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Supervisors tell Sheriff to scale back $12.1 million budget proposal By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger The Pinal County Supervisors said a request by Sheriff Paul Babeu for an additional $12.1 million next fiscal year would not be financially sustainable at its regular Apr. 25 meeting, unanimously voting to give the Sheriff another month to trim down his proposal. The Sheriff’s request included about $5 million for 69 new staff positions, $3.9 million for 65 new vehicles and $1.1 million to replace 44 vehicles. About $1 million was

requested to fund holiday pay and employee related expenses and $950,000 to fund additional equipment, software, leasing, training, and fuel. Supervisor Anthony Smith said budget projections that included Babeu’s proposal, in additional to a proposed 2.5 percent merit increase for county employees, would run a $21 million deficit next year that would continue to increase, depleting the county’s $49 million contingency fund by FY 2016. “It’s unrealistic,” Smith

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said, reiterating the Board’s insistence on not raising property tax rates to increase county revenue. Babeu told the Board his request, about a 20 percent budget increase, was not unreasonable. “If you do not address these issues, do not say that public safety is your priority,” Babeu said. Babeu argued his office does not have the staffing nor the competitive pay of similar county and municipal law enforcement departments, introducing a “superstar” county K-9 deputy at the meeting who recently accepted a position at Chandler Police Department for better pay. Babeu said the adoption of 12-hour shifts has led to adequate levels of service despite strained resources. To make his pitch, Babeu provided a study by the Segal Co., an analysis firm, which was presented by company senior vicepresident Elliot Sussels. The study concluded PCSO was understaffed by as many as 116 employees in relation to officer-perpopulation numbers from departments like Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Tempe Police. PCSO also was also paying officers and certain employees belowBudget, Page 5

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Hunt Highway improvements slow but on track, officials say

and Maintenance Plan (TIMP). Murphy said all of the maintenance projects in the San Tan Valley area outlined between 2011 and 2014 are all being completed on schedule and within their budgets. Chase said plan outlined by the county public works department is a good first step to ensuring a plan in place to get Hunt Highway widened from San Tan Valley to Florence. “It is one of my top priorities as Supervisor,” she said. Getting roads paved and widened is the most pressing infrastructure concern for San Tan Valley, Chase said. “Not only is it important to upgrade our infrastructure to attract new development and businesses to Pinal County, but reducing the number of dirt roads will greatly improve our air quality as well,” she said. “I am glad there is a light at the end of the tunnel when we are talking about starting a project as significant as the improvement of Hunt Highway,” she added. “It’s the first of seven phases, but it’s a big step toward the safety of the people who use this road.”





WHERE E. Empire Blvd. to N. Thompson Rd. WHAT Widening Hunt Hwy, Drainage Culverts, Intersection with Traffic Light at Thompson, Utility Relocation TIME FRAME Ongoing COST $15 Million


By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger The improvement and expansion of Hunt Highway is critical to San Tan Valley residents and leaders not only to alleviate traffic but to make the important roadway safer, and county officials say delayed plans to expand it to five lanes are now on schedule. Due to the lack of funding, Pinal County broke the expansion project up into seven phases, and the current Phase I is a 1.79 mile section of the road from Empire Boulevard to Thompson Road, expected to cost around $15 million. Since 2009, the county has been able to obtain $5.5 million in federal dollars, said District 2 Supervisor Cheryl Chase, enough to see the completion of Phase I. Chase said all options are on the table to get the rest of the expansion funded. “In addition to pursuing state and federal funds, I want to take a closer look at our development agreements and impact fees,” she said. “I also want to evaluate if bonding or borrowing for the project is a viable option.” Hunt Highway improvements have been in the planning phase since the fall of 2007, but money from development impact fees dried up during the recession, she explained. The Phase I improvements include a five-lane roadway, drainage culverts, completion of an intersection and installation of a traffic signal at Thompson Road. In June 2012, Pinal received environmental clearance from the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Environmental Planning Group. Since that time the county has worked to acquire the final rights-of-way, finalizing plans and completing utility relocations. The utility relocation project is currently under way, placing SRP power lines and Centurylink/Cox cables underground, which is expected to be completed next month. “It’s a careful symphony to make sure all of that happens in the right sequence,” said county spokeswoman Heather Murphy. She said noticeable road construction on the Phase I portion will likely begin in August once a contractor bid is selected. Phase I improvements are expected to be completed ten months from then. The seven-phase Hunt Highway expansion plans are part of the county’s five-year Transportation Improvements

