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The latest media rankings for high school football are out and there is starting to be a lot of moving going on as the season gets into its fourth week.
This week just three area teams are ranked in their respective top-10 polls, while two more were still receiving votes despite suffering loses last week.
Five of the six Northwest area football teams were ranked in their respecitve top-10 of the ACS Football rankings.
They have a solid program and the talent this year to be a playoff team. The question then comes down to whether the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks can get the job done and bring home a state title this year.
Coming off a state title, it was going to be tough for Ironwood Ridge to duplicate their success in 2013. The Nighthawks returned to the playoffs, but did not make a deep run like they did before.
The Pima Community College cross country teams competed in the NJCAA Region I Championships at the El Rio Golf Course on Monday.
After capturing the Division II State Championship last year, the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks will look to rebuild this year, returning only one starter out of 22 spots from the 2012 season.
The Pima Community College baseball team (22-26-1, 12-20 in conference) dropped two tough games to Yavapai College on Thursday at the West Campus.
The Pima Community College baseball team (22-24-1, 12-18 in conference) found its offensive in the second game on Tuesday but couldn’t overcome Eastern Arizona’s pitching in the first game.
The Pima Community College baseball team (19-19-1, 9-13 in conference) produced one run in its two games against Cochise College on Tuesday at the West Campus.
The Pima Community College baseball team (17-15-1, 7-9 in conference) split a doubleheader with Paradise Valley Community College on Saturday at the West Campus.
The Pima Community College baseball team (15-14-1, 6-8 in conference) had its six-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday as the Aztecs dropped a doubleheader at GateWay Community College in Phoenix.
The Pima Community College baseball team (15-12-1) finished up their portion of the Jack Howell Classic on Friday going undefeated in its four games at the West Campus. The Aztecs are on a six-game winning streak.
The Pima Community College baseball team (11-12-1, 8-6 in conference) swept Paradise Valley Community College on Tuesday at the West Campus as part of a make-up doubleheader.
The Pima Community College baseball team (9-12-1, 6-6 in conference) couldn’t overtake Central Arizona College on Tuesday in Coolidge as the Aztecs dropped two games.
The Pima Community College baseball team (7-10-1, 4-4 in conference) got great pitching which led to a win in the first game but couldn’t overtake Phoenix College in the second game on Tuesday in Phoenix.
The Pima Community College baseball team (4-9-1, 1-3 in conference) dropped a doubleheader at South Mountain on Tuesday.
Members of the Pima Community College baseball team visited Thornydale Elementary School on Tuesday for Love of Reading week. Three players visited nine classrooms total to go read to kindergarteners, first and second grade classes.
The Pima Community College baseball team (1-0-1) got a win and fought back to earn a tie on Tuesday at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix as the Aztecs got good pitching performances in both games.
When the 2012 season was first getting under way, Ironwood Ridge Coach Matt Johnson and the Nighthawk players were clear on their goals. The first was to get past the semifinals in the state playoffs, a round they failed to win for three straight seasons. The second goal was to win it all and become the Division II State Champions.
Devon Olivarez celebrates after the Nighthawks’ 35-21 victory over Marcos de Niza on Nov. 16. The Nighthawks are now headed to the state championships on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University.
The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks earned a spot in the Division II State Championships by doing what they do best, running the ball in the semifinal victory over Marcos de Niza.
Above, Tyler Williams makes his way through the Marcos de Niza defense. At left, Anthony Braunreiter carries the ball. Braunreiter was the star of the game, rushing for more than 270 yards. The Nighthawks now face Centennial.
In the 2012 regular season, one game prevented Marcos de Niza from reaching perfection. In week five Tucson's Ironwood Ridge came to Tempe and the Nighthawks went back to the Old Pueblo with a road win over the Padres.
Tears rolled down the faces of the Mountain View football players on Friday night, but the Mountain Lions have every reason to hold their heads high. Under the helm of first-year coach Clarence McRae, the team’s success this year has put the school’s football program back on the map.