GLENDALE - In a little under four minutes, Nogales - which
reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1997 - watched
the momentum swing in the favor of its opponent.
PHOENIX - Facing a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth
inning, Catalina starting pitcher Robby Pearson was told to start
throwing from the top of the ball by his coach.
PHOENIX - Cienega pitcher Celina Martinez had two conversations
with her coach - the first message was to "see it big," and the
second was "to hit her spots."
MESA - Catalina Foothills anchor Dylan Souza knew where to make
As host Salpointe Catholic watched an early 12-point lead
evaporate, the Lancers stuck to their game plan of driving inside
and creating chances from the free-throw line.
QUEEN CREEK - One word that describes the Catalina Foothills
football team this year is resiliency.
Riding the momentum of a big win last week, Catalina Foothills
overcame a sloppy first half Friday to win at Flowing Wells.
During practice all week, Desert View's football players were
talking about getting their "bike" back from the team that knocked
them out of a playoff berth last season.
Junior linebacker Cedric Gonzalez's block of a point-after
attempt in the fourth quarter sealed Sunnyside's 21-20 victory over
Mountain View on Friday night.
Sahuaro sophomore Brianna Rodriguez hyperextended her knee in
middle school while landing in a sand pit and delayed her return
until the middle of her second year of high school.
As the 4A-I Sonoran regional tourney approaches next week,
Catalina Foothills is poised to claim another championship after
winning the regular-season title.
Palo Verde picked the right time to find its stride in high
school boys tennis.
Sabino picked the right time to compile a winning streak,
improving its position in the AIA's girls tennis power rankings
with just under three weeks left before the state tournament.
Nogales suffered its first loss of the season to state power
Catalina Foothills last week, a 9-0 drubbing at the rackets of the
defending state champs.
Facing a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh inning
with two outs can make a pitcher feel uneasy, but Sunnyside's
battery wasn't worried.
After splitting the first six singles matches, the Nogales girls
tennis team showed why it is favored to win the 4A-I Kino Region
again this year.
With Marana coming off a double-digit drubbing of St. Augustine
in the semifinals, and Sierra Vista Buena also winning by double
digits, the championship game Saturday was sure to provide
Entering this track season "full of drive," Rio Rico's Aeoleone
Bristow is showing no ill effects from a quadriceps injury that
sidelined her in 2009.
Desert Christian is young to the extreme; the entire softball
roster consists of two seniors.
Despite a performance he described as less than stellar, Amphi ace Alex Brown completely shutdown Pueblo during the Panther Invitational.
PEORIA - After Pueblo and Cienega won their opening-round bouts
handily on Saturday morning in the 4A-I team wrestling state
tourney, the opportunity for the past two state champs in that
conference to meet up in the finals looked possible.
Exchanging leads throughout the night and neither team gaining
an upper hand for long, the Cienega girls basketball team finally
found the momentum it needed to break Sahuaro's full-court
The 4A-I defending state champion Dorados (17-2, 2-0) strengthened their grip on the Sonoran Region defeating Sabino 1-0 in a makeup game from Friday.
If one word can describe the Ironwood Ridge girls soccer team,
it would be character.
With the game winding down, it was only fitting that a
goalkeeper from either the hottest team in Southern Arizona or the
4A-II defending state champions would get a final test.
When teams are as familiar with each other as Douglas and Palo
Verde are, a game between them could most likely come down to a
The Sahuaro girls soccer team has the word "persevere" on its
warm-up shirts, and that is exactly what the Cougars have done
through pool play of the Tucson Champions Cup.
If Shannon Shields continues scoring "unusual" goals, Sabino
will give teams around Southern Arizona fits.
The Sunnyside and Cienega wrestling rosters read like all-star
lists filled with individual state champions.
For the past two years, Ironwood Ridge has been waiting to find
the right chemistry that will help the Nighthawks make it past the
first round of the state tournament.
CANYON DEL ORO 63, GLENDALE APOLLO 35
Sunnyside 48, Scottsdale Horizon 7
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: 4A REGIONALS
Throughout the swim season, Marana has added a lot of firsts to
its history books.
Chasing Catalina Foothills swimmers can be a daunting task. But
this year, Sabino and Canyon del Oro could come close to taking the
4A Sonoran title away from the Falcons.
After Pusch Ridge Christian fell behind 14-0 early in the game,
it looked as though Queen Creek Canyon State would have the game
well in hand.
After a slow start, Desert Christian scored twice in the second
half to defeat Show Low in the Old Pueblo Classic at Udall Park on
Catalina finally lost a match this season, but the setback had
little effect as the Trojans came back to win their own volleyball
Catalina Foothills used two second-half touchdowns Friday night
to beat Desert View 17-7 and snap the Jaguars' four-game win
After both teams played seven matches totaling 15 sets,
second-seeded Safford used a big run to take control in the second
set of the Flowing Wells Invitational Tournament title game.
Sierra Vista Buena never anticipated the fourth game of the
season would be a "must-win" situation.
Double linebacker blitz was the call that Salpointe Catholic's
defense heard from the sidelines late in the fourth quarter.
Palo Verde cornerback Cameren Gause couldn't have timed his hit
any better and ended any hope that Sahuaro may have had about
pulling out a win.
Marana is serious about swimming — not that any spectator within
earshot of the team would notice.