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Pusch Ridge looking at rebuilding season

Young players fill the roster; Coach Vance is optimistic

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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:00 am

A lot of new faces will be wearing varsity numbers for the Pusch Ridge Lions, as the team works to prepare for its 2011-12 season.

Coach Bob Vance said it’s going to be difficult to build on last season’s 8-2 overall record, and the undefeated 7-0 region record, with such a young squad.

“This year’s team’s strength is their commitment and hard work,” said Vance. “We are very young in terms of football experience. We, as coaches, need to make sure they are ready for the things they will encounter.”

Seniors Caleb Tvrdy, Josh Brock and Adrian Persons will be leading the young squad.

Tvrdy will be a tailback and receiver. Vance said Tvrdy has the potential to be a threat to opponents because of his speed and “tremendous” work ethic.

Brock, a linebacker and running back, will be a full-time starter and the team’s anchor.

Persons, who is on the offensive and defensive lines, is described by Vance as the biggest and strongest player in the entire region.

Stepping under center will be junior Grayson Barghols and sophomore Jake Frithsen. Both players are showing promise at the quarterback position, Vance said.

Another young promising prospect on the roster is sophomore wide-out Mike Doty, who has great hands and speed to contribute to the offense.

“We will probably be younger than any team we face so we need to focus on doing all the little things right,” said Vance. “We have only had four practices (as of Monday, Aug. 8), but so far the kids are enthusiastic about the challenge. They are like sponges soaking up knowledge and are working very hard. With coaches like Lamar Lovett, Scott Kaveloh and Mark Frithsen there is a lot of information to absorb. Our athletes will do it.”

The Lions will open the season at home on Aug. 26 against Peoria Accelerated. Peoria finished the 2010-11 season with a 2-7 record.

The real test for the young Lions will likely come in week two, when they travel to take on the Empire Ravens, in Vail on Sept. 2.

The Ravens have come on strong in the last two seasons, finishing last year with a 7-4 record.

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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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