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Lady Wolves ready for start of region play

CHERISH GONZALEZ of Estrella Foothills takes a swing March 14 during a first inning at bat against Greenway. The Lady Wolves lost 13-0 and are 6-11 overall. View photo by Mike Rincon
CHERISH GONZALEZ of Estrella Foothills takes a swing March 14 during a first inning at bat against Greenway. The Lady Wolves lost 13-0 and are 6-11 overall. View photo by Mike Rincon

The Estrella Foothills softball team is still finding its footing in a new conference, but remains confident in a strong showing in region play, coach Randi Isaacs said.

The Lady Wolves sit at 4-7 competing in the 4A Conference, and just snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Fountain Hills in the Grace Lee Haught Memorial tournament March 16 in Payson.

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Youngker gets pair of wins in home tourney

TAITUM FRARY, left, of Youngker stretches for the ball March 17 while Maricopa runner Bailey Petty runs to second base. The Lady Roughriders went 5-2 in their home tournament March 15-18.  View photo by Ray Thomas
TAITUM FRARY, left, of Youngker stretches for the ball March 17 while Maricopa runner Bailey Petty runs to second base. The Lady Roughriders went 5-2 in their home tournament March 15-18. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady ’Riders wallop Sierra Linda, double up Betty Fairfax

Going into the Youngker Roughrider Softball Classic, the Lady Roughriders had lost six straight games.

Youngker quickly turned that around on its opening day of play March 16. The Lady Roughriders beat Phoenix Sierra Linda 11-1, then topped Glendale Betty H. Fairfax 6-3 in back-to-back games.

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Lady Lobos move forward with familiar face

MIAH MATTA of La Joya connects with a pitch March 17 against Raymond S. Kellis during the Youngker Roughrider Classic softball tournament. The Lady Lobos have a new coach this year, Rick Brungardt, who won a pair of state championships at Estrella Foothills.  View photo by Ray Thomas
MIAH MATTA of La Joya connects with a pitch March 17 against Raymond S. Kellis during the Youngker Roughrider Classic softball tournament. The Lady Lobos have a new coach this year, Rick Brungardt, who won a pair of state championships at Estrella Foothills. View photo by Ray Thomas

Former Estrella Foothills state-champion coach takes reins at La Joya

La Joya’s softball program has struggled to compete on the highest levels in the school’s history. The Lady Lobos only finished above .500 once in the last 10 seasons, going 16-15 in 2010.

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Newman’s gamble wins at PIR

RYAN NEWMAN, 31, races Austin Dillon during the Camping World 500 Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale. Newman didn’t pit for tires before the final restart, and the gamble paid off as he won the race. View photos by Ray Thomas
RYAN NEWMAN, 31, races Austin Dillon during the Camping World 500 Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale. Newman didn’t pit for tires before the final restart, and the gamble paid off as he won the race. View photos by Ray Thomas

Pit strategy before final restart pays off, ends winless drought

Ryan Newman and his race team took advantage of a late caution, using a risky pit strategy to forgo new tires for a two-lap overtime run in the NASCAR Camping World 500 March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale.

The gamble paid off with Newman securing the checkered flag, breaking a 127-race winless streak.

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22
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Football coach honored at NFL Pro Bowl

Kelly Epley invited to game by Agua Fria grad and Minnesota Viking Everson Griffen

Kelly Epley received the experience of a lifetime from one of his former players in January.

Epley was invited to the NFL Pro Bowl by Agua Fria graduate Everson Griffen, a former Owls football player. Griffen, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, was making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance.

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22
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Avondale boy a free-throw shooting machine

TRISTEN RHODES takes a shot from just inside the free-throw line March 16 at Goodyear Community Park. Tristen, 9, of Avondale has won five free-throw competitions for Hoop Shoot, qualifying him for the national event April 22 in Chicago.  View photo by Jordan Christopher
TRISTEN RHODES takes a shot from just inside the free-throw line March 16 at Goodyear Community Park. Tristen, 9, of Avondale has won five free-throw competitions for Hoop Shoot, qualifying him for the national event April 22 in Chicago. View photo by Jordan Christopher

9-year-old Tristen Rhodes heading to national competition in Chicago

High school coaches will be vying for the talent of Tristen Rhodes in five years. That’s because the 9-year-old Avondale boy can hit a free throw in his sleep.

The shot has become so routine for Tristen that he’s used the skill to win five free-throw shooting competitions, which qualified him for the Hoop Shoot National Championship April 22 in Chicago.

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15
Mar

Odds and Ends - March 15, 2017

Scorpion Skills Camp starting March 20

Desert Edge High School is hosting a basketball skills camp starting next week.

The camp is for boys and girls from third through eighth grades, and lasts eight weeks.

The camp will focus on fundamentals including ball handling, passing, layups, shooting, rebounding and defensive positioning. It will also have an emphasis on small-squad games.

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15
Mar
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Wolverines’ last-inning rally falls short

AARON GUTIERREZ of Tolleson throws a second-inning pitch March 9 against Mesa. The Wolverines won 2-1 against Mesa to stay undefeated, but dropped a 7-5 game to Alhambra the next day.  View photo by Mike Rincon
AARON GUTIERREZ of Tolleson throws a second-inning pitch March 9 against Mesa. The Wolverines won 2-1 against Mesa to stay undefeated, but dropped a 7-5 game to Alhambra the next day. View photo by Mike Rincon

Tolleson on torrid pace to begin year

Tolleson baseball tasted defeat for the first time this season March 10 at the hands of Phoenix Alhambra, 7-5.

The Wolverine bats couldn’t solve Alhambra starter Jesus Aldaz’s pitching puzzle, tagging him for only one run in six-plus innings pitched. Tolleson was able to chase Aldaz from the game in the seventh because of pitch count, and put up a four-run rally in his absence in the final inning, but it fell just short.

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Millennium baseball aiming for playoff return

LOGAN MCDONALD, left, of Millennium applies the tag at second base March 10 to Brophy’s Mason Kokodynski. The Tigers had an eight-run inning and held on to beat the Broncos 9-6. View photo by Ray Thomas
LOGAN MCDONALD, left, of Millennium applies the tag at second base March 10 to Brophy’s Mason Kokodynski. The Tigers had an eight-run inning and held on to beat the Broncos 9-6. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium baseball produced an eight-run inning, and survived a late rally March 10 to push past visiting Phoenix Brophy, 9-6.

Millennium’s victory moved the team’s record to 6-3, and 3-1 in power-points games.

The players had great approaches throughout the game,” Millennium coach Ryan Bethel said. “Brophy is obviously no slouch. Coach [Tom] Succow over there, I’ve been a fan of his since I was 10 years old. It’s a good win for us.”

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Tolleson goes 2-2 in Cool Nights tourney

ANISSA JARAMILLO of Tolleson hits one into the ground March 9 during the Apollo Cool Nites Tournament. The Lady Wolverines went 2-2 in the event and are 5-6 so far this season. View photo by Jordan Christopher
ANISSA JARAMILLO of Tolleson hits one into the ground March 9 during the Apollo Cool Nites Tournament. The Lady Wolverines went 2-2 in the event and are 5-6 so far this season. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Lady Wolverines on brink of getting to .500

Tolleson’s softball team inched closer to .500 with a strong performance at the Apollo Cool Nights Tournament March 7-10 at Apollo High School in Glendale.

The Lady Wolverines went 2-2 in the tournament, moving to 5-6 on the season. Tolleson opened the tournament against Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep, losing 5-4. The Lady Saints scored two in the bottom of the fifth to snatch the victory before the time limit was up. Each tournament game was capped at 75 minutes.

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