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Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run comes to Copper Sky Regional Park Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The competition, for boys and girls ages 7-14, tests their skills at throwing to a designated strike zone, hitting off a tee for distance and accuracy and running from second base to home plate.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. All participants must provide a copy of a valid birth certificate for age verification at all levels of competition. Age is determined as of July 17, 2015.

Age groups are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Boys compete with baseballs and girls with softballs. Metal spikes are not allowed. All of the events are individually scored and converted to a total point score through the use of conversion tables. Winners in each age and gender group advance to the Sectional.

The first level of Pitch, Hit & Run is local. A participant can compete in only one local contest. Champions at the local level advance to a Sectional competition. At this level, the Sectional All-Around Champions become eligible to advance to the Team Championships, which are in June in all 30 MLB markets. The culmination occurs at the National Finals at the 2015 All-Star Week.

The Sectional All-Around Champions' scores are compared with the other Sectional Champions' scores in that respective MLB team market. The Top 3 participants in each age and gender group advance to the Team Championship. The Sectional Champion does not automatically advance to the Team Championship.

After the Team Championships, the All-Around Champions in each age and gender group are ranked nationally by total score. The champions' scores from all 30 team markets are compared and the top scorers in each age and gender group nationwide advance to the National Finals.

In the event of a tie for the All-Around Champion, the participant winning more individual events (pitching, hitting or running), among those involved with the tie, will be named the All-Around Champion. If a tie still exists, the participant with the higher hitting score among those involved with the tie, will be named the All-Around Champion. If a tie still exists, the running scores of those involved with the tie will be used to determine the All-Around Champion. There is no tie breaker in the individual skill events.

Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run emphasizes fun and endorses proper conduct and good sportsmanship.

***ADVERTISEMENT***Age Verification Chart
Age is determined as of July 17, 2015. The following chart is an age group breakdown for the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run events in 2015:
Age 7/8        July 18, 2006 – July 17, 2008
Age 9/10    July 18, 2004 – July 17, 2006
Age 11/12    July 18, 2002 – July 17, 2004
Age 13/14    July 18, 2000 – July 17, 2002

To participate, visit For more information visit

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Two Maricopa Elementary School students sat on a panel at the Leader in Me Symposium in Mesa.

Shawn King and Mary Brokenshire participated in the event March 3-4 at the Mesa Convention Center. They talked about how they are leaders in their class, school and at home while incorporating the” seven habits of highly effective people,” based on the book by Dr. Stephen R. Covey.

1) Be proactive
2) Begin with the end in mind
3) Put first things first
4) Think win-win
5) Seek first to understand and then to be understood
6) Synergize
7) Sharpen the saw

This year Maricopa Elementary is focusing on the seven habits and creating leadership opportunities for all students.

When asked what her favorite habit was Mary responded, “Synergize, because to me working alone is OK because I can think faster, but when I get to work with other people and get to know them, they can teach you new things and you can teach them new things. It is amazing.”

***ADVERTISEMENT***Shawn said, “Think win-win because you can talk to people about winning with you. They are really happy you can play with them.”

Principal Dr. Jennifer Robinson said, “At Maricopa Elementary we are excited to see the change in our students, as they take on more responsibly and lead through their actions and words.”

The Leader in Me is being implemented in over 1,500 schools across the United States, Canada and 32 different countries.

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Four schools from the Maricopa Unified School District completed in the State Robotics Championship at Arizona State University Feb. 28.

Out of 31 teams, Maricopa Elementary scored 243 points and finished 13th.

The Saddleback Elementary team, coached by Doug Fortunato and Scott Walters, scored 217 points and finished 16th out of 31.

“We scored nearly four times as many points as at our last meet, and we doubled our highest skill challenge total from 8 points to 16 points,” Fortunato said. “I am extremely proud of how much every member of our team has improved, and the score just shows the smallest part of it.”

Competing for the first year, Pima Butte Elementary’s Robotics team finished 17th with 214 points.

Maricopa High School students also competed in the high school division of the competition. All of the MUSD Robotics teams are sponsored by the Maricopa Ak-Chin STEAM Foundation.

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Maricopa Unified Schools announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, USDA School Foods Program and School Breakfast Program.

Every school day, breakfast is served free to all students; lunch cost $2.75 for K-6; $3 for 7-12.

Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced price is 40 cents for lunch.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households may fill out an application and return it to the school cafeteria/site manager unless your children qualify for free benefits. Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children and what is required to complete on the application.

Applications also are available at your local school office, district office and on the school’s website –

The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of the data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. An application for free or reduced price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions.

