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Youngker falls in D-IV quarterfinals

SAMANTHA SMITH, middle, of Youngker runs for the ball between a pair of River Valley defenders during a January matchup. The Lady Roughriders advanced past the first round of the Division IV state tournament, but were dealt a 10-0 loss in the quarterfinals by Anthem Prep. View photo by Mike Rincon
SAMANTHA SMITH, middle, of Youngker runs for the ball between a pair of River Valley defenders during a January matchup. The Lady Roughriders advanced past the first round of the Division IV state tournament, but were dealt a 10-0 loss in the quarterfinals by Anthem Prep. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Roughriders can’t overcome 1st-half deficit, but looking forward to the future

by Rafael Alvarez

special to the View

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Roehler signs on to kick for NAU

GRIFFIN ROEHLER, left, of Agua Fria signs his national letter of intent to kick for Northern Arizona University Feb. 3, while his coach at Agua Fria, Tony Cluff, looks on. Roehler was the Owls’ place kicker for the last three years, making 20 of 31 field goals and 99 of 109 extra points. View photo by Jordan Christopher
GRIFFIN ROEHLER, left, of Agua Fria signs his national letter of intent to kick for Northern Arizona University Feb. 3, while his coach at Agua Fria, Tony Cluff, looks on. Roehler was the Owls’ place kicker for the last three years, making 20 of 31 field goals and 99 of 109 extra points. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Agua Fria kicker goes Division I

Griffen Roehler kicked field goals and extra points for Agua Fria for three seasons, and by the strength of that leg, earned himself a football scholarship to Northern Arizona University.

Roehler signed on to play for NAU in front of his coaches, teammates and family Feb. 3 at the school.

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Legion to host 2nd annual Des Combes dinner

Event to raise money for homeless youths in Agua Fria district

The American Legion Crandall-Palmer Post 61 will host the second annual Wayne Des Combes dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the legion hall, 35 N. Dysart Road in Avondale.

The event is named in honor of Des Combes, Agua Fria’s baseball coach for 31 years, from 1971 to 2001, who died in 2014. The proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Agua Fria Union High School District’s homeless assistance program.

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Tolleson finishes as D-I quarterfinalist

EMMANUEL RAYAS, left, of Tolleson kicks the ball against a Pinnacle defender during a December matchup. The Wolverines pulled an upset in the first round of the Division I state playoffs, beating Mesa 1-0, but couldn’t repeat the performance and fell to Gilbert in the quarterfinals 5-1. View photo by Ray Thomas
EMMANUEL RAYAS, left, of Tolleson kicks the ball against a Pinnacle defender during a December matchup. The Wolverines pulled an upset in the first round of the Division I state playoffs, beating Mesa 1-0, but couldn’t repeat the performance and fell to Gilbert in the quarterfinals 5-1. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolverines beat Mesa 1-0, fall to Gilbert 5-1

Tolleson boys soccer’s 12th straight appearance in the state playoffs ended on a sour note as the Wolverines (10-8-2) fell to Gilbert (16-5), 5-1, Feb. 6 in the Division I state playoff quarterfinals.

The 12th-seeded Wolverines took down Mesa in the first round, 1-0, Feb. 3, but a nightmare start against Gilbert doomed Tolleson, ousting the team from the playoffs. The Tigers scored four goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, putting the contest out of reach early.

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Desert Edge loses important game

MACKENZIE KINSEL, 20, of Desert Edge grabs a rebound against St. Mary’s Feb. 3. Kinsel returned from injury to the Lady Scorpions’ lineup minutes before the game, helping them to a 43-28 victory after a disappointing 50-35 loss two nights earlier. View photo by Ray Thomas
MACKENZIE KINSEL, 20, of Desert Edge grabs a rebound against St. Mary’s Feb. 3. Kinsel returned from injury to the Lady Scorpions’ lineup minutes before the game, helping them to a 43-28 victory after a disappointing 50-35 loss two nights earlier. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Scorpions still could make Division II state playoffs

Desert Edge coach Heidi Behnke was not particularly pleased with her team’s performance in its penultimate game of the season Feb. 1 against Marana.

