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February 25, 2015 Superior Sun l9 Lady Panthers THIS'fi THAT part of state title cOnversation By Andrew Luberda Superior Sun With 2o15 softball season around the corner, it's time to start previewing area teams and their season outlook. Lady Panthers' second-yea head coach Martin Navarrette didn't mince words when asked about the expectations for his team this season. "Overall our outlook is positive," he said. "(Our) goal is to go all the way." With six returning starters, including five who received All- Division IV and/or All-Section VI honors in 2014, the Lady Panthers are perhaps one of the most experienced and talented teams in the state. All-Division selections Hunter Flanagan (Sr-OF), Gabby Salcido (Jr-IF), and Cierra Navarrette (St-IF) were among the section leaders in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and/or on-base percentage. All-Section junior pitcher Ivie Lopez' 12 wins last year were the second most in Section VI. Her battery mate, Phalicitee (Pinky) Thomas (Jr) also received All-Section honors. Superior lost only two players off last year's team, including IB Ariel Alonzo, who leaves "big shoes to fill," according to the Lady Panthers' head coach. He's counting on freshman Alicia Arriola, who can also pitch, to fill the void at first base. Angelina Vasquez and Jalisa Murray are two more freshmen who are expected to make an impact this season. Last year the Lady Panthers finished the season ranked No. 5 in the final rankings and reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament where they lost to No: 4 Ray. Four teams in Section VI - Superior, Ray, Hayden, and San Manuel - reached the 2o14 state tournament, which was won for the second-straight year by San Manuel. "Section VI, by far, has the most talent in the division," said Navarrette, the 2014 Section VI Coach of the Year. "(This year) is going to be a battle." Yes it is. The Lady Panthers' opponents figure to be thinking the same. SHS Hall of Fame to induct new members in March The Superior High School Hall of Fame committee will host their annual induction ceremony on Saturday, March 7, 2o15 at the Superior Junior Senior High School "Manny Ruiz" Gymnasium. The event will begin promptly at 4 p.m. with a celebratory dinner followed by award presentations and speeches by the inductees. This year's inductees are Betty Blaylock (Educator), Edward Delgado class of 1963, Ronald Gomez class of 1963, Yolanda Najera-Ewing class of 1965, James Ray class of 1965, Fernando Vender class of 1958 and Lucy Wing class of 1963. Those planning on attending are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by contacting Barbara Chamberlain at 48o-25o-3624 or Roy Chavez at 52o-827-9133. CONHUilI1V CALEHAI FEBRUARY 6Guided Wiidflower Walks at BTA Guided wildflower walks kick-off for the Season with 1 p.m. walks on Thursday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 28, and again on Sunday, March 1. Each Week in March AZ State Parks volunteer Pat Pingel guides 1 p.m.Thursday and Saturday walks, AZ Native Plants Society Phoenix chapter co-president Cass Blodgett leads on three Sundays: March 1, 15 and 29. Watch BTA's website and connect on Facebook for up-to-the-minute inflorescent updates and photos: And for other places to see wildflowers in Arizona, check out the AZ State Parks 'RangerCam' page: 2QHayden Lobo Booster Club Kickball IdFTournament The Hayden Lobo Booster Club Kickball Tournament, with a Double Elimination/Co-Ed 5/5 format, will be played at the Hayden Little League Field on Saturday, Feb. 28. Registration is at 9 a.m., with the play starting at 10 a.m. Games will be 5 innings or 45 minutes long, whichever comes first. For more information, contact Michelle at 480-888-6598 or DJ 480-518-6401. Come out and play some kickball and help the booster club! MARCH 12-1 PioneerDays201Stobe =iWHeld 2 J} "7'Superior Food Bank to Pioneer Days 2015 will be held March 12-15 in Kearny. Ii I  1Distribute Food The theme is Celebrating our Heritage. 13 1 r00Annual Apache Leap Mining The Superior Food Bank will be distributing the food boxes on 1 1 g Festival Comes to Superior Feb. 26 and 27 (Thursday and Friday) from 3-4 p.m. If you are not The 27th Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival will take place March 13, 14 and 15. Non profit organizations and towns being celebrated, contact Nancy Vogler to save your free space by calling 520-827-9461. Others who are interested in entering the parade or being a vendor, call the Superior Chamber of Commerce at 520-689-0200. This year's theme is "Celebrating the Copper Communities." The festival is made possible by Resolution Copper Mining, and the "Superior" sponsors M3, Lhoist NA, Nordic Minesteel Technologies, and Strategic Construction Solutions and many other companies and individuals supportingthe event this year. Call the Superior Chamber of Commerce at 520-689-0200, check out the website and follow then on Facebook at superiorarizona-chamber for more information registered to receive one, you can register there. The next possible bread and produce will be on Wednesday, March 4, at 9 a.m. 8Palish Offers Lenten Retreat The St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Superior is sponsoring a Parish Lenten Retreat on Feb. 28 at St. Mary's Center, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The theme is "The Cross of Jesus as a Call to Mission." The retreat is directed by the Jordan Ministry team led by Fr. Jeff Wocken; SDS from Tucson. The retreat costs $20 per person or $30 per couple, lunch is included. Contact the Parish office at 520-689-2250 for more information or to register. Applications can be found on the website: OI lflE A6EnDA AHIOUNCEHEflTS FAMILY LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER BIBLE STUDY: Registration for the Superior Little League 2015 season will be held A Bible Study will be held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays during the month of January at the Superior at Family Life Christian Center. Call 689-2202 for more Junior Senior High School Multipurpose Room. The registrations will information, begin at 6 p.m. and will end at 7:30 p.m. T-Ball registrations will close SUPERIOR ROTARY CLUB: The Superior Rotary.Club early due to an early T-ball season start time. Final dates have not is the oldest service club in Superior that is still in service been setat press time. Parents are advised to register their children today. If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian you early. Registration for T-Ball will end on March 6 and the registration can join them at their weekly meeting on Tuesdays at for all other divisions will end on March 30. Registration cost is $45 noon at Los Hermanos Restaurant. for the first player in a household, $35 for the second player in a SUPERIOR, ARIZONA COWBOY ROUND-UP household and $10 per additional player in each household. The fee ..... ASSOCIATION: Anyone interested in joining the includes a full uniform: pants, jersey, socks, belt and Little League Superior, Arizona Cowboy Round-up Association should patches. The fee also covers some of the administrative costs the call Sandra Doyle at 509-936'0604. league has to pay including the Little League charter. Submit information to or call 520-363-5554. Listings are free. The Superior Sun reserves the right to edit or refuse submissions. Submissions are due the Friday before Wednesday publication.