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Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:31 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The defending state champion Ironwood Ridge boys’ basketball team is one step closer on its pursuit of another title.

Despite six points from usually dominant 6-11 center Brandon Duliakis, the Nighthawks (22-4) defeated Rincon / University 67-44 on Saturday to become 5A-II Southern region champions.

“That was big,” said senior guard Sean Ham. “Regionals are always an accomplishment.”

“Of course, state is bigger,” Ham added with a smile.

Ham said the Nighthawks will plan for state the same way they did for regionals.

“Our coach always tells us ‘You don’t have to do anything unusual or special,’” said Ham. “Just a basic, solid game plan.”

“We’ll just focus on one game at a time,” said Ham.

Ham also thinks Peabody will be ready for each opponent. “He always has good scouts on teams,” said Ham.

Ironwood Ridge is getting ready for a 7 p.m. Thursday home game against #16-seed Scottsdale Horizon (12-13) as the first round of 5A-II state playoffs begin.

Girls’ basketball

The Ironwood Ridge girls’ basketball team (10-11) lost to Rincon/University on Friday 43-32 in the 5A-II girls’ regional championship. The #14-seed Nighthawks will visit #3-seed Surprise Valley Vista at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of state tournament play.

All-region basketball players

4A-I Sonoran

First Team:

Seth Wilson, Marana

Second team:

Josh Lewis, Canyon Del Oro

Rodney Clark, Canyon Del Oro

Kurt Liscum, Marana

Honorable mention:

Canyon del Oro: Jason McBrayer, Kadeem Carey, Hal Montoya-Ijams

Marana: Lance Strand, Keaton Brown

5A-II Southern:

Player of the Year: Aaron Anderson, Mountain View

First team:

Brandon Duliakis, Ironwood Ridge

Lawrence Hampton, Ironwood Ridge

Chad Carter, Ironwood Ridge

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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