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Little League All-Stars: Three Southern Arizona Teams to play for State Championships
STATE CHAMPIONS: WEST REGION ASSIGNMENTSSunnyside 50/70 Baseball: Nogales Host Team (Nogales: July 22-28)Nogales Juniors Baseball (Bend, Oregon: Aug. 3-11)Nogales Seniors Baseball (Oakland: July 20-27)Thornydale Juniors Softball: Marana Host Team (Arthur Pack: July 22-28)WEDNESDAY, JULY 20STATE 8-10 BASEBALL: MESA (D-7)Nogales 17, Arcadia 4 (Elimination)Nogales advances to the championship round against Four Peaks on Thursday at 7 p.m. It must beat Four Peaks to force a deciding game on Friday for...
STATE CHAMPIONS: WEST REGION ASSIGNMENTS
Sunnyside 50/70 Baseball: Nogales Host Team (Nogales: July 22-28)Nogales Juniors Baseball (Bend, Oregon: Aug. 3-11)Nogales Seniors Baseball (Oakland: July 20-27)Thornydale Juniors Softball: Marana Host Team (Arthur Pack: July 22-28)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
STATE 8-10 BASEBALL: MESA (D-7)Nogales 17, Arcadia 4 (Elimination)
Nogales advances to the championship round against Four Peaks on Thursday at 7 p.m. It must beat Four Peaks to force a deciding game on Friday for the title.
Top Nogales performers:
STATE 9-11 BASEBALL: PHOENIX (D-3)Rincon 3, Cactus Foothills 2 (7)Gilbert 7, Canyon View 3 (Elimination)
Rincon (4-0 in the tournament) advances to the championship round out of the winner’s bracket and will play Gilbert American or Cactus Foothills on Friday at 7 p.m. for the title. Rincon needs a win for the title. Their opponent will need two wins.
Rincon top performers:
STATE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: LITCHFIELD (D-2)Peoria Sidewinder 20, Douglas 4Sunnyside 14, Marana 1 (Elimination)
Sunnyside advances to the elimination-bracket semifinal against High Desert on Thursday (7 p.m.) and the winner of that game plays Douglas on Friday (7 p.m.) in the elimination-bracket final. Peoria Sidewinder awaits the winner of the elimination bracket in the championship round that starts Saturday (5:30 p.m.).
Sunnyside has won eight straight elimination games dating to its five-game run in the District 12 tournament.
Top Sunnyside performers against Marana:
Top Marana performer:
50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)Washington 12, Nogales 6
Nogales, the host team of the 50/70 West Regional, lost its opening game of the tournament to Washington. Nogales next plays Alaska in pool play Friday at 5 p.m. Sunnyside, the Arizona state champions, play Northern California on Thursday at 8 p.m.
STATE SOFTBALL 8-10: SIERRA VISTA (D-8)Willcox 2, Cave Creek 1 (7)Queen Creek 24, Thornydale 0 (Elimination)
Willcox advances to the championship round Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
Hattie Macumber continued her pitching dominance striking out 19 batters while walking one and allowing three hits in seven innings in the extra-inning win over Cave Creek.
After Cave Creek took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning, Willcox won on Jayleen Aguirre’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning that scored Stephany Aguilar and Josey Benavides.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
STATE 8-10 BASEBALL: MESA (D-7)Nogales (Elimination) vs. Mesa Four Peaks, 7 p.m. (Championship)
STATE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: LITCHFIELD (D-2)Sunnyside vs. High Desert, 7 p.m. (Elimination)
50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)Sunnyside vs. N. California, 8 p.m.
SENIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: OAKLANDNogales vs. N. California, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, JULY 22
STATE 9-11 BASEBALL: PHOENIX (D-3)Rincon vs. TBD, 7 p.m. (Championship)
STATE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: LITCHFIELD (D-2)Douglas vs. TBD, 7 p.m. (Elimination)
50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)Nogales vs. Alaska, 5 p.m.Sunnyside vs. Washington, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)Sunnyside vs. Alaska, 10 a.m.Nogales vs. S. California, 1 p.m.
STATE SOFTBALL 8-10: SIERRA VISTA (D-8)Willcox vs. TBD, 6:00 p.m. (Championship)
JUNIOR SOFTBALL WEST REGION: ARTHUR PACK (D-5)Thornydale vs. Federal Way (WA), 8 a.m.Marana vs. La Grande (OR), 8 a.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 24
50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)Sunnyside vs. S. California, 10 a.m.
