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Hopes are high around the Ironwood Ridge girls soccer program. The Nighthawk girls are coming off a playoff appearance and are off to a great start this season after winning the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic.
A large number of local northwest area athletes will continue their athletic careers at the college level. In total 21 area high school athletes signed National Letters of Intent to accept athletic scholarships, with at least five more signing this week.
Verrado took an early 7-0 lead but from there on out it was all Canyon Del Oro in their 38-21 win over the Vipers in the first round of the Division III state playoffs.
CDO’s Bridgette Doucet won the individual and Catalina Foothills won the girls team Division II state Cross Country championship on Saturday.
Canyon Del Oro went down 7-0, but then scored 28 in a row on their way to a 38-21 win over Verrado High School in the first round of the Division III state football playoffs.
Two local football teams clinched sectional titles and the automatic playoff bids that come with them.
Canyon Del Oro officially clinched a postseason bid after beating Flowing Wells 42-14 on Friday night. For the Dorados it is their 10th playoff appearance in the last 11 years.
The Salpointe boys golf team edged Canyon Del Oro 147-149 on Tuesday afternoon. Nogales was third with a 182 and Cholla was fourth with a 229.
CDO bolstered their playoff resume, while Marana saw their faint playoff hopes end in the Dorados 42-24 win over the Tigers.
Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View meet this week in a game that will put the winner in great shape to win Division II, Section V. Both are coming off of lopsided wins which put them each at 2-0 in the section.
Canyon Del Oro scored on their first four possessions and got out to a 28-0 lead on their way to a 52-27 win over Catalina Foothills Friday night.
Adding a win to their already almost flawless record, the Nighthawks did not disappoint their home crowd as they rallied their way to a 3-0 win over the Dorados last week.
CDO’s Nick call takes a pass and tries to slip past CFHS’ defender Hunter Myrdal during the first half of last week’s game. The Dorados beat the Falcons 52-27 and will travel to and face Maricopa this Friday.
Tommy Sawyer contorts his body will in the air to bring in a huge pass on a drive that helped get the Dorados 21-0 during the second quarter.
Canyon Del Oro scored on their first four possessions and got out to a 28-0 lead on their way to a 52-27 over Catalina Foothills.
The Canyon Del Oro softball team has gone back to the past for their new coach. Two-time state champion Kelly Fowler returns to lead the Dorados for the third time.
For the second straight week the Canyon Del Oro football team lost a game in the final moments, while also having to deal with a strange delay. Cienega beat CDO 23-18 in a game that saw the Bobcats take a late lead, then both teams had to deal with a 15-minute delay when the lights went out.
After losing their first game of the season, the Ironwood Ridge football team has now rattled off four straight wins and are serving notice that they believe they are the best team in Southern Arizona. The Nighthawks rushed for 328 yards in their 53-16 win over Buena and now appear to be on a collision course towards a late November showdown with defending state champion Salpointe.
Although it will not be official until the Amphi School District Governing Board meets on September 23, Kelly Fowler will return as head coach of the Canyon Del Oro softball team.
Moments after Nathan Farmer split the uprights on a 30-yard field goal to give Ironwood Ridge a 24-21 win against rival Canyon Del Oro, the Nighthawks’ Head Coach Matt Johnson admitted that the better team may not have won the game, but the team that was better on special teams got the win.
Special teams were the difference in Ironwood Ridge’ last second 24-21 win over Canyon Del Oro Saturday morning.
Friday night means a full slate of football games involving Northwest Teams. The highlight of the schedule is the rivalry match-up between Canyon Del Oro and Ironwood Ridge.
The story of the week in high school sports was the return of Bridgett Doucet. The CDO senior cross country runner finished second in the state two years ago, but missed all of last season dealing with an illness. She did come back for the track season, but she served notice at least week’s Northwest Showdown that she was all the way back and a real contender for a state championship.