The household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Your children may qualify for free meal benefits if the household receives benefits and/or if your child meets a categorical requirement:
*The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
*The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or
*The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
*Homeless, migrant or runaway as defined by law; or
*Enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class as identified in by law
*Foster children that are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside

For any child not listed on the eligibility notice, the households should contact the school about any child also eligible under one of these programs or should submit an income application for other children.

If households/children receive benefits under Assistance Programs or other source programs are not notified by the school of their free meal benefits, the parent/guardian should contact Suzette Moe at 520-568-5100, ext. 1034.

***ADVERTISEMENT***Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, Moe will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardian dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Aron Rausch, MUSD District Office, 520-568-5100.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the levels.

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Maricopa American Legion Post 133, will be holding tryouts for talented baseball players ages 13 to 19. The tryouts will be Monday 7-9 p.m. at Copper Sky.

Organizers are looking for experienced ballplayers who want to play against high school level competition. The season will begin May 30. The team will play close to 20 games. Opening Day will be at the baseball fields at Copper Sky Recreational Center with a double header on May 30.

For more information e-mail, Legion website at or

Legion Baseball's alumni include some of the sport's most recognizable names such as Yogi Berra. Ted Williams suited up for a post in San Diego, Frank Robinson led his Oakland, California, team to the only back-to-back national championships in program history. Current Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira played in the league's 1997 World Series. Other prominent players include Ryne Sandberg, Roy Campanella, Dusty Baker, Albert Pujols, Greg Maddux and Chipper Jones.

American Legion Baseball is a national institution, having thrived through a world war, several national tragedies, and times of great prosperity as well as great despair. The league still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship.

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This summer the Maricopa Unified School District will again offer free summer programs for students who attend Butterfield Elementary, Maricopa Elementary, Saddleback Elementary, Santa Rosa Elementary and Desert Wind Middle School.

The programs start on June 1 and run until June 18 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. This year each elementary school will focus on science.

Elementary students will spend time working on academics as well as participating in special activities like culinary arts and physical education. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the elementary sites free of charge. At Desert Wind Middle School students will focus on reading, math, science, social studies and many fun activities. Lunch is provided at Desert Wind at no cost to students. Free bus transportation is available at all schools for students who ride a bus during the regular school year.

Only students who attended these schools during the 2014-15 school year can attend these summer programs. Enrollment is limited because these programs are grant-funded and the grant does not allow for open enrollment. Another requirement of the grant is that participation is by invitation only as there are a limited number of seats.

If you are a parent/guardian interested in enrolling a child who currently attends one of the listed schools, contact the school's 21st Century site coordinator, or contact Wade Watson, at either 520-568-5128 or at

***ADVERTISEMENT***MUSD also has a fee-based program called Copa Kids Care. This before- and afterschool program will again offer a full summer program at Butterfield Elementary School. The program starts on June 1-July 24. It is open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The program offers full childcare services as well as fun and exciting weekly themed mini-camps. Themes include: science, health and wellness, bugs, art, cooking, sports and fitness, sea life, and world geography. Students will also take field trips to Green Zone Nutrition and Ultrastar Cinema. Prices are based on the type of care a student needs. Transportation is not provided.  

For more information on Copa Kids Care, please contact Traci Manoguerra at 520-568-5100, ext. 1011 or e-mail

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Monday, 50 Maricopa High School DECA members attended regional competition at the Phoenix Convention Center. The team brought home 32 medals and will send 24 competitors to state competition March1-3, again at the Convention Center downtown.

The students faced more than 500 competitors from various valley schools including Raymond S. Kellis HS, Barry Goldwater HS, and Cactus Shadows.

Micah Buchannan, Crystal Turner, Jacob Bradley, Bianca Arnett, Anthony Gonzales, and junior Kat Harding earned test medals for the highest test scores.

Role Play medals:

Kat Harding, Lauryn Vela and Valeria Ortiz: Apparel and Accessories Marketing

Briana Walker, Anthony Gonzales, and Jamie Cluff: Hotel and Lodging Management

Bianca Arnett: Quick Serve Restaurant management

Devaugn Sutton: Business Services Marketing

Freshman David Shaffer: Principles of Hospitality

Pamela Crabajales and Andrea Russo: Buying and Merchandising (team)

Natalie Mabee and Yazlin Villalobos: Hospitality marketing (team)

Lililan Chitwood and Alyssa Hollingsworth: Travel and Tourism management (team)

***ADVERTISEMENT***Micah Buchannan, Taylor Holz, Luke Spencer and Blake West: Sports and Entertainment Marketing (team)

Additionally, Luke and Blake, Micah and Taylor, Lillian and Alyssa, and Kat Harding earned overall medals for placing first in their division.