Diversified Partners launches commercial mortgage brokerage in Scottsdale
A commercial real estate firm in build-to-suit development, leasing, property management and construction added loan origination services to its repertoire through a newly formed company.Diversified Commercial Capital launched this spring in Scottsdale, operating out of Diversified Partners' office. Diversified Commercial Capital is led and owned by Chris Natale, who came over from BMC Capital. ...
A commercial real estate firm in build-to-suit development, leasing, property management and construction added loan origination services to its repertoire through a newly formed company.
Diversified Commercial Capital launched this spring in Scottsdale, operating out of Diversified Partners' office. Diversified Commercial Capital is led and owned by Chris Natale, who came over from BMC Capital. Natale helped the Dallas-based lender expand into Phoenix in 2019. He joined Diversified Partners and launched Diversified Commercial Capital earlier this year, with Walt Brown Jr. — the founder, CEO and designated broker of Diversified Partners.
Prior to BMC Capital, Natale was a commercial underwriter with First Citizens Bank, according to his LinkedIn.
“Diversified Partners has worked hard to forge strong, long-term relationships on every level," Brown said in a statement. “Offering loan origination through Diversified Commercial Capital now bolsters our full suite of services and made perfect sense as we continue to grow and change with the market.”
Natale said he's been busy since Diversified Commercial Capital's launch this year, closing 12 loans that total about $50 million in loan origination. He's also been the sole employee but is looking to hire a loan originator, loan processor and analyst to join the team.
By the end of the year, Natale hopes to be near $100 million in loan origination with another 20 deals closed on top of what the company has done to date.
“I’m looking forward to working with our clients and prospects to navigate through the economic volatility we’ve started to see,” Natale said in a statement. “More than ever, it’s important to have a reliable team of professionals working for the client and this is another angle covered.”
Natale said the firm doesn't specialize in commercial mortgages to any one particular industry. Of the deals his firm has done to date, Natale said a lot of 1031 exchanges has driven some of the loan originations. He sees future opportunities in the southeast Valley, namely Queen Creek and Mesa near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Southeast Mesa is one of the hottest industrial markets in the country, with investors spending hundreds of millions of dollars buying land to start new projects in the area. A number of large companies including Amazon and Lowes have recently announced plans for large distribution facilities near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Last December, Diversified Partners bought the Links at Queen Creek golf course for a total of $16.8 million, and sold a portion of the property, 48 acres, to Tri Pointe Homes for $12.5 million. The companies plan to develop single-family homes, apartments and single-family build-to-rent homes on the property.
In total, the new redevelopment of the former golf course is expected to cost $750 million. The property totals 106 acres, and the site will keep some of the golf course amenities, including the lake, according to previous reporting.
Diversified Partners is in the process of moving offices to the former Scottsdale Fire Department's Station 3 at 7339 E. McDonald Drive.
Valley Cafes and Markets Petition for Reproductive Rights
In a decision that left the nation reeling, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, rolling back the constitutional right to an abortion. The landmark case was decided in 1973, allowing abortions until fetal viability, at about 24 weeks. After nearly fifty years, the court voted 5-4 to overturn Roe, resulting in a confusing legal patchwork that leaves abortion rights up to the ...
In a decision that left the nation reeling, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, rolling back the constitutional right to an abortion. The landmark case was decided in 1973, allowing abortions until fetal viability, at about 24 weeks. After nearly fifty years, the court voted 5-4 to overturn Roe, resulting in a confusing legal patchwork that leaves abortion rights up to the states.
Protests erupted across the country over the weekend, from Washington D.C. to Minnesota, California, and Florida. Pro-choice and anti-abortion demonstrators also marched to the Arizona state capitol on Friday and Saturday. Tear gas was used to disperse the crowd on Friday night.
While tear gas is certainly a deterrent from the protests, some Valley businesses are not content to sit back and watch the political, and very personal, fight over abortion rights. The community is gathering at coffee shops and markets to share their voices.
Popular spots like Tres Leches Cafe are hosting events and encouraging patrons to sign a petition to place the Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative, which would provide the right to an abortion until viability, among other reproductive rights, on the ballot.
The initiative needs 356,467 certified signatures by July 7 to make it to the ballot. For those looking to sign, these metro Phoenix cafes and markets offer a place to do just that.
