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24
Apr
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Lady Owls tennis narrowly miss state berth

VICTORIA CORDOVA of Agua Fria lines up her shot against Shadow Ridge Tuesday. Cordova and the Lady Owls lost their final three matches to miss team state, but Cordova will still play in the doubles state tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas
VICTORIA CORDOVA of Agua Fria lines up her shot against Shadow Ridge Tuesday. Cordova and the Lady Owls lost their final three matches to miss team state, but Cordova will still play in the doubles state tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas

A rough ending to the season spoiled a team playoff berth for the Agua Fria girls tennis team.

The Lady Owls dropped their final three section matches to Verrado, Glendale Raymond S. Kellis and Surprise Shadow Ridge, knocking the team from first to fourth in the section standings. All three teams finished ahead of Agua Fria. The top two teams earned an automatic spot in the team state tournament.

Fri
24
Apr
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Estrella ace tosses no-hitter

JOHN BERROTH of Estrella Foothills rounds third base during a game against Youngker at the Goodyear Ballpark last year. Berroth, the Wolves’ ace pitcher, threw a no-hitter against Bourgade Catholic Tuesday, helping Estrella to a 7-0 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas
JOHN BERROTH of Estrella Foothills rounds third base during a game against Youngker at the Goodyear Ballpark last year. Berroth, the Wolves’ ace pitcher, threw a no-hitter against Bourgade Catholic Tuesday, helping Estrella to a 7-0 victory. View photo by Ray Thomas

John Berroth needs just 67 pitches to blank Bourgade

 

John Berroth is not unfamiliar with the feeling of a no-hitter, he just hadn’t done it in a full game.

That was until Tuesday.

Fri
24
Apr
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Youthful Lady Vipers win section crown

HANNAH IZZO of Verrado smacks a forehand during Tuesday’s match against Copper Canyon. Izzo and the Lady Vipers clinched the Division II, Section 2 title and are headed to the state tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas
HANNAH IZZO of Verrado smacks a forehand during Tuesday’s match against Copper Canyon. Izzo and the Lady Vipers clinched the Division II, Section 2 title and are headed to the state tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado girls tennis coach Rachel Hunter lost almost her entire starting six from last year’s team. That didn’t matter.

The Lady Vipers’ youth shined this spring, leading the team to the Division II, Section 2 title and an automatic berth into the state tournament.

Fri
24
Apr
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State singles, doubles tourneys begin today

ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills stares down her opponent before serving the ball at last year’s state tournament. Nelson, who finished third in Division III state last year, is the top-seeded player in this season’s state tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas
ZOEY NELSON of Estrella Foothills stares down her opponent before serving the ball at last year’s state tournament. Nelson, who finished third in Division III state last year, is the top-seeded player in this season’s state tournament. View photo by Ray Thomas

The tennis regular season may be over, but the quest for glory is just heating up.

The singles and doubles state tennis tournaments begin today for all divisions at multiple locations across the Valley. Each school has at least one player in the singles bracket and one team in the doubles tournament.

Both Division I girls tournaments will take place at Gene Autry Sports Complex in Mesa today. The first round for singles play begins at 10:30 a.m. Doubles play starts at 1:30 p.m.

Tue
21
Apr
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Tigers flirting with playoff return

MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium serves the ball during a match last week. The Tigers need to beat North today in order to secure a spot in the team state tournament.
MAXIMO LAWLOR of Millennium serves the ball during a match last week. The Tigers need to beat North today in order to secure a spot in the team state tournament.

Millennium boys tennis lost nearly the entire varsity roster that earned a place in the Division I state playoffs in 2014.

One year later with some fresh faces, the team is knocking on the door to a return appearance.

The Tigers are 9-4 in power-points games, and boast a 9-1 record in section play, tied with Phoenix North for second place. A showdown against North today will determine second place and an automatic berth into the state tournament. The top two teams in each section qualify for the playoffs.

Tue
21
Apr
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Buckeye surprises Youngker coach battling cancer

JACKIE GARCIA, middle, hugs one of Buckeye’s players as they line up to give her flowers April 17 when the Lady Hawks played Youngker, the team Garcia is an assistant coach for. Buckeye was honoring Garcia’s battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with in December.
JACKIE GARCIA, middle, hugs one of Buckeye’s players as they line up to give her flowers April 17 when the Lady Hawks played Youngker, the team Garcia is an assistant coach for. Buckeye was honoring Garcia’s battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with in December.

Buckeye’s game against Youngker April 17 was emotional not just because it was the last home game and senior night, but the Lady Hawks honored Youngker’s assistant coach, Jackie Garcia, who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Tue
21
Apr
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Buckeye tops Youngker, inches closer to state

DUSTIE DURHAM, 5, of Buckeye slides underneath Youngker catcher Chelsea Lovitt to score a third-inning run. Durham had two hits and struck out nine batters while pitching, as the Lady Hawks won 13-2.
DUSTIE DURHAM, 5, of Buckeye slides underneath Youngker catcher Chelsea Lovitt to score a third-inning run. Durham had two hits and struck out nine batters while pitching, as the Lady Hawks won 13-2.
SIERRA MENDOZA of Buckeye looks at the ball after she bunts during the April 17 game against Youngker. Mendoza had three bunt hits for the Lady Hawks, who won 12-3.
SIERRA MENDOZA of Buckeye looks at the ball after she bunts during the April 17 game against Youngker. Mendoza had three bunt hits for the Lady Hawks, who won 12-3.
Senior Adrianna Cordova’s grand slam ends game by mercy rule

Buckeye’s Adrianna Cordova had an extra special senior night.

The Lady Hawks’ catcher ended their April 17 game against Youngker with a grand slam to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving them enough runs for a mercy-rule victory, 13-2.

Tue
21
Apr
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Playoffs go on without Suns … again

For NBA fans, it’s the most exciting time of year. The first-round playoff matchups got underway last weekend, with a quadruple helping of games on each day. Hopefully you were able to squeeze some time to go outside or acknowledge your family.

For the fifth time in a row, the playoffs will go on without the attendance of the Phoenix Suns. It’s slowly morphing into a tradition here in the Valley of the Sun.

Tue
21
Apr
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Walk-off blast lifts D.E. past Verrado

SYDNEY McLEOD of Desert Edge stares into home plate before pitching against Kellis April 3. McLeod hit a three-run, walk-off home run against Verrado April 16, propelling the Lady Scorpions to an 11-8 victory.
SYDNEY McLEOD of Desert Edge stares into home plate before pitching against Kellis April 3. McLeod hit a three-run, walk-off home run against Verrado April 16, propelling the Lady Scorpions to an 11-8 victory.
KATELYN ACTON of Verrado awaits a pitch against Desert Edge April 16. Acton hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Lady Vipers tie the game, but Desert Edge won in the bottom of the seventh, 11-8.
KATELYN ACTON of Verrado awaits a pitch against Desert Edge April 16. Acton hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Lady Vipers tie the game, but Desert Edge won in the bottom of the seventh, 11-8.

Sydney McLeod’s home run puts Lady Scorpions in driver’s seat for section crown

Verrado softball coach Rich Stringer did his best Nostradamus impersonation April 16 against Desert Edge, but his prediction that ultimately came true found his team on the losing end of an important game.

Fri
17
Apr
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Tonopah football wins sportsmanship award

Tonopah Valley might not have had the best team on the football field last season, but the Phoenix excelled in another important area.

The school’s football team received the Division IV Matt O. Hanhila Sportsmanship Award, given by the Arizona Football Officials Association. The award has been presented annually since 1993 to the team in each division that embodies the highest caliber of sportsmanship consistently throughout the season.

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