Sports

Tue
28
Oct
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Desert Edge blanks Buckeye, moves to 8-1

ANDREW GOMEZ, 26, of Buckeye gets pulled down by Desert Edge’s Alex Aguirre. The Hawks were shut out by the Scorpions on Friday, 35-0.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDREW GOMEZ, 26, of Buckeye gets pulled down by Desert Edge’s Alex Aguirre. The Hawks were shut out by the Scorpions on Friday, 35-0. View photo by Ray Thomas

Key plays help Scorpions in 1st half

Buckeye gave Desert Edge everything it could handle for one half Friday night, but the Scorpions came up with a pair of big plays and then dominated the Hawks in the second half, winning 35-0.

Tue
28
Oct
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Millennium wins again, tops Tolleson

JORDAN DAVIS, 11, of Millennium prepares for the next serve while teammate Jessica Vastine looks to the bench. The Lady Tigers knocked off Tolleson in three sets on Thursday night, keeping an undefeated section record intact. View photo by Ray Thomas
JORDAN DAVIS, 11, of Millennium prepares for the next serve while teammate Jessica Vastine looks to the bench. The Lady Tigers knocked off Tolleson in three sets on Thursday night, keeping an undefeated section record intact. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium continued its dominance of its section foes Thursday, beating Tolleson in straight sets, 25-10, 25-8, 25-11, on senior night for the Lady Tigers.

Millennium (12-4) never trailed in the contest, and only were tied with Tolleson (3-12) twice early in the third set.

Millennium coach Julie Vastine said the team did well to keep their focus throughout the match.

“I thought they played well,” Vastine said. “I thought they kept more focus than usual.”

Vastine said her girls have a tendency to drop their play to the level of competition.

“I thought our intensity stayed high,” Vastine said. “It could be because it was senior night and they were excited for the girls’ last home match.”

Millennium’s Jordan Davis said the team wanted to make a memorable last home match.

“We were trying to play our hardest because it’s our last game here and we wanted to make it the most memorable one that we could,” Davis said.

Tue
28
Oct
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Lady Owls top D.E., keep playoff hopes alive

KHEANNA LANDRUM, 1, and Shelby Rheinschmidt, 9, of Agua Fria attempt a double block against Raymond Kellis Sept. 16. The Lady Owls beat Desert Edge in five sets Thursday. View photo by David Weibel
KHEANNA LANDRUM, 1, and Shelby Rheinschmidt, 9, of Agua Fria attempt a double block against Raymond Kellis Sept. 16. The Lady Owls beat Desert Edge in five sets Thursday. View photo by David Weibel

Agua Fria’s playoff hopes were dangling like a beaten up pinata Thursday night, but Desert Edge couldn’t deliver the crushing blow.

Trailing 2-sets-to-1 and 24-17 in the fourth, the Lady Owls miraculously scored nine straight points to even the match, then went on to win in five sets, 19-25, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24 and 15-13.

“They’re very capable of doing that, they’ve done it throughout the season, they pull together when they need to pull together, but as the coaching staff we get frustrated that we have to get ourselves in those situations,” Agua Fria coach Stephanie Parker said. “Maybe we like to be the comeback kids, I don’t know.”

It was the sixth time this year Agua Fria has gone to a fifth set, winning five of those. A slow start contributed to needing a come-from-behind victory this time.

Tue
28
Oct
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Knights dominate Tigers

STORME DONAHUE,left, of Westview leaps to catch the ball while being defended by Millennium’s Andrew Diggs. Donahue and the Knights roughed up Millennium on Friday, 37-6, to win the Division I, Section 2 title. View photo by David Weibel
STORME DONAHUE,left, of Westview leaps to catch the ball while being defended by Millennium’s Andrew Diggs. Donahue and the Knights roughed up Millennium on Friday, 37-6, to win the Division I, Section 2 title. View photo by David Weibel
Westview uses complete
game to secure section title
 

The Knights (7-2) and Tigers (4-5) were tied atop the standings, both 3-0 in section games going into the matchup, but Westview played arguably its most complete game of the year to secure the win and the automatic playoff berth.The Westview Knights dominated from the first snap Friday against the Millennium Tigers, winning 37-6 to secure the Division I, Section 2 championship.

“We executed,” Westview coach Joe Parker said. “The first half was about as clean a half as I have seen. When you hit on all gears like we were doing, we’re actually a pretty powerful team.”

Millennium was unable to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, only managing six first downs for the game. The defense didn’t fare much better, giving up points on the Knights’ first five possessions and didn’t force a punt all game.

Tue
28
Oct
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Ready for NBA tip-off

It doesn’t seem that long ago when the San Antonio Spurs wrapped up a dominating NBA Finals over the Miami Heat.

I guess the four-month long offseason isn’t as quiet as it used to be. All of that buzz must be music to the NBA’s ears.

Only a few weeks after the season ended, free agency started up. Anyone remember LeBron James hijacking the headlines?

LeBron waited 11 days from the start of free agency to announce he was returning to Cleveland. Eleven days? That’s an eternity in the 24-hour news cycle.