Brick Road Coffee scheduled an event on June 28 with an open mic and petition signing with Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom, the group sponsoring the petition. According to ABC15, over 300 people have already signed the petition at the LGBTQA-friendly cafe. The petition is available for anyone to sign, regardless if they buy anything at the cafe.
"We're creating a safe space for us to come together, share our stories, and support one another," the coffee shop wrote in an Instagram post about the event.
Copper Star Coffee, which celebrated its 16th year anniversary in April, has petitions available for signing at its drive-thru and patio located in the Melrose neighborhood.
"An attack on democracy anywhere is a threat to democracy everywhere," the cafe posted on Instagram back in March. An Instagram story advised customers to ask a barista to sign the petition if they couldn't find it inside.
Dark Hall Coffee just opened its new location at 12th and Oak Streets on Saturday, moving from its previous spot at Seventh Avenue and Osborn Road. It's donating $500 from last weekend's proceeds to the National Network of Abortion Funds, a grassroots network that strives to remove financial and political barriers to abortion, in conjunction with its new neighbor, The Coronado PHX.
"We fully support the right to reproductive freedom and the ability to choose what to do with your own body," Monsoon Market wrote on Instagram on Sunday. The women-owned natural wine and snack shop has the petition, which also affirms the right to reproductive freedoms like contraception, prenatal care, childbirth, and infertility care, available to sign through July 3.
Mexican coffee bar Tres Leches hosted a reproductive rights event Monday night at its 17th Avenue and Van Buren Street location from 6 to 8 p.m. with an open mic and petitions.
"Speak out for reproductive rights!" Tres Leches wrote on an Instagram post about the event. The colorful cafe also has petitions for the Arizona Fair Elections Act and the Voters' Right to Know Act, among others.
Gracie’s has a table set up with the petition through July 6 next to its claw machine, according to an Instagram post.
“Ask our bartenders if there isn’t a volunteer present with the petition and they will assist you, please be patient with them!” the post reads.
The bar is also hosting a ‘Puro Pinche’ party on Friday, July 1 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is free and Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom will be on site collecting signatures.
Chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos, who runs the Essence, a quintessential French bakery in the Arcadia area, with her husband Gilles Combes, cut her culinary teeth in France. Her flaky almond croissants and slow-cooked scrambled eggs are a testament to that. Along with their pastries, the bakery has the petition available to sign through Friday, July 1.
“We have very little time to get it on the ballot! Tell everyone you know!” the bakery wrote on its Instagram.
Correction: This article formerly stated the incorrect ballot date.
LSU makes history in 2022 drafts with three players taken in the first round
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The LSU Tigers made history in 2022 with three players taken in the first round of the NFL, NBA and MLB drafts. They were the only school in the country to complete this.NFL. NBA. MLB. #LSU. Three leagues. Three letters. Three first rounders. The only school in the country in 2022. The first time ever in school history. ...
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The LSU Tigers made history in 2022 with three players taken in the first round of the NFL, NBA and MLB drafts. They were the only school in the country to complete this.
LSU’s two-time All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. was taken No. 3 overall by the Houston Texans only playing in just 10 games in the last two seasons. Stingley cemented himself as one of the best shutdown corners in 2019 as a true freshman helping the Tigers go 15-0 and the 2019 National Championship.
A product of the Dunham School, Stingley had 73 total tackles, 56 solo tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles, 26 passes defended, and six interceptions. He was a consensus All-American in 2019, as well as the 2019 SEC Newcomer of the Year, a 2019 First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and a 2019 Second Team All-SEC selected by coaches, and a 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team.
In 2020 he was named a First-Team All-American by the AFCA and a 2020 First-Team All-SEC by the AP and coaches.
Forward Tari Eason, was selected No. 17 overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2022 NBA Draft. In his lone season at LSU, Eason was named the SEC Sixth Man of the Year and was a First-Team All-SEC selection while averaging 16.9 points per game, shooting 52% from the floor, and averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. He also added 36 blocks and 94 steals.
LSU infielder Jacob Berry was selected No. 6 overall by the Miami Marlins in the 2022 MLB Draft, the highest drafted player since Alex Bregman was selected No. 2 overall by the Houston Astros in the 2015 MLB Draft.
In his one season in Baton Rouge, Berry had a .370 batting average with nine doubles, 15 homers, 48 RBI, and 47 runs scored. In conference play, he hit .400 with three doubles, five homers, 20 RBI, and 18 runs scored.
