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Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:00 am | Updated: 7:50 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

March 16, 2005 - Football fans, keep Nov. 4 open on your calendar. The schedule is out for next year's 2005-06 football campaign and with it the first ever gridiron match-up between Canyon Del Oro and Ironwood Ridge high schools. The game will be played at Ironwood Ridge. After years in the Class 5A, CDO will move down to the 4A Sonoran Region next year, where it is hoped a rivalry between the Nighthawks will develop. CDO won't ease into the Class 4A. The Dorados have scheduled tough opponents including Scottsdale Saguaro and Millennium high schools.

Maier remembered

CDO had a moment of silence before its March 10 track and field meet to honor the passing of Sabino's Chris Maier. Maier, who scored the game-winning goal in the Class 5A state finals for Sabino's boys soccer team, died March 2 of meningitis. Sabino athletes honored their fallen classmate during the meet with the phrase "Chris 2," written on their arms. CDO's boys and girls teams took the meet, however, in convincing fashion 84-47 and 88-57 respectively.

Powell off to flying start

In the tri-meet against Sabino and Santa Rita, CDO's Jordan Powell set the school record in the high jump with a leap of 6-7 1/2.

The record was the oldest standing mark in CDO history, previously held by both Marshall Edwards, class 1974, and Larry Epling, 1971.

The multitalented senior already holds the school record in the long and triple jumps. Powell also runs for the Dorados' 400-meter relay team.

Tennis makeover

The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Country Club, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive, will shut down its tennis facility within the next month or so. The 16 courts at the country club will undergo a complete overhaul sometime in April. Renovations should take between one and two months to complete. During the makeover, all tennis will shift to the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road, which houses 31 lighted courts.

Fighting for Stanley

A group is petitioning the trustees of the Stanley Cup for the right to have hockey's holy grail awarded this season. With the NHL on lockout, this will be the first year since 1926 that the cup will remain dormant.

The group, which can be found at www.freestanley.com, is urging teams to petition the committee through letters and e-mail. According to history, the cup was awarded to anyone who wanted to challenge for it.

The NHL got the award for being considered North America's top hockey league.

In Tucson, Ana Henderson, president of the Tucson Chilly Peppers of the Tucson Women's Hockey League, said she had a chance to view the site and, although interested, doesn't think her team, made up of several Northwest players, qualifies for the cup.

MVHS looking up

What does a 9-2 record get you in the Class 5A Southern Region? A first-class ticket to last place in the division.

Despite their record, the boys of Mountain View High School volleyball find themselves looking up in the standings, thanks in part to a loss in their first regional game to Salpointe, 2-1.

Don't get used to seeing the Mountain Lions at the bottom, however. No other regional teams have faced each other yet.

Led by a corps of seniors, including pre-season Player of the Year candidate Matt Vanzant, Mountain View expects to challenge for the state title.

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