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Fri
28
Aug
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La Joya girls golf setting foundation

KATHERINE RETANA, of La Joya, eyes the cup before hitting a putt on the 16th hole at Southern Ridge Golf Club. Retana is the only returning player for the Lady Lobos. View photo by Ray Thomas
KATHERINE RETANA, of La Joya, eyes the cup before hitting a putt on the 16th hole at Southern Ridge Golf Club. Retana is the only returning player for the Lady Lobos. View photo by Ray Thomas

1 returner, 3 new players fill out roster for Lady Lobos

There might not be a lot of experience to go around for the La Joya girls golf team this season, but the girls are working hard to pick it up and are hungry for more.

The four girls on the squad have a combined one year of experience on the team. Three girls hadn't so much as picked up a club prior to joining the team. La Joya coach Zak Kovach said inexperience hasn't deterred the girls from getting after it everyday and striving to get better.

Fri
28
Aug
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Serrato perseveres, lands at Wagner College

LAUREN SERRATO, a Verrado graduate, makes a play from second base during the 2013 state tournament. Serrato overcame two knee surgeries to earn a softball scholarship to Wagner College in New York. View photo by Ray Thomas
LAUREN SERRATO, a Verrado graduate, makes a play from second base during the 2013 state tournament. Serrato overcame two knee surgeries to earn a softball scholarship to Wagner College in New York. View photo by Ray Thomas

Verrado grad battles past knee injury to fulfill dream

If battling back from one knee injury wasn’t hard enough, try doing it twice.

That was the dilemma facing Verrado graduate Lauren Serrato her junior year of high school. The journey was long and hard, with bumps along the way, but Serrato pushed through it and recently earned a scholarship to Wagner College in New York.

Fri
28
Aug
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Buckeye coach ‘excited’ about cross country season

GUILLERMO RIOS, Buckeye’s top runner, competes in a meet at Sierra Linda last season. View photo
GUILLERMO RIOS, Buckeye’s top runner, competes in a meet at Sierra Linda last season. View photo

Boys team eyes return trip to state tournament

The Buckeye boys cross country team had a breakthrough in 2014, making the state tournament for the first time in 29 years. This season, the boys team intends to make bigger strides, coach Pat Maddux said.

We’re really excited because of the work ethic of these kids, the youth, and they get it,” Maddux said. “It’s going to be interesting. We’re really excited, and we’ve got good numbers.”

Fri
28
Aug
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Millennium ready to bounce back

J.J. GAYLES of Millennium carries the ball against Westview last season. Gayles had 16 carries for 98 yards in the season opener against Mesquite, and will look to help the Tigers’ offense against Mountain Ridge tonight. View photo
J.J. GAYLES of Millennium carries the ball against Westview last season. Gayles had 16 carries for 98 yards in the season opener against Mesquite, and will look to help the Tigers’ offense against Mountain Ridge tonight. View photo

Tigers eager to grow from mistakes in season opener

 

Millennium football might have taken one off the chin in its season opener against Gilbert Mesquite, losing 42-7 Aug. 21, but coach Jason Randels is confident his team can learn from its mistakes moving forward, he said.

The Tigers' biggest issue coming into the season was their inexperience on both sides of the ball, and it showed against Mesquite, Randels said.

Tue
25
Aug
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Knights drop season opener to Skyline

ALEC WILLIAMS, center, of Westview prepares to hike the football during the Knights’ game against Skyline Aug. 21. Westview lost, 35-29. View photo by Jordan Christopher
ALEC WILLIAMS, center, of Westview prepares to hike the football during the Knights’ game against Skyline Aug. 21. Westview lost, 35-29. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Westview loses first home game since 2013

Westview held tough, but dropped its season opening game to Mesa Skyline, 35-29, Aug. 21.

The Knights never held the lead in the game, but also never trailed by more than one score before tying the game 29-29 early in the fourth quarter. Skyline broke the tie with about four minutes remaining with a touchdown. The Coyotes missed the extra point, but the score stood until the final whistle, 35-29.

Tue
25
Aug
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Crossing the safety line

Last week, New York Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell was hit in the face with a line drive. He left the game with a bloody towel over his face, suffering a nasal fracture.

Sports talk shows immediately began discussing how to make pitchers safer so incidents like this don’t occur. I agree that this is terrible, but how far can Major League Baseball go to protect its pitchers without spoiling the integrity of the game?

Fri
21
Aug
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Desert Edge anxious to kick off season

QUARTERBACK TEHRAN THOMAS of Desert Edge runs with the ball against Queen Creek in the Division III state quarterfinals last season. Thomas, coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,598 yards and passed for 1,363, will lead the Scorpions against Catalina Foothills at 7 tonight at Glendale Community College in the first game of the season.  View photo by Ray Thomas
QUARTERBACK TEHRAN THOMAS of Desert Edge runs with the ball against Queen Creek in the Division III state quarterfinals last season. Thomas, coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,598 yards and passed for 1,363, will lead the Scorpions against Catalina Foothills at 7 tonight at Glendale Community College in the first game of the season. View photo by Ray Thomas

Game to be played at Glendale Community College

Desert Edge’s 2014 season ended abruptly in the Division III state quarterfinals, but after a long offseason and hot summer full of passing leagues and weight training, the Scorpions are ready to get going and see if they can improve upon last year’s 10-2 mark.

Fri
21
Aug
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Experienced coach working to improve Youngker

JALEN WILLIS of Youngker runs through some agility drills during practice Aug. 13. Willis and the Roughriders kick off their season Aug. 28 with new coach Kelly Epley leading the way. View photo by Ray Thomas
JALEN WILLIS of Youngker runs through some agility drills during practice Aug. 13. Willis and the Roughriders kick off their season Aug. 28 with new coach Kelly Epley leading the way. View photo by Ray Thomas

Kelly Epley implementing structure to Roughriders

Kelly Epley has been around the block coaching football in Arizona. Now, he’s looking to make Youngker a household name in the state.

Fri
21
Aug
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Ready for football?

The 2015 football campaign has finally arrived. Personally, it’s one of the most exciting times of year to be covering high school sports. Arizona high school football is evolving, and athletes are getting bigger and faster, which makes the game much more fun to watch.

Tue
18
Aug
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Agua Fria ready to bounce back in 2015

CHRIS COFIELD, right, carries the ball during Agua Fria’s practice Aug. 12. View photo by Ray Thomas
CHRIS COFIELD, right, carries the ball during Agua Fria’s practice Aug. 12. View photo by Ray Thomas

Schedule
(all games start 7 p.m.)

Aug. 28 at Maricopa
Sept. 4 Tolleson
Sept. 11 Raymond S. Kellis
Sept. 18 at Washington
Sept. 25 Sunrise Mountain
Oct. 2 at Buckeye
Oct. 9 Sierra Linda
Oct. 16 Desert Edge
Oct. 23 at Verrado
Oct. 30 at La Joya

Division and Section: Division III, Section V

Coach: Tony Cluff (third year at Agua Fria, 8-13)

2014 record: 3-7

Key personnel losses: Radier Diaz, Michael Peoples, Steven Medrano, Patrick Nason, Tristan Rainey, Josh Rinehart and Tyrell Thomas

Key returnees: Chris Cofield, Jaylon Green and Griffin Roehler

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