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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.
Canyon Del Oro is expected to announce the hiring of a new softball coach sometime next week.
Little League softball usually takes a back seat to Little League baseball, but it is hard to argue with the track record of success at Thornydale Little League. The league based out of Arthur Pack Park has been dominant.
Three days a week you will find Andy Morales at Rio Vista Elementary School. On the surface this would not seem like much of a big deal, after all he is the school’s physical education teacher, but Morales does not have any classes to teach. Technically, Morales is on summer vacation, but still comes out those three days a week to tend to various projects he has going on.
The District 5 Little League baseball tournaments have all but come to a close. Just two area teas are still alive and when the weekend is over four area teams will have won district titles.
The first week of the District 5 Little League All-Star tournaments are over and things are really starting to take shape. After a full week and a busy weekend one champion has been crowned, and the championship brackets are set.
The first night of District 5 All-Star baseball and softball tournaments began on Monday. Here are the results as well as Tuesday’s match-ups.
The District 5 Little League All-Star Tournaments begin on Monday and a handful of area teams will be in action.
It is safe to say that Canyon Del Oro’s Sammy Nettling maximized her high school experience. The recent graduate was a three-sport standout, graduated near the top of her class and if that was not enough she worked hard to raise money for charity.
The District 5 All-Star baseball and softball tournaments begin on Monday. Here are the rosters for CDO Little League:
Former CDO softball standout Kayla Bonstrom was named to the Pac-12’s second team All-Academic team. It is the second award this season for the Stanford sophomore.
Seven Wildcats were named Pac-12 all-academic, highlighted by Kelsey Rodriguez’s first-team selection. Chelsea Suitos was named to the second team while Nancy Bowling, former CDO standout Kenzie Fowler, Chelsea Goodacre, Courtney Rodriguez and Lauren Young received honorable mentions.
First the fans cheered "We believe that we will win." Then they cheered "This is our house." Finally they just cheered. Ironwood Ridge beat rival Canyon Del Oro 2-1 to claim the Division II state softball championship.
CDO used one big inning and a solid pitching effort to get past Cactus 9-0 and get into the Division II state softball championship game.
Ironwood Ridge is one win from a state title, while rival Canyon Del Oro is one win from the championship game as both teams won state playoff softball games to come a step closer to their goals.
CDO kept their season alive, eliminating Marana 11-0 Monday night at Cherry Field. The Dorados had their bats working and took advantage of some sloppy Marana fielding and will now meet No. 1 Verrado.
The Catalina Foothills boys and girls tennis teams both capped undefeated seasons with Division II state championships.
Ironwood Ridge advanced to the state semi-finals with a 4-2 win over No. 1 Verrado high school. The Nighthawks will now face Cactus on Wednesday with a berth in the state championship game on the line.
The Canyon Del Oro softball team stayed alive in the elimination bracket of the Division II State Tournament. The Dorados downed Kellis High School 7-1 and now await the loser of Marana and Cactus.
After struggling in their first game of the postseason, Ironwood Ridge quickly figured things out and beat rival CDO 17-0 on Thursday. Just 48 hours earlier it took the Nighthawks 11 innings to beat Tucson High, but on Thursday everything clicked for Rich Alday’s squad.
Canyon Del Oro came back from a 5-1 early innings deficit and held on to beat Sunnyside 8-6 on Tuesday in the second round of the Division II State Softball Tournament.
Tuesday will be a busy day for local teams with a number of postseason games on tap, as well as a pair of regular season games with postseason implications.
Not only did CDO and Ironwood Ridge earn top-eight seeds and first round byes, but if they win their opening game they would meet in the quarterfinals.
Thanks to seven home runs, No. 3 Canyon Del Oro left little doubt in a 25-3 win over the Catalina Foothills softball team on Tuesday night. The Dorados are the No. 4 team in the state, but are playing like a team that can win state.
Canyon Del Oro did their best to wrap-up a top-16 seed and a first round home game in the Division II state baseball playoffs. The Dorados needed a late rally, but beat Palo Verde 8-7 on Monday afternoon.