The visiting Arizona Wildcats used a ninth-inning homer from Chelsea Goodacre and solid outings from pitchers Nancy Bowling and Estela Piñon on Saturday to win the regular-season finale and the series from No. 13 Stanford.
Kayla Bonstrom capped last year's CDO state title season with a leap into the arms of catcher Samantha Nettling.
Rich Rodriguez was so eager, so determined, to rebuild Arizona's football roster that he worked ahead, virtually completing his 23-man recruiting class by mid-summer 2012.
The Canyon del Oro softball team celebrates its fifth state title game victory in the last six seasons. CDO rallied after giving up a game-tying grand slam in the seventh inning. The win was the Star's pick for game of the year.
Running back Anthony Braunreiter, left, and linebacker Jake Matthews helped Ironwood Ridge earn a state title and best team honors.
The Farrington Stadium dugout at Arizona State was lined with members of the Canyon del Oro softball team ready to celebrate a state championship.
Catalina Foothills' Jenna Glad, left, scored a goal in each of the Falcons' three state final victories.
Nemer Hassey stood in the middle of the Cienega football field, 187 days after his Bobcats played for a state championship, and had the one thought a coach never wants to have.
Solomon Hill's extreme makeover -"He's having a great summer," UA coach Sean Miller says - will allow him to play his natural position, small forward.
I took a midlevel seat at McKale Center Wednesday afternoon, watching as UA assistant coach James Whitford worked a one-on-one shooting drill with Kyle Fogg.
Robyn Porter (8) and other teammates celebrate with pitcher Makayla McAdams (14) after Ironwood Ridge's 9-8 victory over CDO.
Ironwood Ridge's Alexis Clinton barely avoids a tag by Canyon del Oro pitcher Kayla Bonstrom and makes it to second safely in the seventh inning of Saturday's fourth-round softball game in the Division II state tournament at Cherry Field.
A sea of excited faces greets Ironwood Ridge's Robin Landrith as she nears home plate after her two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Nighthawks edged CDO 9-8.
Ironwood Ridge coach Randy Anway wasn't going to let Kayla Bonstrom beat his Nighthawks.
The good news for Southern Arizona high school sports fans is that there are 13 games or matches involving local teams today in the baseball, softball and tennis state tournaments.