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Two area wrestlers won their weight classes at Flowing Wells Invitational, annually one of the one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state.
I was reminded why my job is so cool, and what an interesting year it has been, while covering Marana’s Egg Nog Jog on New Years morning. While I was not thrilled to be working at 8:30 on New Year’s Day, there are a lot of things worse than shooting photographs on a brisk winter morning.
Wednesday morning was the last day of the early signing period for high school athletes to sign National Letters of Intent with four-year NCAA colleges. Five Ironwood Ridge athletes made it official with a signing day ceremony at the high school.
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.
A number of Northwest area athletes have committed to play their sports at the college level. Wednesday was the first day they could sign Letters of Intent/
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.
Canyon Del Oro is expected to announce the hiring of a new softball coach sometime next week.
Mountain View has hired new baseball and softball coaches for the 2014-15 season.
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.
Oro Valley resident Abe Grijalva was named the new softball coach at Flowing Wells last week. Grijalva, the longtime softball coach for Douglas High School, semi-retired to Oro Valley after 30 years at Douglas, 17 coaching softball.
The statistics said Mountain View High School graduate Jessica Sipe should not have been there. She had a better chance of being pregnant than playing in a national championship game. She had a better chance of being in jail than being the potential go-ahead run. The statistics said she was far more likely to be in rehab than crossing home plate. However, Sipe decided at a young age that she was going to defy the odds.
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 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.
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.
Three area athletes won state tennis championships and several others advanced to the state semi-finals.
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.
Mountain View closed out their 2014 regular season with a 9-5 road win against Flowing Wells. The Mountain Lions have slim playoff hopes, but do not appear likely to move up enough to crack the top-24 and have a shot at the playoffs.
The Pusch Ridge softball team had an easy go of it on Tuesday, beating San Miguel 17-6 on Tuesday afternoon. The Lion pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of four San Miguel errors in the five-inning, run rule shortened game.
The Marana softball team got an important win on Tuesday afternoon, beating Casa Grande 7-4 in the regular season finale. The win snaps a two-game losing streak and could help them solidify their playoff position.
Having sisters play on the same high school team is not uncommon. Having sisters play on two varsity teams is not that uncommon either. Having two sisters play a pair of varsity sports where the younger sister is a freshman, is not as common. But, when your last name is Wengert, there are a lot more expectations.
Marana High School junior Jordan Wergert warms up before softball practice last week.
Marana High School freshman Janae Wengert fields a ball during softball practice last week.
The Mountain View softball team knew coming into this week that they needed to win their final two games of the season if they wanted to finish the season with a winning record. After a 5-1 win over Buena they are halfway there.