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The Arizona Interscholastic Association released their soccer playoff brackets and five area teams qualified for the state soccer playoffs in Division II and III.
Although the Mountain View boys soccer team was in no danger of missing the state playoffs, they left no doubt when they clinched an automatic berth by beating Ironwood Ridge 2-1 and winning the sectional championship.
With their 8-0 win over Flowing Wells on Tuesday night, the Catalina Foothills girls soccer team won another sectional title. First year coach David Lemon not only continues the tradition of winning that former coach Charlie Kendrick established, but did so in what was seen as a rebuilding year.
The boys and girls soccer regular seasons are down to the final week, and sectional championships as well as at-large playoff berths are on the line. Area teams are still competing for sectional titles and the automatic playoff berths that come with them.
On Jan. 20 the Arizona Interscholastic Association unveiled the initial division placement for schools and team sports for the next three school years, but those new placements are hardly set in stone. In addition to the normal appeals process, the AIA informed schools on Friday that they would be looking over the data one more time to make sure the placements were correct and some changes were made Monday morning.
After taking the weekend to review the data, the AIA announced new, revised Divisional placements for all team sports for the next three seasons, beginning next season. The placements are tentative as there is still an appeal process.
Less than a week after making some dramatic realignment decision, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has reviewed the data used and made some alterations to the initial placements after athletic directors complained about some curious decisions.
The AIA announced new Divisional placements for all team sports for the next three seasons, beginning next season. The placements are tentative as their is still an appeal process.
On Tuesday the Arizona Interscholastic Association unveiled the initial division placement for schools and team sports for the next three school years.
Two area wrestlers won their weight classes at Flowing Wells Invitational, annually one of the one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state.
Ironwood Ridge’s Danny Vega is the odds-on favorite to win the 113-pound state title next month, but the work he did over the summer is just as impressive, if not more so. Vega won the “triple crown” of wrestling by winning three distinctly different national championship tournaments.
Casa Grande won a huge game against the Marana girls basketball team 67-56 and now control their own destiny in Division II, Section VI. The Cougars and Tucson High are both undefeated in sectional play. Marana and Mountain View are tied for second.
Former CDO standout Shelley Duncan was named the manager of the Hillsboro Hops, the Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Duncan, who retired from baseball last year. He was set to be a volunteer assistant at the University of Arizona before taking the position within the Diamondbacks organization.
In December, Arizona’s State Transportation Board (STB) approved $15 million to initiate the environmental impact studies (EIS) needed to build the proposed Interstate 11 highway from Wickenberg to Nogales. The unanimous action followed a two-year study by the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation urging construction of the new highway. Funding came from putting a number of just-approved construction and repair projects on indefinite hold.
While student athletes don’t have many scholastic worries over the winter break, they hardly have time off. Most northwest teams competed in holiday tournaments.
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.
Coronado Little League has become Oro Valley Little League. In early December, the executive board voted unanimously to make the name change to better reflect their demographics.
There is a lot of wrestling talent in the northwest part of Tucson, with a number of teams that can make some noise at state.
Hopes are high around the Ironwood Ridge girls soccer program. The Nighthawk girls are coming off a playoff appearance and are off to a great start this season after winning the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic.
Ironwood Ridge returns nine seniors off of a 19-win team a year ago. With so much experience returning, the Nighthawks have a deep squad with good chemistry.
The Oro Valley Marketplace was set alight with the bright faces of hundreds of children and their parents, each anticipating the arrival of the big man in red himself.
It has been a slow start to year two of the Mark Felix era at Ironwood Ridge. The Nighthawks’ first six losses all came by 10 points or less.
The Board of Coronado Little League unanimously approved a new name for the league. The league is now known as Oro Valley Little League or OVLL.
The Ironwood Ridge girls and boys soccer teams had easy wins against Casa Grande on Monday. The two teams won by a combined 19-1.