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Fri
29
Aug
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Verrado hosts Tolleson to kick off 2014

In the second year of a scheduling block, teams should be somewhat familiar with their opponents on a weekly basis. Verrado’s familiarity with Tolleson should have them hungry for a reversal of fortunes.
Fri
29
Aug
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Agua Fria, La Joya golfers gain experience in year’s 1st event

SHAWN MCGARVIE of Agua Fria tees off at Maryvale Municipal Golf Course Tuesday. The Owls’ senior shot a 48 to help the team finish second.
SHAWN MCGARVIE of Agua Fria tees off at Maryvale Municipal Golf Course Tuesday. The Owls’ senior shot a 48 to help the team finish second.
ALEX ALVARAZ of La Joya follows through on his tee shot at Maryvale Municipal Golf Course Tuesday. Alvaraz shot a 47, which was good for second overall.
ALEX ALVARAZ of La Joya follows through on his tee shot at Maryvale Municipal Golf Course Tuesday. Alvaraz shot a 47, which was good for second overall.

Agua Fria and La Joya’s boys’ golf teams kicked off their respective seasons on Tuesday at Maryvale Municipal Golf Course in Phoenix, facing Glendale Independence and host-school Phoenix Alhambra.

Independence finished first with its foursome, shooting a nine-hole combined score of 231. Agua Fria finished second, two strokes behind with a 233. Alhambra shot a 243 for third place and La Joya competed with only three golfers, disqualifying them from posting a total score.

Fri
29
Aug
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Odds & Ends: August 29, 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

Fri
29
Aug
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Agua Fria soccer players make pro connections

TAYLOR SHIBLEY of Agua Fria kicks the ball in a match against Central in January. Shibley was one of several Agua Fria soccer players who got free tickets to watch Arizona United FC last week. View photo by Ray Thomas
TAYLOR SHIBLEY of Agua Fria kicks the ball in a match against Central in January. Shibley was one of several Agua Fria soccer players who got free tickets to watch Arizona United FC last week. View photo by Ray Thomas

Arizona United Soccer Club has existed for less than a year, but the team has already ventured into the West Valley to make youth connections.

Members of both the Owls’ boys and girls’ soccer teams were invited to attend last week’s Arizona United game for free. The 15 boys and three girls watched Arizona United defeat Oklahoma City Energy FC, 1-0, at Peoria Sports Complex.

The club reached out to Agua Fria via Jason Kish, a teacher at the school. Kish said he is connected with the general manager of the team, Kevin Stevenson, which provided the opportunity for the Owls’ players.

“Arizona United reached out to me and said we want to be closer to the community in the West Valley, this being their inaugural year,” Kish said.

Kish reached out to the soccer players in his class to get them to the game.

Fri
29
Aug
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Freeman returns to Estrella Foothills

SARAH FREEMAN, left, instructs golfer Lyndze Walberg during an Estrella Foothills practice at the Golf Club of Estrella Aug. 21. Freeman, the 2007 Class 3A individual state champion, has returned to her alma mater to coach the Lady Wolves. View photo by Casey Pritchard
SARAH FREEMAN, left, instructs golfer Lyndze Walberg during an Estrella Foothills practice at the Golf Club of Estrella Aug. 21. Freeman, the 2007 Class 3A individual state champion, has returned to her alma mater to coach the Lady Wolves. View photo by Casey Pritchard

State champ is Lady Wolves’ new golf coach

The Lady Wolves have a new head golf coach, and it’s someone they can admire.

Sarah Freeman, who won the 2007 Class 3A state golf tournament, has returned to her alma mater to pass her expertise on to the girls’ team.

“It’s very exciting to be back at Estrella Foothills,” Freeman said. “I really enjoyed high school there, so it’s nice to be teaching the girls at my high school. Mainly, I’m excited about coaching because having the opportunity to help student athletes is really amazing.”

When Freeman won state, she beat a field composed mostly of boys because the Wolves only had one golf team, which competed in the spring. Freeman is the only female to ever win the 3A championship, which was contested from 1972 to 2010. Since, Estrella now has a girls team, which plays in Division II in the fall.

Tue
26
Aug
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Youngker looking to change culture

HENRY SMALLS prepares to fire a pass during a Youngker practice Aug. 20. Smalls, a senior, will be the Rough Riders’ starting signal caller in 2014. View photo by Ray Thomas

Youngker football coach Mat York has had one focus since last football season: changing the program’s culture. The Rough Riders are coming off a year in which they went 1-9 and their only victory came in Week 1.

