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The statistics said Mountain View High School graduate Jessica Sipe should not have been there. She had a better chance of being pregnant than playing in a national championship game. She had a better chance of being in jail than being the potential go-ahead run. The statistics said she was far more likely to be in rehab than crossing home plate. However, Sipe decided at a young age that she was going to defy the odds.
Marana track and field standout Kilee Hagerstrand finished her prep track career last weekend in a familiar spot, the state track and field championships in Mesa. It was her fourth trek to the season-ending meet.
The Catalina Foothills boys and girls tennis teams both capped undefeated seasons with Division II state championships.
Three area athletes won state tennis championships and several others advanced to the state semi-finals.
Ten Catalina Foothills and four Ironwood Ridge tennis players earned top-eight seeds in the Division II boys and girls singles and doubles state tournament.
The week is headlined by one of the games of the year in prep softball as No. 3 Ironwood Ridge and No. 6 Canyon Del Oro (CDO) meet on the diamond. While both are likely to qualify for state, the winner will climb in the rankings with an eye on the top-four seed and two home games to start the playoffs.
Though the Canyon Del Oro Dorados’ softball team has a new head coach, the mission this year is the same as years past- win the state championship. The Dorados have a long history of doing so, having achieved the feat seven times in the past, to include three 5A titles in 1992, 2001, and 2005, and four 4A Division I state titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
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Dannielle Molinar, 15, started playing softball at the age of 6. She worked her way up through Little League to competitive club play. The Mountain View High School student hopes to use her pitching talents to go far in college, where she plans to study pediatric oncology.
The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks girls’ softball squad has won three straight playoff games in the 5A-II double-loss elimination tournament. The wins have put the No. 3 seed in the state semi-final game.
For the second year in a row, coach George Corona has the Marana girls’ softball team in the playoffs.
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The Marana Tigers softball team lost its 4A-I playoff opener, 10-2, to Sabino.
The Marana Tigers softball team came home flying high, 18-3 overall, on a 13-game winning streak and undefeated in a month.
There's something new in the air at Marana this year. And it's not the players on the Lady Tigers softball team.
Senior Jessica Sipe and five classmates lead a somewhat-seasoned Mountain View softball team into the 2010 season.
Little League baseball and softball registrations are available this Saturday, Jan. 30, across greater Tucson.
A former Marana police officer has been indicted on 25 felony computer-tampering charges and two felony charges of trafficking in the identity of another person.
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Northwest high school volleyball teams are moving quickly into their 2009 seasons. A glance:
Last summer, the Thornydale Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star team finished third in Arizona.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Marana Little League All-Star right-fielder Savanna Cruz fields a ball during Monday night's game against the Thornydale Little League All-Star team.