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Howler the Coyote has been hyping up fans since the 2005 season, and it’s clear his popularity hasn’t waned, according to a recent survey from Play Canada that ranked him the third-best mascot in the NHL. 

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Bicycle enthusiasts of all levels can participate in Avondale’s annual half-metric bike ride. Cycle Avondale Presented by Avondale Toyota on Sunday, Oct. 24, is an official USA Cycling-permitted event.

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From COVID-19 restrictions to injuries, Verrado High School’s football team endured a rough season last year. 

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As if being a math teacher and a football coach at Millennium High School wasn’t enough for 26-year-old Matthew Humphries, he decided to add Ironman to his list of accomplishments. 

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The Coyotes moved on from captain and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, along with fan-favorite forward Conor Garland, in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on July 23.

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Buckeye Union High School’s 4-x-100-meter team is headed to the Outdoor Nationals, a track and field high school national championship event at the University of Oregon from June 30 to July 3.

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The Off-Road Expo Arizona will have a new home in 2021 as the event heads to Phoenix Raceway in Avondale Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12.

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Boxing is ingrained into Breenan “Bfly” Macias’ DNA. The Verrado High School graduate has boxed since he was just 7 years old. 

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The city of Avondale, Avondale Toyota and Phoenix Raceway will host the largest tailgate fireworks experience in the Southwest Valley on Independence Day.

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Marvin “The Italian Dream” Vettori is confident about his sold-out Saturday, June 12, UFC match against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at Gila River Arena. 

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Alfredo Escarcega Jr. has wanted to be a boxer since he put on gloves for the first time in the third grade.  

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For three and a half years, Goodyear Recreation Superintendent Michael Beadle has been training for a potential new role: American Ninja Warrior. It all started with a simple question: “Can you do that?”

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After an 11-0 regular season and a first-round victory, Estrella Foothills’ boys tennis team is readying for the state tournament’s quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 5, as the No. 2 seed in its division. Third-year coach Devin Gable credits the team’s depth for its success.

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Courtney Cardoza recently made history by becoming the first Millennium High School state champion wrestler, as well as the only women’s grappler to take the top spot in the Agua Fria Union High School District. She can barely maintain her excitement.

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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.

In Case You Missed It...

When President George H.W. Bush looked at his watch during the second debate of the 1992 campaign, it probably ensured his “second-place finish” on Election Day. The gesture expressed  disinterest, even if that wasn’t the intent.

If you go back to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, January of last year, you discover that in this state so far, we have lost 36 young people to this stinking virus. Three dozen in 20 months. Every loss like this is tragic, but such losses also demand perspective.