“We had the most growing pains this program has ever had,” York said. “We’re still dealing with kids that don’t understand the work ethic it takes to be physical and to compete with teams that come and bring it every Friday night, and what it takes in the offseason.”

In trying to change that, Youngker had its first ever summer camp. It was held at the school, but the four days together helped build team chemistry.

“It was rigorous, it was hot, we slept in the gym,” York said. “They came Sunday and left Thursday afternoon, did a lot of team building and X’s and O’s. The kids loved it. I heard nothing but rave reviews.”

Youngker is in a good position to change the culture, considering 22 of its 32 rostered players are seniors. 

Tue
26
Aug
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Scorpions open season with statement win

TEHRAN THOMAS streaks into the end zone for one of his two rushing touchdowns Friday night. Thomas also passed for two TDs, as the Scorpions dismantled South Mountain, 70-0. View photo by Ray Thomas
TEHRAN THOMAS streaks into the end zone for one of his two rushing touchdowns Friday night. Thomas also passed for two TDs, as the Scorpions dismantled South Mountain, 70-0. View photo by Ray Thomas

Anyone who questioned a dropoff from Desert Edge this year needed to watch just one half of the Scorpions’ opening game against Phoenix South Mountain to see they’re for real again.

Desert Edge, which lost a plethora of skill position players to graduation, was up to its same antics. The Scorpions had three takeaways and amassed 442 yards of total offense in completely dismantling the Jaguars, winning 70-0.

“We wanted to take the fight to them right out of the chute, and I was pleased with that,” Desert Edge coach Rich Wellbrock said.

Desert Edge did exactly that, forcing a fumble from South Mountain on the first play from scrimmage. The Scorpions then scored in one play, as Roshaun Johnson rushed 18 yards to the end zone and it was 7-0 just 17 seconds into the game.

“It really got us going,” senior defensive lineman Jose Marquez said of the quick start. “It was a good feeling, good way to start off the season.”

Tue
26
Aug
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Group to offer free cleats to West Valley youth

The West Valley Youth Sports Commission will host a free youth cleat exchange on Sept. 13 at Friendship Park in Avondale. View photo by Casey Pritchard
The West Valley Youth Sports Commission will host a free youth cleat exchange on Sept. 13 at Friendship Park in Avondale. View photo by Casey Pritchard

The West Valley Youth Sports Commission is holding a free youth cleat exchange from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at Friendship Park in Avondale, 12325 W. McDowell Road.

Children ages 5 to 14 can come to the event to receive a pair of gently used cleats completely free of charge.

Former NFL Super Bowl winner and Tolleson Union High School graduate Mike Bell will be on hand to lead a skills clinic. Bell will also be signing autographs at the conclusion of the event.

Used cleats can be donated at any of the Litchfield Elementary District schools, Lanier Insurance at 9950 W. Van Buren St., Suite 102 in Avondale, and both Avondale Peter Piper Pizza locations, 1463 N. Dysart Road and 10170 W. McDowell Road. Cleats are being accepted until Sep. 10.

Greg and Stacey Johnson, founders of West Valley Youth Sports Commission, wanted to be able to help children alleviate some of the costs of playing flag football.

Tue
26
Aug
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Phoenix ready to tackle tough section with experienced roster

JERRY AGUILAR scampers for a gain last year against Bourgade Catholic. Aguilar returns as the starting quarterback for Tonopah Valley. View file photo
JERRY AGUILAR scampers for a gain last year against Bourgade Catholic. Aguilar returns as the starting quarterback for Tonopah Valley. View file photo

A high school football team with fewer than 10 seniors on the roster would seem to be in trouble regarding experience for the upcoming season. That may be true, but not for Tonopah Valley in 2014.

Tonopah Valley Phoenix are loaded with juniors, many returning with varsity playing experience as sophomores.

“We’re young, mainly up front. We’re junior loaded,” head coach Nick Gehrts said. “We return at least eight or nine on either side of the ball. That helps a lot.”

Tonopah Valley finished 4-6 last year, competing in Division V, Section 2. The Phoenix went 1-4 against section opponents, something Geherts said the team needs to improve upon to bolster their shot for a playoff spot.

“I think we play in the toughest section in the state of Arizona,” Gehrts said. “At one point in time last year, there were four of those schools that were ranked in the top five. I think we have a chance to make the playoffs if everything falls in line.

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.

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