Your West Valley News: Sports

Sports

  • Liberty Buick hands Ameriprise 1st loss

    Liberty Buick knocked Ameriprise from the undefeated ranks Monday during Sun Cities Central softball at Liberty Field in Sun City West.Liberty Buick (6-2) downed Ameriprise 14-11 and moved one game behind the league leaders. The Daily News-Sun and Ameriprise share first place with 7-1 marks.Liberty Buick 14Ameriprise 11John Doherty had four hits to lead Liberty Buick’s 26-hit attack.Case Grintjes had three hits in the win.

  • Knee sprain jeopardizes Fitzgerald’s streak

    Tempe • Arizona’s eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald says his injured left knee is “a little better” and that he is optimistic he will be able to play when the Cardinals face the Seahawks on Sunday.Fitzgerald sprained his left MCL in last Sunday’s 14-6 win over Detroit. He left the game in the first half, but returned and caught a pass for the first down that clinched the victory.He has played in 110 consecutive games with 71 straight starts, but coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that it was “a little iffy” whether Fitzgerald will be able to go against the Seahawks.He has not practiced this week.Fitzgerald last missed a game on Dec. 2, 2007, when a groin injury kept him out against Cleveland. The Sept. 26, 2010, game against Oakland is the only time he has played but not started during that 110-game streak.He has missed four games out of 170 in his 10-plus seasons.

  • Mid-First Bank, Reliance share Blue League lead

    Mid-First Bank and Reliance Pest Control moved to the head of the softball class in the Sun City Grand Blue League.Both teams improved to 4-0 last week and shared first place following games at Del E. Webb Memorial Field.Mid-First Bank 12Desert Golf Cars 8Mark Reinsmoen went 3-for-3 to lead Mid-First Bank.Byron Brown had a triple and double in the win.

National Sports

  • Knee sprain jeopardizes Fitzgerald’s streak

    Tempe • Arizona’s eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald says his injured left knee is “a little better” and that he is optimistic he will be able to play when the Cardinals face the Seahawks on Sunday.Fitzgerald sprained his left MCL in last Sunday’s 14-6 win over Detroit. He left the game in the first half, but returned and caught a pass for the first down that clinched the victory.He has played in 110 consecutive games with 71 straight starts, but coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that it was “a little iffy” whether Fitzgerald will be able to go against the Seahawks.He has not practiced this week.Fitzgerald last missed a game on Dec. 2, 2007, when a groin injury kept him out against Cleveland. The Sept. 26, 2010, game against Oakland is the only time he has played but not started during that 110-game streak.He has missed four games out of 170 in his 10-plus seasons.

  • Cuomo: 'Impractical' for Bills to play Jets Sunday

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A severe lake-effect snowstorm hitting the Buffalo region has prompted the NFL to consider alternatives to the Bills playing their home game against the New York Jets on Sunday. "Public safety is the first priority," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email Thursday afternoon. "We have been in discussions regarding potential alternatives." Aiello wouldn't go into detail regarding the options, but added an update was scheduled for later in the day. One alternative would be pushing back the game a day or two. Another would be relocating the game outside of Orchard Park, which is part of a region south of Buffalo that has already been blanketed by about 5 feet of snow since Monday. Snow continued to fall on Thursday, with projected accumulations ranging between 1 and 3 feet. Earlier in the day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it would be difficult for the game to be played on schedule. "If you ask me today, right now, my sense is it's impractical to do the game because it would jeopardize public safety," Cuomo said. "Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first." Cuomo spoke after spending the past day touring the affected region. The Bills can't even hold practices because their players are snowed in, and those that can get out can't get to the team's facility because of a driving ban in place in Orchard Park and many of its neighboring communities. As a result, the Bills canceled practice for a second straight day on Thursday. On Wednesday, Bills Vice President of Operations Andy Major wasn't sure whether there was enough time to clear Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding parking lots of the estimated 220,000 tons of snow covering the team's 200-acre grounds by Sunday. Many roads are impassible and a driving ban remains in place in many of the communities south and east of downtown Buffalo. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also cast doubt on whether the game can be played on time. Poloncarz said the county's emergency services are already stretched thin in dealing with the storm that he can't commit to them staffing the game Sunday. The county is responsible for providing sheriff deputies for security at Bills home games. The Bills (5-5), who last practiced on Monday, are already coming off an extended break. They had last weekend off following a 22-9 loss at Miami on Nov. 13. The Jets (2-8) are coming out of their bye week, and haven't played since a 20-13 win against Pittsburgh on Nov. 9. The temperatures are expected to warm into the 40s by Saturday, with a high of 47 projected for Sunday. But a sudden thaw presents another problem by raising flooding concerns. Starting guard Kraig Urbik is among the Bills players who are snowed in. "Any chance my street gets plowed today," Urbik posted on his Twitter account Thursday. "Or are we stuck here till Saturday?" Though rare, changing the date or location of a game has happened before in the NFL. The most notable switch occurred in 2005, when the New Orleans Saints were forced to split their season playing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and San Antonio, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina damaged the Louisiana Superdome. In 2010, the Minnesota Vikings were forced to play their home game against the New York Giants a day later in Detroit after the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's roof tore open. The last schedule change occurred at Philadelphia in late December of 2010. That's when the Eagles' home game against Minnesota on Dec. 26 was pushed back two days as a safety precaution because a storm was expected to drop a more than a foot of snow in Philadelphia. ___ Associated Press writer Chris Carola contributed from Albany.

