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On Friday night Ironwood Ridge opened up their 2014 schedule with a tough 24-20 loss to Peoria Liberty. We take a quick look at the impact of the game on the Nighthawks.
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.
Canyon Del Oro (CDO) High School Athletic Director David Thatcher has been forced to resign from his position following a violation of an Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) bylaw regarding student physicals.
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.
The Catalina Foothills boys and girls tennis teams both capped undefeated seasons with Division II state championships.
Some might be surprised by Marana’s run in the Division II state softball tournament. After all, the Tigers struggled at the end of the season, losing three of their last five, but they were also a team that won 20 of their first 24 games.
Both the Catalina Foothills and the Canyon Del Oro baseball teams were eliminated from the Division II state baseball playoffs on Tuesday. Both the Dorados and the Falcons lost slugfests to teams from outside the Tucson area.
Ironwood Ridge overcame a pair of four-run deficits, and Skyler Bracety had a pair of clutch hits, to beat Tucson High 8-7 in 11 innings in the Division II State Softball Playoffs.
Ironwood Ridge pitcher Emily Robinson prepares to throw a pitch against Tucson High in the second round of the Division II state playoffs.
Three area athletes won state tennis championships and several others advanced to the state semi-finals.
Canyon Del Oro used a big fifth inning to get past Tucson High and advance to the second round of the Division II State Baseball Tournament.
Despite falling way behind early, The Catalina Foothills baseball team rallied and beat Cienga 7-5 in the first round of the Division II State Baseball Tournament on Saturday.
Three area baseball teams have qualified for their respective state baseball playoffs. Canyon Del Oro and Catalina Foothills will both compete at the Division II level, while Pusch Ridge will make a play for the Division IV state title.
Even with two of their best players no longer with the team, the Catalina Foothills boys tennis team rolled in the first round. The undefeated and top-seeded Falcons beat Goodyear Desert Edge 5-0 in the first round of the Division II Boys Team Tennis Playoffs.
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.
Ten Catalina Foothills and four Ironwood Ridge tennis players earned top-eight seeds in the Division II boys and girls singles and doubles state tournament.
The Marana boys baseball team suffered a big defeat in their quest to make the Division II state playoffs. They fell 8-1 to Palo Verde on Monday and now their playoff hopes are in real jeopardy.
The Mountain View boys basketball team will have a new coach next season. Longtime coach Mike Parillo resigned his position the school announced on Monday.
Both the Catalina Foothills baseball and softball teams hosted Casa Grande on Wednesday night, with mixed results. The baseball team won in decisive fashion, while the softball team lost a close contest.
The week is headlined by one of the games of the year in prep softball as No. 3 Ironwood Ridge and No. 6 Canyon Del Oro (CDO) meet on the diamond. While both are likely to qualify for state, the winner will climb in the rankings with an eye on the top-four seed and two home games to start the playoffs.
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.
The Mountain View High School football program will be looking to return to the Division II playoffs under second-year coach Clarence “Bam” McRae, who turned what was a struggling program into a legitimate threat in 2012. Prior to last season, the Mountain Lions’ last playoff appearance was 2008.
Sunrise Mountain’s Taylor Nowlin was reliving her last start in ASU’s Farrington Stadium — for two batters, anyway.
The Ironwood Ridge High School Nighthawks react after defeating the Canyon Del Oro High School Dorados in the Division II State Championship playoff game Wednesday night 4-0.