Ironwood Ridge's Kelsey Buechler slides safely back to first base just ahead of the tag by Canyon Del Oro first baseman Arianna Acedo during the Girl's Division II state championship softball game at Farrington Stadium in Tempe on Monday, May 19, 2014. (Ralph Freso / Special to the Daily Star)
Ironwood Ridge third baseman Lexi Adelberg, center, welcomes teammate Skyler Bracety (9) back to the dugout after Bracety scores against Canyon Del Oro in the second inning of the Girl's Division II state championship softball game at Farrington Stadium in Tempe on Monday, May 19, 2014. (Ral…
Canyon del Oro freshman Arianna Acedo swings at a pitch Monday from Ironwood Ridge’s Emily Robinson during the girls Division II state championship game at Farrington Stadium. CDO lost 2-1 to the Nighthawks.
Robinson pitched every playoff game for the Nighthawks. She retired the final seven CDO hitters she faced Monday.
Ironwood Ridge’s Raquel Martinez shows off the Division II state softball trophy after a 2-1 victory over CDO in Tempe.
Ironwood Ridge catcher Robyn Porter, center, celebrates with Emily Robinson, left, and Erin Rocker after the final out of their win over Canyon del Oro. It was the three seniors’ third state title game. “I knew we were going to get it done,” Porter said.
Ironwood Ridge pitcher Emily Robinson struck out four in the Nighthawks’ state title game win over Canyon Del Oro.
Ironwood Ridge players hold up the Girl’s Division II State Championship Softball trophy as they celebrate on the field after their 2-1 victory over Canyon Del Oro in the championship game at Farrington Stadium in Tempe on Monday, May 19, 2014. (Ralph Freso / Special to the Arizona Daily Star)
While 22 baseball teams participate in the Cowboy Up Classic at Kino Sports Complex, 19 softball teams will be playing in another tournament roughly 15 miles up Interstate 10.
Wolfgang Weber has coached Salpointe Catholic’s boys soccer team in nearly 700 games, including nine appearances in the state finals and 14 trips to the semifinals.
With three weeks left in the football season, Nogales and Cienega both need to win out to have any chance at getting back to the state playoffs.
Mountain View has one of the area’s best defenses, but will certainly have its hands full when it hosts undefeated and apparently unstoppable Salpointe Catholic on Friday night.
When Canyon del Oro golfer Frankie Wu finished tied for 10th place at last year’s Division II state championship, his future looked bright.
Last season couldn’t have gone differently for Canyon del Oro and Ironwood Ridge, two fierce rivals separated by only a few miles.
After blowing out Encino (Calif.) Crespi 47-7 on Saturday night, the Salpointe Catholic football team appears to be unstoppable.
Canyon del Oro football player John Jackson.
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PHOENIX - After falling into the losers bracket of the Division II state softball tournament Wednesday, defending champion Canyon del Oro had to make a statement if it wanted to defend that title.