DECA is an international organization for high school and college dedicated to emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of marketing, hospitality, business management and finance.

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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, named among the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine, has unveiled improvements after a major renovation project aimed at improving the playability of the course while maintaining the challenges and shot-values enjoyed by experienced golfers.

The enhancements included a complete bunker renovation, additional tee boxes, expanded landing areas and other design improvements on several holes. Among the most celebrated changes is the new hybrid practice facility, which serves as a six-hole short course called #miniDunes in the afternoon and a traditional driving range during peak times of the day.

The driving range was completely renovated with the addition of six tees and six target greens built to USGA specifications. The name #miniDunes embraces a theme to appeal to a younger audience by being among the first golf courses to incorporate a hashtag in its name.

“#mini Dunes will serve as our laboratory to grow the game,” said General Manager Brady Wilson. “We are going to use this facility to introduce new golfers, both young and old, to the game of golf.”

To ensure the integrity of the award-winning design at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, original course architects of Schmidt-Curley Design was brought in to lead the project. In all, 83,000 square feet of bunkers were removed from the course's original total of 480,000 square feet. Major improvements also include significant turf expansion between many of the forward tees to eliminate unnecessary forced carries for those choosing to "tee it forward" or are still learning to consistently hit shots in the air.

Additional enhancements included re-vegetation of native grasses and many transitions between bunker edges and native desert. A new back tee was added on No. 1 (a change made with the experienced golfer in mind) while new forward tees were added on holes 6, 8, 12, 15 and 17. Improvements on No. 17 also include a nearly full-redesign with an expansion of the green, reshaping of a large dune to open sightlines to the hole, and changes to the bunker complex around the green.

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes hopes to make a major statement in the industry with the changes by taking action to make the golf experience more enjoyable for a broader range of golfers and creating an environment suited for juniors and players who are new to the game. The course is designed to appeal to both resort-style play and competitive tournaments.

***ADVERTISEMENT***The Arizona Golf Association recently re-rated the rating/slope of the course, determining that the “tips” received a more difficult rating/slope, the “black tees” remained the same and “gold, blue and white tees” received a lower course rating/slope.

“These new ratings confirmed what we set out to do at the onset of the project – to make the golf course more playable for the average player, while maintaining and increasing our championship pedigree,” Wilson said.

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Fire service professionals are essential members of the communities in which we live. According to the Arizona Career Information Systems website, more than 7,500 firefighters are employed within the state of Arizona. They are charged with protecting people and property.

Central Arizona College’s Fire Science Technology program is a leader in providing training and educational programs for new and seasoned firefighters. Students can choose the training to best meet their educational goals and needs.

The Fire Science Technology associate of applied science degree is designed to prepare students for a career in fire services. Throughout the program students study modern fire prevention, fire protection, fire suppression, wildland firefighting and hazardous materials response principles and practices. Upon completion they will be certified at both a local and national level and may earn employment with municipal, industrial, State and Federal agencies.

Certificates of completion are also available in Fire Academy, Firefighter Operations, and Wildland Operations.

The Fire Academy prepares students for an entry level position as a career firefighter. The academy operates one night a week from 5 to 9 p.m. and one day a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students receive hands-on skills training, testing their ability to perform critical tasks such as search and rescue, vehicle extrication, ventilation operations, and live burn operations. Additionally, students participate in daily cardiovascular and strength training. The courses taught in the academy meet National Fire Protection Association NFPA 1001 and Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Students also will be prepared for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSCA) written and practical skills test that is conducted on campus through the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence.

The 19 credit Firefighter Operations certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform the essential functions of an entry level firefighter. Students will complete Firefighter I & II, Introduction to Emergency Services and the Wildland Fire module.

The Wildland certificate is designed for the professional firefighter currently employed with an agency that responds to wildland fire incidents. Advanced training in Wildfire Firefighting is offered per the requirements established by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

Fire Science Coordinator Jim Hitch explains, “Through the Fire Science Technology program students will learn both structure and wildland firefighting techniques. All instructors are professional firefighters, fire service leaders and/or subject matter experts. We work closely with partner agencies to ensure training meets local and national standards.”

To learn more about CAC’s fire service technology program contact Jim Hitch at 520-494-5507.***ADVERTISEMENT***

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Fourth- and fifth-graders competed in the Maricopa Unified School District's annual Mile Meet at Maricopa High School Friday.