  • Fitzgerald sits out practice, 'iffy' for Seahawks

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald did not practice Wednesday, and coach Bruce Arians said the star wide receiver is "iffy" for Sunday's game at Seattle. The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee. He was hurt late in the first half of Sunday's 14-6 victory over Detroit. He went to the locker room but came back and made a critical 11-yard reception for a first down that sealed the victory. Arians said the soreness in the knee was a little worse than he thought it would be. The Cardinals' career leader in virtually every receiving category, Fitzgerald leads the team this season in receptions (46) and yards receiving (658). He has started 71 consecutive games, not missing a contest since Dec. 2, 2007.

  • Owner claims bulk of mulch fire could be out within days as smoke, haze linger in Sun Cities

    MARICOPA COUNTY – A West Valley mulch producer asserted Wednesday that the bulk of a fire burning in his company’s storage and mixing yard could be out within a few days despite reports it could take weeks to get the blaze out.Meanwhile, the sight and aroma of smoke and haze generated by the fire at Lenaro Firewood in unincorporated Maricopa County just west of El Mirage is bothering some Sun City residents, although area hospitals report no uptick in smoke-related visits.A private work crew has been applying water to the piles of organic yard waste, including ground-up branches, leaves, woodchips and grass clippings, round-the-clock since Monday night, since taking over firefighting operations from Rural Metro, a private fire department serving Maricopa County.“We’re making good progress. I will do whatever I can to accomplish this,” said Juan Daniel Ochoa, owner of the business off Olive Avenue and Dysart Road just west of El Mirage.A system of pumps, feeder lines and large sprinklers is being used to draw water from irrigation ponds and wells serving farmland adjacent to Ochoa’s mulch production and storage property about a quarter mile north of Northern Parkway. The area consists mainly of farms and scattered small commercial businesses. The fire has not threatened any buildings.Ochoa said workers are moving in sections throughout about 20 acres of mulch piles, soaking the material with water and spreading it around in order to allow the water to penetrate the densely packed, oxygen-starved material. That lack of oxygen, common in mulch, prompted Rural Metro fire officials to predict earlier that it would take weeks for the fire to burn through the entire area.

  • Singer brings Songs of Broadway to Surprise

    Ira Kandell will perform a concert, titled The Songs of Broadway, at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., Surprise, at 10 a.m. Dec. 9.Kandell has appeared in more than 200 dinner or regional theaters in musicals and comedy productions. He currently appears on national public radio and Sirius satellite on the Broadway review programs.Kandell has appeared with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and with the Hilton Hotels. He has been seen in more than 100 television commercials and sang with the Singers Forum in New York City.Hear his tenor voice on the blog site http://irakandell.Blogspot.com.

  • Support group helps memory caregivers

    Sun Health has started a support group for memory care caregivers.The next meetings are from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 in the Community Room at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise.Do memory care issues affect your family?Sun Health introduces this new support group specifically for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or any type of dementia.Meetings will be led by Marty Finley, Sun Health’s memory care navigator.No registration is needed to attend this free Sun Health Community Education class.

