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  • Fall players swing into softball action

    Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Vital Care, Solar City and Coldwell Banker opened with victories as Sun Cities National League softball play began Tuesday at Sun Bowl Field in Sun City.Pruitt’s 5Town Cryers 5Keith Dunlap had three hits with a triple as Pruitt’s Furniture scored a fifth-inning run to forge the tie.Jim Brown had three hits with a double for Town Cryers.Bill McKenna of Town Cryers and Al Schifini of Pruitt’s Furniture pitched solid games.

  • Sun Cities Senior softball begins Tuesday

    The Sun Cities Senior Softball League begins its 2014-15 season Tuesday with three leagues and 32 teams.Games are played at Sun Bowl Field, 107th and Clair in Sun City, as well as Liberty Field at 14401 R.H. Johnson Blvd. in Sun City West.The American League features 10 teams that play Tuesdays at Liberty Field and Fridays at Sun Bowl Field.Generally, the American League was created to allow players with higher skill levels and athletic ability to play a game that is somewhat faster and requires more power than the National League.The National League features 10 teams that play Tuesdays at Sun Bowl Field and Thursdays at Liberty Field.Generally, the National League was created to allow players with lesser or declining skill levels and athletic ability to play a game that is somewhat more fun, but equally competitive as the other leagues.

  • Peoria school promotes exercise

    Frontier Elementary School in Peoria will host a free Harvest Fest/Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick-Off event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.The event will include health screenings, fun fitness and football activities along with a variety of harvest events, including a pumpkin patch, crafts, a fanatic football fan contest and a vendor fair.This event is designed to educate individuals on the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, which is something the Peoria Unified School District encourages on its 42 elementary and high school campuses.Fuel Up to Play 60 works to combat childhood obesity by helping schools make positive changes which encourage healthy eating and daily physical activity.The program is sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the NFL and provides resources and opportunities for students and schools to learn about healthy life habits, to develop leadership skills and to earn fun incentives.Frontier Elementary School is at 21258 N. 81st Ave.

National Sports

  • New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It's a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager. Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time — those Hall of Famers he well could join someday. Bochy doesn't have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick. "Dynasty" blared the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. The Giants closed it out with a 3-2 win in Game 7 at Kansas City on Wednesday night, sealed by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner's five shutout innings as a reliever this time. "A lot has to go right. First off, it starts with the talent," Bochy said. "I mean, you need that, which we have. Then you have to deal with a lot of things maybe during the season. Every manager says, 'Hey, we're fine, we have a good chance to get there if we stay healthy.' But that doesn't always happen." In a remarkable every-other-year pattern, San Francisco somehow finds its best form in even years. With new faces and old ones, with castoffs and misfits and some key midseason acquisitions. Few clubs have captured three championships in a five-year span. The last National League team to do it was the St. Louis Cardinals with Stan Musial from 1942-46, so the Giants are the first of the free-agency era. The Oakland Athletics won three straight crowns in the early 1970s, and the New York Yankees captured four in five years from 1996-2000. Still, San Francisco was never considered a favorite or the best team in the regular season any of these times. Twice in this stretch, the Giants missed the playoffs altogether. After a runner-up finish in the NL West to the Dodgers at 88-74, they took the wild-card card route this time. On Wednesday night, Tim Hudson became a champion after a 16-year wait and Michael Morse got there following 10 major league seasons. "It's the greatest group of guys I ever played with," Morse said. "It's a group of guys who believe in each other and the outcome was a World Series victory." This city has had a football dynasty. So now the storied baseball franchise is doing its best to catch up with the NFL team in town. The Niners ruled in the late '80s and '90s, winning five Super Bowls. A unique element for Bochy's latest winning roster is the talented crop of homegrown players who made it happen. There are the big names — Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval. And the emerging ones — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik. "You look at most of our team — like Joe, me, Buster, Pablo, Belt, Bum. It's loaded with a lot of good players and a lot of players who are pretty similar in kind of their approach to the game and they're pretty even-keel," said Crawford, the shortstop. "Pablo's a little bit different but me, Joe, Belt, Bum, Buster, we're all pretty levelheaded at any point in the game whatever part of the season it is, whether it's playoffs or midway through the regular season. We don't really change. That says a lot with how well we've done in the playoffs and the postseason in recent years," he said. "Nothing's really too big for us," he added. Eight players have been on all three winning World Series teams: Bumgarner, slugging third baseman Sandoval, Posey and relievers Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Tim Lincecum. Matt Cain, too, but he was hurt this year. General manager Brian Sabean, longest-tenured in baseball, can't put a finger on why the mix keeps working. He is proud of the core of players who were drafted and came through the system and played such a huge part this time. "It's a testament to player development and scouting. That's what we all hope for, that you can plug your holes from within and build your team from within," Sabean said. "That's a surefire way to kind of keep things moving forward. It prevents you from having to go into the market, whether it's free agency or more so the trade market." The Giants survived skids in June and September before winning the wild-card game at Pittsburgh. They then beat Washington in the Division Series and St. Louis in the NL Championship series. It has started with Bochy and his spot-on decision making, from resting the relievers regularly early in the season so he'd have every one of them for the October run, to going with Bumgarner at every chance. "But you have to play good baseball for six months, whatever, to get there," Bochy said. "Once you get there, you've heard guys say, 'Well, it's a crap shoot,' but you have to play your best ball. You have to have the pitching. That's obvious. But you've got to execute." For the Giants, it's about every player doing his part and serving a role, because, as Sabean puts it, "We don't have a star system here." "It's everybody's got to pull on the same chain and everybody's got to be ready to play," he said. "They understand the culture." Dynasty or not, Affeldt has solved a potential problem at home. The lefty reliever and Game 7 winner has three young sons — and, now, three championships. "My three boys now all get to have rings on their finger," he said, "And I'm very happy about that."

