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‘Super’ Steelers take home national title

FAR WEST STEELERS players take a team photo in Kissimmee, Fla., during the Pop Warner Super Bowl Dec. 3-10. The Steelers, made up of players 10 and 11 years old, won the Junior Pee Wee division championship. Submitted photo
FAR WEST STEELERS players take a team photo in Kissimmee, Fla., during the Pop Warner Super Bowl Dec. 3-10. The Steelers, made up of players 10 and 11 years old, won the Junior Pee Wee division championship. Submitted photo

The Far West Steelers proved their worth against the best of the best during the Pop Warner Super Bowl Dec. 3-10 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Steelers, made up of 22 players who are all 10 and 11 years old, won three games in Florida to capture the team’s first National Championship, beating the Virginia Beach Mustangs, 22-14, in the Junior Pee Wee division final.

Wed
18
Jan
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Lady Wolves suffer 1st loss of year

HALEE YEAGER, left, of Estrella Foothills crashes to the ground Jan. 12 after being fouled by Higley’s Grace Trejo. The foul could have resulted in a PK, but instead was ruled a free kick outside the box. The Lady Wolves lost 2-1 for their first defeat of the season. View photo by Mike Rincon
HALEE YEAGER, left, of Estrella Foothills crashes to the ground Jan. 12 after being fouled by Higley’s Grace Trejo. The foul could have resulted in a PK, but instead was ruled a free kick outside the box. The Lady Wolves lost 2-1 for their first defeat of the season. View photo by Mike Rincon

Pair of free-kick goals doom Estrella Foothills in 2-1 defeat to Higley

Estrella Foothills’ girls soccer team was riding an 11-game winning streak into its Jan. 12 matchup with Gilbert Higley, the toughest opponent the Lady Wolves have faced to date. Estrella showed promise in dominating time of possession, but a pair of free-kick goals were the Lady Wolves’ demise in a 2-1 loss.

We’re good,” Estrella coach Rosie Gonzalez said. “We win and we lose as champions. We had momentum the whole game.”

Wed
18
Jan
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Wolverines wrestlers learning on the job

JABREEL EDWARDS, right, of Tolleson puts Alhambra’s Josh Nance in a guillotine choke Jan. 11 during a meet at Tolleson. Edwards won by pinfall in the 220-pound matchup. View photo by Ray Thomas
JABREEL EDWARDS, right, of Tolleson puts Alhambra’s Josh Nance in a guillotine choke Jan. 11 during a meet at Tolleson. Edwards won by pinfall in the 220-pound matchup. View photo by Ray Thomas

Young Tolleson team showing growth on the mat

Tolleson wrestling is navigating a bit of a transition year with a roster heavy on underclassmen, head coach John Padilla said.

It’s a learning curve,” Padilla said. “I’m really pleased with the kids who’ve stuck with it. They’ve done really well. They’ve picked up a lot, their effort has been good. The older guys, we’re lucky the older guys are our heavyweights. They’re our leaders.”

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18
Jan
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Tigers smash Wolverines

KAREEM SHARP, left, of Tolleson and Millennium’s Eric Fahy watch the ball carom away Jan. 13 after battling for a rebound. The Tigers outscored the Wolverines by 14 points in the second quarter and won 69-49. View photo by Mike Rincon
KAREEM SHARP, left, of Tolleson and Millennium’s Eric Fahy watch the ball carom away Jan. 13 after battling for a rebound. The Tigers outscored the Wolverines by 14 points in the second quarter and won 69-49. View photo by Mike Rincon

Millennium’s full-court press proved too much for Tolleson to handle in the teams' boys basketball region matchup Jan. 13, as the Tigers blew past the Wolverines 69-49.

The Tigers’ aggressive defense was the catalyst in stretching the team’s lead from four points early in the second quarter to 18 by halftime.

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18
Jan
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Undefeated Tolleson soccer continues rolling

MOISES PALACIOS, middle, of Tolleson streaks in on goal Jan. 12 against Valley Vista. Palacios had one of the Wolverines’ nine goals in a 9-0 blanking of the Monsoon. View photo by Ray Thomas
MOISES PALACIOS, middle, of Tolleson streaks in on goal Jan. 12 against Valley Vista. Palacios had one of the Wolverines’ nine goals in a 9-0 blanking of the Monsoon. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolverines have outscored opponents 77-9 in 12 games

Feb. 6, 2016.

