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Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:00 am

High school football programs officially get under way this week, marking the start of the fall ball season.

While most programs work in passing leagues, weightlifting and conditioning throughout the summer, mandatory practices begin this week, with the start of the 2011-2012 season slated to begin the week of Aug. 26.

Coach Anthony Coronado said the Marana Tigers hit the field Monday, Aug. 1 for a week of practices that begin at 2 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

The Tigers, who fall into a tough Division II region, will work to improve on last year’s 1-9 overall record.

The Tigers open the season against inner-district rival Mountain View High School.

Mountain View is also looking at a rebuilding season under new head coach Larry Branson.

Branson, known for his ability to turn around struggling programs, has worked most of the summer on improving conditioning and attitude for the Lions, who finished last season 3-7.

To start a new tradition at Mountain View, the Lions will hit the field in full pads for the first big practice on Aug. 4, starting at 12:01 a.m.

Ironwood Ridge will continue aiming for a state championship, building on last season’s 9-4 record, with the season ending in a 38-28 loss to Centennial in the state championships

Ironwood Ridge will travel to Canyon Del Oro on Aug. 26 for the first game of the season. The first home game will be against Marana on Sept. 2.

Canyon Del Oro also will be looking at building on last season’s success. CDO finished the 2010-2011 season undefeated in the regular season with a 13-1 record, losing in the 5A State Championships 41-34 to Saguaro High School.

In small-school competition, the Pusch Ridge Lions will work to build on last season’s 8-2 record. The Lions lost in the first round of the 2010-2011 playoffs.

Coach Bob Vance said the new season comes with a lot of unknowns and a relatively young squad.

With few returning players, Vance said they will use the first weeks of practice to assess talent, assign positions and see where the team stands as they prepare for the Aug. 27 opener against Peoria Accelerated.

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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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