  • Learn to hit with D’backs

    Phoenix • The Diamondbacks Baseball Academy, presented by Phoenix Children’s Hospital and supported by UnitedHealthcare, is offering an elite player development hitting program for boys and girls ages 8 to 18 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick each week in November, December and January.The unique program will feature 60-minute sessions in the D’backs batting cages with personalized hitting instruction from D’backs staff members such as Mark Grace (D’backs Assistant Hitting Coach), J.R. House (Hillsboro Manager), Robby Hammock (Visalia Manager), Chris Cron (Minor League Hitting Coordinator), Luis Urieta (Arizona League Manager), and Javier Colina (Arizona League Hitting Coach).  The hourlong sessions begin on Monday and will be offered from 4 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in November, December and January with some schedule modifications during the holidays.Interested participants can choose between one session for $50, seven sessions for $300, or 15 sessions for $600 and includes a free ticket to a D’backs 2015 home game.For information and to sign up for the unique program, call 800-821-7152 or visit

  • Mississippi State, Florida State top playoff list

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken — and it likes the SEC. At least for now. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The first of seven Top 25 rankings compiled by a 12-member selection committee was released Tuesday night. The selection committee will ultimately pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals and set the matchups for the other four big New Year's Day bowls that are part of the playoff rotation. "It was extremely difficult, more difficult than any of us had expected having gone through our mock selections before," Arkansas athletic director and committee chairman Jeff Long said. "There are 18 one-loss teams in FBS at this point in time, and the difference between many of them is very slim." Oregon was fifth and Alabama was sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference's West Division four of the top six teams. There are still four games remaining matching those SEC West rivals, starting with Saturday's matchup of Auburn and Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. The final rankings will be released Dec. 7, the day after the most of the conference championships are decided. "Everyone on the selection committee recognized that our rankings will change over the next six weeks," Long said. "I think that's important for us to emphasize. We expect our rankings to change over the next six weeks. One week's rankings won't influence the next week's rankings." TCU was seventh, Michigan State was eighth, Kansas State ninth and Notre Dame was 10th. Mississippi State and defending national champion Florida State are the only undefeated teams left among the Big Five conferences. "It's cool," Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott said. "That's something you can never take away from the university or this program. First-ever ranking, first team to be No. 1, so that's pretty cool for the university." The Bulldogs and Seminoles also hold the first two spots in the AP Top 25. No. 3 was where the differences started between the playoff rankings and the media poll. The AP voters had Alabama at No. 3 and Auburn at No. 4. Oregon was fifth, Notre Dame was sixth and Ole Miss was seventh after losing for the first time this season at LSU on Saturday. Ole Miss beat Alabama at home earlier this month. This is the first year for the playoff format in college football, and the list is the first indication of how the committee is evaluating teams' playoff potential. While Ole Miss received a better ranking than Alabama, head-to-head victories weren't always the deciding factor for the committee. Arizona, which won at Oregon, is 12th. Baylor, which beat TCU, is 13th. Long said in both cases the head-to-head loser had the better overall resume. Long said Oregon's victories against Michigan State and UCLA stood out. And Baylor's lack of quality opposition so far held back the Bears. "They have not had a strong schedule outside of their win against TCU," Long said. The committee creates small groups of teams, debates their merits and ranks the teams using as many votes as needed to come up with a consensus. Members are given reams of data on each FBS team and each member is allowed to judge those numbers however they determine is best. The committee members gathered Monday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Dallas, and did most of their work on Day 1. Long said the committee worked for about 10 hours total on the rankings. By the time the rankings were released on ESPN at 7:30 EDT, most of the committee members were already on their way home.

