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Experience and youth equally important for area squads

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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:02 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Who says age and youth don’t mix?

Area cross-country teams begin regional competition this Saturday, Nov. 1, with state competition starting Nov. 8. This 2008 regular season showcased a new trend as team success rested on experienced seniors partnering with a crop of talented freshmen and sophomores.

Teams to watch:

Ironwood Ridge:

The dynamic duo of senior Kat Howard and defending state individual champion sophomore Sarah Miville was so dominant they were often left battling each other for first place, and their contribution was crucial to the Nighthawks’ team victory in the 10-team Rattler Invitational on Oct. 8. Last season, Ironwood Ridge’s girls’ team won the state championship, and it is currently ranked #1 by the Arizona Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

On the boys side, freshman David Olson and senior Steve Schaefer (sixth place at Rattler) ran impressively throughout the season.

Mountain View: The boys’ season was one focused on rebuilding, as the defending state champion Mountain Lions were unable to reload a squad decimated by graduation. Returning senior Ray Solis put in the best performances for the guys. The girls team, state runner-up last year, had more success, with veteran sophomore Kerri Lenihan and senior Brittny Vaughn (#3 at state last year) giving hope for a 2008 state title run.

Other individuals to watch:

Boys

CDO: Andrew Palmer (Sr.), Daniel Wong (So.)

Marana: Zach Schussel (Sr.), Cary Kelly (So.)

Pusch Ridge: Cory Kirk (Sr.), Erick Hawkins (Fr.)

Girls

CDO: Nicole Bronniman (Jr.), Taylor Stewart (So.)

Marana: Wendy Craft (Sr.), Catherine Rigby (Fr.)

Pusch Ridge: Naomi Anderson (Sr.), Brennan Smith (So.)

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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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