doubles tournament and have advanced to the third round. View photo
MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium hits a forehand during the 2015 state tournament. Lawlor and his doubles partner, Austin Todd, are the No. 1 seed in the 6A doubles tournament and have advanced to the third round. View photo

 

After a down year in a tough conference, Millennium boys tennis reversed its fortune in 2017, going undefeated in section play and earning a return trip to the Division I team state playoffs.

The Tigers finished 12-2 in dual meets, 6-0 in section play, and earned the No. 13 seed in the playoffs. Millennium travels to No. 4 Phoenix Desert Vista for the first round starting at 3 p.m. today.

Wed
26
Apr

Vipers top Scorpions, take region crown

BRADY BULGER, left, of Verrado takes a throw at second base April 21 at Verrado as Desert Edge’s Roman Yerian slides in. The Vipers beat the Scorpions 4-1 to win the 5A Desert West Region title. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRADY BULGER, left, of Verrado takes a throw at second base April 21 at Verrado as Desert Edge’s Roman Yerian slides in. The Vipers beat the Scorpions 4-1 to win the 5A Desert West Region title. View photo by Ray Thomas

Pair of 2-run innings pave way to Verrado’s 4-1 victory

Verrado punctuated its remarkable season April 21 by winning the 5A Desert West Region title with a 4-1 victory over Desert Edge.

The Vipers wiggled out of a fifth-inning jam, added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the frame and closed it out with outstanding pitching.

Wed
26
Apr

Walk-off home run gives Lady Vipers sweep of D.E.

HAILEY RAIO of Verrado follows through on a swing during the first inning of Verrado’s home game against Desert Edge April 24. Raio hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to propel the Lady Vipers to a 6-4 victory against the Lady Scorpions. View photo by Mike Rincon
HAILEY RAIO of Verrado follows through on a swing during the first inning of Verrado’s home game against Desert Edge April 24. Raio hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to propel the Lady Vipers to a 6-4 victory against the Lady Scorpions. View photo by Mike Rincon

Hailey Raio's blast propels Lady Vipers to 6-4 win

Verrado softball ended the regular season in style Monday.

Down to its last out and trailing by a run against rival Desert Edge, the Lady Vipers produced consecutive hits to tie and then win the game. Hailey Raio's two-run walk-off home run to deep center field sent the home crowd away happy with a 6-4 victory.

Wed
26
Apr

Phoenix has on MLS

It's a badge of honor for the 13 markets that currently support at least one franchise in each of the four major sporting leagues, as it should be. The “Big Four” – the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League – has a combined 122 teams across 48 cities in the United States and Canada. A city with one team is part of an exclusive club. The places with four? That's a first-class ticket to an entirely different level.

Wed
19
Apr

D.E. boosts playoff hopes with sweep of A.F.

LALO JIMENEZ of Desert Edge throws to first base April 13 at Agua Fria. Jimenez and the Scorpions won a pair of one-run games against the Owls, tying them with Verrado for first place in the Desert West Region standings.  View photo by Ray Thomas
LALO JIMENEZ of Desert Edge throws to first base April 13 at Agua Fria. Jimenez and the Scorpions won a pair of one-run games against the Owls, tying them with Verrado for first place in the Desert West Region standings. View photo by Ray Thomas

Owls need strong finish to get back in postseason contention

Desert Edge baseball greatly improved its chance of qualifying for the 5A state playoffs at the expense of district rival Agua Fria, sweeping the Owls in the teams’ two-game series.

The Scorpions prevailed by one run in each game, the first at home on April 11, 3-2 in extra innings, and the second at Agua Fria April 13, 4-3.

Wed
19
Apr

Buckeye man to play in quad rugby championship

JEREMIAH WEISE of Buckeye poses in the wheelchair he uses for his quad rugby team, the Ability360 Phoenix Heat. Weise will compete for the national championship Thursday through Sunday at Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center in Phoenix. Submitted photo
JEREMIAH WEISE of Buckeye poses in the wheelchair he uses for his quad rugby team, the Ability360 Phoenix Heat. Weise will compete for the national championship Thursday through Sunday at Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center in Phoenix. Submitted photo

Jeremiah Weise is making the most out of an unfortunate situation, and this weekend, he has an opportunity to be a national champion.

Weise, a Buckeye resident, was in a car accident in August 2011 that left him quadriplegic. He picked up quad rugby and plays for the Ability360 Phoenix Heat of the United States Quad Rugby Association. It will host the national championships Thursday through Sunday at Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center in Phoenix.

Wed
19
Apr

Millennium hires new boys hoops coach

TY AMUNDSEN poses with a basketball inside the Millennium gymnasium April 14. Amundsen, who coached the last five years at St. Mary’s, was hired by Millennium to be the next boys basketball coach. View photo by Jordan Christopher
TY AMUNDSEN poses with a basketball inside the Millennium gymnasium April 14. Amundsen, who coached the last five years at St. Mary’s, was hired by Millennium to be the next boys basketball coach. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Former Estrella Foothills coach Ty Amundsen returns to West Valley

A familiar coaching face is coming back to the West Valley. Ty Amundsen, who led Estrella Foothills to three consecutive 3A state boys basketball titles, was hired to be the Millennium boys basketball coach next season.

Wed
19
Apr

Lady Owls fighting to secure playoff spot

IELEEN GUARDADO, right, of Agua Fria rounds third base while Desiree Cabrerra trails closely behind April 12 at Agua Fria. The Lady Owls beat Independence 10-0 and are close to securing a spot in the 5A state playoffs.  View photo by Ray Thomas
IELEEN GUARDADO, right, of Agua Fria rounds third base while Desiree Cabrerra trails closely behind April 12 at Agua Fria. The Lady Owls beat Independence 10-0 and are close to securing a spot in the 5A state playoffs. View photo by Ray Thomas

No. 22 Agua Fria has 4 games to cement place in postseason

The Agua Fria softball team rebounded from its longest stretch of adversity this season in a big way, blasting past Glendale Independence 10-0 April 12.

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