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17 West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Loss (From Page 16)

Juan Gonzales reached on an error with one out and Manuel Chaparro followed with a home over the left- center field fence. A six-run fifth frame by the Champs broke open the

game. Xavier Trujillo led off with a homer to right field off Medrano, who was then relived by Gonzales. Gonzales immediately struggled with his control, hitting the first batter he faced and walking the second. He would go on to walk two more batters and hit another as Chavez scored the six runs on only three hits.

“Joe gives up the walks and hit a batter, then a hit brings in two runs,” Celis said. A single and error, followed by a run-scoring single by Gonzales and a sacrifice fly by Chaparro plated the final two runs in the sixth. Following the game, Celis was not concerned about the


OK,” Celis said. Bouncing back

“The most important thing about today is Victor is

The Knights rebounded from the loss to Chavez with a 12-2 win at Glendale Independence Friday. It was the fourth consecutive time that they have concluded the week with a victory. Four runs in the top of the third inning gave Westview a 6-1 lead and it was never threatened thereafter. Unlike the Chavez game, the Knights were very productive at the plate, banging out 15 hits. David Sanchez went 4 for 4 with a run batted in to lead the way. Miller had two hits, a double and a triple. He drove in three runs and scored two. Gonzales contributed a pair of hits, including a double,

Estrella prepping for state

by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor

With just a handful of matches remaining in the regular season, Estrella Foothills’ boys golf team has already qualified for the state tournament. It has afforded them the opportunity to prepare for that meet, which will be held May 11-12 at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. Thankfully for the Wolves, they’ve already played that course once and get another crack at it April 26. “We’re going to go there and really focus on that day being a really good practice round, taking notes, making sure everyone is good to go, coming up with a game plan,” Estrella coach Joe Rhoades said. Estrella’s golf team features nine athletes, but only one upperclassman. Senior Andy Parsons is that player, and has been a good leader. “I ask Andy to do quite a few different things for me,” Rhoades said. “If I need to bring the kids together and talk to them I’ll have Andy grab them for me. He waits for all the kids to finish their round and is always the first to congratulate the kids. It’s not the leadership compared to other team sports because it’s kind of hard to be that captain, but he definitely is an upperclassman role model.” Parsons plays at No. 2 for the Wolves. Rhoades is proud


“The competition for the one through five spot is as competitive as it’s been since I’ve been in the program, and this is my fifth year. The first few matches it was the same five kids all the time, then just through compe- tition, if you slip up and don’t score at least around that 40, 41, 42 mark, chances are you’re not going to make the match because kids right around you are shooting that.”

Estrella Foothills golf coach — Joe Rhoades

Sund, Boston Richardson, Braxton Fox and Billy Babyar. “The competition for the one through five spot is as competitive as it’s been since I’ve been in the program, and this is my fifth year,” Rhoades said. “The first few matches it was the same five kids all the time, then just through competition, if you slip up and don’t score at least around that 40, 41, 42 mark, chances are you’re not going to make the match because kids right around you are shooting that.”

and two RBI. Mena, showing no ill effects from being struck by the batted ball the previous day, smashed his first home run.

The Knights have a busy week coming up. They will host Glendale Independence at 3:45 p.m. today, then play Surprise Valley Vista at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex and conclude the week by taking on Millennium at 3 p.m. Friday at Goodyear Ballpark.

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Results Baseball

out one.

April 12 Cesar Chavez 11, Westview 1 (6 innings) Trevor Browne 16, Millennium 4 Jake Newsome’s three hits, including a double, led the Tigers. Anthony Davison had a triple and two RBI.

South Mountain 10, Buckeye 3

Agua Fria 7, La Joya 1 Nick Day’s three doubles and two RBI paced the Agua Fria offense. Will Gutierrez added two hits and Josh Decker drove in two runs. Cedric Rodriguez went the first five innings for the Owls and picked up the win. He gave up one unearned run on three hits, while striking out eight and walking three. Jose Hernandez pitched two hitless frames, striking

Sierra Linda 2, Youngker 1

Raymond S. Kellis 6, Desert Edge 3 Kellis rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and held on for the win. The Scorpions were limited to two hits, both by Isaac Pina, who drove in a run. Tolleson 13, Maryvale 3 (5 innings) An eight-run first inning propelled the Wolverines to victory. Johnny Garcia, Vincent Ortega and Hector Toledo all had two hits for Tolleson. Garcia had a triple and three RBI. Toledo had a triple and double and scored two runs. April 13 La Joya 7, Peoria 3 (8 innings) Tolleson 10, Carl Hayden 2

Johnny Garcia had two hits, including a double, and three RBI to lead Tolleson at the plate. Ricky Garcia and Isaac Parra both added two hits. Estella Foothills 6, Gila Bend 1 Ryan Erazo pitched six innings of two-hit ball, striking out 13, to improve his record to 7-2. Zach Miller’s three hits led the Wolves. Noah Critchfield had a double and three RBI. Shadow Ridge 8, Youngker 6 Verrado 14, Agua Fria 4 (5 innings) Wyatt Hull and Chris Burks led the Vipers’ 14-hit attack with three apiece. Among Burks’ hits were a double and triple, and he had three RBI. Ryan Flores hit a pair of doubles and knocked in a run. Cedric Rodriguez and Josh Decker each had Sealed Lead Acid Batteries for:

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April 13 Westview 8, Independence 2

Estrella Foothills 14, Gila Bend 2 Verrado 8, Agua Fria 3 Shea Smith and Sierra Smith both had two hits to pace the Lady Vipers. Shea Smith drove in three runs.

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of Parsons for how much he’s improved over the years. “He’s really fallen in love with the sport and has dedicated and devoted himself and his time to get his game to a level he wants it to be, and he has aspirations to play at the college level,” Rhoades said. “He’s worked on his swing, his tempo, he went back to the basics and tried working on grips and putting stances. He’s done anything he can to get better, and his desire to succeed and get better is through the roof.” Estrella’s No. 1 golfer is Logan Walberg. He earned that spot because he’s the most consistent player on the team, usually scoring at par or just a couple of strokes over. Walberg even shot a round of 2-under at Starfire Golf Club in Scottsdale, winning that event. “His short game is very good, he gets up and down,” Rhoades said. “Most of the time, especially in high school golf, if a player short sides himself or has a bad lie near the green, it usually costs them at least a couple strokes. With Logan, he seems to kind of go with it, put the ball in the hole and move on. He doesn’t hit it astronomically far, he doesn’t play crazy shots, it’s just very smart golf.” Estrella’s No. 3 player is Evan Walberg, while Conor O’Neill plays at No. 4. The fifth starting spot has fluctuated among a quartet of players, including Greg


Estrella has played in seven matches so far and shot a qualifying score in five of those, which is enough to earn it a state berth. The Wolves have played at home three times already, but that’s not where they’ve done most of their damage. “You’ve got to qualify at at least two different locations, so we can’t do them all at home,” Rhoades said. “Ironically enough we didn’t qualify at home the first time, we got all our other ones away, and then we qualified at home this last time to get our fifth one.” Estrella’s other remaining matches, aside from going to Prescott, are a home one against Fountain Hills and Wickenburg on April 23, and two at Fountain Hills. In addition to preparing for the state tournament, Estrella will also use those matches to try to qualify more individuals for the state tournament. Logan Walberg and Parsons have already earned that distinction, while Evan Walberg needs just one more qualifying score and O’Neill needs two. “It would be really cool for us to use those, not only to

work on their games, but to get those other guys in there individually.

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