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Fri
30
Jan
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Hawks stumble in 2nd half, fall to Cortez

JOHARI BAKER, 5, of Buckeye eyes the bucket while going up for a shot against Agua Fria earlier this season. Baker and the Hawks lost to Cortez Monday, 78-72.
JOHARI BAKER, 5, of Buckeye eyes the bucket while going up for a shot against Agua Fria earlier this season. Baker and the Hawks lost to Cortez Monday, 78-72.

Colts’ 15-0 run deals Buckeye a tough loss

Buckeye did two things extremely well in the first half of its game Monday night against Phoenix Cortez: rebound and shoot 3-pointers.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the latter went away in the second half, and their defense was porous, allowing the Colts to go on a 15-0 third quarter run and take command of the game. The result was a 78-72 Cortez victory.

“It’s frustrating,” Buckeye coach Randy Bland said. “We’re missing a couple guys for various reasons. Shorthanded, we got a little tired, had to play some JV guys who aren’t used to executing our plays. A couple mishaps here and there and they go up 10. We were close at the end, but couldn’t pull it out.”

Fri
30
Jan
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Growing pains

MEKAYLA FULLER, 35, of Buckeye looks to make a pass against Agua Fria earlier this season. Fuller scored seven first-quarter points in helping Buckeye rout La Joya Tuesday, 53-20.
MEKAYLA FULLER, 35, of Buckeye looks to make a pass against Agua Fria earlier this season. Fuller scored seven first-quarter points in helping Buckeye rout La Joya Tuesday, 53-20.

Buckeye, La Joya girls looking to find consistency on the court

The Buckeye girls basketball team’s strong defense set the pace for the Lady Hawks blowout win over La Joya Tuesday night, 53-20.

With the score tied 5-5 early in the first quarter, Buckeye scored the next 29 points to take a commanding lead. The Lady Hawks led 39-9 at halftime.

“I think they came out aggressive and played good defense,” Buckeye coach Regina Early said. “That’s been the difference for us, trying to make us be consistent on defense. That’s been our motto, defense.”

In the first quarter, Sierra Mendoza scored five points, Taylor Gilbert scored six and Mekayla Fuller scored seven to help Buckeye reach its 20-point lead after one.

In all, nine girls contributed in the points department for the Lady Hawks.

Fri
30
Jan
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AIA releases initial division alignments

Appeal process underway

The Arizona Interscholastic Association recently released its initial division placement for the upcoming school year – twice.

The first release, on Jan. 23, had errors in the formula used to place teams, so it had to recalculate and try again. Those results were posted on the association’s website, azpreps365.com, Monday.

The division alignment is based on a formula that takes into account multiple factors, including enrollment, free and reduced lunches and maxpreps ranking history. The goal of the new formula was to get away from division placement based solely on enrollment.

Fri
30
Jan
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Kelly Epley hired as Youngker football coach

Former Agua Fria coach returns to West Valley

After four years away from high school football, a familiar West Valley face is back.

Kelly Epley was hired by Youngker High School Jan. 21 to be the school’s third head football coach, replacing Mat York.

“I’m pretty excited, I’m kind of walking around with a little kick in my step,” Epley said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but. I took a couple years off [from high school] – was an assistant at the junior college level, there’s not much stress there, which is nice – it’s nice to calm down and relax a little bit, but I kind of like a little bit of a challenge, a little bit of a fight. I kind of enjoy that.”

Epley spent 10 years as Agua Fria’s head football coach (2001-2010), and after stepping down he coached at Glendale Community College. He’s ready to get back to high school, he said.

Fri
30
Jan
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Agua Fria sets sights on playoffs

D’RANDA HOOKS, 3, of Agua Fria wins the ball from a Copper Canyon player earlier this season. Hooks had the first two goals Monday night, helping the Lady Owls to a 6-3 victory over visiting Bradshaw Mountain.
D’RANDA HOOKS, 3, of Agua Fria wins the ball from a Copper Canyon player earlier this season. Hooks had the first two goals Monday night, helping the Lady Owls to a 6-3 victory over visiting Bradshaw Mountain.

Lady Owls pound Bradshaw Mountain 6-3

Agua Fria used a dominating first half to pave its way to victory Monday against Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain. The Lady Owls defeated the Lady Bears 6-3.

