GLENDALE – After Ironwood Ridge’s boys tennis team lost to Catalina Foothills 6-3 to open up the season, Nighthawks coach Ryan Bais thought changing up his doubles lineup would lead to a win over the Falcons.
Ironwood Ridge and Catalina Foothills will meet Friday for the third time this season. At stake: A berth in the Division II boys tennis state championship match.
GLENDALE - Mike Lee fought through frustration and then cramps to give Catalina Foothills its second title of the day at the state tournament.
GLENDALE - It seemed as if Allie Scott and Gabrielle Courtney of Pusch Ridge Christian were in control of their Division III girls doubles match Saturday after winning the first set, but a state title doesn't come easy.
GLENDALE - Up a set and just two games from advancing to the state semifinals, it looked like No. 5 seed Richard Foitik was going to get some revenge on fourth-seeded David Strong of St. Gregory.
New Salpointe coach Theresa Gibson works with sophomore Ivana Martinez. "By being a teacher at Salpointe it helps because I get to see the girls all day long," Gibson said.
It is never an easy task replacing a coach who won six state titles in the last nine years.
Senior Cody Petford says Ironwood Ridge's "top three players are tournament players."
Ironwood Ridge's tennis teams made history last year, by sweeping the boys and girls team state titles for the first time.