  • Class combines yoga, Pilates

    Sun Health will offer Monday classes on Yogalates, a discipline that emphasizes breathing through yoga poses and building core strength with Pilates.Sessions begin Monday and run from 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday in November in the Community Room at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise.The classes combine flexibility, balance and strength exercises for the mind and body designed to help improve sleep, decrease anxiety and help you feel restored.Students should bring a yoga mat and bottle of water to class. The class fee is $5 per session.Ten-session punch cards are available for $40.To register, call 623-455-5633.

  • Surprise business incubator converts gas to green

    One of the affiliate companies of AZ TechCelerator recently showcased a new green technology developed at the business incubator to the Surprise City Council.Torque Trends, Inc. presented to council before a work session a 1999 Mazda Miata that its ev-Torque Box technology helped convert from gasoline to electric.“It is beyond exciting to see this type of clean technology developed and implemented so successfully right here in Surprise,” said Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “The AZ TechCelerator continues to produce innovative companies that we all can be proud of.”Torque Trends will showcase the e-Miata Roadster at next month’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.To learn about the conversion process visit e-Miata Roadster Project Build at!e-miata-project/c7a.For information about the AZ TechCelerator, the city’s business incubator, visit or call Manager Julie Neal at 623-222-TECH.

  • Wolcott adds to social media presence

    Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott is expanding her social media presence to include Facebook and Instagram.  Wolcott has been delivering news and information to the community through Twitter and her website for the past couple of years, but said she felt she could involve more residents by diversifying her social media platforms.“It’s important that our citizens feel informed,” Wolcott said. “There are so many significant issues and projects going on in Surprise from new business development to transportation, and I want to make it as easy as possible for residents to stay up to date.”She is also trying to connect with residents through a series of new, small-group meetings called Community Conversations with Mayor Wolcott, which gives residents a voice in identifying current and future opportunities and priorities for Surprise. The first of those meetings took place Oct. 16, with two more scheduled for Thursday and Nov. 6.More information and registration is available here: connect with Wolcott on social media:

  • Glendale, Peoria each report 16 residential burglaries

    The following is a partial list of burglaries in Glendale Sept. 29-Oct. 16. There were 26 burglaries reported: eight vehicle, two business and 16 residential.Residential:• 22900 block of North 71st Drive, Sept. 29• 22700 block of North 74th Lane, Sept. 30• 16400 block of North 62nd Avenue, Sept. 30• 5800 block of West Libby Street, Sept. 30

  • Volunteers spread community spirit

    Offensive lineman Kyle Chastain, 17, had just played a game Friday night, but he got up at 5:30 a.m. Saturday to volunteer to paint a house in Glendale.The Raymond H. Kellis High School senior, along with approximately 20 teammates, participated in the Rock & Roll Paint-A-Thon.“I have not missed a single community service event for this high school,” said Chastain. Kellis lost to Apollo High School 46-6. “It feels good to still come back from a game like that and be able to do something like this.”Kellis Coach Shawn Copeland said the team has never done this before even though the school’s been doing it for four or five years. As a new head coach, he said he wants to do many community service projects.Volunteering since his freshman year, Chastain said, “I really don’t have a job and I feel I can actually make a difference.” He added: “Especially around environments like this — senior citizens not being able to do the jobs that younger people can do like me.”The group was painting a house at the Palm Shadows Mobile Home Park, and a couple of houses down, city of Glendale employees and their families were painting a home.

