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Arizona rising senior and NCAA Champion diver Samantha Pickens concluded competition at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Pickens represented Team USA in the 1-meter springboard and 3-meter synchronized diving events.
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The goal for Dream Dinners is simple; to allow families to have a healthy home-cooked meal, and give them the time to sit around a table and enjoy each other’s company.
Ironwood Ridge High School junior Micah Wenzel, left, junior Heather O’Connor and senior Jill Magnuson sell bracelets to Safeway stocker Shayne Spude last weekend at the grocery store’s location at Ina and Oracle roads. Sales of the bracelets have raised more than $20,000 for the Tucson Tragedy Victims’ Fund.
The Ironwood Ridge 5A-II track and field season ended with another state championship for the girls. The boys finished in third place when a fall in the last race cost a title.
It'd be easy to get lost in the shuffle of runners at Ironwood Ridge High School.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ironwood Ridge High School's girls long distance runners, from left, Emily Wilkinson, Jill Magnuson, Lauren Cooper, Tam Nguyen and Marina Celaya, take to the streets for their long-distance workout last week.
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Paced by the individual championships of Steve Magnuson and Sarah Miville, Ironwood Ridge was able to capture the 5A-II cross country titles for both the boys and girls teams.
The Ironwood Ridge cross country squads swept first place in both boys and girls 5A-II state competition in Phoenix last weekend.
Steve Magnuson of Ironwood Ridge has spent his senior season showing why he's one of the top-ranked runners in the country.
Last season, the Ironwood Ridge track and field boys' and girls' teams finished eighth and fifth in 5A-II state competitions.
A host of local prep programs have brought home shimmering state championship trophies in the past several weeks, giving the traditionally dominant Phoenix-area schools something to think about in the upcoming seasons.
The temperature for the 2:30 p.m. start of Friday's 5A Regional track meet at Tucson High School was vintage Old Pueblo.