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Mountain Ridge High School football took the first step in changing its culture in late April when the Mountain Lions hired Doug Madoski to fill their vacated coaching spot.

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From the Glendale Union High School District to Glendale Community College, sophomore Alejandro Avila has become one of the top JUCO pole vaulters in the United States, competing with GCC.

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As the Scottsdale Community College (SCC) softball team was preparing for its final game of the season, the Artichokes were missing one of their best players, who is battling for her life rather than wins or losses.

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After winning three games last year, the Arizona Cardinals seemingly face one of the tougher schedules in their upcoming season.

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Deer Valley sophomore Randy Espinoza and Sunrise Mountain junior Braedon Palmer have distanced themselves from the rest of Arizona’s division 2 in the 3,200-meter dash this season.

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Benson Henderson may be one of the top fighters in the mixed martial arts world, but when it comes to his return to the ring April 27 he’s focused on so much more than his next fight.

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Ahead of the NFL draft, which begins April 25, the Arizona Cardinals have announced their preseason schedule. The Cardinals will kick off the 2019 preseason with two games at State Farm Stadium, before hitting the road for two more preseason games.

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With 16 seasons to her name as both head softball and varsity girls’ basketball coach, Susan Prado-Ortiz will soon lose one of her titles. The longtime coach will step away from the softball diamond at the end of the season.

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Despite opening the season with high hopes of becoming a feeder league for the NFL, the AAF suspended operations April 2.

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With the final two matches of the season fast approaching, Deer Valley’s beach volleyball team is aiming for a return to the playoffs.

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Registration for the Glendale Youth Sports League’s upcoming baseball, softball and T-ball season is open through April 12.

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

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After an unexpected 10-day delay because of the rain, the Glendale Vipers returned to the lacrosse field and made a case as a contender for one of the top teams in Arizona this season.

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As the high school softball season hits its mid-season break, several teams have set themselves up for a playoff push. Sectional play begins after spring break.

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In one of the most wide-open baseball championship races in years, local high school teams have set themselves up for a run at the playoffs. A number of those teams are legitimate championship contenders.

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Celebrities and high school basketball all-stars will fill Westgate when the second annual March Madfest comes to town from 6 to 9 p.m. March 22.

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After starting the season with losses in two of his team’s first three games, new Cougars head coach Todd Pyne was looking for improvement from the young squad when heading into the Lady Rider Southwest Classic tournament.

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Two years removed from a state championship, Mountain Ridge lacrosse is rebuilding after it missed the playoffs last year. Head coach Derek Bahler has his team focused on a return to winning.

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Apollo head softball coach Susan Prado-Ortiz has been coaching the Hawks softball team for nearly 15 years. Over that time she has helped turn the annual Cool Nites softball tournament into one of the most respected ones in Arizona.

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As the Arizona Coyotes begin the second half of the season after the All-Star break, they sit two points out of the final Wild Card spot, and fans are dreaming of a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.

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Inspiration comes in many different forms. An inspirational person motivates or inspires others to achieve goals and excel in life. Whether students know it or not, inspiration is virtually everywhere in a high school environment like Apollo High School. They need only choose to see it.

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After 13 seasons as the Apollo Hawks football team head coach, Zack Threadgill announced he is stepping down from the position.

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After admitting to missing the mark with Steve Wilks, the Arizona Cardinals announced January 8 they hired former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury to turn around the team.

Opening the new season at home and with high hopes for a turnaround season, the Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions’ offense struggled early in dropping their home opener 47-7 to Mesa Skyline Aug. 17 at Mountain Ridge High School.

After 43 professional fights, Arizona’s Ray Beltran achieved one of his dreams when he won the World Boxing Organization lightweight championship. Now at Gila River Arena Aug. 25 he will fight for his second dream, remaining in the United States.

Four years after winning the National Junior Community College Athletic Association Division II National title, Glendale Community College women’s volleyball head coach Lisa Stuck said her 2018 team is showing early signs similar to that national championship team.

As another football season gets underway, local teams are aimed at playoff berths and improved play as realignment makes for some intense competition between area teams.

As another football season gets underway, local teams are aimed at playoff berths and improved play as realignment makes for some intense competition between area teams.

The 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million for Arizona’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

After the end of the 2018 World Cup, Arizona soccer fans were treated to a friendly matchup between two of the top soccer teams in the world as Manchester United and Club America showcased the sport July 19 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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As the 2018 high school fall sports season opens practice seasons, we have listed the first few games of the season for all the Glendale schools for badminton, golf, swimming and diving, football and girls volleyball teams. 

The Fiesta Bowl will remain presented by PlayStation after extending their agreement with the College Football Playoff for six more years, including the Fiesta Bowl hosting CFP semifinal match-ups in the 2022-23 and 2025-26 seasons.

YurView Arizona on Channel 4 in Phoenix and Channel 7 in Southern Arizona continues the long tradition of offering high school football action to Cox customers, with a number of West Valley games on the schedule.

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Kellis Unified Sports golf team members Sulivan Danielak-Kirberg and Patrick Fernandez represented the high school at the 2018 Special Olympics Austrian National Games and against some of the top competition in the world with great success.

The National Hockey League released the schedules for the 2018-19 season and as another rebuilding season gets underway after the team finished last season strong, fans will have a wide variety of games to witness at Gila River Arena.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board voted May 24 in favor of adding girls wrestling as an emerging sport for the winter school year beginning with the 2018 season.

After being projected as one of the top high school prospects in the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, and expected to go anywhere from the top of the draft to number 10, Mountain Ridge pitcher Matthew Liberatore had to wait a little longer than expected.

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