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Less than a week after making some dramatic realignment decision, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has reviewed the data used and made some alterations to the initial placements after athletic directors complained about some curious decisions.
Two area wrestlers won their weight classes at Flowing Wells Invitational, annually one of the one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state.
Casa Grande won a huge game against the Marana girls basketball team 67-56 and now control their own destiny in Division II, Section VI. The Cougars and Tucson High are both undefeated in sectional play. Marana and Mountain View are tied for second.
On Friday night, Marana, without two starters and just eight players in uniform, edged Flowing Wells 32-30. The win was not easy, but nothing has been this year for the Tigers. The win boosted the Tigers’ record to 13-3, not bad for a team that did not have a coach in the middle of September.
Former CDO standout Shelley Duncan was named the manager of the Hillsboro Hops, the Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Duncan, who retired from baseball last year. He was set to be a volunteer assistant at the University of Arizona before taking the position within the Diamondbacks organization.
While student athletes don’t have many scholastic worries over the winter break, they hardly have time off. Most northwest teams competed in holiday tournaments.
Hopes are high around the Ironwood Ridge girls soccer program. The Nighthawk girls are coming off a playoff appearance and are off to a great start this season after winning the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic.
Months of fundraising and planning are about to pay off for the Marana High School junior varsity and varsity cheer teams. The teams were invited to perform at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego later this month.
Ironwood Ridge returns nine seniors off of a 19-win team a year ago. With so much experience returning, the Nighthawks have a deep squad with good chemistry.
It has been a slow start to year two of the Mark Felix era at Ironwood Ridge. The Nighthawks’ first six losses all came by 10 points or less.
This is the last year for Julie Walters as head coach of the Catalina Foothills boys soccer team and the Falcons want to make another run at a state title.
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.
20 years ago a handful of former Marana football players decided to get together and play a game on Thanksgiving. The original game was between players from two different graduating class with some serious bragging rights at stake. 20-years later it is a tradition open to any former Tiger letterman and coach.
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.
(StatePoint) This holiday season consider trying an unexpected wine pairing and surprise your guests with a bottle of port.
In many ways Marana’s 31-28 loss to Flowing Wells was a microcosm of their season. The Tigers were close, but in the end the Tigers’ youth and a few costly plays meant the difference between a win and a loss.
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.
CDO bolstered their playoff resume, while Marana saw their faint playoff hopes end in the Dorados 42-24 win over the Tigers.
Ironwood Ridge and Mountain View meet this week in a game that will put the winner in great shape to win Division II, Section V. Both are coming off of lopsided wins which put them each at 2-0 in the section.
It was a big win on Thursday night for the Mountain View football team. Not only did they snap No. 1 Salpointe’s 19-game winning streak, but they gave their playoff hopes a jumpstart.
The Canyon Del Oro softball team has gone back to the past for their new coach. Two-time state champion Kelly Fowler returns to lead the Dorados for the third time.
The Marana girls volleyball team fell 3-0 to Empire on Monday night.