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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 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

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

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

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

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

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

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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