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In a strange way, baseball bookended the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in Arizona. While the NBA was the first league to act and suspend its season on March 11, 2020, the virus’s ripples were not truly felt in the desert until the remainder of the Cactus League schedule was called off the next day.

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Millennium High School won its third consecutive state title on March 20 against Flowing Wells in the 5A Conference Championship. 

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The sports community across the United States, and in Arizona, is condemning the violence toward Asian Americans, after 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long shot and killed eight people in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian American women, on March 16.

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Shorts, tank tops and swimsuit weather will be here before you know it. Now is the time to get back into your exercise routine, as Fitness in the Park returns to Buckeye’s Sundance Park at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 22.

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When the 2020 baseball season began for Millennium, optimism was high among the team. They were coming off of a successful 2019 season and had their sights set on continuing the momentum. 

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Kendall Todd was one of four athletes from Arizona to compete in the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship this month at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Families, community members and city officials gathered at Old Litchfield Road and Wigwam Boulevard to participate in the 10K, 5K 1K and 1-mile “fun run” for walkers and children. 

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Desert Edge High School senior Dhayven Valentine is one of many athletes who had to improvise so recruiters would notice him. 

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Ringside Unified Fighting, also known as RUF MMA, has signed a content-licensing deal with ONE Championship, a Singapore mixed martial arts promotion company.

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High school football players from around Arizona met in Scottsdale Jan. 9 to celebrate their talent and remember a tumultuous season at the 2020 Ed Doherty Award ceremony.

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There is a new leader of the powerhouse Millennium Tigers girls basketball team. Kevin Thomas was hired in April to coach one of Arizona’s premiere high school basketball programs, after Courtland Rojeck retired following 11 successful seasons.

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Following its final emergency meeting before the winter break, the Arizona Interscholastic Association approved an official starting date of Jan. 18 for winter competition. 

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The West Valley Mavericks were looking forward to hitting the Patriot All-America Golf Invitational’s 10th anniversary milestone this year.

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In what’s becoming somewhat of an annual tradition, the Verrado High School swim and dive program had another remarkable showing at the Division II state tournament, with its boys’ team capturing its first state title and its head coach being named Division II Coach of the Year. 

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The Desert Edge Scorpions romped through the regular season, stinging opponents at will in ringing up an 8-0 record in the pandemic-shortened season.

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The only thing standing in the way of the Millennium girls and a second state title in three years was Cactus Shadows, the only team to defeat the Lady Tigers this year.

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Before this year, NASCAR crowned Cup champions in Miami, home of sunny skies and crowded beaches. This year the crown jewel of the series finished in the desert, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A dynamic NASCAR Championship Weekend in Avondale was capped in fitting style, as underdog Chase Elliott rallied from a last place starting position to cross the Phoenix Raceway finish line first in the Series Finale 500.

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Cactus Quarterback Will Galvin found himself scrambling outside the pocket, running from the Desert Edge defense all night long in the Scorpions' 12-0 win.

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After months of waiting—and days after other teams even played their first regular season games—Avondale’s West Point High football team finally suited up in pads in preparation for its first varsity game.

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Under a new coaching staff, the Desert Edge football team has high expectations this season. After a dominating 56-0 win over Canyon View last week, the Scorpions take on Sandra Day O'Connor High School in the season's second game, Oct. 9.

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After petitioning the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) to play an alternative schedule for the fall, the Phoenix Union High School District and the Tolleson Union High School District agreed to play football and girls volleyball together.

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Summer baseball in the West Valley has returned, albeit under strict and unprecedented safety and health protocols.

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The Arizona Interscholastic Association recently ruled that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no competition will be played until further notice. Seasons were halted with little notice.

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Athletes and fans alike fear that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo may be canceled or postponed because of COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease that has killed more than 3,200 people around the world.

Throughout baseball’s online fan community, Jimmy O’ Brien (aka @Jomboy), Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) and other notable social media personalities have reignited baseball’s cultural relevance and rekindled interest in the game among casual fans. Their work is a form of grassroots marketing…

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Around 150 high school football players, recognized as some of the most talented in the state, flocked to the Williams Field High School football field in Gilbert on Feb. 23 to compete in a regional stop of the Under Armour All-America Camp Series.

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Julie Giese, the president of Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, spoke about the latest updates of the track at a Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce breakfast event last week.

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