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04
Jan
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Wolves go winless in AZ Soccer Showcase

MARCO VASQUEZ of Estrella Foothills kicks the ball Dec. 29 during the Arizona Soccer Showcase at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Vasquez had the tying goal in a 3-3 draw with Mesa Mountain View.  View photo by Ray Thomas
MARCO VASQUEZ of Estrella Foothills kicks the ball Dec. 29 during the Arizona Soccer Showcase at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Vasquez had the tying goal in a 3-3 draw with Mesa Mountain View. View photo by Ray Thomas

Despite tourney struggles, Estrella Foothills off to strong start

Estrella Foothills didn’t find a victory at the Arizona Soccer Showcase Dec. 27-29 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, but the Wolves don’t have anything to hang their heads about.

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04
Jan
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Desert Edge hoops 1-2 in home tournament

VKYLE WERNER, 3, of Desert Edge jumps toward the basket Dec. 28 amongst a trio of Nogales defenders during the Scorpion Challenge. iew photo by Ray Thomas
VKYLE WERNER, 3, of Desert Edge jumps toward the basket Dec. 28 amongst a trio of Nogales defenders during the Scorpion Challenge. iew photo by Ray Thomas

Scorpions drop close one in 2nd round

Desert Edge missed out on an opportunity to potentially play in the championship game of its home tournament Dec. 27-29.

The Scorpions played a streaky second game and lost by one-point to Nogales, 63-62, which put them in the third-place game instead. Desert Edge wound up losing that contest as well, 56-45 to Phoenix Sierra Linda, finishing fourth in the Scorpion Challenge.

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04
Jan
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La Joya and Tolleson eyeing improvement

VALERIA SILVA, 3, of Tolleson chases down a ball Dec. 29 against Queen Creek during the Arizona Soccer Showcase at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The Lady Wolverines went winless in the tournament, dropping their record to 3-7. View photo by Ray Thomas
VALERIA SILVA, 3, of Tolleson chases down a ball Dec. 29 against Queen Creek during the Arizona Soccer Showcase at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The Lady Wolverines went winless in the tournament, dropping their record to 3-7. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Lobos, Lady Wolverines looking to get better after each has 0-3 tournament

La Joya girls soccer is halfway through a transitional year with a roster loaded with green players.

The Lady Lobos have gone 2-7-1, including dropping three games in the Arizona Soccer Showcase tournament at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Despite the tough start, La Joya coach Katie Morris feels like the team is finding its way, she said.

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04
Jan
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La Joya boys soccer rounding into form

JUAN ARVIZU of La Joya heads the ball during a Dec. 29 match at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The Lobos won the first two games of the Arizona Soccer Showcase, but lost 3-0 to Washington.  View photo by Ray Thomas
JUAN ARVIZU of La Joya heads the ball during a Dec. 29 match at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The Lobos won the first two games of the Arizona Soccer Showcase, but lost 3-0 to Washington. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lobos hit speed bump in tournament, miss knockout rounds

La Joya just missed out on advancing to the quarterfinals of the Maroon Division of the Arizona Soccer Showcase, going 2-1 in the Dec. 27-29 tournament at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.

The Lobos were firing on all cylinders offensively for the tournament’s first two games, scoring 10 combined goals: a 4-2 win over Phoenix Mountain Pointe on the first day and a 6-2 victory over Phoenix Northwest Christian on the second. The two tournament victories were the back end of a three-game win streak.

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04
Jan
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Knights top Wolves to win Scorpion Challenge

BRENDEN VAN DYKE, right, of Westview dives to the floor for a loose ball Nov. 25 against Pinnacle. Van Dyke scored a career-high 37 points against Estrella Foothills Dec. 29, helping the Knights claim the championship of the Scorpion Challenge.  View photo by Mike Rincon
BRENDEN VAN DYKE, right, of Westview dives to the floor for a loose ball Nov. 25 against Pinnacle. Van Dyke scored a career-high 37 points against Estrella Foothills Dec. 29, helping the Knights claim the championship of the Scorpion Challenge. View photo by Mike Rincon

Brenden Van Dyke's 37 points pave way for Westview

Estrella Foothills and Westview battled tooth and nail in the championship game of the Scorpion Challenge at Desert Edge High School Dec. 29, but the Knights' Brenden Van Dyke was the difference maker in helping them claim the title.

