Dec. 15, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: Ironwood Ridge High School's Daniel Borg is this year's recipient of the Brian Murray Award, an honor bestowed upon the best high school lineman by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine.
The editors and staff of the country's second longest running publication of its kind, around for 34-years, selected Borg as the only Tucson player in its annual post-season awards.
The late Murray was a standout at both Salpointe Catholic High School and the University of Arizona, where Borg will attend on a football scholarship next year.
Earlier in the month, the senior received the 2004 Gatorade Player of the Year award for Arizona. The 6-foot, 6-inch offensive lineman carried the Nighthawks to an 8-3 record this season before being eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs by Cienega.
Past winners of the award include former Arizona State and Hamilton High School grad Terrell Suggs. The outside linebacker, currently playing in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, won the award in 2000. On a Northwest note, Bre Ladd won the award in volleyball in 2002 while playing for Canyon del Oro High School.
WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING?
Ironwood Ridge boys soccer coach Erik Wolf isn't ready to take a red card on the season just yet after his Nighthawk squad has gotten off to a 0-3 start. The coach is quick to point out that the Nighthawks were 1-2 after three games last year. Wolf's team has fallen victim to injuries including a few ACL tears and a lot of ankle sprains. Wolf attributes his team's slow start to the year-round wear and tear that most players face while playing both high school and club. Once his players return to action, Wolf expects to compete for the 4A Sonoran Region's title.
GOLF DE HIJO DE PADRE
The Mountain View boys golf team hit the links last Saturday about a month after the season came to a conclusion. The Mountain Lions held a father-son round of golf at Canoa Ranch, mostly to keep the players and fathers involved in golf throughout the off-season.
"It keeps a camaraderie between our team and keeps our guys playing golf," said Mountain View head coach Josh Keck. Keck wants to keep the event very informal, so as to not violate any out-of-season rules set by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
"The golf season never stops," he said, "Let's get together, let's play some golf and keep it casual."
The future of football in the Northwest looks to be a bright one. The Oro Valley Dolphins' Pee Wee team advanced to the National Championship game of the American Youth Football Federation Tournament in Orlando, Fla. where it was finally stopped by a team from Lakewood, Calif. The Dolphins made it close, losing by a score of 22-14.
Now that the gridiron season is over for the Pee Wees, kids from the Northwest can redirect their energy toward the baseball diamond. The Arizona Diamondback Training Centers will be hosting youth baseball and softball camps at Oro Valley's Kreigh Park from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 27 through 31. Money raised from the camps is put directly back into youth programs, such as The Play Ball Fund, the Pinch Hitter Fund and the Field Building Fund.