Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) tips in a basket between Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) and Amir Johnson (15) as Suns' P.J. Tucker (17) looks to rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson (15) has his shot blocked by Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields (2) drives to the basket as Phoenix Suns' Gerald Green, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas (17), of Lithuania, battles for a rebound with Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) drives to the basket for a lay-up as Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Phoenix’s Markieff Morris made his first 11 shots and had 11 rebounds.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Republican Governors Association meeting. Christie is now head of the group and as a potential presidential candidate, he especially drew the interest of executives, lobbyists and donors, all seeking access.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, center, speaks during a news briefing for the Republican Governors Association (RGA) 2013 annual conference with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, left, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Christie was named the new RGA…
A fan of driver Brad Keselowski (2) looks on during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Phoenix Restaurants / Road Food - Sanar Alixandyr, age 60, and Annette Graham, 65, both of Phoenix, Hula Hoop as they wait for their food order at The Duce in Phoenix, Sunday, October 6, 2013. (Ralph Freso/ For the Daily Star)
The Duce in Phoenix packs a one-two punch: A full boxing gym, with heavy bags and boxing ring, and knockout Americana food.
Phoenix Restaurants / Road Food - Perk Eatery in Scottsdale has been featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. October 9, 2013. (Ralph Freso/ For the Daily Star)
Phoenix Restaurants / Road Food - The Duce's Short Rib Sliders. The Phoenix restaurant, housed inside a revamped warehouse, is part restaurant, part gym and part retail store. October 6, 2013. (Ralph Freso/ For the Daily Star)
Phoenix Restaurants / Road Food - Over Easy restaurant's Waffle Dogs feature sausage links dipped and deep fried in waffle batter served with a maple syrup and Cholula sauce. October 9, 2013. (Ralph Freso/ For the Daily Star)
Phoenix Restaurants / Road Food - St. Francis restaurant's House Made Biscuit with Fennel Sausage, Gravy and Fried Eggs. October 6, 2013. (Ralph Freso/ For the Daily Star)
Phoenix Restaurants / Road Food - Patrons gather around the bar area at St. Francis restaurant located in central Phoenix, Sunday, October 6, 2013. (Ralph Freso/ For the Daily Star)
The Duce, inside a revamped warehouse, is part-restaurant, part-gym and part-retail store. You can eat, shop and get some exercise, too. Don’t expect frou-frou food; settle in for hearty Americana dishes like mac ’n’ cheese muffins.
St. Francis’ bloody mary with brunch. Advice if you want to attend the Sunday jazz event: Make reservations.
The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featured St. Francis’ iron skillet pancake cooked in a wood-fired oven.
St. Francis’ oven chef Nando Moore checks on an order of iron skillet pancakes in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven.
Over Easy in Phoenix serves hearty, down-home Southwestern-influenced and dessertlike eye-openers. Owner Aaron May promises one is on the way to Tucson soon.
A St. Francis restaurant’s iron skillet pancake with olive oil, dark chocolate, berry compote, maple syrup and whipped crème frâiche. An episode of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featured a St. Francis’ iron skillet pancake.
Perk Eatery in Scottsdale serves only breakfast or lunch. You probably won’t want dinner, as a meal here fills you up for the whole day.
Perk Eatery’s Wine Country French toast stuffed with French brie, topped with roasted red grapes and red wine rosemary syrup.
Ironwood Ridge coach Matt Johnson holds the Division II state championship trophy as he celebrates with his players following their 27-3 victory over Centennial at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
Kyle Cajero of Pusch Ridge Christian will try for his second straight Division IV boys state cross country title this year. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to,” he said. He ran the 800- and 1,600-meter races in track this spring.
For Ironwood Ridge, it was a first.When the Nighthawks beat Peoria Centennial 27-3 last November in the Division II state finals, they became state champions for the first time in school history.But, as the scoreboard clock struck zero at Sun Devil Stadium, it also marked a new era for I-Rid…
Ironwood Ridge head coach Matt Johnson points to his players and the fans as he holds up the Division II State Championship trophy following their 27-3 victory over Centennial at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (Ralph Freso/For the Daily Star)
Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton was third in the country with13 sacks last season but didn’t like where NFL draft analysts projected him to go. “Now I have to go out and prove myself,” he said.
Winner of Arizona's Wendy's High School Heisman Award, Macdonald, a senior at Pusch Ridge Christian, won three state championships in track and was third in the cross-country finals.
In his junior season at Salpointe, Hoard, a first baseman, hit .460 with 49 RBIs in just 100 at-bats. He signed to play for Arizona.
The Salpointe brothers (Matt above, Andrew below) won the state Division I tennis doubles championship.
The Star's offensive player of the year, quarterback at state champion Ironwood Ridge, Williams rushed for 1,354 yards and threw for 1,143.
Winning the Arizona Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award, the CDO product, now attending USC, broke the 27-year-old state record in 300 hurdles and won three state titles for the second year in succession.
Ironwood Ridge's third-year football coach led the Nighthawks to a 13-1 record and the Division II state championship.
Quarterback Tyler Williams, here leading Ironwood Ridge to a 27-3 win over Peoria Centennial for the Division II state title, accounted for 2,497 yards and 32 TDs in 2012.
Ironwood Ridge's Ryan Neter #6 is congratulated by teammates Jake Matthews #15 and Matt Blandeburgo #18 after scoring against Nogales during second inning of their Division II state baseball game at Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Photo by Ralph Freso
Ironwood Ridge 's Jake Matthews, right, kisses teammate Anthony Braunreiter on the head as they celebrate their Division II State Championship Braunreiter scored two touchdowns in their 27-3 victory over Centennial at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (Ralph Freso/For th…
Ironwood Ridge's Jake Matthews celebrates following the Nighthawks 27-3 victory over Centennial in the Division II State Championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (Ralph Freso/For the Daily Star)
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Pusch Ridge senior Sarah Macdonald is all alone as she approaches the finish line in first place in the 3,200-meter run in Division IV.
Tucson's Alex Robles went the distance Thursday, striking out four, but picked up his first loss when three Desert Mountain runs scored in the sixth.
Sahuaro senior Owen Sanchez (7) celebrates his walk-off hit in the seventh inning, letting the Cougars advance to another elimination game Thursday against Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep. Sanchez fell behind 0-2 in the count before singling up the middle. "I had to get something done," he said.
Ironwood Ridge's Spencer Wilson delivers a pitch against Nogales in the state Division II playoffs on Saturday. The teams continue play in the state tournament this week.
Devin Harrison had two of Ironwood Ridge's eight hits in their 13-3 win over Nogales in five innings. The Apaches helped the Nighthawks' cause by giving up five walks and three hit-by-pitches and committing two errors.
Supporters of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind give silent applause to a colleague after comments during a special meeting of the schools' board of directors in Phoenix on Tuesday regarding complaints from employees.
President Bernhardt Jones, left, and Superintendent Robert Hill attended the meeting in which complaints about poor communication and leadership were aired.
Language interpreter Dustin McLaws signs the discussion to the crowd at a special meeting of the ASDB board of directors Tuesday in Phoenix.
Guillermo Vidal, center, and Wenzel Teeters, right, of Tucson join protesters outside the state capitol buidling in Phoenix before the start of a special meeting of the Arizona State Schools Board of Directors regarding the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.