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  • RISE Athletics needs coaches for Queen Creek, San Tan Valley

    RISE Athletics is in need of volunteer coaches for youth basketball and cheer coaches for its San Tan Valley and Queen Creek teams. The league will provide practice space starting in November.As a perk, coaches will receive one free ticket to a Phoenix Suns or Mercury game and they will receive discounted prices for family and friends.If interested, email mhodge@riseathletics.com

  • Futures Game a sign of the inevitable for Gilbert’s Peterson

    To play in the All-Star Futures Game is an honor for everyone involved, whether you’re playing for America or the Americas. For many, like Seattle Mariners prospect and Gilbert’s own D.J. Peterson, it’s a glimpse of the big league dream.“Getting to see what the average day life is for a big leaguer is the biggest experience here,” Peterson said. “They get to fly charter. The hotel: they get to stay in a very nice hotel and get escorted in and out as they go.”Although the purpose of the All-Star Futures Game is to showcase Major League Baseball’s shiny new toys, some toys are shinier than others. Some even get the MLB All-Star treatment.“I saw [Chicago Cubs top prospect] Kris Bryant in the airport getting escorted out by police because he was being swarmed by fans,” Peterson said.Right now Peterson doesn’t command that type of star power yet, but there has been progress. This season, the 22-year-old first baseman has a slash line of .323/.380/.606 with 17 home runs and 71 RBIs in both Single-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson, where he was recently promoted.Peterson is not just in the Futures Game for himself or the Mariners, who will likely call him up after their Justin Smoak/Corey Hart/Logan Morrison experiment. He’s also here for his younger brother Dustin Peterson.

  • Schedules provide different paths for football title contenders

    In order to reach the Arizona Division I state football championship, you have to make it through the regular season first.Some schools have an easier path than others.Defending state champions Mountain Pointe have a schedule that shapes out well for the Pride to start the season strong. After a season opener in the Sollenberger Classic, against Sparks (Nev.) Reed, a team that went 12-2 last year, Mountain Pointe has winnable games against North, Cesar Chavez and Maryvale. After those games comes the tough two-week stretch; a home date with Chandler on Sept. 19 preceding a road contest against Hamilton will test the Pride.“I know on offense they have six Division I (college) prospects and on defense they have probably have five. They’re loaded,” Norris Vaughan said of Chandler. “It’ll be a tough road, but it was tough last year.”Following its game with the Huskies, Mountain Pointe has the ’Tukee Bowl game against Desert Vista at home before heading to a Brophy team that should be better than last year’s 5-7 squad.Rounding out the Pride’s schedule is a road game with Corona del Sol and a homer against Dobson.

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  • Mountain View guard Armani Hawkins chooses ASU

    Mountain View junior guard Armani Hawkins has verbally committed to Arizona State, according to multiple reports.Hawkins is rated as the top Arizona player in her class and No.15 nationally by ESPN. Her big sister, Arnecia, was also a standout with the Toros and will be a sophomore next season with the Sun Devils. The pair played together one year in high school and are on a similar path to do so in college.Armani averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a sophomore. Mountain View went 18-10 last season.

  • Mountain Pointe RB Paul Lucas picks up Oregon State offer

    No one has ever questioned Paul Lucas' speed.The Mountain Pointe track star won the Division I 100-meter dash title as a sophomore last season in 10.44 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in state history.But as a running back on the Pride's football team, Lucas still needed to prove he had the ability to make cuts, elude tacklers and see the field. After Friday night's game against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, he answered any and all concerns.Lucas played a starring role in the upset of the Gaels, rushing eight times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Shortly after, he was offered a scholarship by Oregon State, becoming the ninth East Valley player in the class of 2015 to pick up a D-I offer.With his game-breaking speed, Lucas could become a hot commodity on the recruiting scene if he keeps this up.

  • First Class: E.V. football seniors a peerless group of recruits

    Sometimes a shift is so gradual, its effect isn’t realized until an event forces retrospection.The Phoenix metropolitan area underwent unprecedented growth from 2000-09, as more than one million people made their way to the area, causing a 33 percent population increase.The subsequent housing collapse helped curb the boom and took some focus off the changed landscape, but there is one place where the results are resoundingly evident: the Arizona high school football scene.With a population increase so substantial, it seemed only a matter of time until the East Valley jumped up the list of destination spots for college football recruiters. A greater pool of players meant overall improvement and an increased ceiling for the cream of the crop.For many coaches, it took time to buy in. Arizona had long been known as an area large on space but short on elite talent, and few wanted to waste their time unless it was a sure thing. So Nebraska dabbled and Southern California would swoop in and steal top-flight recruits when needed, but in the early 2000s, it wasn’t open season quite yet.By 2008, the movement began. Michigan came down to recruit elite defensive lineman Craig Roh from Chaparral and quickly noticed the vast potential in his teammate, Taylor Lewan. Desert Vista’s Devon Kennard and Saguaro’s Corey Adams were also national recruits.


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