  • Glendale’s Tanger Outlets poised to open expansion

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Four new stores are scheduled to open in November in Glendale’s Tanger Outlets Mall in what will be the first wave of a two-part expansion at the retail location off Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue.A 60,000-square foot addition will include Eddie Bauer, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, and Tilly’s, all opening in mid-November. Another four stores in that addition are expected to open during the first quarter of 2015, said mall general manager Jessica Reeves. New stores in the second portion of the expansion will be announced at a later date, she said.“We’re really excited. We’re set to open before the busy Black Friday weekend,” Reeves said.The two latest groups of additions will give the outlet mall over 90 stores, including some of the foremost retail names. The outlet concept includes grouping brand-name stores together. Directly connected to their producers, outlet stores typically offer merchandise at prices below traditional retailers.Tanger’s newest stores will add outerwear, clothing, shoes and gear (Eddie Bauer); surf and skate clothing (Tilly’s); chic women’s clothing (Ann Taylor); and men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories (Abercrombie & Fitch). The rectangular-shaped structure that will house the new stores will replace parking areas along the southern end of the mall.Reeves, who has been with Tanger for over two years, said it always has been the company’s intent to enlarge the Glendale site since opening in November 2012. The decision to grow now has been fueled by faster-than-anticipated customer and retailer demand, she said.

  • Glendale, Peoria each report 16 residential burglaries

    The following is a partial list of burglaries in Glendale Sept. 29-Oct. 16. There were 26 burglaries reported: eight vehicle, two business and 16 residential.Residential:• 22900 block of North 71st Drive, Sept. 29• 22700 block of North 74th Lane, Sept. 30• 16400 block of North 62nd Avenue, Sept. 30• 5800 block of West Libby Street, Sept. 30

  • Peoria woman lives life to fullest during cancer fight

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last in an occasional series of stories in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Diane Rowello says “cancer may suck,” but it also opened her life to people she never would have known if it wasn’t for doing battle against the disease.“Cancer may suck, but to me it doesn’t suck because it gave me the chance to meet all these wonderful people,” said Rowello, who lives in Peoria.Rowello was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and since has been diagnosed with cancer and tumors in other parts of her body. Prior to discovering she had cancer, her husband died, and she became homeless.After struggling through addiction, Rowello stayed clean for three years and saved to get a trailer in Quartzsite with her dog, Mariah.Then one day while riding her bike with Mariah, she broke her leg and was airlifted to a West Valley hospital.

  • PUSD parents can tour Liberty, Sunset Heights

    Reservations are now being taken for Peoria Unified School District’s Fall Patron Tour.This opportunity to visit two Peoria Unified campuses is scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Liberty High School and Sunset Heights Elementary School.Patrons will meet at Liberty High School, where Superintendent Denton Santarelli will welcome guests. Visitors will board a Peoria Unified school bus for a short trip to Sunset Heights Elementary for a tour of the campus.Guests will be greeted by Principal Rae Conelley, who will share information about the district’s newest elementary school.After touring Sunset Heights, guests will board the bus to return to Liberty to be greeted by Principal John Croteau, who will share an overview of Liberty and discuss what makes it unique. After touring the high school, lunch will be served by the school’s culinary arts students.The district hosts a series of patron tours throughout the school year to give a personal look at the variety of schools and programs offered as part of its ongoing commitment to the community.

  • Sun City man finds ‘nice people out there’ after walker theft

    Dale Gentry has been in a hospital bed over 115 times in the last year.First, a broken leg. Then, bronchitis that turned into more health troubles.“I ended up going into a group home. On Christmas Day when my daughter came to pick me up, I ended up puncturing an ulcer that I didn’t know I had. I was back in ICU for a couple of weeks,” the 88-year-old Sun City resident said.Gentry has been receiving physical therapy for his leg and uses a cane and a walker to get around.That is, he used the walker until someone stole it.“It really takes a low person to do something like that. I’ve used that walker since March,” Gentry said.