  • Owner claims bulk of mulch fire could be out within days as smoke, haze linger in Sun Cities

    MARICOPA COUNTY – A West Valley mulch producer asserted Wednesday that the bulk of a fire burning in his company’s storage and mixing yard could be out within a few days despite reports it could take weeks to get the blaze out.Meanwhile, the sight and aroma of smoke and haze generated by the fire at Lenaro Firewood in unincorporated Maricopa County just west of El Mirage is bothering some Sun City residents, although area hospitals report no uptick in smoke-related visits.A private work crew has been applying water to the piles of organic yard waste, including ground-up branches, leaves, woodchips and grass clippings, round-the-clock since Monday night, since taking over firefighting operations from Rural Metro, a private fire department serving Maricopa County.“We’re making good progress. I will do whatever I can to accomplish this,” said Juan Daniel Ochoa, owner of the business off Olive Avenue and Dysart Road just west of El Mirage.A system of pumps, feeder lines and large sprinklers is being used to draw water from irrigation ponds and wells serving farmland adjacent to Ochoa’s mulch production and storage property about a quarter mile north of Northern Parkway. The area consists mainly of farms and scattered small commercial businesses. The fire has not threatened any buildings.Ochoa said workers are moving in sections throughout about 20 acres of mulch piles, soaking the material with water and spreading it around in order to allow the water to penetrate the densely packed, oxygen-starved material. That lack of oxygen, common in mulch, prompted Rural Metro fire officials to predict earlier that it would take weeks for the fire to burn through the entire area.

  • UPDATE: PD says husband initially targeted estranged wife's boyfriend

    PHOENIX (AP) — A man accused of gunning down his estranged wife told investigators he staked out her Glendale house and killed her after trying unsuccessfully to follow her boyfriend when he left the home, police said Tuesday. Edward Littleton McCauley, 58, of Peoria was arrested Monday in the shooting death of 45-year-old Dawn McCauley in front of her home. She was found in the cab of her truck by officers who responded to a shots-fired call just after midnight Sunday. A journal later found by detectives at Edward's McCauley's residence expressed hatred for his wife and indicated he had planned for a month to kill her, authorities said. Detectives investigating the killing learned that McCauley had given away his truck, gun collection and some money. He was sitting in a rental car parked outside a restaurant when he was taken into custody Monday afternoon, police said in a statement filed in court. Police say McCauley acknowledged killing his wife and told detectives he had first followed her boyfriend after he left the home Sunday night. "Edward tried to follow the truck but was stopped at a light and he decided to return to Dawn's house to wait for her to come outside," police said in the statement. If they had come out of the house together, "they would both 'be done,'" said the statement, which did not identify the boyfriend. Dawn McCauley's relatives said she feared her husband and considered getting an order of protection against him but didn't because she feared he would still be able to find her, according to the statement. Edward McCauley did not have a lawyer during an initial court appearance on Tuesday. He remained jailed in lieu of $1 million bond.

  • MCSO: Body of missing man found in Peoria wash

    PHOENIX (AP) — A 70-year-old man who walked away from a group home in Peoria last week has been found dead in a wash. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say it appears Barry Bobb died of natural causes. They say Bobb was reported missing Nov. 19 and it appears he walked away from the group home on his own accord. Large-scale searches were conducted last Saturday and Sunday in desert areas around the group home, but no traces of Bobb were found. Sheriff's officials say children playing in a wash around 4 p.m. Monday discovered a body and it was later identified as Bobb. They say there are no signs of foul play and it appears Bobb may have been dead in the wash for up to two days before his body was found.

  • Home Depot donates smoke detectors to Peoria FD

    The Peoria Fire Department is hosting a Safety Day from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 at Home Depot, 9201 W. Peoria Ave.As part of the celebration, Home Depot is planning to donate 1,000 smoke detectors to the Peoria Fire Department. Firefighters will use the detectors to help replace or install detectors in homes for those who cannot afford or are not physically capable of installing them themselves.In addition, there will be interactive fire displays such as the smoke trailer and fire trucks. For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/fire.

