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Fri
21
Nov
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Youth to carry Lady Knights

SAYLAIR GRANDON of Westview plays defense during last year’s Division I state championship game. Grandon, who averaged 11.3 points per game last season, is one of the Lady Knights’ key returnees.
SAYLAIR GRANDON of Westview plays defense during last year’s Division I state championship game. Grandon, who averaged 11.3 points per game last season, is one of the Lady Knights’ key returnees.

7 seniors gone from state runner-up team

For the second time in the last eight years, Westview’s girls basketball team again tasted defeat in the Division I state championship game in 2014.

The sixth-seeded Lady Knights fell to Phoenix Desert Vista in the final, 53-37. Westview’s previous experience with a state final game came in Class 5A-II in 2007, where the Lady Knights came up short against rival Tolleson.

Fri
21
Nov
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Lady Tigers look to return to playoffs

ARI FLORES of Millennium tries to win a 50-50 ball against Liberty last season. Flores, a senior, is one of the veteran Lady Tiger soccer players.
ARI FLORES of Millennium tries to win a 50-50 ball against Liberty last season. Flores, a senior, is one of the veteran Lady Tiger soccer players.

Millennium’s girls soccer team will look to advance past the first round of the Division I playoffs with some new faces on the squad for the 2014-15 season.

We lost a decent size senior group, and a keeper,” Millennium coach John Shalongo said. “It’s one of those years. I don’t know if it’s rebuilding. I would probably qualify it a little bit as rebuilding.”

Fri
21
Nov
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D.E. softball players sign with various colleges

ARI SAMANIEGO of Desert Edge swings at a pitch during a game last season. Samaniego signed to play collegiately at Northern Colorado University.
ARI SAMANIEGO of Desert Edge swings at a pitch during a game last season. Samaniego signed to play collegiately at Northern Colorado University.
JAYMEE LAWTON  of Desert Edge fires to first during a game in April. Lawton, who plays shortstop, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Utah Valley University next year. Lawton batted .633 with 17 doubles for Desert Edge last season.
JAYMEE LAWTON of Desert Edge fires to first during a game in April. Lawton, who plays shortstop, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Utah Valley University next year. Lawton batted .633 with 17 doubles for Desert Edge last season.

Three Desert Edge softball athletes signed their national letters of intent last week, booking their tickets to play at the next level.

Catcher Ari Samaniego signed with the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, while shortstop Jaymee Lawton penned her name in at Utah Valley University in Orem. First baseman Erika Houle will be staying local, going to Paradise Valley Community College.

Fri
21
Nov
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Verrado softball stars sign letters of intent

Shea Smith fields a ground ball against Desert Edge during an April game. The twin sisters signed national letters of intent to play at Grand Canyon University.
Shea Smith fields a ground ball against Desert Edge during an April game. The twin sisters signed national letters of intent to play at Grand Canyon University.
SIERRA SMITH  of Verrado catches a ball in centerfield during the Division II state softball tournament in May.
SIERRA SMITH of Verrado catches a ball in centerfield during the Division II state softball tournament in May.
ALEX SONOQUI of Verrado swings at a pitch against Westview in March. This week Sonoqui signed a national letter of intent to attend Northern Colorado University.
ALEX SONOQUI of Verrado swings at a pitch against Westview in March. This week Sonoqui signed a national letter of intent to attend Northern Colorado University.

Verrado has made a name for itself in softball over the past two seasons, and players are reaping the rewards of that.

After four girls moved on to play collegiately this school year, three more Lady Vipers players signed national letters of intent Monday to participate in Division I programs next school year.

Tue
18
Nov
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The playoff? Almost there

Shane McOwenFor ages, it seemed like there were three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the absence of a playoff system at college football’s highest level.

Well, it’s finally here and we’re right in the thick of things.

Tue
18
Nov
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Bulldogs take bite out of Scorpions

WESTON BARLOW, 33, of Queen Creek gets swallowed up by a gang of Desert Edge defenders, including Stevan Sandoval, 6, and Derek Edgin, 45. Barlow had a monster game for the visiting Bulldogs, rushing for 298 yards and six touchdowns on 34 carries as Queen Creek won, 49-14.
WESTON BARLOW, 33, of Queen Creek gets swallowed up by a gang of Desert Edge defenders, including Stevan Sandoval, 6, and Derek Edgin, 45. Barlow had a monster game for the visiting Bulldogs, rushing for 298 yards and six touchdowns on 34 carries as Queen Creek won, 49-14.
TEHRAN THOMAS of Desert Edge tries to get around a Queen Creek tackler during Friday night’s game. The Scorpions’ quarterback rushed for 109 yards and threw for 78, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bulldogs.
TEHRAN THOMAS of Desert Edge tries to get around a Queen Creek tackler during Friday night’s game. The Scorpions’ quarterback rushed for 109 yards and threw for 78, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bulldogs.
ROCKY PEREZ of Desert Edge leaps to avoid the tackle of a Queen Creek defender during a kick return Friday night. The Scorpions were manhandled by the Bulldogs in the Division III quarterfinals, losing 49-14.
ROCKY PEREZ of Desert Edge leaps to avoid the tackle of a Queen Creek defender during a kick return Friday night. The Scorpions were manhandled by the Bulldogs in the Division III quarterfinals, losing 49-14.