A product of Queen Creek, Arizona Berry was a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and a second-team All-American selection by Perfect Game and the NCBWA and was named to a third-team All-America from Collegiate Baseball. He was also a second-team All-SEC selection as well.
The Arizona transfer was the Collegiate Baseball National Co-Freshman of the Year in 2021 and he played in all 63 games with 62 starts. He had a .352 batting average with 54 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, and 70 RBI.
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9 Mesa industrial buildings sold for $208M
The Daily Independent at YourValley.nethttps://yourvalley.net/stories/9-mesa-industrial-buildings-sold-for-208m,317498
Cushman & Wakefield has advised the joint venture of Martens Development and Dune Real Estate Partners in the dispositional sale(s) of The Landing 3, 4 and 5, a new Class A industrial development totaling 858,901 square feet on more than 64 acres along East Ray Road in Mesa.The nine-building asset sold in three transactions during the first half of 2022 to a single buyer for a combined $208 million, according to a release.Martens Development is a Scottsdale-based real estate firm and Dune Real Estate Partners is a New York-...
Cushman & Wakefield has advised the joint venture of Martens Development and Dune Real Estate Partners in the dispositional sale(s) of The Landing 3, 4 and 5, a new Class A industrial development totaling 858,901 square feet on more than 64 acres along East Ray Road in Mesa.
The nine-building asset sold in three transactions during the first half of 2022 to a single buyer for a combined $208 million, according to a release.
Martens Development is a Scottsdale-based real estate firm and Dune Real Estate Partners is a New York-based real estate investment firm.
An affiliate of Cohen Asset Management, a private real estate investment firm headquartered in Southern California with regional offices in Phoenix, Dallas, Texas and New Jersey, acquired the Southeast Valley portfolio by phase (3, 4, 5) between January and June.
The seller was represented by Cushman & Wakefield’s National Industrial Advisory Group - Mountain West, including Vice Chairman Will Strong, Senior Associate Greer Oliver and Senior Financial Analyst Connor Nebeker-Hay. The IAG team was joined by Chairman Adam Spies and Vice Chair Marcella Fasulo of the firm’s NY Capital Markets team. CBRE’s senior vice president, Kevin Cosca, provided leasing advisory.
Vice Chairman Rob Rubano and Executive Managing Director Brian Share with Cushman & Wakefield’s equity, debt & structured finance team arranged financing for the buyer.
“A preferred location for high-tech, manufacturing, R&D and e-commerce users, The Landing is 89% leased to a strong, diversified tenant mix and represents a trophy core asset and an extremely detailed industrial development,” Vice Chairman Strong said in the release. “Mesa’s strong market fundamentals, together with the project’s exceptional location, quality and financial profile, made this both a superior and rare investment opportunity in a sought-after submarket regionally and nationally. The steady sale of such a significant, high-profile portfolio over months speaks volumes to the consistent outlook of Phoenix’s industrial market.”
“The success of this project speaks to the quality of The Landing’s location, development, and team,” Daniel Neidich, CEO of Dune Real Estate Partners, said in the release. “Dune’s philosophy of investing in high-quality real estate with best-in-class partners is a cornerstone of our commitment to generating positive outcomes for our communities, investors and other stakeholders, and we are pleased to have completed this important transaction.”
David Martens, principal at Martens Development added, “We greatly appreciate the work from Dune, our partner on this portfolio, Cohen for their collaboration and professionalism, and the Cushman & Wakefield team for making this sophisticated portfolio sale such a seamless experience. We’re proud to have delivered this new project to help serve the industrial industry and in achieving such strong occupancy during our ownership, which is also reflective of the welcoming business environment in Mesa.”
The Landing 3 was built in 2021 and is at 7827 to 8009 E. Ray Road and consists of six light-industrial buildings and a cross-dock facility that are 100% leased. The Landing 4 was completed in 2022 and consists of a single light-industrial building at 8127 E. Ray Road totaling 235,094 square feet that is 100% leased. The Landing 5 was also completed in 2022 and consists of a 98,465-square-foot light industrial spec building at East Ray and Hawes roads that is currently vacant.
The Landing’s state-of-the art construction offers modern features and functionalities, including 36-foot clear heights, 100% concrete throughout the entire project, loading and heavy parking, ESFR sprinklers and fenced yard.
The Landing, Cushman & Wakefield, Martens Development, Dune Real Estate Partners