Valley golf growth models require younger generation

Golf, once considered a dying sport as younger people seemed to abandoning the game, appears to be attempting a comeback. According to National Golf Foundation statistics, 2022 marked the fifth straight year of green grass participation increases

More Class of 2023 athletes find new home teams

The following West Valley area high school seniors have signed a letter of intent or made a verbal commitment to the following college programs. This is West Valley Preps’ second to last update of the Class of 2023 list.

Young Shadow Ridge sprinters not satisfied with 1 gold

Only half of the breakout Shadow Ridge boys 4x100-meter relay will be back next season, but the job is only half done. The Stallions went from worst to first in Division One track, placing 15th …

Surprise planning commission recommends Dominium …

Though legal challenges are seemingly done, Truman Ranch Marketplace’s controversial history led to the unusual step of a public hearing for a site plan presentation.

Surprise receives upbeat water supply update

Cautious optimism is preferable when discussing Arizona’s water resources, given the dire updates of the past two years.

Surprise Council stops Sycamore Farms rezone plans

The six different applications for rezoning in the Sycamore Farms PAD combined into one action item may not split back up, or at least face significant changes.

Desert Mountain upsets Willow Canyon for 5A softball …

Throughout the 5A softball playoffs, Desert Mountain relied on freshman wunderkind pitcher Lilly Goodwin while struggling to give her run support.

Deer Valley shocks Northwest Christian in 4A final

MESA - Deer Valley boys volleyball finished its dominant playoff run determined to not lose a set, even against a team it had never beat. Entering Saturday's 4A state final at Skyline High Hchool in Mesa.

Willow Canyon softball brushes off loss to make …

Since high school softball returned in Arizona in 2021, Willow Canyon has  not faced many difficulties on the field. Thursday night, prep softball fans learned the Wildcats also handle adversity very well.

Deer Valley dominates boys volleyball semifinal

Deer Valley boys volleyball gelled during the mid-April  Brophy Invitational  and has clobbered most 4A foes since. Now Deer Valley heads to its first state boys volleyball final since 2010. The Skyhawks will play #1 seed Northwest Christian (29-2) in the title match at noon Saturday.

McCann looks to cap legacy as all-time softball great

Arizona high school softball has a bit less than a week to find a way to the summit of Mount McCann. If 5A opponents cannot find the route — and in three years only one team has come close …

Shadow Ridge softball survives slugfest to knock out …

It was not the same team that won two straight 6A state softball titles, but to knock Xavier Prep out of the playoffs Shadow Ridge had to throw haymakers all afternoon. The most unexpected power surge came from sophomore Delaney Salasek

Business pipeline speeds up in West Valley on Loop 303

The pace of development announcements and construction surrounding Loop 303 in the West Valley is nearly occurring as fast as traffic on the freeway.

Mountain Ridge baseball armed for playoff gauntlet

Later today, Mountain Ridge baseball  starts play in the loaded top half of the 6A playoff bracket. The #4 Mountain Lions host #13 Phoenix Alhambra at 11 a.m., kicking off a double-elimination tournament where one team has to survive

Centennial baseball star Mogen makes case as state's …

Centennial coach Jon Williams is perhaps the least surprised person to see senior Cristian Mogen become on of Arizona's best players in the last two seasons. Williams has coached Mogen, the …

Paradise Honors' Romero ready for more big games

Paradise Honors senior pitcher Samara Romero is not at the head of this Arizona senior class. In Surprise she’s overshadowed by two-time state champion and Missouri-bound Marissa McCann of …

Rockefeller Group buys into Surprise business park

After years of focusing on apartment projects throughout the Valley, New York City-based Rockefeller Group decided about a year ago to reenter the Phoenix commercial market.

Sanchez grows into baseball stardom for Deer Valley

Top middle school players in northwest Glendale and Phoenix simply do not end up in a Deer Valley baseball uniform. But the Skyhawks made up for a bit of the talent gap with a late bloomer

Lindsay brings back big bat for another Shadow Ridge …

After a breakout sophomore season as park of Shadow Ridge softball’s underdog run in 2021, Allison Lindsay missed part of her junior year.

GCU baseball offer allows Matranga to realize Division …

In October Austin Matranga saw his recruiting process turn 180 degrees. The Shadow Ridge senior shortstop was not on the radar of major colleges, Two-year powerhouse Yavapai College in Prescott was his most likely destination.

Surprise planners favor only part of Sycamore Farms …

Landowners and Surprise staff combined six different applications for rezoning in the Sycamore Farms planned-area development into one presentation before the Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission April 6.

Kennemer powers Willow Canyon softball 3-peat bid

When your high school softball coach names the club team he’s affiliated with Boom Baby Softball, big flys are a big deal. That lends extra weight to senior Trinity Kennemer already owning the Willow Canyon softball home run record.

Housing moves to front of Surprise General Plan …

Surprise’s General Plan 2040 update process is a big picture procedure set in place years ago and does not divert based on recent developments.

Dignity Health plans Surprise’s first full hospital

The first full hospital campus in Surprise does not appear to have many hurdles to construction, although it remains early in its design stage.
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