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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.
Storms affected every football game in Southern Arizona last Friday. There was not a single game in the area that was not delayed or postponed. Two games, CDO/Ironwood Ridge and Pusch Ridge/ Scottsdale Christian did not resume that night.
Three area teams were in action Monday night, with just one earning a win. In addition Catalina Foothills and Marana competed in a weekend tournament, with one of them taking it all.
Monday, September 15
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.
The Mountain View boys golf team finished third in a four-team match on Tuesday. Salpointe won the match with a 156, 11 strokes better than Buena. Sunnyside was fourth with 224.
The story of the week in high school sports was the return of Bridgett Doucet. The CDO senior cross country runner finished second in the state two years ago, but missed all of last season dealing with an illness. She did come back for the track season, but she served notice at least week’s Northwest Showdown that she was all the way back and a real contender for a state championship.
The AIA will not publish official boys golf rankings until 9/15. However, their formula is public and can be computed for Southern AZ teams before that date. Below are the unofficial rankings of Southern AZ teams for results played and posted by Sunday 9/7. The team with the lowest ranking in each section gets an automatic berth in their State Tournament. Eight at-large berths from non-section winners around the state will be given in each Division.
Girls cross country teams from CDO, Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, Marana, Salpointe and Mountain View
High School sports schedule for the Northwest Teams, Marana, Mountain View, Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO and Pusch Ridge. Weather will most likely wipe out Monday's golf matches.
The 2014 high school cross country season got started on Wednesday with the Northwest Showdown at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley. Eight boys squads and seven girls squads competed in the event.
Both the Mountain View girls and boys golf team were in action on Tuesday with mixed results.
Five of the six Northwest area football teams were ranked in their respecitve top-10 of the ACS Football rankings.
No games on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, but there is still a full slate of games, including the start of swimming, volleyball and cross country.
The Salpointe girls golf team beat Catalina Foothills 154-203 at Dell Urich in the season opener for both schools.
Northwest High School Athletics Schedule for the Week of August 25-30
Ironwood Ridge opens up the 2014 season with a road game against Peoria Liberty High School. The Lions are one of the better teams in the state and will pose a big challenge for the Nighthawks.
After a few years of instability, Mountain View football seems to be in a good place. After three coaches in three years, Bam McRae has come to the school and put his own stamp on the program. McRae now enters year three and the team is looking for their third straight playoff appearance.
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 high school football season is less than two weeks away, with the bulk of the teams getting started a week later. Here is a week by week schedule of the Northwest teams.
Pac-12 Media Day always serves as sort of a bench mark for the start of the college football season. Arizona will go to camp in a week, but first Rich Rodriguez and two players, Austin Hill and Jared Tevis, had to travel to Los Angeles to speak with the media.
The 2014 Boys and Girls State Junior Golf Championship will be held at The Gallery Golf Club, on July 8 and 9, 2014. For the sixth year in a row, the 2014 Arizona Boys & Girls State Junior Championships will be administered by the four state golf associations, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), Southwest Section PGA, Arizona Golf Association and the Arizona Women’s Golf Association.
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.
TSAFC garnered a split on a tough season-opening road trip to Southern California on May 17-18, defeating league newcomer Legends FC 2-0 on Saturday before falling to powerful Beach FC 5-1 on Sunday.