- Your Voice
At Ironwood Ridge, it's understood that the pursuit of sports excellence is a year-round endeavor.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Dee Dinota, Ironwood Ridge High School's strength and conditioning coach, has been teaching within the district for the past 28 years. Dinota has been working closely with the girls volleyball, basketball and soccer teams.
May 17, 2006 - From my perch in the last row behind home plate at the University of Arizona's Hillenbrand Stadium I watched as the foul ball sailed over my head and onto the street.
April 19, 2006 - About 100 parents and students from Ironwood Ridge High School packed an Amphitheater school board meeting on April 11 in support of P.E. teacher Dee Dinota, only to be told they would not be allowed to address the board.
Dec. 8, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME:
"I am a girl," barks a pack of Big Red Dawgs in awkward unison, moments before taking the field to compete in the Oro Valley Fast Pitch Association semi-finals. For this team of 11 and 12 year old girls, softball is life. These girls and the 300 other players in the Oro Valley league are the perfect example of why softball in Pima County is rapidly becoming the number one sport.
After collecting and distributing 3,000 pairs of shoes for poor children in the Amphitheater School District, the students of Ironwood Ridge High School were treated to the spectacle of their principal and two teachers getting their heads shaved, a teacher who died her hair blue and a teacher who had the image of a shoe tattooed on her heel.
The stack of Christmas toys piled high across a 60-foot by 20-foot stage at Picture Rocks school in the Marana Unifed School District couldn't help but attract attention.