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Continued from Page 2 market wages compared to East Valley city police forces. “You’re facing an issue of pay competitiveness,” Sussels said. “Your lack of competitiveness at entry is going to create significant impediment in order to recruit good folks.” Chairman Steve Miller argued the municipal agencies had cut employee pay during the recession and was only now restoring pay levels, whereas Pinal only implemented a pay freeze during the downward recession years. “You can say [county wages] not market,” he said, “but a lot of people come to work for places when it’s not just about money.” As part of its pledge not to raise property taxes, the Board has been reviewing proposals from any County department heads requesting funds higher than last year’s budget. These proposals are not actual budget expenditures or hiring, explained county manager Fritz Behring, but requests to be included in

the preliminary budget to be placed before the Board in July. Earlier in April, the Board approved above-budget preliminary proposals for $1.35 million from the county public defenders office and a $1.7 million

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Olive Mill from 11am-3pm to celebrate Mother’s Day! Midnight Confessions a popular oldies rock band out of Tempe specializes in live performance of your favorite good-time music: 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, Contempo, Classic Rock, R&B, Standards, Surf, Easy Listening, Select Country, memorable One-Hit Wonders – and of course – your requests!!


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The program features: Opera choruses and works by Bach, Dickau, and Górecki. Theme music from Exodus and Schindler’s List, cowboy classics and outstanding young guest artists. Admission: $15 in advance, $18 at the door (cash or check made out to CUSD) For tickets in advance, go to www. Please print tickets at home & bring to concert. For more information, call 520-723-2424. The concert will be held at the Coolidge Performing Arts Center, 684 W. Northern Ave., Coolidge.


Mother’s Day Melodies

at 3rd Cup Place Coffee Shop, 7:15 pm. Bring mom in for a delightful concert, delicious dessert and refreshments. San Tan Community Chorale will be performing a collection of songs for your enjoyment. Moms will get a sweet surprise. Event is FREE. - 21805 S Ellsworth Rd Ste 102, Queen Creek, AZ 85142


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Court drops Southwest Valley Partners suit against Curis By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger A lawsuit brought by Southwest Valley Partners, a California-based developer and opponent of the Florence Copper Project, against Curis and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality was dismissed with prejudice by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Apr. 19. The suit challenged the validity of regulations governing individual aquifer protection permits, or APP, which ADEQ issued to Curis last year which allowed the company to begin small scale tests for its proposed in-situ copper project. “We are pleased with the decision to dismiss what we believe to be a frivolous and ill-advised lawsuit brought forward on very questionable grounds,” said Rita Maguire, senior legal and government affairs advisor to the Curis CEO and Board of Directors. “The APP regulations ensure the safety of the public and the environment, and guarantee public involvement in the permitting process.” The decision comes on the heels of a move by the Town of Florence to rescind its ban on sulfuric acid, a measure that Curis alleged was unconstitutional special legislation, as well as the February release of the Florence Copper Project’s pre-feasibility study. Among the major findings in the study was an 18 percent decrease in expected capital costs for the project and a lengthening of FCP’s operating life from 19 to 25 years. Dan Johnson, Curis vicepresident and general manager, said the in-situ project will have a lower cost per-pound for extraction of copper compared to more conventional mining operations. He pegged the cost around $1.10 per pound compared to between $1.70 and $1.90 for large, tra-

dition open pit Copper Basin operations such as the Asarco or Kearny mines. “It shows that we’re in the top ten percent in all mining operation in the world for operation costs,” he said. The project was lengthened because the copper will come out slower and require fewer extraction wells, Johnson said, but will be a higher grade. Johnson also argued that the environmental follow-up Curis would be obligated to perform would exceed that of other past operations in the county. After ASARCO was acquired by a Mexican mining conglomerate in 1999, the company struggled to obtain capital as many sites in need of environmental remediation were neglected. Johnson said the total well field would encompass between 30 to 35 acres, but would focus on concurrent reclamation on 500 by 500 foot ore blocks. The operation would move along the ore field from east to west, with completed areas being brought back to what the permits call baseline conditions, “the natural groundwater quality prior to mining operation,” Johnson said.