That’s the last time Tolleson’s boys soccer team lost a match — in the quarterfinal round of last season’s state tournament.

The Wolverines have passed every test they’ve faced so far this season, to the tune of a 12-0 record. Even an extended layoff — 23 days between games — couldn’t derail Tolleson’s superb form.

Wed
18
Jan
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Desert Edge football hires Jose Lucero as new coach

Scorpions’ 6-year offensive coordinator returns

Desert Edge didn’t look far to find a replacement for its vacant head football coaching position.

Jose Lucero, who was the Scorpions’ offensive coordinator for six years under Rich Wellbrock, is returning as the head coach after spending one year at the helm of Phoenix North Canyon. The position became official after approval at the Agua Fria Union High School District’s Jan. 11 board meeting.

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18
Jan
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Desert Edge dominant in win over Agua Fria

MACKENZIE KINSEL, left, of Desert Edge battles for the ball Jan. 13 with Agua Fria’s Brooke Rodgers. Kinsel scored 20 points for the Lady Scorpions as they beat the Lady Owls 57-31. View photo by Ray Thomas
MACKENZIE KINSEL, left, of Desert Edge battles for the ball Jan. 13 with Agua Fria’s Brooke Rodgers. Kinsel scored 20 points for the Lady Scorpions as they beat the Lady Owls 57-31. View photo by Ray Thomas

Strong start fuels Lady Scorpions’ 26-point victory

Desert Edge’s girls basketball team was hot from the start of its 5A Desert West Region clash Jan. 13 against district sister school Agua Fria. The Lady Scorpions used a 23-point first quarter to propel them to a 57-31 victory.

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18
Jan
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Knights top Lobos in top of region clash

D’MAURIAN WILLIAMS of Westview goes up for a first-quarter slam dunk Jan. 10 in a game against La Joya. Williams scored 38 points to pace the Knights to an 82-75 victory over the Lobos. View photo by Ray Thomas
D’MAURIAN WILLIAMS of Westview goes up for a first-quarter slam dunk Jan. 10 in a game against La Joya. Williams scored 38 points to pace the Knights to an 82-75 victory over the Lobos. View photo by Ray Thomas

Westview’s Williams scores 38; win streak at 15

Westview boys basketball kept its perfect power-points record in tact Jan. 10 with an 82-75 home win over region rival La Joya.

The Knights broke a 35-35 deadlock at halftime, fueled by a monster game from D’maurian Williams to pull away for their 14th consecutive victory to move to 16-1 on the season. Westview won again Jan. 13 against Surprise Valley Vista to move to 17-1.

Wed
11
Jan
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Strong 2nd quarter propels Estrella past Youngker

CLARIBEL LOPEZ, right, of Youngker drives toward the hoop Dec. 3 against Estrella Foothills’ Lily Mika. The Lady Wolves outscored the Lady Roughriders by 22 points in the second quarter en route to an 83-45 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas
CLARIBEL LOPEZ, right, of Youngker drives toward the hoop Dec. 3 against Estrella Foothills’ Lily Mika. The Lady Wolves outscored the Lady Roughriders by 22 points in the second quarter en route to an 83-45 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

Lady Wolves’ defense suffocates Lady Riders in early going

Estrella Foothills girls basketball kicked off 4A Southwest Region play Jan. 3 on a high note, beating Youngker soundly at home.

The Lady Wolves used an intense full-court press to create steals and buckets the other way. The end result was an 83-45 victory.

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11
Jan
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Estrella wrestlers building for future

WYATT POWE, right, of Estrella Foothills wraps up Anthony Jett of Shadow Ridge Jan. 4 during a home meet. Powe won his 220-pound match by pinfall at 3:17. View photo by Ray Thomas
WYATT POWE, right, of Estrella Foothills wraps up Anthony Jett of Shadow Ridge Jan. 4 during a home meet. Powe won his 220-pound match by pinfall at 3:17. View photo by Ray Thomas

Wolves lose big against Shadow Ridge

Estrella Foothills didn’t fare well in its only home wrestling match of the season.

The Jan. 4 four-school dual meet turned into just two teams because Phoenix North Canyon decided not to participate during its winter break, and Peoria had athletes involved in a car accident during lunch the day of the meet, so it also canceled.

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