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Fri
22
Aug
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Wolves on hunt for deep run

BRANDEN LEON of Estrella Foothills peers upfield for room to run while securing the ball during practice Aug. 19. Leon is one of several experienced Wolves players returning for the 2014 season.
BRANDEN LEON of Estrella Foothills peers upfield for room to run while securing the ball during practice Aug. 19. Leon is one of several experienced Wolves players returning for the 2014 season.

Estrella Foothills has some unfinished business.

Each of the last two years the Wolves have hosted first round Division IV state playoff games, but both times lost by seven points. In order to assure that doesn’t happen again, Estrella has put in a lot of offseason work, coach Lamar Early said.

Fri
22
Aug
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It’s that time of year again

Casey PritchardWelcome to another season of high school sports. Tonight’s football matchup between Desert Edge and Phoenix South Mountain gets things started. If recent years have showed us anything, 2014-15 should give us another year full of heart-stopping and euphoric moments that we can remember for years to come.

Fri
22
Aug
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Odds and Ends - August 22, 2014

EYS Wolves looking for baseball players

The Estrella Youth Sports Wolves 13U baseball team is looking for players. There is no tryout.

For information, contact coach Ruben Perez at 623-298-8412.

 

Fri
22
Aug
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Former area athletes look to shine at ACU

GERRIT GROENEWOLD carves through the Youngker defense during his senior season at Estrella Foothills. After red-shirting his freshman year at Arizona Western College, Groenewold is ACU’s quarterback this year. View file photo
GERRIT GROENEWOLD carves through the Youngker defense during his senior season at Estrella Foothills. After red-shirting his freshman year at Arizona Western College, Groenewold is ACU’s quarterback this year. View file photo

NAIA Arizona Christian University is fielding a football team for the first time in the school’s more than 50-year history. A large part of the foundation of the program can be traced to West Valley high schools.

Seven players and two coaches have joined the program and will face the bright lights for the first time in the inaugural season against Evangel University at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Shadow Mountain High School, 2902 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix.

Fri
22
Aug
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Lobos set sights for playoffs

JUSTIN JONES tucks the ball away as he looks for room to run during La Joya’s practice Aug. 18. Jones had nine carries and caught three passes for the Lobos last year. View photo by Ray Thomas
JUSTIN JONES tucks the ball away as he looks for room to run during La Joya’s practice Aug. 18. Jones had nine carries and caught three passes for the Lobos last year. View photo by Ray Thomas

La Joya gunning for first postseason appearance since 2008

La Joya Community High School’s football team went 5-5 in 2013, finishing the season just on the outside looking in for a Division II playoff spot. Head coach Josh Mitchell says the team has a very good shot at nabbing a playoff spot for the first time since 2008, when the Fighting Lobos went 8-3 and lost in the first round to Mesa Skyline.

Tue
19
Aug
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Odds & Ends: August 19, 2014

EYS Wolves looking
for baseball players

The Estrella Youth Sports Wolves 13U baseball team is looking for players. There is no tryout.

For information, contact coach Ruben Perez at 623-298-8412.

Goodyear youngster selected for prestigious baseball series

Breckyn Montano, 14, of Goodyear was selected by USA Baseball to represent the Southwest Region in the 2014 14U USA Baseball National Team Identification Series.

The Southwest regional team is comprised of players from Arizona, Southern Nevada, New Mexico and West Texas. They will compete against 15 other regional teams Aug. 28-31 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Breckyn is a freshman at Verrado High School.

Desert Edge offering
free baseball clinics

Tue
19
Aug
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Track club places well at Jr. Olympic Championships

West Valley track club Arizona Rising Sun sent 21 athletes to Houston for the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships. The team had 12 of its members named All-American over the course of the competition July 21-27.

Sabestine Onyepunuka, head coach and Avondale resident, said the team competed well in both individual and relay events.