“We don’t have this large cleanup process,” he said, since 80 to 90 percent of ore blocks would be back to background conditions by the end of operations. Johnson also said the permits issued to Curis by the Environmental Protection Agency and ADEQ enforce the payment of financial bonds to assure there is enough money for operation clean up. He estimated around $45 to 50 million in bonds will need to be put in place before FCP can start commercial operations. “It’s advantageous to reclaim that bond at the end of the day,” he said. After operations are complete, Curis is required to monitor it point-of-compliance wells for over 20 years or more to prove water quality conditions in the bedroom aquifer have returned to background or baseline conditions. After that, Johnson said the land could be host to new housing, which it is currently zoned for in the Florence general plan. “We pull up all the well-casings and it could be put back into residential use after that 25-year time period,” he said.

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Local girl to serve as Susan G. Komen Youth Corps crew member Rachel Baker, a 9 year old from San Tan Valley, has been accepted into the Susan G Komen 3-Day for a Cure Youth Corps. She will serve as a Youth Corps crew member for the 2013 Arizona 3-Day. The Youth Corps range from

Rachel Baker

10-16 years of age at the time of the event. In order to be accepted, they must answer a series of essay questions and complete a phone interview. They accept on average 15 youths per event. They will help in a variety of ways during the event such as cheering on walkers, helping set up camp, handing out water and snacks, cleaning up and any other way they can during the three days, November 8-10, 2013. They will sleep in pink tents just like the walkers and crew. Rachel’s mother, Melanie, will be participating as a crew member for her second year and has also walked the event. The Youth Corps volunteers are also required to fundraise. The minimum fundraising goal is $500 but Rachel has set her goal at $1,000. She is kicking off her fundraising

with a fundraiser at Sweetie Peaz Frozen Yogurt in Queen Creek in the Fry’s Marketplace at Combs and Gantzel. The date is May 18 and 20% of sales all day will go toward her goal. Visit the Facebook page and view the page under events to print out the posted flier or bring it on your smartphone to the shop. Rachel will be at the shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. greeting customers and also selling her soda pop tab bracelets to raise funds. Susan G Komen is the world’s largest source of not for profit fundraising fighting breast cancer. They support research, public health programs that address breast cancer treatment and care, and provide funds for the medical needs of our friends and neighbors.

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Stroke Awareness and Prevention Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Dr. Jonathan Hodgson 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Jonathan Hodgson is a boardcertified neurologist. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hodgson completed his neurology residency and Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hodgson also serves the East Valley as the medical director of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s Medical Center stroke.


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Copper Basin YMCA receives Volunteer Ventures grant MetLife Foundation recently awarded a Volunteer Ventures grant of $1,000 to the Copper Basin YMCA in support of a project proposed by Janet Anderson, a MetLife employee who volunteers with the organization. The monies raised this year will enable the YMCA to provide scholarship opportunities to kids and families in San Tan Valley. The Volunteer Ventures Program encourages and supports employee involve-

ment at the local level in nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for all. Grants are made for specific projects in which MetLife employees have continuing involvement as volunteers. Janet gives of her time, treasure and talent every year. The YMCA is founded on volunteers and couldn’t do it without these committed individuals. Contact the YMCA by calling 602-404-9622 or visit

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Coolidge Performing Arts Center to host Sons of Orpheus May 5 The Coolidge Performing & Visual Arts Center is proud to present the first annual Spring Gala Concert featuring Sons of Orpheus, the Male Choir of Tucson. The Sons of Orpheus are a not for profit, community based choral organization, founded and directed by Professor Grayson Hirst from the University of Arizona School of Music. The group takes their name from the legendary Greek figure named Orpheus who possessed magical powers to move living things through his voice and singing. The Sons of Orpheus have toured throughout the US and abroad. This will be their last concert in the group’s 22nd Spring Anniversary Performances. Lindsey McHugh, a sophomore from University of Arizona studying choral and music education, and the 4th generation of a family from Coolidge, will accompany the Choir. An accomplished singer, McHugh has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The event will also showcase talents from other outstanding young artists, whose skills in song and music will move the audience. The concert program will delight and thrill all ages and will include an eclectic mix of opera choruses by Wagner, Verdi and Bach, as well as theme music from movies such as “Exodus” and “Schindler’s’

List.” Love songs from English and American poets will be rendered as well as the beloved cowboy classics like “Red River Valley,” “Home on the Range,” “Colorado Trail” and several other classics. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, visit www. Print tickets at home and bring to concert for admittance. About the Coolidge PAC The Coolidge Performing Arts Center brings art, music, dance and theatre to Pinal County. It is a 735 seat theatre and state of the art venue. Built in 1975, the Center has been renovated

and serves as the cultural hub for Pinal County. The center is dedicated to encouraging artistic expression, presenting diverse performances and bringing community events of quality and affordability to the people of Pinal County. The center is located at 684 W. Noorthern Ave., Coolidge.

