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The latest media rankings for high school football are out and there is starting to be a lot of moving going on as the season gets into its fourth week.
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.
Storms affected every football game in Southern Arizona last Friday. There was not a single game in the area that was not delayed or postponed. Two games, CDO/Ironwood Ridge and Pusch Ridge/ Scottsdale Christian did not resume that night.
Canyon Del Oro student Megan Carroll waves a CDO flag to rally the fans.
Ironwood Ridge player Michael Franzese moves down field during the match up against CDO.
CDO coach Dusty Peace congratulates Ironwood Ridge coach Matt Johnson on the win.
Three area teams were in action Monday night, with just one earning a win. In addition Catalina Foothills and Marana competed in a weekend tournament, with one of them taking it all.
Monday, September 15
Special teams were the difference in Ironwood Ridge’ last second 24-21 win over Canyon Del Oro Saturday morning.
The so called “Oro Valley Superbowl” winner will have to wait an extra 15 hours to be crowned. Weather delayed and later postponed the game, which will finish up at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Lightning forced IRHS officials to clear the stadium. Eventually the game was rescheduled for 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.
Marana got a good win Wednesday night in girls volleyball, while CDO and Mountain View each fell in straight sets.
This week just three area teams are ranked in their respective top-10 polls, while two more were still receiving votes despite suffering loses last week.
The CDO, Marana and Mountain View girls volleyball teams were in action on Tuesday night and all three teams struggled.
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.
CDO won a four-team match on Tuesday, beating Cienega, Sabino and Rio Rico. The Dorados shot a 153, 18 strokes better than Cienega. Sabino was nine shots behind the Bobcats, while Rio Rico did not field enough golfers and did post a team score.
The CDO boys team is expected to make another run towards the state championship meet.
CDO’s Bridgett Doucet made her return to cross country and dominated the competition at the first race of the year.