The Lady Scorpions basketball team laid an egg in an important power-points contest, losing 50-35, which had Behnke shaking her head afterward.

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Pair of Verrado football players sign letters

XAVIER JAMES, 22, of Verrado tries to run away from the grasp of Desert Edge’s Alias Sturges during the Division III state semifinals last November. James signed his national letter of intent Feb. 3 to attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. View photo by Ray Thomas
XAVIER JAMES, 22, of Verrado tries to run away from the grasp of Desert Edge’s Alias Sturges during the Division III state semifinals last November. James signed his national letter of intent Feb. 3 to attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. View photo by Ray Thomas

Xavier James first D-I signee in program history

Two Verrado football players signed their national college letters of intent Feb. 3, including the program’s first athlete to sign with a Division I program, Verrado coach Derek Wahlstrom said.

Wide receiver Xavier James inked his name to Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. Eastern Washington plays in the Big Sky Conference.

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Lady Tigers fall in 1st round to Perry

KIERA HUST, right, of Millennium battles for the ball with Verrado’s Hayden Johnson in a December game. The Lady Tigers lost to Perry in the opening round of the Division I state tournament Feb. 2, 2-0. View photo by Ray Thomas
KIERA HUST, right, of Millennium battles for the ball with Verrado’s Hayden Johnson in a December game. The Lady Tigers lost to Perry in the opening round of the Division I state tournament Feb. 2, 2-0. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium holds strong on defense, fails to score

The Millennium girls soccer team’s unlikely run to the playoffs was short lived, as the shorthanded Lady Tigers fell to Gilbert Perry 2-0 Feb. 2 in the first round of the Division I state tournament.

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Lady Wolves win in PKs, advance to semis

HALEE YEAGER, 4, of Estrella Foothills fends off Moon Valley’s Ashley Delgado, who comes in for a slide tackle Feb. 2. The Lady Wolves won both of their Division III playoff games last week, making it to the state semifinals.  View photo by Mike Rincon
HALEE YEAGER, 4, of Estrella Foothills fends off Moon Valley’s Ashley Delgado, who comes in for a slide tackle Feb. 2. The Lady Wolves won both of their Division III playoff games last week, making it to the state semifinals. View photo by Mike Rincon

Estrella Foothills has four state championships to its name in girls soccer, and the Lady Wolves are looking to add another one this season.

Sixth-seeded Estrella knocked off defending champion, No. 3 Tucson Walden Grove, 4-2 in penalty kicks during the Division III state quarterfinals Feb. 6. The game was scoreless through regulation and two overtime sessions.

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Hawks soar into state semifinals

MANUEL RUIZ, 11, of Buckeye runs down a ball against Odyssey Prep Jan. 25. Ruiz scored nine goals in the opening round of the Division IV state tournament, and got another one in the quarterfinals, helping the Hawks beat Paradise Honors and advance to the semifinals. View photo by Mike Rincon
MANUEL RUIZ, 11, of Buckeye runs down a ball against Odyssey Prep Jan. 25. Ruiz scored nine goals in the opening round of the Division IV state tournament, and got another one in the quarterfinals, helping the Hawks beat Paradise Honors and advance to the semifinals. View photo by Mike Rincon

Buckeye scoring at will against first 2 opponents

It had been a long time since Buckeye’s boys soccer team made the state tournament, but the Hawks are making the most of the opportunity now that they’re back.

Buckeye’s first two playoff games since 2009 both resulted in wins, the latest of which has the Hawks in today’s Division IV state semifinals. Buckeye will play top-seeded El Mirage Dysart at 6 p.m. at Millennium High School in Goodyear.

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Results: February 3, 2016

Boys Basketball

Jan. 25

Prescott 65, Desert Edge 53

Buckeye 58, Youngker 54

Jan. 26

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