Agua Fria wasted no time getting on the board. Junior striker D’Randa Hooks fired a close-range shot to give the Lady Owls a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

Hooks added another goal in the 15th minute. This time, her initial shot was blocked by the keeper, but Hooks outhustled everyone to the rebound and fired the ball into the back of the net.

The Agua Fria attack proved to be too strong in the first half, as the Lady Owls wore down Bradshaw’s defense for two more goals: One by Taylor Schibley in the 25th minute, and another by Ciera Mueller right before the half.

Tue
27
Jan
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Owls’ late goal enough for win

BRIAN FLORES, 9, of Agua Fria kicks the ball against Desert Edge Jan. 21. The Owls scored a second-half goal and went on to blank the Scorpions, 1-0. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRIAN FLORES, 9, of Agua Fria kicks the ball against Desert Edge Jan. 21. The Owls scored a second-half goal and went on to blank the Scorpions, 1-0. View photo by Ray Thomas

Agua Fria blanks Desert Edge 1-0

Sometimes all it takes is one.

That’s exactly what the Agua Fria Owls’ boys soccer team needed to defeat visiting Desert Edge, 1-0, in a sectional contest Jan. 21

The Owls and Scorpions were even until the 65th minute when junior Julio Chavez found the back of the net.

Tue
27
Jan
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E.F. knocks off undefeated Yuma Catholic

DAVID McCRAY, right, of Estrella Foothills drives on a Northwest Christian player Friday night. McCray had 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Wolves beat Yuma Catholic Jan. 21. View photo by Ray ThomasDAVID McCRAY, right, of Estrella Foothills drives on a Northwest Christian player Friday night. McCray had 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Wolves beat Yuma Catholic Jan. 21. View photo by Ray Thomas
DAVID McCRAY, right, of Estrella Foothills drives on a Northwest Christian player Friday night. McCray had 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Wolves beat Yuma Catholic Jan. 21. View photo by Ray Thomas

Win vaults Wolves to 1st in Section 2

Estrella Foothills has been hot since the start of 2015, and Jan. 21 was confirmation of their improved play.

The Wolves knocked off previously unbeaten Yuma Catholic, 57-53, thanks to big fourth quarters from David McCray and Rex Greabell. The victory moved Estrella to the top of the Division III, Section 2 standings.

Tue
27
Jan
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Estrella tops Buckeye on late header

MARCO VASQUEZ, 8, of Estrella Foothills chases the ball in a game against River Valley earlier this season. Vasquez scored the opening goal in a 2-1 Wolves’ victory against Buckeye Jan. 22. View photo by David Weibel
MARCO VASQUEZ, 8, of Estrella Foothills chases the ball in a game against River Valley earlier this season. Vasquez scored the opening goal in a 2-1 Wolves’ victory against Buckeye Jan. 22. View photo by David Weibel

Win keeps state playoff hopes alive for Wolves

With its playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Estrella Foothills pulled off an improbable victory in the final 70 seconds of its game against Buckeye Thursday night, getting a much needed 2-1 victory.

Buckeye entered the night ranked 13th in Division III power points, while Estrella was 14th. The win bumped Estrella up to 11th, while Buckeye dropped all the way to 24th.

Tue
27
Jan
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Strong 2nd half fuels Lady Knights’ victory

VANESSA VELOZ, 13, of Tolleson goes up for a shot while Westview’s Saylair Grandon, top, tries to block the shot from behind. Grandon had 17 points for the Lady Knights, who knocked off their district rival, 54-47. View photo by Ray Thomas
VANESSA VELOZ, 13, of Tolleson goes up for a shot while Westview’s Saylair Grandon, top, tries to block the shot from behind. Grandon had 17 points for the Lady Knights, who knocked off their district rival, 54-47. View photo by Ray Thomas

Westview’s girls basketball team was able to ride the wave of a fast second-half start to victory over district rival Tolleson Thursday, 54-47.

The Lady Wolverines held a 27-23 advantage going into the half. The Lady Knights went on a 7-0 run in the third quarter’s first 55 seconds to capture the lead and the momentum. Westview outscored Tolleson 14-6 in the third quarter and 31-20 in the second half.

Tue
27
Jan
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Do you know if your balls are deflated?

There’s a new star in the NFL.

You can’t see or feel it, but when it’s not there, boy does it cause controversy.

I’m talking about a simple three-letter word: Air.

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