The LeBron news failed to shut down Twitter, but I bet it was close.

Even the Suns were listed as a potential landing spot for the mega star.

We also had a World Cup during the offseason.

Fri
24
Oct
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Tolleson sweeps district cross country meet

Boys, girls finish 1st in 5-team event

Tolleson’s boys cross country team had twice finished behind Westview at two different meets this season.

Not the third time. Tolleson’s boys and girls cross country teams swept the district meet featuring Westview, La Joya, Glendale Copper Canyon and Phoenix Sierra Linda Wednesday at Grand Canal Linear Park in Glendale.

Fri
24
Oct
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Youngker prevails against E.F.

NOELANI SIMPSON, 2, of Youngker reaches for the ball in a match against Thunderbird Oct. 9. Simpson had a big impact against Estrella Foothills Tuesday, getting 10 kills in the Lady Roughriders’ four-set victory.
NOELANI SIMPSON, 2, of Youngker reaches for the ball in a match against Thunderbird Oct. 9. Simpson had a big impact against Estrella Foothills Tuesday, getting 10 kills in the Lady Roughriders’ four-set victory.
SAVANNAH HILLEBRAND, left, and Jessica Terry, 4, of Estrella Foothills try to block a ball during the Wolves Classic tournament in September. Hillebrand had three kills and Terry two as the Lady Wolves fell to Youngker on Tuesday in four sets.
SAVANNAH HILLEBRAND, left, and Jessica Terry, 4, of Estrella Foothills try to block a ball during the Wolves Classic tournament in September. Hillebrand had three kills and Terry two as the Lady Wolves fell to Youngker on Tuesday in four sets.
COURTNEE OGLESBY, 13, of Youngker goes up for a block against Thunderbird Oct. 9. Oglesby had 16 kills and seven blocks against Estrella Foothills on Tuesday, helping the Lady Roughriders to victory.
COURTNEE OGLESBY, 13, of Youngker goes up for a block against Thunderbird Oct. 9. Oglesby had 16 kills and seven blocks against Estrella Foothills on Tuesday, helping the Lady Roughriders to victory.

Lady Roughriders move closer to postseason berth

In an emotional matchup, Youngker came away victorious against Estrella Foothills on Tuesday, putting the Lady Roughriders one step closer to achieving a state tournament appearance.

Fri
24
Oct
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Section showdown

JALEN JOHNSON of Westview trots off the field during the season opener against San Diego Westview. Johnson, the Knights’ featured running back, has been given ample rest over the past two weeks after a heavy workload.
JALEN JOHNSON of Westview trots off the field during the season opener against San Diego Westview. Johnson, the Knights’ featured running back, has been given ample rest over the past two weeks after a heavy workload.
NATE JUILLERAT of Millennium rolls out of the pocket while looking for a receiver against Valley Vista Oct. 2. Juillerat and the Tigers have won three straight games to reach .500.
NATE JUILLERAT of Millennium rolls out of the pocket while looking for a receiver against Valley Vista Oct. 2. Juillerat and the Tigers have won three straight games to reach .500.

Westview visits Millennium for top-spot battle

Westview and Millennium faced off last year in the deciding game to see who would take the section crown.

A year later, not much has changed.

Fri
24
Oct
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Odds & Ends: October 24, 2014

Agua Fria grad having strong start to Venezuelan League

Agua Fria graduate Aaron Altherr is off to a hot start for Aguilas del Zulia in the Venezuelan League, batting .320 (8 for 25) through his first nine games. Included in his eight hits are two doubles and two home runs, and he’s driven in six. Altherr got his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies during the past season, going 0 for 5 in two games.

Agua Fria grad earns RRAC
setter of the week honors

Agua Fria graduate Delaney Micensky earned Red River Athletic Conference Setter of the Week honors for Oct. 6-12. Micensky, who plays for University of the Southwest, had 43 assists in two games during the week, and ranks seventh in the conference in assists per set. Additionally, Micensky is third in the conference in aces per set.

Agua Fria grad has monster game for Minnesota Vikings

Fri
24
Oct
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Results: October 24, 2014

Results

Football

Oct. 17

Desert Edge 68, Sierra Linda 6

Verrado 45, Shadow Ridge 27

River Valley 42, Estrella Foothills 40

La Joya 36, Copper Canyon 7

Millennium 70, Maryvale 14

Tolleson 28, Agua Fria 11

Arizona Lutheran 78, Tonopah Valley 22

Westview 41, North 8

Buckeye 45, Youngker 0

 

Volleyball

Oct. 20

Agua Fria def. Verrado, 23-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-13

Verrado got 17 kills from Celine White in a losing effort. Candace Lacour added 16 and Maitland Lonquist had 12.

St. Mary’s def. Tolleson, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19

Freshman Yatzary Bara had seven kills for Tolleson.

 

Oct. 21

Youngker def. Estrella Foothills 25-16, 23-25, 25-9, 25-14

Shadow Ridge def. Buckeye, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18

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