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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:36 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The Canyon Del Oro women’s softball team is on a roll.

The Dorados are 11-0, and have outscored opponents a mind-boggling 111-1 in 2009.

A big part of that, both offensively and defensively, is returning senior Kenzie Fowler, the 2008 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. Fowler has picked up where she left off last season, shutting down opposing hitters. In a perfect 14-0 win against Palo Verde on March 6, Fowler allowed three hits. The senior, who last season had a 0.28 ERA and a .448 batting average, is committed to play at the University of Arizona after graduation.

Fowler is as important off the field as she is on it, according to CDO head coach Amy Swiderski. Fowler and the team’s other seniors “have strong character, and help get everyone ready to play.” Taking care of business in the classroom is also a priority for Fowler, who finished her junior year with a 3.93 grade point average.

While Fowler and the Dorados look toward a second consecutive state championship in 2009, it is easy to forget that in 2007, things looked much more dire for the future Wildcat. That year, at age 16, Fowler had to undergo life-threatening surgery for a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome, a medical issue that limits blood flow between the collarbone and rib cage.

The surgery was a success; Fowler’s fastballs can top 70 mph, and she’s got an explosive bat, too.

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Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

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

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

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Maricopa at Mountain View

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San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

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CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

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Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

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Catalina Foothills at CDO

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CDO at Catalina Foothills

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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

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Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

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