  • Surprise to formally dedicate memorial to Congressional Medal of Honor winner

    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Nick D. Bacon will be honored in a Memorial Dedication Ceremony, Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the south courtyard at City Hall, city officials have announced.Patriotic music performed by the West Valley Pops Band will begin 5:15 p.m. followed by a candlelight service and memorial dedication starting 5:55 p.m.Bacon’s wife and family will be joined by many honored guests, including the Surprise mayor and City Council, Congressman Trent Franks, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, state Representatives Debbie Lesko and Rick Gray, and others.Earlier this year, the City Council approved commissioning a monument in memoriam of Bacon, who also served as Surprise Town Manager from 1986 - 1990.According to his Medal of Honor citation, “S/Sgt. Bacon was serving his second tour in Vietnam on Aug. 26, 1968, when he and his unit were ambushed during an operation west of Tam Ky. Under intense enemy fire, he destroyed an enemy bunker with hand grenades while his platoon leader was shot and fell wounded in an exposed position. S/Sgt. Bacon immediately assumed command of the platoon and assaulted the hostile gun position, finally killing the enemy gun crew in a single-handed effort. As a result of S/Sgt. Bacon's extraordinary efforts, his company was able to move forward, eliminate the enemy positions, and rescue the men trapped to the front. S/Sgt. Bacon's bravery at the risk of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.”Bacon received his Medal of Honor from President Richard Nixon in 1969 and served for several years as president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He died in July 2010.

  • RCSC announces candidates forums

    Candidates running in this year’s RCSC Board of Directors election will be presenting their positions and answering questions at two forums scheduled for next month.Online voting begins 9 a.m. Nov. 10, and RCSC Election Day is Dec. 9.The first candidates forum will be 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Fairway Recreation Center, Arizona Rooms No. 1 and 2, with a meet-and- greet beginning at 1:30 p.m. Fairway is located at 10600 W. Peoria Ave. in Sun City.The second forum will be 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Marinette Recreation Center Auditorium with a meet-and-greet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Marinette is located at 9860 W. Union Hills Drive, Sun City.The candidates running for the three three-year positions on the RCSC Board of Directors are: Billy Edmondson, Ida Eisert, Rich Hoffer, Carol Lawry and Ron Smith.Light refreshments will be served at both sessions.

  • Funding stalls, forces auto club to scale down building plans

    Ground will be broken Dec. 6 for a scaled-down, simpler version of the Automotive/Restoration Club building in Sun City West.The building is being downsized to 6,144 square feet from the original 13,000 square feet, and RCSCW Project Superintendent Larry Griffith said the plans need to be redrawn.“Electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural engineering all have to be recalculated and redesigned,” said Griffith. “There will no longer be an enclosed yard, which means grading and drainage engineering also has to be refigured.”It may take two to three weeks before it goes back to the architect, he added. “The longest delay will be from the structural engineer as the entire footprint has now been changed, and the building will be shifted forward toward Meeker Boulevard.”The original plans included a showroom, classrooms, paint booth, and built-in car lifts, but lack of financial pledges left the club with no choice but to downsize the project.Suzanne Jones, ARC treasurer, said the club has $287,780 in donations and pledges. It also has another $226,825 committed in pledges for a total of $514,605. Some of the pledges will pay as soon as construction starts, and the longest pledge to be paid off is 60 months. Those who want to pledge can come up with their own payment time frame, she said.

  • SCW PRIDES light up holiday for Luke families

    The Sun City West PRIDES takes pride in its Luminaria for Luke program.The organization developed the program, now in its fifth year, to show support for the military families at Luke Air Force Base.For a $20 donation to the PRIDES, members will hand-deliver a two-kit package to the families at Luke Air Force Base, which will include a gift card from the donor.“Last year, families were inquiring at the base if the PRIDES would be there again, handing out the kits,” PRIDES officials stated in a release. “It is very heartwarming to be thanked by the families who sacrifice so much so we can be free and safe.”  The PRIDES will be at the SCW Craft Fair on Nov. 8 at the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center. Donations also can be made directly to the SCW PRIDES at 14630 R.H. Johnson Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Designate the donation by noting “Luke” on the check.  The SCW PRIDES is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and donations can be tax-deductible.Deadline for the Luminaria for Luke program is Nov. 29. Contact the SCW PRIDES at 623-584-2878 or

  • Sun City West Relay for Life looking for survivors, volunteers

    The American Cancer Society is having its third annual Relay for Life Walk in Sun City West at Beardsley Park.The event will take place noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 22. The event kickoff meeting will be at the Sun City West Foundation building in the Palo Verde Room at 1 p.m. Nov. 12. If you are a survivor or know someone with cancer, you are encourage to join the event. If you would like to start a team of your own or join the walk, you can learn more at the meeting.For information, to sign up or to make a donation, go to or contact Sandy Guyan at 218-556-6775. Another event to mark on your calendar is the American Cancer Society Charity Golf Tournament that will be at Deer Valley Golf Course in Sun City West Jan. 24.

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