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Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne said she sees plenty of advantages to recruiting locally, starting with players having a support system nearby.
No games on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, but there is still a full slate of games, including the start of swimming, volleyball and cross country.
Coming off a state title, it was going to be tough for Ironwood Ridge to duplicate their success in 2013. The Nighthawks returned to the playoffs, but did not make a deep run like they did before.
The high school football season is less than two weeks away, with the bulk of the teams getting started a week later. Here is a week by week schedule of the Northwest teams.
After capturing the Division II State Championship last year, the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks will look to rebuild this year, returning only one starter out of 22 spots from the 2012 season.
When the 2012 season was first getting under way, Ironwood Ridge Coach Matt Johnson and the Nighthawk players were clear on their goals. The first was to get past the semifinals in the state playoffs, a round they failed to win for three straight seasons. The second goal was to win it all and become the Division II State Champions.
First, the opening kickoff is returned 95 yards for a touchdown. Then, the defense yields a 70-yard scoring drive for another touchdown.
As Ironwood Ridge quarterback Tyler Williams put it, “Someone had to pay for last week.”
Ironwood Ridge running back Anthony Braunreiter breaks away from two Prescott defenders during the first round of playoffs Friday night. The Nighthawks won 52-14 and will face Apollo at home this week.
The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks put on a dominating performance in round one of the Division II state playoffs, defeating the Prescott Badgers 52-14.
The Ironwood Ridge High School Nighthawks football team is well on its way to the second round of the Division II State Playoffs, after easily defeating Apollo Friday night.
Ironwood Ridge High School quarterback Tyler Williams drives through the hole and gets a big gain near the end of the first half Friday night. The Nighthawks won 43-20.
Jake Matthews lets two defenders collide as the Nighthawks approach the end zone in the third quarter of Friday night’s game against Apollo High School.
The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks are on their way to the second round of the Division II state playoffs, after easily defeating Apollo Friday night.
A 20-point deficit in the first half was too much for the Ironwood Nighthawks to overcome in Friday’s final game of the regular season against Salpointe Catholic.
Diane Swan, the coach of the Marana High Tigers, felt relief after escaping with a 40-37 win over Sabino.
Normally a game plan that opens with Ka’Deem Carey carrying the ball continuously in the first half, and closes with the Canyon del Oro defense putting down its clamps, is all but a guaranteed victory.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Blake Martinez stretches out for a passed broken up by the Apollo defense.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Linebacker Bobby Henkel set his eyes on Apollo quarterback Jonathan Brown and tackles him in the second quarter.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Apollo wide receiver Dylan Katzenberger regroups after a broken play as CDO’s Brodie Henry (16) and Cooper Smith walk past.