Fourth-grade boys

1. Phillie Villapadaa, MES, 6:45
2. Kahleb Bell, Santa Rosa, 6:55
3. Christian Larraga, MES, 7:03

Fourth-grade girls

1. McKinley Hacker, Santa Rosa, 6:59
2. Akayla Summers, Pima Butte, 7:04
3. Anna Kramarczyk, Santa Rosa, 7:16

Fifth-grade boys

1. Gabriel Tobar, Saddleback, 6:07
2. Jacob Hammons, Butterfield, 6:21
3. Hazi Parra, Saddleback, 6:26

Fifth-grade girls

1. Shelby Beecroft, Butterfield, 6:50
2. Aislinn Conner, Pima Butte, 7:04
3. Madison Russo, Butterfield, 7:17 


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Tuesday, Jan. 14

Boys basketball at Higley: 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Girls basketball vs Higley at home: 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
Boys soccer at Casa Grande: 4 and 6 p.m.
Girls soccer vs Casa Grande at home: 4 and 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Boys basketball vs Combs at home: 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Girls basketball at Combs: 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Boys soccer at Flowing Wells: 4 and 6 p.m.
Girls soccer vs Flowing Wells at home: 4 and 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17

Boys basketball vs Williams Field at home: 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Girls basketball at Williams Field: 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Free youth soccer clinic ages 4-13 (8th grade) at MHS: 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18
Wrestling tournament at Desert Ridge: 8 a.m. 


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Taylor Moore of Edmond, Okla., held on to his second-round lead, shooting 70 in the final round Sunday in the inaugural Saguaro Amateur golf tournament at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.

Moore finished at 201 (-11) and won by three shots over Trevor Simsby and AJ McInerney. Moore finished third at last week’s Patriot All-America at Wigwam Golf Club.

“I came off a solid week last week at the Patriot and I felt like I was ready to win,” Moore said. “I played solid. I tried to hit it in the middle of the greens all week and give myself some birdie looks."

The Saguaro Amateur consisted of 108 players from around the world. The second Saguaro will be back at Southern Dunes Jan. 2-4, 2015.

The top 10:

1. Taylor MOORE, Edmond, Okla. 66-65-70 – 201
t2. Trevor SIMSBY, Carlsbad, Calif. 65-70-69 – 204
      AJ McINERNEY, Henderson, Nev. 69-66-69 – 204
4. Grayson MURRAY, Raleigh, N.C. 64-72-71 – 207
t5. Austin KAISER, San Diego 69-68-71 – 208
     Xander SCHAUFFELE, San Diego 68-70-70 – 208
     David KIM, Redondo Beach, Calif. 68-70-70 – 208
8. Jonathan SANDERS, Chatsworth, Calif. 72-67-71 – 210
t9. Brent BAYLON, Phoenix 73-70-69 – 212
     RJ Wood, Scottsdale 69-72-71 – 212

More information is available at or on Twitter @saguaroamateur. 


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Thursday, Dec. 26

Boys soccer tournament at Dobson: 10 a.m.
Girls basketball tournament at Valley Christian: 1 and 6:20 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 27

Boys soccer tournament at Dobson: noon
Girls basketball tournament at Valley Christian: 9 a.m., 2:20 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

Boys soccer tournament at Dobson: 10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 30

Boys soccer tournament at Dobson

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Boys soccer tournament at Dobson

Thursday, Jan. 2

Boys basketball tournament at Blue Ridge in Pinetop

Friday, Jan. 3

Girls soccer tournament at Apache Junction: 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
Wrestling tournament at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott: 10 a.m.
Boys basketball tournament at Blue Ridge in Pinetop

Saturday, Jan. 4

Girls soccer tournament at Apache Junction
Wrestling tournament at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott: 9 a.m.
JV Wrestling at Deer Valley: 11 a.m.
Boys basketball tournament at Blue Ridge in Pinetop


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Tuesday, Dec. 10

Girls basketball vs. Coolidge at home; 5:30, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball @ Coolidge; 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
Girls soccer vs. Combs at home; 4, 6 p.m.
Maricopa Wells soccer at Hohokam; 4:15 p.m.
Maricopa Wells volleyball at Hohokam; 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Wrestling at Cienega; 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12

Girls basketball at Seton; 5:30, 7 p.m.
Boys soccer vs. Horizon Honors at home; 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

Girls basketball vs. Casa Grande at home; 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball at Casa Grande; 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
Girls soccer vs. Gila Ridge at home; 4, 6 p.m.
Wrestling at Perry – Puma Duals; noon

Saturday, Dec. 14

Wrestling at Perry – Puma Duals
Desert Wind soccer playoffs at Coolidge High School
Desert Wind volleyball playoffs at Coolidge High
Maricopa Wells soccer playoffs at Coolidge High
Maricopa Wells volleyball playoffs at Coolidge High


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The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is scheduled to announce a partnership Thursday between the Ak-Chin Indian Community and Super Bowl XLIX (49) to be played Feb. 1, 2015 at the University of Phoenix stadium.

