Sahuaro High School coach Dick McConnell holds the state championship trophy after his team won the state championship in 2001. Photo by Benjie Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

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The numbers tell a story: state championships in 1970, 1982, 2000 and 2001. In the final decade of his career, he seemed to surpass a milestone every other season: 500 wins, 600 and finally 700. And he did it with dignity and class.

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