Can't miss the big game
Joanne and David Van Ormer have been married 54 years, have 11 kids and have absolutely no connection to Flowing Wells.
However, they might be the biggest Caballeros fans around.
The two South Dakota natives were at Jobing.com Arena along with their daughter Brenda, 36, on Saturday to cheer on their favorite team in the Division II girls state final.
Joanne, 73, and David, 76, moved to the northwest side of Tucson about six years ago and have since been to almost every Flowing Wells girls game. They attended the Cabs' state championship win in 2008.
Flowing Wells and Scottsdale Saguaro combined for a whopping 44 turnovers in the Division II girls state title game, the first of six championship games at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday. There were 20 turnovers in the first half, with 11 of them coming on the Caballeros' end of the court. Flowing Wells finished with 24 overall.
Fan buses out in full force
Salpointe Catholic and Flowing Wells chartered fan buses to Glendale on Saturday morning; both also struggled getting the word out because of rodeo-week break.
Salpointe sophomores Molly Lang and Maggie McEvoy organized the bus for the Lancers, who had one of the larger student sections of the day.
"I don't know, I'm just here to support coach (Brian) Holstrom and the guys. I think he's a better football player, honestly. But it's nice to see the good athletes at Salpointe playing multiple sports."
Salpointe football coach Dennis Bene, on star wide receiver Cameron Denson playing basketball. Denson is a UA football commit.
Leikem in a familiar place
Flowing Wells senior Lyndsay Leikem is no stranger to the state championship game. Saturday's trip was the third of her high school career.
The first two came in her freshman and sophomore years with Phoenix St. Mary's; her lone championship ring came in 2011, when she helped the Knights to the 5A-I state title.
"I went out the same way I came in," said Leikem, an Indiana commit. "I have been to it three times, and every time it has been a great experience. I am really happy I could experience it with two different teams."
Her older sisters Tristany and Kirsten, who combined for four doubles state titles in tennis for the Caballeros, were in attendance at Jobing.com Arena to see Lyndsay finish her career with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Lyndsay "is moving on to Indiana and is going to do great things in the Big Ten," Flowing Wells coach Michael Perkins said.
Tigers, former coach honored
Former Marana girls basketball coach Mike Dyer and his 1988 4A state championship team were honored at halftime of the Division I girls game.
"It's so much fun to go back and relive the memories, it was quite the honor," said Dyer, who won 400 games and four state championships during his time at Marana.
"This '88 team was one of the best that the state has ever had."