The game will mark seven years since Arizona last hosted the world’s largest single-day sporting event and, according to a press release, will allow the Ak-Chin and host committee to showcase Arizona as a great place to live, work and play.

The announcement is expected to be made at 10 a.m. at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club by Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman David Rousseau, Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis Manuel, Jr., and Arizona Host Committee Board Member Michael Bidwill.


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Monday, Dec. 2

Boys soccer vs. Ironwood Ridge at home: 4, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Wrestling at home: 4 p.m.
Maricopa Wells soccer vs. Cactus Canyon at home: 4:15 p.m.
Maricopa Wells volleyball vs. Cactus Canyon at home: 4:15
Desert Wind soccer at Mountain Vista: 4:15 p.m.
Desert Wind volleyball at Mountain Vista: 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Girls basketball at Coronado: 5:30, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball vs. Coronado at home: 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Boys soccer vs. Higley at home: 4, 6 p.m.
Girls soccer at Higley: 4, 6 p.m.
Boys basketball at Cibola – Yuma Tournament
Maricopa Wells soccer vs. Desert Wind at Maricopa Wells: 4:15 p.m.
Maricopa Wells volleyball vs. Desert Wind at Maricopa Wells: 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6

Boys basketball at Cibola – Yuma Tournament
Wrestling at Deer Valley: 11 a.m.
Free soccer clinic at MHS ages 4-13: 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Boys basketball at Cibola – Yuma Tournament
Wrestling at Deer Valley: 9 a.m.


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Parents can register their children for Maricopa Little League all divisions for 2014 play 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 7 Java Street in the Shops at Maricopa Fiesta at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway.

MLL representatives will on hand to answer any registration questions.

More information also is available at Maricopa Little League website.


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Maricopa Unified School District met in a second and final cross country competition Tuesday at Maricopa High School.

Athletes from all six of the district’s elementary schools participated.

“It was amazing to see all of the athletes times improve,” Butterfield Elementary School p.e. teacher Steve Sorenson said. “The biggest improvement was by Butterfield sixth-grader Macayla Barbaglia who helped her team win the girls meet. She was able to improve her time from 16:28 to 11:53, which led to seventh place (individually) in the girls race.”

(Click here to read a story by Sorenson in the current InMaricopa News about the importance of sixth-grade athletics).

Tuesday’s team results (girls):

1. Butterfield (47)
2. Pima Butte (52)
3. Santa Rosa (68)
4. Saddleback (73)
5. Santa Cruz (141)
6. Maricopa (145)

Individual results (girls):

1. Dejah Wynn (Butterfield) 10:22
2. Xiomara Gomez (Butterfield) 10:55
3. Zanaa Ramirez (Butterfield) 10:58
4. Lauren Chism (Pima Butte) 11:05
5. Alize Marsh (Pima Butte) 11:05.5
6. Calista Nielsen (Saddleback) 11:12
7. Macayla Barbaglia (Butterfield) 11:53
8. Payson Hacker (Santa Rosa) 12:05
9. Sinea Cowary (Santa Rosa) 12:20
10. Sage Horsley (Saddleback) 12:21

Team results (boys):

1. Butterfield (22)
2. Santa Rosa (67)
3. Pima Butte (80)
4. Maricopa (102)
5. Santa Cruz (117)
6. Saddleback (124)

Individual results (boys):

1. Taylor Russo (Butterfield) 9:42
2. Dax Redfern (Butterfield) 9:52
3. Chris Perez (Butterfield) 9:59
4. Nick Radcliffe (Pima Butte) 10:03
5. Jovante Travis (Butterfield) 10:27
6. Nathan Salas (Santa Rosa) 10:33
7. Dominic Figueroa (Santa Cruz) 10:34
8. Asher Miller (Pima Butte) 10:35
9. Eddie Molinedo (Saddleback) 10:41
10. Jacob Rocco (Santa Rosa) 10:42 


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Maricopa Unified School District will be host Calvin Terrell, an expert and presenter in the area of cultural diversity and violence prevention 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Terrell’s free presentation will be titled “Violence or Virtue: A Community challenge.”