“We had many kids do very well,” Onyepunuka said. “We took 21 kids to Houston and I think only four came back without any kind of medal. Some came back with two, some came back with three.”

To compete in nationals, runners had to be at least 6 years old and must turn 7 by Dec. 31. Arizona Rising Sun athletes ranged from 7 to 14 at the competition. Two high school athletes on the team ended up not making the trek to Houston.

Tue
19
Aug
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Avondale youngster off to hot start in ring

BRANDON MOJICA, right, of Avondale, practices his boxing with father, Raul, Aug. 14. Mojica recently won the Ringside World Championships in Independence, Mo. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRANDON MOJICA, right, of Avondale, practices his boxing with father, Raul, Aug. 14. Mojica recently won the Ringside World Championships in Independence, Mo. View photo by Ray Thomas

12-year-old boxer wins world championship

Brandon Mojica doesn’t have many fights under his belt, but if the 12-year-old from Avondale continues pummeling people the way he is now, he might one day being raising a belt.

Brandon recently won the Ringside World Championships July 30 through Aug. 2 in Independence, Mo., winning three fights on his way to the title. Brandon fought in the boys bantam novice division, ages 11-12, at the 96-101-pound weight class. His record is now 6-0.

“He dominates in the ring,” Raul Mojica, Brandon’s father and trainer, said. “He’s fighting kids that are his size, his age and in the same weight class, and he’s demolishing these kids. I even felt bad for the second kid he fought, the ear was like cauliflower ear, that’s how swollen it was. On the side of his temple he had a big lump … When my son fights, he fights hard.”

Tue
19
Aug
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Knights look to retain success under new coach

BYRAN RODRIGUEZ tries to elude the tackle of an oncoming teammate during Westview’s team scrimmage Aug. 16. The Knights enter 2014 with a new head coach, Joe Parker.
BYRAN RODRIGUEZ tries to elude the tackle of an oncoming teammate during Westview’s team scrimmage Aug. 16. The Knights enter 2014 with a new head coach, Joe Parker.

Westview completed the first undefeated regular season in school history in 2013, before falling in the first round of the Division I playoffs to Brophy College Prep, 28-14.

If the Knights want to return to winning form, they’ll have to do it under a new head coach.

Joe Parker is taking over, replacing Jeff Bowen. Bowen is now an assistant head coach and run game coordinator for Arizona Christian University.

Bowen led the Knights to a record of 90-41 over the last 11 years, with back-to-back appearances in the Class 5A-II State Championship game in 2007 and 2008.

Parker served as an assistant under Bowen at Westview for each of those years.

“Jeff did a fantastic job building this program to what it is today,” Parker said. “The hard work was done when I walked in. Now we’re trying to keep that going and we’re going to see what else we can try to do with this.”

Parker said the team philosophy and playbook will remain the same.

Tue
19
Aug
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Hawks begin new era with coach Moore

JORDAN BANISTER makes a cut during Buckeye’s practice Aug. 13. Banister was the Hawks’ second leading receiver last year, catching 29 passes for 547 yards and four touchdowns. View photo by Ray Thomas
JORDAN BANISTER makes a cut during Buckeye’s practice Aug. 13. Banister was the Hawks’ second leading receiver last year, catching 29 passes for 547 yards and four touchdowns. View photo by Ray Thomas

Buckeye’s new football coach is aiming high, and since being hired he’s put the work in to make things happen. 

Moore started in January and has been non-stop, developing a relationship with his team that he hopes will help the Hawks earn high school football’s biggest prize.

“For them, the biggest thing is they’ve learned the expectations we have, the year-round training that they haven’t had before, and they’ve bought in like it’s old hat now,” Moore said. “In that respect, they understand what they’re going to be doing. We lift all year during the season, which we haven’t done before. There’s a few changes that they hopefully get and will produce a championship because of it, whether it be this year or down the road.”

Moore is also trying to build character with his group, which he said is being accomplished by athletes coming to terms with the fact that it’s their team.

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