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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 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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