The communitywide event will be held at the Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

The goal of this experience is to spark introspection and healthy proactive action on the part of parents, families, and community members to collaborate with the school in creating holistically safe spaces for all to learn and thrive, according to an MUSD press release.

Terrell will present “Cowards to Warriors” during two student assemblies for high school and middle school students Wednesday morning. This interactive presentation will focus on bullying and how students can become “agents of unity.”

Staff members also will participate in an afternoon workshop titled “Enhancing a Learning Culture,” which will include activities and ideas for building trust, honoring individuality and making a team.

For more information about the Maricopa Unified School District please visit the District’s website at


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Nearly 100 athletes participated in MUSD’s first-ever cross-country meet for sixth-graders Thursday at Maricopa High School.

Butterfield Elementary School PE teacher Steve Sorenson said the event – the first of two – “Is important because our sixth-graders can compete in sports after moving sixth grade from the middle schools to the elementary schools.”

Students from all six of Maricopa Unified School District’s elementary schools participated.

Team results (girls)

1. Butterfield (42)
2. Pima Butte (46)
3. Santa Rosa (85)
4. Saddleback (108)
5. Maricopa (119)
6. Santa Cruz (133)

Individual results (girls)

1. Dejah Wynn (Butterfield), 10:38
2. Xiomara Gomez (Butterfield ), 11:31
3. Zanaa Ramirez (Butterfield), 11:39
4. Lauren Chism (Pima Butte), 11:47
5. Calista Nielsen (Saddleback), 11:50
6. Alize Marsh (Pima Butte), 11:50.5
7. Cierra Kochheiser (Santa Rosa), 13:07
8. Maury Galaviz (Maricopa), 13:21
9. Gabrielle Anderson (Pima Butte), 13:35
10. Julia Lamis (Pima Butte),13:40

Team results (boys)

1. Butterfield (18)
2. Santa Rosa (79)
3. Pima Butte (82)
4. Maricopa (93)
5. Santa Cruz (115)
6. Saddleback (135)

Individual results (boys)

1. Taylor Russo (Butterfield), 9:46
2. Chris Perez (Butterfield), 9:56
3. Nick Radcliffe (Pima Butte), 10:17
4. Dax Redfern (Butterfield), 10:33
5. Jovante Travis (Butterfield), 10:40
6. Bryan Pick (Butterfield), 10:40.5
7. Asher Miller (Pima Butte), 10:47
8. Elijah Duke (Santa Rosa), 10:48
9. Eddie Molinedo (Saddleback), 10:57
10. Jacob Rocco (Santa Rosa), 10:58 


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Maricopa High School student and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ryan “Doughnut” Dougherty received an outstanding performance award from Air Force Retired Col. Scott Lewis, Chief, Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFJROTC) Instructor Management, Nov. 8.

Every three years the AFJROTC headquarters conducts a program review and the evaluator, Lewis in this case, has the prerogative to award up to two cadets from each school unit for their performance.

Ryan, Maricopa High School AFJROTC’s first recipient, has been part of the program since it started in January 2011. He is the unit’s senior enlisted adviser and physical fitness leader. Among his accomplishments, Ryan was recognized during last month’s Army sponsored fitness challenge in which he set a new record of 136 pushups in the two minutes allotted.

The Air Force JROTC program is taught by Maj. James Alonzo and Sgt. Dishon Gregory.

More information about MHS’s JROTC program or other course offerings is available by calling the school at 520-568-8100 or visiting the district’s website


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Tuesday, Oct. 29

Volleyball vs Poston Butte at home: 4, 5, 6 p.m.
Maricopa Wells boys soccer at Mountain Vista: 4:15 p.m.
Maricopa Wells girls volleyball at Mountain Vist: 4:15 p.m.
Desert Wind boys soccer at Hohokam: 4:15 p.m.
Desert Wind girls volleyball at Hohokam: 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Freshmen football at Tempe: 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 31

JV football vs Tempe at home: 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1

Varsity football at Catalina Foothills (Tucson): 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Cross country at Marana (sectionals): 11:15 a.m. 


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It is Homecoming Week at Maricopa High School.

Maricopa Unified School District invites the public to wear red and enjoy all of the events from a powder puff football game and community pep rally 6 p.m. Thursday to the 6 p.m. Friday homecoming game.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Volleyball at Flowing Wells: 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Cross country at Higley: 4 p.m.

