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When absence means guilt

Steelers’ Bell suspended because of a no-show

Guilt is a funny thing.

According to the letter of the law, you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. But when you’re the NFL, you get to make up your own rules.

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Former L.P. resident heading to Olympics

DEVON ALLEN, left, of Litchfield Park competes in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July at the University of Oregon. Allen won his heat with a time of 13.03 seconds, qualifying him for the U.S. Olympic team competing in Rio de Janeiro in August. Submitted photo by August Frank
DEVON ALLEN, left, of Litchfield Park competes in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July at the University of Oregon. Allen won his heat with a time of 13.03 seconds, qualifying him for the U.S. Olympic team competing in Rio de Janeiro in August. Submitted photo by August Frank

Devon Allen wins 110-meter hurdles at U.S. Olympic Trials

Litchfield Park resident Louis Allen has a lot to be proud of in his son Devon Allen.

Devon recently won the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, running it in 13.03 seconds. The victory qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Team, where he’ll compete in Rio de Janeiro next month.

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Lady Tigers ready to roar in 6A

JESSICA VASTINE of Millennium returns a ball against Notre Dame Prep in the D-II state championship game Nov. 10, 2015. The Lady Tigers have big goals in 2016, as the team returns every player from last season’s squad. View photo by Ray Thomas
JESSICA VASTINE of Millennium returns a ball against Notre Dame Prep in the D-II state championship game Nov. 10, 2015. The Lady Tigers have big goals in 2016, as the team returns every player from last season’s squad. View photo by Ray Thomas

Millennium volleyball’s fantastic 2015 season ended on a sour note, as the Lady Tigers dropped the Division II state championship game to Scottsdale Notre Dame in straight sets, 3-0.

The Lady Tigers are now in the highest conference, 6A, but are poised to make another run with the entire team returning to the fray.

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Tehran Thomas commits to UC Davis

TEHRAN THOMAS of Desert Edge looks to make a cut against a Paradise Valley defender in the Division II state championship game Nov. 28, 2015 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. Thomas, who led the Scorpions to the title, has signed on to play football at the University of California at Davis. View photo by Ray Thomas
TEHRAN THOMAS of Desert Edge looks to make a cut against a Paradise Valley defender in the Division II state championship game Nov. 28, 2015 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. Thomas, who led the Scorpions to the title, has signed on to play football at the University of California at Davis. View photo by Ray Thomas

Desert Edge quarterback to play running back at D-II school

Tehran Thomas has done some magnificent things for Desert Edge over the past two seasons — one look at the highlight reel from last year’s Division III state championship game is all you need to see. Now, he’ll get an opportunity to display those same football talents at the collegiate level.

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Shelby Miller, we hardly knew ya

D-backs starter making case for worst pitcher in franchise history

The end is near.

Those words are usually plastered on some kook’s sign, prophesying the end of days. They might actually be right this time, because the Arizona Diamondbacks finally made a smart roster move. Egad!

The Diamondbacks optioned starting pitcher Shelby Miller to Triple-A Reno July 14 after a horrendous first half of the season.

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Sports are back – how I missed thee

Baseball’s all-star break makes for longest week of year

Last week was extraordinarily long. Not in the number of days, obviously, but for anyone who has an interest in sports. There were no games.

OK, there was the baseball all-star game — and a couple MLS and WNBA games, but who’s watching those?

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Butler named Agua Fria athletic director

TIM BUTLER, left, points to the court during a boys basketball game he coached at Verrado in 2011. Butler was hired at Agua Fria to be the school’s athletic director. View photo by Ray Thomas
TIM BUTLER, left, points to the court during a boys basketball game he coached at Verrado in 2011. Butler was hired at Agua Fria to be the school’s athletic director. View photo by Ray Thomas

Former Tigers, Vipers basketball coach takes on administrative role

Agua Fria has hired a new athletic director for the 2016-17 school year, and he’s a familiar face around the district.

Tim Butler, who has spent time at Millennium and Verrado, both Agua Fria Union District schools, will replace Ryan Ridenour, who left Agua Fria following the conclusion of the school year for a job in the East Valley.

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Local players pace travel team to regionals

ANDREW COLEMAN of Verrado catches the ball at second base May 3 during the Division II state tournament. Coleman is a member of the AZ PROspects team that won the Babe Ruth Arizona State Championship for 15-and-under teams.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDREW COLEMAN of Verrado catches the ball at second base May 3 during the Division II state tournament. Coleman is a member of the AZ PROspects team that won the Babe Ruth Arizona State Championship for 15-and-under teams. View photo by Ray Thomas

AZ PROspects win Babe Ruth league state title

A West Valley youth travel baseball team is on its way to California after capturing the Babe Ruth Arizona State Championship.

The AZ PROspects, a 15-year-old and under travel team, swept through the Arizona finals in the Surprise Babe Ruth League, earning a place in the Western Regionals in Santa Maria, Calif. The PROspects’ roster is dotted with Millennium and Verrado players, and two Verrado assistant coaches: Enrique Cotto and Rocky King.

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Pair of Hawks soar into college baseball

RANDEN GARRISON of Buckeye anticipates a play May 28 during the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Division IV/V All-Star Game. Garrison will play college baseball at Arizona Christian University next year.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDREW ROQUE of Buckeye runs between first and second base May 28 during the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Division IV/V All-Star Game. Roque is going to Pasadena City College next year to play baseball.  View photo by Ray Thomas
ANDREW ROQUE of Buckeye runs between first and second base May 28 during the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Division IV/V All-Star Game. Roque is going to Pasadena City College next year to play baseball. View photo by Ray Thomas

Randen Garrison heading to ACU, Andrew Roque to Pasadena City College

Buckeye’s baseball team had a sensational season in 2016, making it to the Division IV state semifinals. Two of its impactful seniors are reaping rewards from the successful run.

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Buckeye teen excels in pool after liver transplant

MAIA THOMPSON of Buckeye swims the butterfly July 12 at The Center on Main pool in Buckeye. Maia had a liver transplant last September, and last month finished top three in a pair of swimming events for her age division at the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland. View photo by Jordan Christopher
MAIA THOMPSON of Buckeye swims the butterfly July 12 at The Center on Main pool in Buckeye. Maia had a liver transplant last September, and last month finished top three in a pair of swimming events for her age division at the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Maia Thompson loves to swim, but the 13-year-old Buckeye resident’s best race wasn’t in the pool. It was for her life.

After returning home from a camping trip to the Grand Canyon last summer, Maia wasn’t feeling well. Her mother, Christine, thought it was just vacation fatigue.

She was super tired and having a hard time keeping her eyes open in class,” Christine said. “I said, ‘Which one?’ and she said, ‘Every one.’”

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