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6A schools honored through all-region teams

TYLER VASKO, 10, of Westview stiff arms a Desert Ridge defender Nov. 4 during the first round of the 6A state playoffs. Vasko was named the Southwest Region Player of the Year after recording 2,055 yards and 23 touchdowns.  View photo by Mike Rincon
TYLER VASKO, 10, of Westview stiff arms a Desert Ridge defender Nov. 4 during the first round of the 6A state playoffs. Vasko was named the Southwest Region Player of the Year after recording 2,055 yards and 23 touchdowns. View photo by Mike Rincon

Vasko named Southwest Region Player of Year

Westview, Millennium, Tolleson and La Joya football each had players named to the Arizona Interscholastic Association's 6A Southwest Conference all-region first and second teams for the 2016 season.

Westview coach Nick Gehrts, Coach of the Year, and running back Tyler Vasko, Player of the Year, were given top honors, and La Joya linebacker Aaron Murphy was voted Defensive Player of the Year.

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Verrado splits 4 games in Scorpion Shootout

EBONY JOHNSON, bottom right, of Verrado battles for the ball Nov. 25 with Gila Ridge’s Kiyah Stewart. The Lady Vipers lost the first two games of the Scorpion Shootout, but won their last two.  View photo by Mike Rincon
EBONY JOHNSON, bottom right, of Verrado battles for the ball Nov. 25 with Gila Ridge’s Kiyah Stewart. The Lady Vipers lost the first two games of the Scorpion Shootout, but won their last two. View photo by Mike Rincon

Lady Vipers build momentum as tournament progresses

Verrado’s girls basketball team had a rough opening day to the Scorpion Shootout Nov. 25-26 at Desert Edge High School, but the Lady Vipers bounced back to win both their games the second day of the tournament, finishing 2-2.

Verrado coach Vernon Beard said the tournament was like a glorified exhibition to help get the girls ready for the power-points games that really matter.

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Lady Owls win tourney consolation title

BROOKE RODGERS, 1, of Agua Fria drives down the court Nov. 25 with the help of a pick from teammate Jerri King on Maricopa’s Clara Morris. Rodgers was the Lady Owls’ third leading scorer as they took the consolation championship of the Scorpion Shootout. View photo by Mike Rincon
BROOKE RODGERS, 1, of Agua Fria drives down the court Nov. 25 with the help of a pick from teammate Jerri King on Maricopa’s Clara Morris. Rodgers was the Lady Owls’ third leading scorer as they took the consolation championship of the Scorpion Shootout. View photo by Mike Rincon

Agua Fria starting 2 sophomores, 1 freshman

Agua Fria’s girls basketball team is young, but that youth has a lot of spark.

The Lady Owls used that to win the consolation championship of the Scorpion Shootout Nov. 25-26 at Desert Edge High School. Agua Fria topped Glendale Copper Canyon 37-28 in the consolation title game.

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Lady Scorpions take 3rd in home tourney

Desert Edge opens season 3-1

Desert Edge kicked off its girls basketball season in fine form Nov. 25-26, taking third place in its home tournament, the Scorpion Shootout.

The Lady Scorpions went 3-1, knocking off Phoenix Thunderbird 37-28 in their third-place game.

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Westview boys off to strong start on hardwood

D’MAURIAN WILLIAMS, right, of Westview drives around Pinnacle’s Spencer Rattler Nov. 25 at Gilbert High School. The Knights made the championship game of the Welcome to the Jungle Holiday Tournament, but lost 73-68 to Pinnacle. View photo by Mike Rincon
D’MAURIAN WILLIAMS, right, of Westview drives around Pinnacle’s Spencer Rattler Nov. 25 at Gilbert High School. The Knights made the championship game of the Welcome to the Jungle Holiday Tournament, but lost 73-68 to Pinnacle. View photo by Mike Rincon

Knights go 3-1, finish 2nd in East Valley tourney

Westview boys basketball kicked off its season by finishing as runners up in the Welcome to the Jungle Holiday Tournament Nov. 21-25 at Gilbert High School.

The Knights went 3-0 in group play, defeating Gilbert Perry 59-57, Gilbert 51-47 and Gilbert Williams Field 67-55.

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D-backs GM makes splash

Hazen bolsters pitching staff with Segura trade

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ new front office is already making waves, like cannonball jumpers into the Chase Field swimming pool.

General Manager Mike Hazen made his first deal for the D-backs last week, picking up pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and relief pitcher Zac Curtis.

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23
Nov
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Agua Fria has 2 athletes sign collegiate letters

BRYCE FOWLER, right, of Agua Fria drives the lane last season against La Joya. Fowler signed his national letter of intent to play collegiate basketball at California State University, Sacramento next year. View photo by Ray Thomas
BRYCE FOWLER, right, of Agua Fria drives the lane last season against La Joya. Fowler signed his national letter of intent to play collegiate basketball at California State University, Sacramento next year. View photo by Ray Thomas

Agua Fria had two athletes sign collegiate letters of intent to play at the next level Nov. 9, the first day of the early signing period.

Bryce Fowler, a forward on the boys basketball team, and Destinee Cabrera, starting shortstop and utility player on the softball team, each committed to schools in a small ceremony in front of family, friends and coaches.

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Nov

Estrella Foothills eager to reach potential

RICKY ROBINSON, 10, of Estrella Foothills drives against Scottsdale Christian last season during the Division III state championship game. The Wolves have two returning starters back, including Robinson, from a team that won 29 games. View photo by Ray Thomas
RICKY ROBINSON, 10, of Estrella Foothills drives against Scottsdale Christian last season during the Division III state championship game. The Wolves have two returning starters back, including Robinson, from a team that won 29 games. View photo by Ray Thomas

by Rafael Alvarez

special to the View

Five points.

That’s the margin Estrella Foothills’ boys basketball team lost by in the Division III state title game last season against Phoenix Scottsdale Christian Academy.

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Nov
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Perez signs at Lindenwood

CEAIRRA PEREZ of Westview sets to throw the ball last season against Shadow Ridge. The Lady Knights’ senior signed a national letter of intent to play at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. View photo by Ray Thomas.
CEAIRRA PEREZ of Westview sets to throw the ball last season against Shadow Ridge. The Lady Knights’ senior signed a national letter of intent to play at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. View photo by Ray Thomas.

Westview softball star off to Missouri school for softball

Westview softball’s Ceairra Perez signed her letter of intent Nov. 9 to play softball at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

Lindenwood is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school that competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

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Nov
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2 Estrella seniors sign with D-I schools

BRI WILBUR (LEFT)  awaits a pitch during the 2016 state softball playoffs.  (Right) Zoey Nelson  hits a forehand shot during a 2015 home tennis match. The Estrella Foothills seniors each signed national letters of intent to play collegiate athletics at Division I schools.
BRI WILBUR (LEFT) awaits a pitch during the 2016 state softball playoffs. (Right) Zoey Nelson hits a forehand shot during a 2015 home tennis match. The Estrella Foothills seniors each signed national letters of intent to play collegiate athletics at Division I schools.

Zoey Nelson to Eastern Washington, Bri Wilbur to Siena

A pair of Estrella’s brightest female stars each signed their national letters of intent Nov. 9 to join Division I colleges next fall.

Zoey Nelson, who was the Arizona Division III state individual tennis champion in 2015, and Bri Wilbur, the Lady Wolves’ slugging softball shortstop, are headed to Eastern Washington University and Siena College, respectively.

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