Freshmen football vs Flowing Wells at home: 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Volleyball vs Marana at home: 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.

JV football at Sabino: 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18

Volleyball at Florence (tournament): 10 a.m.

Homecoming varsity football vs Flowing Wells: 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Volleyball at Florence (tournament): time tba


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Tuesday September 24th
Boys Golf @ Aguila Golf Course @ 3:30
Volleyball @ Skyline @ 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
Desert Wind Baseball vs Maricopa Wells @ MHS @ 6:00
Desert Wind Softball vs Maricopa Wells @ MHS @ 6:00
Wednesday September 25th
Cross Country @ Kenilworth Sports Complex @ 4:15
Girls Golf @ Rolling Hills Golf Course @ 4:00
Freshmen Football vs Vista Grande @ Home @ 6:00
Thursday September 26th
Boys Golf @ Johnson Ranch Golf Club @ 3:30
Volleyball vs La Joya Community @ Home @ 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
JV Football @ Vista Grande @ 6:00
Desert Wind Baseball vs Cactus Canyon @ Home @ 4:15
Desert Wind Softball vs Cactus Canyon @ Home @ 4:15
Friday September 27th
Varsity Football vs Vista Grande @ Home @ 7:00- Youth Night

Tuesday September 24th

Boys Golf at  Aguila Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball at Skyline, 4, 5, 6 p.m.

Desert Wind Baseball vs Maricopa Wells at MHS, 6 p.m.

Desert Wind Softball vs Maricopa Wells at MHS, 6 p.m.

Wednesday September 25th

Cross Country at Kenilworth Sports Complex, 4:15 p.m.

Girls Golf at Rolling Hills Golf Course, 4 p.m.

Freshmen Football vs Vista Grande at home, 6 p.m.

Thursday September 26th

Boys Golf at Johnson Ranch Golf Club, 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball vs La Joya Community at home,  4, 5, 6 p.m.

JV Football at Vista Grande, 6 p.m.

Desert Wind Baseball vs Cactus Canyon at home, 4:15 p.m.

Desert Wind Softball vs Cactus Canyon at home, 4:15 p.m.

Friday September 27th

Varsity Football vs Vista Grande at home, 7 p.m. – Youth Night


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Tuesday, Sept. 10

Boys golf at Las Colinas Golf Course, 2 p.m.

Volleyball at Estrella Foothills, 4, 5, 6 p.m.

Desert Wind Baseball at Cactus Canyon, 4:15 p.m.

Desert Wind Softball at Cactus Canyon, 4:15 p.m.

Freshmen football vs Williams Field at home, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Cross country at Higley, 4 p.m.

Girls Golf at Apache Creek Golf Course, 3 p.m.

JV football vs Williams Field at home, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Volleyball vs Casa Grande at home, 4, 5, 6 p.m.

Boys golf at Southern Dunes, 3:30 p.m.

Varsity football at Williams Field, 7 p.m.

Maricopa Wells baseball at Cactus Canyon, 4:15 p.m.

Maricopa Wells softball at Cactus Canyon, 4:15 p.m.

Desert Wind baseball vs Mountain Vista at home, 4:15 p.m.

Desert Wind softball vs Mountain Vista at home, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Cross country at Fountain Hills Park, 7:30 a.m.


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Maricopa Little League is offering four clinics, including one for umpires, starting Tuesday – all at Pacana Park.

  • T-ball, machine pitch, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Softball – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday
  • Minors, majors baseball – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday
  • Umpires – 6 p.m., Aug. 29.

MLL invites anyone who has ever thought about umpiring to the clinic. Interested people are asked to contact David Chavez at

Fall ball registration closes Aug. 24 and practice will start seven to 10 days later, with games starting in early September. Most games are played on Saturdays.

There will be a coaches meeting 6 p.m. Monday and anyone interested in coach or managing need to attend his meeting, according to MLL. Click here to see the coaching form.  

A meeting for parents of all registered players will be 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the multipurpose room at Saddleback Elementary School.

All coaches and volunteers will need to have a current 2013 volunteer form on file with the league. Participants are asked to bring the forms to the appropriate meeting with a photo copy of their ID. Click here for the volunteer form. 


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Students have until Saturday to register for the fall 2013 semester at Central Arizona College.

Special registration hours will be held throughout the district at the Aravaipa, Maricopa, Signal Peak and Superstition Mountain campuses, as well as the San Tan Center 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

As part of an ongoing effort to prepare students to be more successful in the classroom, Central Arizona College has implemented On Time Registration beginning with the 2013 fall semester.

