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The Winter Sports season traditionally begins with preseason Thanksgiving tournaments. Local teams saw action on Monday in both the Amphi Panther Soccer Invitational, the Boyd Baker Small School Tournament and the Mountain Lion shoot-out. The Marana soccer teams have fared very well in the Panther invitational and day one was no exception. The Tiger girls and boys each shut out Cholla on Monday. The Tiger boys surged in the second half to beat the Chargers 5-0.
The winter sports season begins next week with a number of pre-season holiday tournaments. Here is a list of the tournaments that will feature NW area teams.
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.
Mountain View High School has had five former students killed in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is believed to be the most of any high school in America. This somber fact led to the construction of a veterans’ memorial in front of the school. Nov. 8, the school dedicated the monument to the five, as well as any United States military veteran.
Former Mountain View and Marana basketball coach Mike Dyer dedicates the veterans’ memorial bench at Mountain View High School.
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/
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Two local football teams clinched sectional titles and the automatic playoff bids that come with them.
Marana senior basketball player Kortnee Day has verbally committed to play basketball at Dixie State. Day made the call to the school’s coaching staff on Monday morning.
Marana High School, in the Marana Unified School District, announces Camron Dozier to serve as interim head girls basketball coach.
Following a pot-luck dinner, six Picture Rocks teenagers created a Youth Forum during the Aug.19 Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) meeting.
It was a good run for the Catalina Foothills boys basketball team over the weekend at the Falcons took two teams to the semi-finals of the Sean Miller Team Camp.
School ended just over a week ago and already high school sports teams are back in action for their summer schedules. The Marana girls basketball participated in Catalina Foothills’ Top of the Hill tournament over the weekend and got to face their district rival, as well as play in a physical contest.
Marana High School will have two new basketball coaches next fall. Girls coach Sarah Whaley confirmed on Sunday that she has stepped down as coach to take a new position at the high school.
Once she ran to tune out the bullies, today she runs because she likes to win and she wins a lot. Today, Sydney Madrid just finished the season, serving as captain of the Marana track and field team.
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.
Karina Kelly is an outstanding senior at Mountain View High School. She has run cross country for the past four years and placed fifth at the state meet her sophomore year. She also has played varsity basketball since her sophomore year. Last year she was awarded the Marisa Ann Gallego memorial scholarship. This award is given every year to one girl on the basketball team who shows leadership, character, spirit and a love for the game. Karina says it was an honor to be selected. In the spring Karina runs track. “It is a lot of work but the results are worth it”. Her sophomore year she placed fourth in the high jump at state and sixth as a freshman.
Marana Head Boys Basketball Coach Kevin Corner
The Mountain View boys basketball team will have a new coach next season. Longtime coach Mike Parillo resigned his position the school announced on Monday.
Marana High School, in the Marana Unified School District, announces the selection of Kevin Corner as head basketball coach.
The playoff picture is set for boys and girls basketball. While some northwest schools failed to qualify this year, others will look to continue their run in the state tournament, which begins Feb. 19 for girls and Feb. 20 for boys.
Not many people earn the nickname “Motivated.”
Cheers erupted from the blue-colored bleachers as basketball player, Jamie Wilson, threw his arms in the air as he ran past the section of students at Marana High School. The second quarter had just ended and the Special Olympics athletes at Marana trailed their opponent by but a few points.
An update on the current standings on local girls and boys basketball teams. The playoffs begin Feb. 19 for girls and Feb. 20 for boys. All results and statistics are as of Monday, Feb. 10.