  • Offseason switches lead Centennial, Liberty to championship rematch

    After the last snap and following the last award given out at the banquet, high school football coaches turn to their boards for next year.More than any other level, high school players often switch their primary positions, or even sides of the ball, from one year to the next. As their spots opposite each other in Saturday’s Division II state title game show, Centennial and Liberty made the best moves for their teams in the offseason.Liberty coach Dan Filleman equates the task to putting together the puzzle — through a combination of necessity, improvements by players and changing coaching philosophy. When Filleman and defensive coordinator Mark Smith sat down before this spring, the Lions only coach decided to change his approach to improve the team’s run defense.“It’s very different at the high school level. You don’t go and say, ‘I need a nose tackle so I’m going to go recruit a nose tackle.’ You’ve got your kids and you make the puzzle work,” Filleman said. “We saw some guys we could move around and fill some voids. I kind of had to change my mentality as an offense guy. So I asked coach Smith, ‘What would be the best thing for you on defense?’ So we put our best guy there.”That would be senior nose guard Aaron Blackwell, who started there and at offensive guard as a junior. Blackwell, known more as an offensive lineman since his sophomore year, has responded with a dominant season inside (65 tackles and six sacks).Liberty cut its points allowed average in half, from 26.5 in 2013 to 13 in 2014. Having a well-rested big man to tie up blockers and disrupt passing games is the biggest change.

  • MCSO: Body of missing man found in Peoria wash

    PHOENIX (AP) — A 70-year-old man who walked away from a group home in Peoria last week has been found dead in a wash. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say it appears Barry Bobb died of natural causes. They say Bobb was reported missing Nov. 19 and it appears he walked away from the group home on his own accord. Large-scale searches were conducted last Saturday and Sunday in desert areas around the group home, but no traces of Bobb were found. Sheriff's officials say children playing in a wash around 4 p.m. Monday discovered a body and it was later identified as Bobb. They say there are no signs of foul play and it appears Bobb may have been dead in the wash for up to two days before his body was found.

  • Sun City Homeowners Association reasserts opposition to EPCOR plan

    SUN CITY, Ariz. – The leading government advocate for Sun City property owners and residents is affirming its opposition to a plan by EPCOR Water Arizona, Inc., to fully consolidate its wastewater service districts.Following a public hearing by the Arizona Corporation Commission on the plan and an interim agreement to consider a new set of rates as part of the consolidation, officials with the Sun City Homeowners Association stated that a commission flier had generated some confusion on its position.“At the ACC public comment session in Sun City, Nov. 26 at the Sundial Recreation Center, a flier from the ACC was distributed to attendees, outlining a recently endorsed Interim Settlement Agreement. All interveners, including the ACC Staff and RUCO (Residential Utility Consumer Office) as well as SCHOA, reviewed and signed off on this agreement,” stated Greg Eisert, chairman of SCHOA’s governmental affairs committee and a member of SCHOA’s board of directors.“SCHOA accepted the interim agreement as a stopgap should the commission proceed to endorse full consolidation.  This interim agreement effectively takes the consolidation issue off the table, pending a full in-depth rate case. This interim agreement in no way changes SCHOA’s position against full consolidation.  We adamantly oppose full consolidation,” Eisert’s statement continued.He further explained that were the commission to approve full consolidation, it would cost Sun City ratepayers $16 a month more almost immediately not the interim hike of $4 per month.“It was a difficult decision and hard to understand by some, but the risk of not endorsing the short-term agreement was far too high,” Eisert concluded.

  • Owner claims bulk of mulch fire could be out within days as smoke, haze linger in Sun Cities

    MARICOPA COUNTY – A West Valley mulch producer asserted Wednesday that the bulk of a fire burning in his company’s storage and mixing yard could be out within a few days despite reports it could take weeks to get the blaze out.Meanwhile, the sight and aroma of smoke and haze generated by the fire at Lenaro Firewood in unincorporated Maricopa County just west of El Mirage is bothering some Sun City residents, although area hospitals report no uptick in smoke-related visits.A private work crew has been applying water to the piles of organic yard waste, including ground-up branches, leaves, woodchips and grass clippings, round-the-clock since Monday night, since taking over firefighting operations from Rural Metro, a private fire department serving Maricopa County.“We’re making good progress. I will do whatever I can to accomplish this,” said Juan Daniel Ochoa, owner of the business off Olive Avenue and Dysart Road just west of El Mirage.A system of pumps, feeder lines and large sprinklers is being used to draw water from irrigation ponds and wells serving farmland adjacent to Ochoa’s mulch production and storage property about a quarter mile north of Northern Parkway. The area consists mainly of farms and scattered small commercial businesses. The fire has not threatened any buildings.Ochoa said workers are moving in sections throughout about 20 acres of mulch piles, soaking the material with water and spreading it around in order to allow the water to penetrate the densely packed, oxygen-starved material. That lack of oxygen, common in mulch, prompted Rural Metro fire officials to predict earlier that it would take weeks for the fire to burn through the entire area.

