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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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Kyle Wellman was the subject of a phone call between two head coaches in collegiate summer baseball leagues. One needed an extra arm in Ontario, Canada, and the other possessed just that in Scottsdale.

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Hours before the 6:40 first pitch, hours before he was scheduled to make his Chase Field debut with 40 of his family and friends in attendance, Josh Rojas was at his parents’ Goodyear home to get ready for his big night.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is now accepting applications for the $100,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state of Arizona.

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Expectations, per usual, are high for the Westview football team. That is nothing too new, as the Knights have not posted a losing record since a 5-7 mark in 2005.

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A week playing baseball alongside some of the country’s top young talent under the sunny, South Florida sky was a wonderful way for 17-year-olds A.J. Kostic and Amir Odom to spend their waning days of summer vacation.

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A group of around 15 amateur golfers — members of the West Valley AZ Mediocre Golf Association — talked trash, hung out and even took a few swings at Valley Golf Center in Avondale on a Thursday night after work. The local chapter of the nationwide association calls their weekly outings “church.”

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On a team comprised of few travel ball players, in a league where the path to a state title is sorely untrodden, with a head coach so intent on weaving his team around the obstacles placed before them, the West End Little League Junior All-Stars team soared to a fifth-place finish at the sta…

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After a dominant showing at the districts tournament, the Goodyear Little League 9- to 11-year-old All-Stars baseball team departed the state tournament with a 2-2 record, placing fifth among 13 teams.

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Over 100 high school basketball players crowded into the PHHacility, a Phoenix-based basketball complex, for the third annual Southwest All-American Basketball Camp from July 23 through July 24, with a chance to show off their skills in front of over 40 confirmed college basketball coaches a…

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Hailey Garcia is not the ballplayer she was just a few short weeks ago, courtesy of Major League Baseball’s efforts to provide youth softball players with elite training.

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The twelve 13-year-old girls who make up the Livewire 13 Adidas volleyball club thought their head coach may as well have been placing a jinx on them.

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Gillis Champagne is reaping the benefits of a dazzling junior season with the Verrado Vipers varsity baseball team in which he batted .390 with 22 RBIs in 27 games.

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Chasing a two-run deficit in the waning innings of the District 2 championship game, the Litchfield Park Little League’s under-12 All-Stars team used an extra-innings rally and a strong effort from its bullpen to escape with a thrilling one-run victory against Deer Valley Little League on June 28.

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In honor of Kyle Busch’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal win at ISM Raceway, the track is giving away No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing bobbleheads.

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Ed Andersson’s journey to landing the head coaching gig with an up-and-coming high school varsity volleyball program started with an innocent acceptance to becoming the team’s volunteer coach in the fall of 2006.

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A group of players, drinking newly bought sports drinks and typical high school stadium food like hot dogs and candy due to a lack of other options, crowded both hoops to take a precious few warm-up shots while the teams actually using a high school’s lone basketball court for their summer g…

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Nine months ago, the Buckeye Tigers had work to do. This much their two coaches — head coach Jason Procunier and assistant Ryan Fridrich — knew already.

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Price Johnson always was intrigued by the military. Plans for life after high school — which would begin after he graduated from Verrado High School this May — had yet to be cemented.

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The 2018 La Joya Community football team sat together last October, anxiously watching the AIA’s selection show unsure of whether it had done enough to secure a spot in the 6A playoffs.

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Ryan Vanderhei huddled over his laptop, streaming day three of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft on June 5 with a small contingent of family members in their Goodyear home, when his cell phone buzzed.

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Four years ago, Luke Mellon was a football player. A freshman at Verrado High School, Mellon was working out and spending the summer training as an offensive lineman.

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A year ago, this was a feeling DaRon Holmes had not become acquainted with yet. Receiving a scholarship from some of the top schools in the college basketball scene seemed like a faint dream.

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Trivium Prep softball fell just short of a spot in the 2A state championship game on May 10, losing 4-0 to Camp Verde in the semifinals at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.

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David Espinoza, the first-year head track-and-field coach at Agua Fria High School, said in March he wanted to see his program take steps in the right direction this spring.

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The Tolleson Union High School Wolverines football team will have a new look in 2019, having hired experienced coach Roy Lopez to head the program.

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Cody Miller reaches to the back of his head and runs his fingers through his hair. It’s the quintessential West Coast haircut, mirroring a look of half-surfer, half-skateboarder. It flips and curls and rests just at his shoulders.

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The Millennium Tigers varsity baseball team has May 14 circled on its calendar, the day of the AIA 5A State Championship game. The athletes want nothing more than to play that 4 p.m. first pitch at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

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Rocky King Sr. could no longer contain the smile he had been busy holding back. He made a laudable effort, staving it off for several minutes, to no avail. It simply stretched across his face, nearly as wide as the dugout benches at the Verrado High School varsity baseball field.

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When Jennifer Luque coached Trivium Prep softball’s first team, it would have been hard to convince her that four seasons later the Crimson Knights would be one of the top teams in the conference.

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Students, staff, parents and members of the community gathered at Desert Edge High School on April 18 to inaugurate and tour the school’s new building: a 10,565-square-foot field house equipped with a new athletic training triage space for stadium sports; strength training facility with weig…

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Devin Dourisseau has been the defensive coordinator for the La Joya Community High School varsity football team for the last seven years.

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Two years ago, a 10-year-old Eddie Gonzalez sat in his elementary school’s gymnasium, mesmerized by a local Muay Thai tournament unfolding in front of him.

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Planted in a broadcast class at Verrado High School one January afternoon, Jonathon Parks felt his cellphone buzz inside his pocket. Someone during the middle of a school day, oddly enough, was trying to call him.

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Though Cactus League games saw a decrease in total attendance for the second consecutive season, with rain-outs sparking fewer games this year, Cactus League per-game attendance increased over the previous year.

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