November 23, 2005 - The last of the fall teams from the Northwest and Foothills concluded its season Nov. 18 as Canyon Del Oro High School's football team lost in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs. Sabino High School upset the No. 4 ranked Dorados at home, 28-7. On a chilly night in Oro Valley, the Dorados weren't able to muster much offense against a Sabino team it had previously beaten in the regular season.
Glyndon Bolasky torched the Dorados for 166-yards rushing and two touchdowns. Peter Romero scored the lone Dorado touchdown, giving the senior 20 for the season.
Sabino gets Millennium High School next week, while CDO ponders what could have been. The Dorados finish the year with a 10-2 record.
Keep on running
Two Northwest athletes represented Arizona at the 2005 Arizona-New Mexico Border Wars III held Nov. 19 at Albuquerque Academy High School. Salpointe Catholic's Bryce Livingston and Mountain View High School's James Schow each finished the annual cross country event with top-20 finishes. Livingston completed the course in 16 minutes, 49.6 seconds - 44.6 seconds behind the leader. The mark was good for 10th among the Arizona team. Schow, who finished third at the 5A state meet, took 18th overall for the Arizona squad with a time of 17:9.4. Arizona fell to New Mexico, however, losing 210 to 255.
The 23rd Annual Charter Funding El Tour de Tucson navigated the perimeter of Tucson and its surrounding communities Nov. 19. Scott Baker, 43, was the top finisher from Oro Valley in the 109-mile main event. Baker completed the loop in a time of 4 hours, 22 minutes, 29 seconds to finish 29th overall. Jim Hays, Jr. of St. Augustine Beach, Fla. took first in the 35-mile Town of Oro Valley Event edging out Rick Scofield of Sonoita by two seconds. More than 900 cyclists competed in the Oro Valley event and a little more than 6,000 took part in all four events.
Seven new coaches will take the sidelines for high school in the Northwest and Foothills this winter. Wrestling and girls soccer lead the way among the coaching overhaul. New to mats this year will be Walt Tieke at Canyon Del Oro High School, Greg Bishop at Catalina Foothills High School and David Brown at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. Bishop replaces Teike at Foothills.
New to the girls soccer scene is Andy Bencomo at Ironwood Ridge High School, Buzz Splittgerber at CDO and Sam Kramer at Marana High School. Also new at Marana is Enrique Acereto who takes over the boys soccer program.
The only change on the hoops front is Dan Ethridge, who will coach both the boys and girls teams at Immaculate Heart High School.
Calling all ladies
The Tucson Wildfire of the National Women's Football Association will hold tryouts Dec. 3. Tryouts will begin with registration at 1:30 p.m. and will be held at Tucson Sportspark, 6901 Casa Grande Hwy. This season will be the second for the Wildfire in the 33-team tackle football league for women.