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With a skilled, mature and coachable volleyball team, the Nighthawks are coming into this season with all the necessary tools, but the question remains as to whether this is the team that will bring home Ironwood Ridge’s first state title.
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.
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.
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.
The Catalina Foothills boys and girls cross country teams swept a three-team race with Empire and Flowing Wells on Wednesday.
Despite a rough final hole, Catalina Foothills edged Ironwood Ridge 151-152 in their boys golf match on Tuesday. Douglas was third with a 217.
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.
High School sports schedule for the Northwest Teams, Marana, Mountain View, Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO and Pusch Ridge. Weather will most likely wipe out Monday's golf matches.
After two tough games to open the season, Ironwood Ridge had a bit of a breather Friday night as they beat Glendale Apollo 56-13.
The Ironwood Ridge boys golf team beat Marana, Tucson High and Sahuarita on Thursday afternoon at a four-team match at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain.
The Ironwood Ridge girls golf team cruised to an easy victory on Wednesday, beating Palo Verde and Desert View. The Nighthawks finished with a 162, 113 strokes better than Palo Verde. Desert View did not have enough golfers to post a qualifying team score.
The 2014 high school cross country season got started on Wednesday with the Northwest Showdown at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley. Eight boys squads and seven girls squads competed in the event.
The Canyon Del Oro girls volleyball team opened up the 2014 season with a 3-1 home win over Sabino.
Former Ironwood Ridge multi-sport standout Jake Matthews made his first collegiate start on Friday, starting at linebacker for the University of Arizona in their 58-13 win over UNLV.
Ironwood Ridge is serving notice that they may have one of the best defenses in southern Arizona. The Nighthawks got another terrific defensive effort to beat Cienega 17-7 on Friday night.
Three Ironwood Ridge seniors were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association 2014 Under Armour Watch List.
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.
A strong second half propelled Peoria Liberty to a 24-20 win over Ironwood Ridge on Friday night.
Ironwood Ridge opens up the 2014 season with a road game against Peoria Liberty High School. The Lions are one of the better teams in the state and will pose a big challenge for the Nighthawks.
They have a solid program and the talent this year to be a playoff team. The question then comes down to whether the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks can get the job done and bring home a state title this year.
Coming off a state title, it was going to be tough for Ironwood Ridge to duplicate their success in 2013. The Nighthawks returned to the playoffs, but did not make a deep run like they did before.
Jake Fischer did not know it then, but Arizona’s 42-19 win over Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl would be his final football game. Fischer knew making an NFL roster was unlikely, but he did not know he would not even get a chance.
Former Ironwood Ridge standout Michael Neufeldt will be a part of the initial recruiting classes at Benedictine University at Mesa. Neufeldt has committed to play volleyball for the school next year. The school is just starting up an athletics program.