Starting with classes that begin after 4:30 p.m. Friday, students no longer will be allowed to register for courses that have already started.

“When our students register on time,” Debbie Foster, professor of speech communication, said, “they are more likely to be successful in their classes, get into the classes they want, complete their degrees on time, and avoid last-minute hassles.”

For students registering using CAC’s online student services, open classes will be available for enrollment until midnight prior to the first day of the semester. After that, students must register in-person and must do so prior to the first meeting of the class.

***ADVERTISEMENT***For more information regarding On Time Registration, please contact an academic adviser by phone at your local CAC campus or center, or by email at

Inquiries regarding a student’s account must originate from the student’s CAC email account and must include their student ID number.

The Maricopa Campus is at 17945 N. Regent Drive. The phone number is 520-494-6400.

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The Central Arizona College choral program is accepting new members to learn and perform at its Signal Peak Campus.

Current CAC students, as well as members of the community, are invited to choose from three choirs this fall to enhance their vocal chords and share their talents.

Two separate sections of CAC’s College Choir course currently are being offered for the fall semester. The CAC College Choir performs a variety of music, including classical, popular, folk, contemporary and multicultural selections.

“Being a member of a choral group is a great way for a person who enjoys singing to have an opportunity to both use and improve their skills,” Kim Osteen-Petreshock, director of the choral program at CAC, said. “It's also a great way to meet other people who enjoy making music.”

The first section will meet 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The second also referred to as Community Choir, will meet 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Neither of these two groups requires an audition to participate, and while not mandatory, prior experience and music-reading ability is helpful.

These classes have an extended registration period so students unable to register for the College Choir will be permitted to attend the first class of the semester.

The third offering, the CAC Jazz Choir, is a smaller group focusing primarily on jazz music and some popular music. The group will meet noon to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A brief audition is required for acceptance into Jazz Choir; arrangements can be made by contacting Osteen-Petreshock.

***ADVERTISEMENT***“It is not necessary to prepare any music for the Jazz Choir audition. The best thing to do would be to start singing regularly and to perform any warm-up exercises you might know so that your voice is warmed up and ready to go.”

All three choral groups meet in Room 104 of the Pence Center at the Signal Peak Campus, 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, and begin rehearsing Aug. 19.

“All choirs participate in two major concerts per semester – one around the middle of the semester and one at the end,” Osteen-Petreshock said.

To register for one of these three vocal performance opportunities, contact an academic adviser. For more information about the CAC choral programs, or to arrange an audition for the Jazz Choir, contact Osteen-Petreshock at 520-560-5779 or

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Parents can still register their children for Maricopa Little League fall ball 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Seven Cups Coffee, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 115.

The registration fee is $40 and includes shirt, hat and socks. The required forms are: medical release, code of conduct, three proofs of residency and birth certificate.

Teams are: baseball/minors (ages 8-10); baseball/majors (ages 10-12); softball/minors (ages 8-10); softball/majors (ages 10-12); machine pitch/co-ed (ages 6-8); and T-ball/co-ed (ages 4-6).

If fewer than 44 players sign up for each division, instead of assigning game times MLL will hold instructional clinics.

Registration is completed when the online registration form has been submitted, all required documents are turned into the player agent and registration fee has been paid. If parents have submitted the required forms during the current year, they do not need to resubmit them. If they were turned in during the 2012 or previous seasons they will need to be submitted again.

Documentation can be emailed to More details are available at


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Central Arizona College will offer GED classes to help students earn their General Educational Development diploma and English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA or ESL) classes at its new Maricopa campus. Registration begins Aug. 1.

GED and ESL classes are offered at no charge for Arizona residents. Students may pre-register with proof of legal presence in the United States.

ESL classes will be 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting Aug. 19 in room C116 at the CAC Maricopa Campus, 17945 W. Regent Road. GED classes will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Aug. 20 in rooms C115 and C116.

On Jan. 1, the GED exam will change to a computer-based test aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Anyone who started the tests under the current GED Series 2002 must complete and pass all five parts of the exam by Dec. 31 or they will be required to start over in January with the new test that is expected to be more expensive and complex.

Pre-testing for English Language Acquisition for Adults classes will be required prior to the first day of class, and test dates will be provided at the time of registration.

For more information on classes in Western Pinal County, call CAC’s Casa Grande Center at 520-494-5950. For information en Español, call 520-494-5983.