Feb. 2, 2005 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: A pair of Ironwood Ridge High School iron-men inked a letter of intent Feb. 2, the first day athletes are allowed to officially sign with a university. To no one's surprise, Nighthawk lineman Daniel Borg has agreed to take his hulking 6-foot-5-inch, 285 pound frame to the Pac-10. The senior will keep his talent local, suiting up for Mike Stoops and the University of Arizona in the fall. In Borg, the Wildcats are getting the Arizona Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Also signing from IRHS is the man who Borg spent a majority of this high school career trying to protect. At a small ceremony held at IRHS Feb. 2, Nighthawk quarterback, Ryan Crawford signed his letter-of-intent to play for the University of South Dakota. Other suitors for Crawford included Eastern Washington and Idaho.
ONE UP, ONE DOWN
The Desert Thunder 92s got its season off to quite a start the weekend of Jan. 22 winning the United States Specialty Sports Association hosted softball tournament at Sportspark. Competing in the 14-and-under girls bracket, Desert Thunder claimed the tourney in five undefeated games. The Northwest-based squad outscored its opponents by a total score of 51-6. Nicole Rascon hurled a no-hitter for the Thunder. At the plate, catcher Maddy Brown and third base player Brittney Morales, both of Cross Middle School, paced the squad through to the championship game. Brown went 5 for 9 over the course of the tourney, while Morales crossed the plate five times.
Oro Valley Fast Pitch Softball will hold registration for its upcoming season Feb. 5 at Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane. The league is open to girls ranging in age from five to 18. Oro Valley Fast Pitch will open its third season with an opening day ceremony March 19 and will continue through June 11. When the league first opened in 2003 it featured more than 320 girls. During the season the girls softball team from Ironwood Ridge High School will University put on clinics for the girls. The clinics will raise money for the IRHS softball program and provide the younger league players with valuable pointers and inspiration.
"It's a win-win situation for both sides," said OVFPS president Mike Celaya. For more information contact Celaya at 360-7896.
NFHS GOES BACK ON FORWARD PASS
The National Federation State High School Association passed a curious rule Jan. 21. Effective in 2005, a team will no longer be able to throw more than one forward pass on the same down. Previously, a team could throw more than one forward pass, as long as they were thrown from in or behind the neutral zone. Barry Sollenberger, the media relations director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, which abides by the NFHS guidelines, said the change in the rule is likely to make the call easier for the officials umpiring the game. According to Sollenberger, multiple forward passes on the same down are rare and happen most often on broken plays.
ANGELS NEEDED FOR OF
The Desert Angels are looking to recruit four to five more girls to bolster their roster. An Arizona Softball Association-sponsored 12-and-under team, the Angels are a competitive, yet "family friendly" squad. While most organizations go non-stop throughout the spring and summer, the Angels believe their aggressive but "not over the top" schedule allows girls to develop people, life and softball skills. The Angels are in need of a pitcher and a few position players. The team estimates that 90 percent of its activities and games will be held in Tucson. For more information, call 219-3099.