When did you first become interested in education/public service? I've always been drawn to teaching. In my last year at the University of Arizona, I volunteered as an adult education tutor and got my first taste of how difficult it is. I later went on to earn my certification through Cal State Northridge and thoroughly enjoyed my teaching experiences over the years. In San Tan Valley, I taught one year at Poston Butte High School and about a year and a half in adult education for Central Arizona College. While I'm focusing on different things right now, teaching will always be in my heart, and I will probably go back to the profession at some point. I continue to be interested in public service because I love this community and want to be part of San Tan Valley defining itself. What is your proudest achievement thus far? My two sons, Christopher and William, are the best thing I ever did, that's for certain. Christopher is seven, plays violin and is great reader. William is four and is my chatterbox comedian who's doing a great job in preschool and loves gymnastics. Both of them love the Mario Brothers! They truly are best buds just like Mario and Luigi. What additional improvements to San Tan Valley and the surrounding region do you strive to achieve? I would like to see San Tan Valley incorporate and take charge of our own destiny when the time is right. I'd welcome being part of getting that conversation going again. I'd also like to continue to work with the Greater San Tan Chamber of Commerce to support our local businesses and take additional steps to bring more commerce and industry to the area. We have so much to offer in San Tan -- mountains, good people, great weather, golf, restaurants -- I want the rest of the world to know this is a fine place to be! What's your favorite thing about this region? When I pass the San Tan Mountains, I still can't believe I moved to such a beautiful place. I love that I can hop in my car and hike San Tan Mountain Regional Park anytime. Who are your personal heroes? My late grandmother Mary Bracich will always be my hero, full of so much wisdom. It's funny how things she used to say seem so profound now, but I took them for granted at the time. She was a remarkable lady in every way, truly one of the people who most affected my life. I'd do anything to sit and have a cup of coffee with her again. She taught me how time is so precious. What is your favorite film? Dessert? I'm a huge Quentin Tarantino fan. If I had to narrow it down to one of his, it would have to be Kill Bill. Homage to the Spaghetti Western mixed with a tale of revenge – it's hard to top! There's a carrot cake served at The Deli in QC that is amazing, but when I'm in good 'ol STV, it's got to be Sweetie Peaz or anything Lisa brings me at The Daily Bread Bistro. Have a suggestion for a community profile? Email

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The Bubbly Hostess makes a pomegranate watermelon rum cooler By Heather Snead Special to the Ledger Welcome back! As the weather starts to heat up here in the Valley, I thought it would be nice to highlight some refreshing cocktails and favorite summer wines in my upcoming columns. I hope you’ll give these a try and share your thoughts with me. This week’s column features a light, refreshing cooler that with just a few simple ingredients. You’ll have created a delicious drink in no time. The

result is a beverage that is clean, easy to drink, and makes you just a little happier too. Pomegranate Watermelon Rum Cooler Serves 2 (plus a little extra to top off your drink) One-half cup pomegranate juice 2 shots light rum 2 shots sour watermelon schnapps (such as Mr. Stacks) Juice of 1 lime Small amount of Sprite Ice Watermelon slices for

garnish Start by chilling 2 glass tumblers in the freezer. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the pomegranate juice, light rum, sour watermelon schnapps, and lime juice. Shake it! Using the cocktail shaker’s strainer, pour into tumbler and fill about 2/3 full. Top off with Sprite and garnish. Sip. Enjoy. Repeat. Wanted to also share a quick update on my little one’s upcoming birthday party preparations. Invitations have been created,

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Queen Creek Town Council adopts resolution in support of passenger rail alternatives As the Phoenix Metropolitan Area continues to grow, plans are constantly being developed to accommodate the transportation needs of the public. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is currently conducting a study to evaluate seven alternatives for passenger rail corridors, as well as how a bus rapid transit system can potentially meet the need for future transportation options between Tucson and