Van Dyke scored a career high 37 points as Westview pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 72-65 victory.

Wed
28
Dec
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Lady Wolves off to hot start before break

LILY MIKA, left, of Estrella Foothills drives along the right sideline Dec. 20 as Moon Valley’s Sarah Hadley gives chase. The Lady Wolves lost 63-53, but have only suffered two defeats in 13 games so far this season. View photo by Mike Rincon
LILY MIKA, left, of Estrella Foothills drives along the right sideline Dec. 20 as Moon Valley’s Sarah Hadley gives chase. The Lady Wolves lost 63-53, but have only suffered two defeats in 13 games so far this season. View photo by Mike Rincon

Estrella 11-2 through first 13 games of season

Estrella Foothills girls basketball coach Matt Johnson proclaimed his team to be road warriors. Considering the Lady Wolves’ schedule and success, that definitely rings true so far.

Estrella has played all but two of its first 13 games away from home, but has only lost twice.

Wed
28
Dec
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Buckeye girls hoops on winning track

JANELLE BARKEY, 3, of Buckeye goes up for a shot Dec. 20 while being defended by Cactus’ Yasmin Green. Barkey is the Lady Hawks’ third-leading scorer at 8.6 points per game, helping them to a 5-2 start. View photo by Ray Thomas
JANELLE BARKEY, 3, of Buckeye goes up for a shot Dec. 20 while being defended by Cactus’ Yasmin Green. Barkey is the Lady Hawks’ third-leading scorer at 8.6 points per game, helping them to a 5-2 start. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Hawks win 5 straight after starting 0-2

The start to Buckeye’s girls basketball season wasn’t ideal, but since a pair of losses, the Lady Hawks have reeled off five straight victories.

The latest was a 48-45 win Dec. 20 over Glendale Cactus. Coach Regina Early, who was battling illness and missed the game, said the team’s success in the past two weeks has been the product of a team effort.

Wed
28
Dec
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L.P. girl wins Cardinals’ Punt, Pass & Kick

AVA HAMILTON, 11, of Litchfield Park poses wearing her jersey from the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Ava won the Arizona Cardinals’ team competition, and finished with the fourth highest score in the nation, qualifying her for the national tournament Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla. Submitted photo
AVA HAMILTON, 11, of Litchfield Park poses wearing her jersey from the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Ava won the Arizona Cardinals’ team competition, and finished with the fourth highest score in the nation, qualifying her for the national tournament Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla. Submitted photo

Ava Hamilton headed to national tourney in Orlando

Ava Hamilton’s ability to kick and throw a football has landed her a free trip to Orlando, Fla.

The 11-year-old Litchfield Park resident competed in the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition, where she had the highest score for the Arizona Cardinals team competition, and fourth highest score in the nation in the 10-11 girls age division.

Wed
28
Dec
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Knights sizzling on the court

JOSH TAFOYA of Westview lays the ball up Nov. 25 against Pinnacle. The Knights are off to a hot start on the hardwood, having lost just once in 11 games through Christmas. Westview is competing in the Scorpion Challenge today and Thursday at Desert Edge. View photo by Mike Rincon
JOSH TAFOYA of Westview lays the ball up Nov. 25 against Pinnacle. The Knights are off to a hot start on the hardwood, having lost just once in 11 games through Christmas. Westview is competing in the Scorpion Challenge today and Thursday at Desert Edge. View photo by Mike Rincon

Westview hoops off to 10-1 start

Westview began the season with a bang, finishing runners-up in the Welcome to the Jungle Tournament at Gilbert High School.

The Knights haven't let up since.

Westview is 10-1 through the first half of the season, undefeated in power-points games at 7-0. The Knights sit as the No. 5 ranked team in 6A, the state's highest conference.

Wed
28
Dec
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Good riddance to 2016

Arizona teams submit year worth of subpar performances

Rejoice, Arizona sports fans, for 2016 is nearly complete!

In case you hadn’t noticed, 2016 was the year of the perennial underdog. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Cavaliers erased a combined 155-year title drought within a few months of each other. The Denver Broncos, while only six-point underdogs in Super Bowl 50 back in February, manhandled the Carolina Panthers, winning 24-10.

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