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Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:10 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Girls and boys teams from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy raced to Division IV crowns in Saturday's sectional cross-country meets at Marana High School.

Coach Elmer Yazzie's girls, paced by the 1-2 finish of sophomore Sarah Macdonald and senior Brennan Smith, led the field with 30 points.

On the boys side, Pusch Ridge senior Caleb Herrera ran tightly with Nico Montanez of St. Augustine Catholic before Montanez pulled out victory by less than a second. Still, Herrera's effort helped Pusch Ridge win the region by a point over St. Augustine.

“We've run fairly consistent,” said Pusch Ridge coach Elmer Yazzie, who is assisted by Jim Kirk and Ken Cottrell.

Macdonald and Smith “ran well,” Yazzie said. The Lions' Allie Scott and Kaylee Bowers were seventh and eighth, respectively.

It's a different environment for Pusch Ridge at Saturday's state meet, held once more at the Cave Creek Golf Course. Strong teams from Sedona Red Rock, Northland Prep and Hopi are formidable.

“It's going to be a tight race,” Yazzie said. “The schools from up north are quite strong. We have a realistic opportunity for fourth or fifth.”

Herrera and Montanez “have been shoulder to shoulder for the late part of the season,” Yazzie said. “Those two boys ought to do quite well at the state meet.” Again, powerful runners from the north are strong threats for Pusch Ridge.

Freshman Kyle Cajero was fourth, Josh Tvrdy 12th and John Rosenberg 18th for the Lions. Rosenberg “ran a wonderful race for us,” Yazzie said, and the others were good as well, he noted.

Division II, boys

Top-16 finishes by Wally Hensley (8th), Cal Skilsky (14th) and Alex Odenkirk (16th) helped the Ironwood Ridge boys team to fourth place at the sectional meet.

Daniel Wong of Canyon Del Oro was the top Northwest finisher, placing second to Rex Woodbury of Catalina Foothills. Mark Bennett of Marana finished 11th, Lance Pedersen of Mountain View 23rd.

Powerhouse Catalina Foothills had four top-10 runners in winning the sectional with 38 points, ahead of Flowing Wells (79), Perry (113) and Ironwood Ridge (123) in a 16-team field. Mountain View wound up seventh with 210 points, CDO ninth at 230, and Marana 11th at 236.

Division II, girls

Four Northwest runners cracked the top seven Saturday, and Ironwood Ridge placed third in a 15-team field.

Kerri Lenihan of Mountain View ran to second overall, just over four seconds behind Konnie Zuniga of Nogales. Ironwood Ridge's Lauren Cooper was fifth, CDO's Taylor Stewart sixth and Ridge's Emily Wilkinson seventh.

Among team tallies, Ironwood Ridge trailed Nogales and Sahuaro with 96 points. Mountain View took fifth with 136 points, CDO sixth with 148, and Marana 12th with 322.

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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)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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