Phoenix. Based upon input received from stakeholders, as well as the public, the seven alternatives will soon

be narrowed to two to three alternatives and ultimately there will be one alternative selected. There is currently no funding identified to construct a passenger rail system. The Town of Queen Creek has played an active role in the development of the study and has identified two preferred passenger rail corridors. On April 17, the Town Council adopted Resolution 941-13 endorsing and supporting the “yellow” and “teal” route alternatives. These

FLORENCE – Orange cones, detour signs, lighted message boards, flaggers, work crews and heavy equipment – for some drivers, all of these items can add up to confusion and sometimes fatal accidents. The Pinal County Public Works Department observed the 11th annual Work Zone Safety Week, held April 1519. This year’s theme: “Work Zone Safety: We’re All In

This Together.” The Work Zone Safety Week began as a small event developed by the Virginia Department of Transportation to remind employees to be aware of the dangers while working on highway projects. The weeks’ observance has evolved into a nationwide event aimed at educating highway workers as well as the travelling public.

“We stress safe work habits every day with our employees,” said AJ Blaha, Pinal County’s Public Works Director. “Our workers take somewhat of a defensive stand out in the field because you never know if an approaching driver is really paying attention to the roadwork that is ahead of them.” The Fatality Analysis Reporting System reports

alternatives would directly serve the Town of Queen Creek, as well as offer service in very close proximity to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The Town of Gilbert is considering a similar resolution at its April 18 Town Council meeting. The “yellow” and “teal” alternatives align very closely with an earlier study conducted by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), which showed these alignments had very high ridership potential

should a commuter rail system be constructed. Passenger rail and commuter rail differ in that passenger rail traditionally links cities and communities over longer distances with fewer station stops, while commuter rail traditionally serves suburban markets with an urban core or downtown and has more frequent stations spaced approximately 5-10 miles apart. Details about the alternatives are available on the map at the left. The next steps in the

process include narrowing the seven alternatives to two alternatives and preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) which will be followed by a public comment period on the EIS. The public comment period is planned for the fall of 2013. ADOT is planning to publish the final EIS in late 2013. The final EIS will include one preferred route. For more information about the ADOT Passenger Rail Study, please visit passengerrail/.

that nationally there were 576 fatalities in work zone traffic accidents during 2010. In Arizona, there were 14 fatalities attributed to work

zone traffic accidents in that same year. Blaha said that vigilance on the part of both parties is the key to keeping these work zone traffic accidents to a minimum. “The first rule that a driver should practice is to dedicate your full attention to the road,” Blaha stressed. “That means you should be looking to merge before reaching the lane closure, watch for

brake lights, be prepared to react to the traffic and slow down. Patience, in this case is not only a virtue, but a life saving attitude.” Pinal County’s website features a host of information pertaining to road projects, county services, tourism, public health and much more. Explore www. and discover Pinal County’s wide open opportunity.

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Shortage of TB Skin Test Solution Forces Halt to RoutineTesting FLORENCE – A national shortage of Tubersol solution, the solution used to test for the tuberculosis (TB) infection, is forcing a temporary change in procedures for Pinal County’s Public Health program. Effective Friday, April 20, the county will only administer the test to those who are suspected of having TB or people who are suspected of being in contact

with a person having TB who needs to be screened for possible treatment. Some occupations, school admissions or in-home childcare arrangements require screening for TB. This is considered ‘routine screening’ and, due to the shortage of Tubersol, the county must suspend routine testing until the solution is more widely

available. “We reached this decision after consulting with the Arizona Department of Health Services and noting that several other counties have suspended routine testing,” said Public Health Director Tom Schryer. “If we continued routine testing, we would exhaust our Tubersol supply in a matter of weeks. If we ran out, we could not

test people we believe to pose an infectious disease risk due to signs of an active TB infection.” “This does not mean people requiring a TB test should go untested,” Schryer said. “Our staff has assembled a list of health care providers that stand ready to administer routine tests for occupational or other needs.” Providers that can meet rou-

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• Fast Med (480) 855-9400 • NextCare Urgent Care Clinics (Multiple locations (888) 381-4858 Health officials expect to be able to resume routine testing once supplies of the solution return to normal levels. An announcement will follow when routine screening is available at Pinal County’s public health clinics.