Queen Creek scores early and often in rout of D.E.

For the second time in three seasons Desert Edge’s year was ended by Queen Creek, but this time it wasn’t close.

Fifth-seeded Queen Creek, which beat the Scorpions, 9-7, in the 2012 state championship game, dismantled No. 4 Desert Edge in Friday’s Division III quarterfinals, 49-14.

Tue
18
Nov
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Local girl chosen as Suns Ball Kid

LORRAINE SALGADO of Westview holds a basketball while wearing her Suns shirt. Salgado was chosen by the Phoenix Suns as a Suns Ball Kid for the 2014-15 NBA season.
LORRAINE SALGADO of Westview holds a basketball while wearing her Suns shirt. Salgado was chosen by the Phoenix Suns as a Suns Ball Kid for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Sports teams often talk about how a total team effort is needed to be successful. Professional teams talk about how a total organizational effort is needed to achieve lofty goals.

Lorraine Salgado is doing her part for the Phoenix Suns.

The Westview High School student was selected to be an official Suns Ball Kid for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Tue
18
Nov
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Wolves close, but lose to River Valley again

MASON BENFIELD of Estrella Foothills leaps to make a catch against River Valley Oct. 17. The Wolves played River Valley again on Saturday in the Division IV state quarterfinals, losing 21-14.
MASON BENFIELD of Estrella Foothills leaps to make a catch against River Valley Oct. 17. The Wolves played River Valley again on Saturday in the Division IV state quarterfinals, losing 21-14.

Dropped passes spoil chance to tie game in 4th quarter

For the second time this season Estrella Foothills battled toe-to-toe with Mohave Valley River Valley, but on both occasions the Wolves came up just short.

Following a 42-40 loss to the Dust Devils on Oct. 17, Estrella got another crack against them, this time in Saturday’s Division IV state quarterfinals. The result was a 21-14 River Valley win.

Thu
13
Nov
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Strong seasons end early

 
Verrado and Buckeye each lost first-round games in the Division III state football playoffs, but nine- and eight-win seasons, respectively, give both teams plenty to look forward to in the future.
Ninth-seeded Verrado traveled to Tucson Canyon del Oro and lost 38-21, while No. 15 Buckeye had to play at Gilbert Williams Field, falling 49-14.
Verrado coach Derek Wahlstrom said it was absolutely a satisfying season, despite the disappointment of losing in the first round.
“At the end of the year, you go 9-2, you make the playoffs for the first time in school history, we accomplished so many things,” Wahlstrom said. “You’ve got to be proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our young men this year.”
Buckeye coach Kelley Moore was pleased with the personal strides his team made as young men, he said.
Thu
13
Nov
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W. Valley swimmers make splash at state

KENYA McCRAY of Agua Fria swims the butterfly earlier this year. McCray was fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle at the Division II state swimming and diving championships Nov. 7-8 at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa. McCray’s sister, Eboni, placed second in that event.  View photo by Ray Thomas
KENYA McCRAY of Agua Fria swims the butterfly earlier this year. McCray was fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle at the Division II state swimming and diving championships Nov. 7-8 at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa. McCray’s sister, Eboni, placed second in that event. View photo by Ray Thomas

Several West Valley teams made a splash at this year’s Arizona State Swimming and Diving Championships Nov. 7-8 at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa.

Millennium sent swimmers on both the preliminaries and finals days in Division I, while Agua Fria, Buckeye, Desert Edge, Estrella Foothills, Tolleson, Verrado and Youngker had at least one competitor in the Division II meet.

Millennium’s girls team scored 14 points to place 22nd overall at the meet. Scottsdale Chaparral won state with a score of 365.5.

“I felt we definitely improved over last year as a team,” Millennium coach Sean Feinerman said. “Last year, we only had one point scored on the girls’ side, and we had 14 this year.

Millennium had one relay team and one individual swimmer make it to the finals races on Saturday.

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