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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CDO used one big inning and a solid pitching effort to get past Cactus 9-0 and get into the Division II state softball championship game.
Ironwood Ridge is one win from a state title, while rival Canyon Del Oro is one win from the championship game as both teams won state playoff softball games to come a step closer to their goals.
CDO kept their season alive, eliminating Marana 11-0 Monday night at Cherry Field. The Dorados had their bats working and took advantage of some sloppy Marana fielding and will now meet No. 1 Verrado.
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.
After struggling in their first game of the postseason, Ironwood Ridge quickly figured things out and beat rival CDO 17-0 on Thursday. Just 48 hours earlier it took the Nighthawks 11 innings to beat Tucson High, but on Thursday everything clicked for Rich Alday’s squad.
Canyon Del Oro came back from a 5-1 early innings deficit and held on to beat Sunnyside 8-6 on Tuesday in the second round of the Division II State Softball Tournament.
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.
Tuesday will be a busy day for local teams with a number of postseason games on tap, as well as a pair of regular season games with postseason implications.
Not only did CDO and Ironwood Ridge earn top-eight seeds and first round byes, but if they win their opening game they would meet in the quarterfinals.
The Ironwood Ridge softball teams continued to show why they have one of the top teams in the state with a 9-2 win over No. 8 ranked Sabino.
Ironwood Ridge played like the No. 5 team in the state in their dismantling of Maricopa on Thursday. The Nighthawks dominated on both offense and defense in their 16-0 win.
Thanks to some early scoring, the Ironwood Ridge softball team beat Marana 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon. The Nighthawks scored four runs in the first inning and strong pitching did the rest.