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Goodyear Ballpark, the Cactus League home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, opened its gates Thursday, Jan. 9, for fans to buy tickets, tour the facility and taste new culinary treats.

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Schools take different approaches to recruiting for their esports programs because there is no defined standard. Esports didn’t exist 20 years ago.

The year 2019 was a great one for prep sports in the West Valley. Several teams and individuals claimed AIA state championships, others racked up statistics and some even 

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Riley Roberts has 19 first-place finishes as a junior track runner at Agua Fria High School last spring. She is a member of the Owls’ star-studded 4x100-meter relay team. The team captured the Division II state title and the school's record with a time of 48:19.

Nahshon Harper, a senior guard for La Joya Community boys’ basketball, hit a layup as time expired, giving the Lobos a 75-74 victory over St. Mary’s and a championship in the Horizon Holiday Hoops Invitational Tournament Final on Saturday night.

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Nine football players from the West Valley were nominated for the Ed Doherty Award, given to the player recognized as the best in Arizona by the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club. Fifty-six Arizona students were nominated for special season-long and single-game performances throughout the foo…

Nine football players from the West Valley View, Glendale Star and Peoria Times coverage-area schools were nominated for the Ed Doherty Award, given to the player recognized as the best in Arizona by the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club. 56 Arizona students were nominated for special season-…

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By the time Kennedy Noble steps on to the Millennium High School campus for her first day of her junior year next August,  she will be returning from the chance almost every young swimmer dreams about.

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Before Sarah Byers and the Verrado High School Swim and Dive program set out on their first season together, they came together to discuss their goals for the year.

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All 140 of the Millennium High School’s marching band members huddled on the field at Mesa Community College on Nov. 10, anxiously waiting to hear what they didn’t expect to hear this season.

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Buckeye’s Odyssey Middle School cross-country program ran the table at the Great Hearts Middle School League Championships on Nov. 9, with both boys’ and girls’ teams taking home first-place prizes.

Desert Edge has a chance to cap its tremendous football season with a championship, as the Scorpions face Gilbert Mesquite in the 2019 AIA Football 4A Conference Championship Final on Friday.

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It was so close — yet so far — for the Millennium girls volleyball team. In the 2019 AIA 5A girls volleyball championship final, Millennium started strong and battled fiercely before losing 25-15, 21-25, 18-25, 25-14 and 14-16.

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Eva Heinz shouldered the No. 1 role for the Desert Edge girls’ golf team in her freshman season. She finished it with a solid showing at the Division II state tournament at the Sonoran Course in Tucson Oct. 28-29.

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Tears of anger and frustration last year flipped to tears of joy for La Joya Community High School football players after a 41-21 victory over Westview on Oct. 25. 

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Most 17-year-old high school students are working, playing sports or preparing for college. Jagger Jones does all that, plus he is a race car driver in the Arizona Lottery 100, K&N Pro Series West Championship.

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After years of narrowly falling in contention for a state championship, the Millennium Tigers volleyball team has a chance to claim a repeat. The Tigers swept Centennial 25-13, 25-20, 25-19 on Saturday to earn a spot in the 2019 AIA 5A Volleyball State Championship match.

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Hugs abounded and some happy tears fell from the faces of La Joya Community Lobos football players after a 41-21 victory over Westview on October 25.

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In the last year, Zack Robinson shed more than 10 strokes from his golf game, which put him into the thick of the 2019 Division II boys’ state tournament.

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In three years as boys’ golf head coach at Estrella Foothills High School, Garth Benson has led the Wolves to two Division II, Section III championship titles.

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Estrella Foothills High School volleyball hosts a “dig pink” event at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.  A rally will help raise funds for breast cancer awareness and treatment.

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Many children dream of becoming a racecar driver and a few Valley kids recently got an upfront look at what it’s like. 

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La Joya Community celebrated its first-ever varsity football win over Westview Friday night, as the Lobos defeated the Knights 41-21 on senior night.

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The roster and coaching staff is about the same as it has been for several years for the Odyssey Institute volleyball team. It is just the results that are different. 

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In the midst of its stretching and warmup drills, Verrado High football coach Shawn Copeland yells, “Family time!” The players slap hands, shout encouragement and greet their teammates and coaches before the hard work of practice begins.

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It is hard to avoid comparisons between Desert Edge senior receiver Jihad Marks and his older brother, Elijah. They wear the same number (10), play the same position, and those who know both players describe their play style as similar, too. Merriam-Webster defines his name as “a crusade for…

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The Millennium Tigers, cheering and hugging each other, stormed the court last November, celebrating the girls’ volleyball state championship that had eluded the group for so long.

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ISM Raceway has introduced its Racing Electronics Family Fun Package to create an easy, turnkey way for families to enjoy an exciting day of racing during the Bluegreen Vacations 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi-Final race.

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The heartening scene that would eventually transpire in the Millennium High School gymnasium on August 24, which saw coaches, players and parents alike sporting “Luvy Strong” T-shirts, started with an unforeseen Twitter message from an unlikely source.

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Warm weather is here, and summer has officially started. That means it’s officially time for obstacle course races. Whether it’s the 12-plus grueling miles of Tough Mudder or the rough obstacles of a Warrior Dash, obstacle course race training has become the cornerstone of fitness for millio…

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The timing felt right for Sarah Byers to finally do this — to finally hand over the keys of her booming club swim program to her assistant coach and accept a high school head coaching gig.

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On Jan. 14, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a “Plan to Cancel Student Debt on Day One of My Presidency.”  Warren would use the US Department of Education’s “broad legal authority” to cancel up to $50,000 of debt on behalf of up to 42 million borrowers.