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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.

On the surface, Millennium’s 96-50 win over McClintock on Friday in the 5A quarterfinal round in boys’ basketball seemed like an easy victory. But, according to coach Ty Amundsen, nothing at this level comes without its challenges.

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Jihad Marks caught 99 balls for the Desert Edge High Scorpions and led Arizona with 1,716 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns en route to a 4A championship game appearance.

Jihad Marks caught 99 balls for the Desert Edge High Scorpions and led Arizona with 1,716 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns en route to a 4A championship game appearance.

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Before most players in the National Football League wore a pro jersey, they had to put on a college jersey. Still, before they wore their college colors proudly, they donned a high school jersey. Yet - many wore youth football jerseys.

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The Millennium High School boys basketball team defeated Barry Goldwater 112-41 last Tuesday, but the resounding victory was hardly the main talking point among the Tigers after the final buzzer.

The Millennium boys’ basketball team defeated Barry Goldwater 112-41 on Tuesday, but the resounding victory was hardly main talking point among the Tigers after the final buzzer.

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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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