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The Four Corners of Sports ... with Andrew Luberda Sophomores come through in the clutch for QC baseball By Andrew Luberda Sophomore Kody Funderburk delivered a clutch, 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Bulldogs a first-round playoff victory over Williams Field High School, 8 – 7. Funderburk wasn’t the only sophomore who was clutch in the victory. Josh Andrews hit a 2-out solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game after the Blackhawks scored in the top of the seventh to take the lead. After the game, a selfless Funderburk deflected any individual accolades, instead declaring it was a team victory. “It wasn’t all me in that game,” Funderburk said. “If Josh Andrews didn’t hit that homerun we had no chance in the last inning. It was a great team win. My hit at the end just shows how scrappy we all are.” “Kody plays the game like he’s been around it a

Chase Beal takes the lead. (Andrew Luberda photo)

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lot longer (than he actually has),” head coach Mike Campbell said. The Bulldogs were a little out of character during the first few innings as they dug themselves a hole and trailed, 6 – 2 after two innings. Josh Andrews and Ryan Kottcamp came through with some timely hitting in third, which allowed the Bulldogs to close the gap, 6 – 5. They later tied the game, 6 – 6, in the fourth. The scored remained that way until the seventh. The Blackhawks were able to extend their half of the seventh on a dropped third strike – it would have been the third out of the inning – and capitalized by scoring the go-ahead run. That set the stage for Andrews’ dramatic game-tying homerun in the bottom of the seventh. “I just saw a pitch in, I was waiting for it, and I turned on it,” Andrews said. “Things happen.” “Josh couldn’t have been any more of a stud today,” Campbell said. “Good grief, he comes (to pitch in relief), shuts them down, and has his longest outing

of the year.” Marcus Still and Chase Beal pitched a scoreless top half of the eighth before the exciting game ending. After Jaren Holmes hit a one out double, Still was intentionally walked. Ryan Kottcamp followed with a single and Campbell held Holmes at third. Still was out at second on Kottcamp’s single. The rest is history, as Funderburk singled home the winning run to advance the Bulldogs to the second round of the state playoffs. “Our kids have guts,” Campbell said. “They’re fun to coach. One guy after another picked each other up and that’s what we’ve been preaching all year. Fifteen guys have to contribute and they have each other’s back.” “All of these kids are great kids,” Campbell continued. “I’m not surprised by (their determination to win).” Their second-round playoff game was Tuesday, April 30, 2013, versus No. 2 seed, Greenway High School. Information on that game was not available at press time.

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Bulldogs’ softball suffers two losses in one day By Andrew Luberda The Bulldogs’ softball team lost their first round playoff to the Casa Grande Cougars, 6 – 3. Unfortunately, the game is not the only loss they suffered on this day. After the game, Head Coach Katie Bundy announced her resignation as Head Softball Coach. Coach Bundy said her husband’s job had been reassigned to northern Arizona, which forced her family to move out of the area. The Bulldogs started ace pitcher Madi Merrell against the Cougars. The Cougars were able to score two early runs to take a 2 – 0 lead in the first. Merrell was able to pitch five scoreless innings after the 2-run first. With Merrell keeping her team in the game, the Bulldogs were able to score one run in the fourth and another in the fifth to tie the game, 2 –

2. Ryland Estrada and Mariah Gallegos each had an RBI in the game. The game remained tied, 2 – 2, entering the seventh inning before Casa Grande was able to score four runs. The Bulldogs added one run in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough to extend their season. After the game, Coach Bundy’s passion, affection, disappointment, and pride were evident. “We came out battling, but we only had two hits,” she said. “I told them before the game the team that makes the least amount of errors (will win the game).” “I don’t like losing and neither do the girls but someone has to do it and unfortunately (we did).” Despite the loss, the Bulldogs completed a very successful season and have plenty to look forward next year. Ryland Estrada, a senior, is the

Poston Butte Softball – The Broncos finished their season with a fivegame winning streak. They defeated Campo Verde, 3 – 2 and Apache Junction, 15 – 5, last week. The Broncos will say goodbye seven seniors on this year’s team: Emily Lodge, Samantha Castoldi, Taylor Clark, Beth Barnes, Natalie Fernandez, and Kalee Wells. Baseball – The Broncos finished their season on a positive note with a 6 – 0 victory over Apache Junction. Head Coach Jim Stevens has a young core group returning which includes Tim Aden, Alex Jensen and Sal Martinez. The departing seniors are Wyatt Pattyson, Tyler Ervin, Daniel Rodriguez, Robert Herrera, Zach Rosten, Dustin Blevins, and Alex Merriman.