  • DAR chapter honors veterans at Carillons

    Agua Fria Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, honored veterans residing at The Carillons GenCare Center in Sun City on Veterans Day. Each veteran was presented with a coffee mug filled with goodies and a button pin thanking them for their service in the military.The residents presented a token of money for purchasing tube socks for the veterans at the VA hospital in Prescott. The chapter is also collecting tube socks for the veterans.Refreshments were served by the center following the Veterans Day program.

  • Owner claims bulk of mulch fire could be out within days as smoke, haze linger in Sun Cities

    MARICOPA COUNTY – A West Valley mulch producer asserted Wednesday that the bulk of a fire burning in his company’s storage and mixing yard could be out within a few days despite reports it could take weeks to get the blaze out.Meanwhile, the sight and aroma of smoke and haze generated by the fire at Lenaro Firewood in unincorporated Maricopa County just west of El Mirage is bothering some Sun City residents, although area hospitals report no uptick in smoke-related visits.A private work crew has been applying water to the piles of organic yard waste, including ground-up branches, leaves, woodchips and grass clippings, round-the-clock since Monday night, since taking over firefighting operations from Rural Metro, a private fire department serving Maricopa County.“We’re making good progress. I will do whatever I can to accomplish this,” said Juan Daniel Ochoa, owner of the business off Olive Avenue and Dysart Road just west of El Mirage.A system of pumps, feeder lines and large sprinklers is being used to draw water from irrigation ponds and wells serving farmland adjacent to Ochoa’s mulch production and storage property about a quarter mile north of Northern Parkway. The area consists mainly of farms and scattered small commercial businesses. The fire has not threatened any buildings.Ochoa said workers are moving in sections throughout about 20 acres of mulch piles, soaking the material with water and spreading it around in order to allow the water to penetrate the densely packed, oxygen-starved material. That lack of oxygen, common in mulch, prompted Rural Metro fire officials to predict earlier that it would take weeks for the fire to burn through the entire area.

  • Weaver shares family heritage with club

    Weavers West members enjoyed a presentation by MaryLou Schultz at their membership meeting in November.Schultz spoke about the strong heritage of weaving in her family of Navajo people. She demonstrated how rugs were woven with wool from sheep raised on their ranches.Shultz has an education degree from ASU and enjoys teaching young people on the tradition of weaving. She shared samples of Navajo rugs made by her nieces and nephews along with photos of her commissioned works that are displayed around the globe.Visitors are welcome at the Kuentz Rec Center, 14401 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, to watch us in action and view the display of finished products in our display windows. Tours are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.Visit the website at www.scwclubs.com and click on Weavers West.

  • Photography West doles out awards

    The Photography West print competition on Nov. 14 featured four categories each in beginner, advanced and master.OpenClass B: Darrell Pierson, first and third place; Sandra Lee, second place; Pete Barcelo, honorable mention.Class A: Jan Keane, first place and honorable mention; Cindy Drolet, second and third place; Owen Pool, honorable mention.Master: Don Price, first and second place; Don Loseke, third place; Willard Mears, Sheila Cooke, Mark McKinney, Ella Schreiber, Clif Robinson, Harald Johnsen, Beth Tewhill, Jim Young, Irv Corbett, Donna Morell (2), honorable mention.Monochromatic

Facebook

YourWestValley.com on Facebook

Twitter

YourWestValley.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to YourWestValley.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

From West Valley Preps

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Liberty vs. Paradise Valley Football
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Liberty defeats Centennial 42-13 in the Division II quarterfinal game on Friday, November 14, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps.

Comments (0)
more »
Wednesday 11/12/2014
Moon Valley vs. Peoria Football
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 12:44 am

Moon Valley defeats Peoria 40-32 in the Division III playoffs on Friday, November 7, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps.

Comments (0)
more »
Monday 11/03/2014
Peoria vs. Cactus Football
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Peoria defeats Cactus 24-21 on Friday, October 31, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps.

Comments (0)
more »
Wednesday 10/22/2014
Mountain Ridge vs. Pinnacle Volleyball
Posted: October 22, 2014

Mountain Ridge defeats Pinnacle 3-0 on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps

Comments (0)
more »