Baseball – The Coyotes finished their season at 22 – 6 and qualified for the state playoffs. Their first-round matchup was April 30, 2013, versus Northwest Christian at the Surprise Sports Complex. Information on that game was not available at press time. The Coyotes enter the postseason winners in nine of their last ten games. Their most recent victory came against Apache Junction on Apr. 24, 13 – 1.

only player who won’t return. Madi Merrell and Lexis Valenzuela, two of the top hitters in Division II, will return along with Ryann Holmes, Abi Rope, and group of talented freshman. Coach Bundy said the team can learn and build on their success of this season even without her leading the way. “(This season) was a learning experience,” Bundy said. “And I hope they don’t like this feeling.” “It was so fun watching the girls come out to practice and watching them improve and get W’s. They have a good group, a good core coming back even though I know Ryland is going to be hard to replace.” Madi Merrell spoke about the season, Coach Bundy, and next season, after the game. “This has been, by far, the best season I’ve ever had,” Merrell said. “All the girls are amazing and we’ve improved so much since the beginning of the season. Coach Bundy has

never stopped believing in us regardless if we’ve had a bad game or not.” “I want to work on my pitching and be one of the

top pitchers so I can go to college,” she continued. Even though the season didn’t end the way they wanted it to, the Bulldogs

have much to be proud of and much to look forward to. Coach Bundy will be watching from afar.

Madi Merrell takes the starting pitcher position. (Andrew Luberda photo)

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Pinal County students recognized during Scholastic Achievement Awards and 2013 Pinal County Scholastic Essay Contest Ceremony By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger An excited crowd filled the gym at Eduprize School in San Tan Valley, as parents, teachers, dignitaries and students gathered for the 4th Annual Scholastic Achievement Awards and the 2013 San Tan Valley Think Tank Essay Contest Awards. Desert Song Community Choir opened the event which was sponsored in partnership by The Greater San Tan Chamber, San Tan Valley Think Tank, Eduprise School, JO Combs, Florence and Coolidge Unified School Districts and Central Arizona College. Jack Malpass, President and Founder of the San Tan Valley Think Tank stated that “This was the first year that awards for the Essay Contest was open to both high school and middle school students. What an honor it was to read the essays and pick the winners for this year’s theme “What is the Importance of Science and Archaeology to Pinal County?” The top two winners in the high school division were Matthew Bandusky, a senior at JO Combs High School, and Bronwyn YoungerHoward, a junior at JO Combs High School. Both received $500 and a matching CAC Scholarship. Second place went to Josie Newman, a sophomore from Florence High School, who received $300 and a matching CAC Scholarship; third place wen to Ming Ngu, a senior from Poston Butte High School, who received $200 and a

matching CAC Scholarship. Honorable mention went to Cheyenne Grigorieff, a junior at Poston Butte High School, who received $50 and a matching CAC Scholarship. Middle school winners were: • Gold Medal Award, Christian Ashbeck, seventh grade, JO Combs Middle School

• Silver Medal Award, Dallas Jacob, eighth grade, Mountain Vista Middle School • Bronze Medal Awards, Jada Clint and Sydney Brown, both from JO Combs Middle School The Scholastic Achievement Awards were given to students who achieved Academic Excellence

during the year. Outstanding Teachers from each school were also recognized. Dignitaries included Tom DiCamillo, Central Arizona College, (CAC) who gave a brief speech about CAC’s ‘Promise for the Future’ program which awards students in Pinal County two free years of community college if they sign a contract

that they will keep their grades up and graduate; Arizona State Representative TJ Shope, who encouraged Pinal County students to set their sights high and finish strong. School representatives from JO Combs, Florence and Coolidge School Districts were all in attendance to present awards, but the

biggest stars of the show were the students themselves. Stacy Gramazio, President of the Greater San Tan Chamber, stated that “In San Tan Valley and Pinal County we are blessed with students who exceed and aren’t afraid to learn and lead! Congratulations to all of our students! We are proud of you!”

Jack Malpass of the San Tan Valley Think Tank recognizes STV’s and QC’s top students. (Bridgette Crosby photo)

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