Pick of the Preps

Pick of the Preps: Bobcats seek revenge against Mountain Lions

2013-09-02T00:00:00Z 2013-09-02T01:10:55Z Pick of the Preps: Bobcats seek revenge against Mountain LionsBy Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

After losing to Mountain View twice last season, Cienega football coach Nemer Hassey has been eager for a shot at revenge against the Mountain Lions.

Friday night at 7, Hassey and the Bobcats will have that chance when they travel to Mountain View (1-0) in a rematch of a first-round meeting in the Division II state tournament last year.

Cienega (0-1) will likely be extra hungry for this win after falling to Ironwood Ridge 35-27 at home in last Friday’s opener.

Besides that big game, however, there will be plenty else to watch this week as the rest of the fall sports get underway. Here are three other events to look for:

Tuesday

Girls volleyball: Catalina and first-year coach Scott Tunnell will start the season at home with a tough test against Cienega at 6:30 p.m.

Tunnell replaced longtime Trojans coach Heather Moore-Martin, who took over at Salpointe Catholic this summer after former Lancers coach Amy Johnson was unexpectedly fired in May.

Catalina made it to the Division III state tournament last year and was upset in the first round, while Cienega was knocked out in the first round of the Division II tournament.

Both teams are also expected to play in the two-day 16-team TUSD Invitational, which starts Friday at Cholla.

Thursday

Swimming and diving: A few potential state champions will be in the pool when Catalina Foothills, Rincon/University and Desert Christian meet at the Catalina High pool at 4 p.m.

Foothills boys junior Matt Lujan and girls senior Krista Duffield are among the state finalists back from last year in Division I action.

Rincon has senior Carson Britt on the boys side and junior Brianna Leverenz back for the girls.

Friday

• Football: After holding their rivalry games in the final week of the season the last two years, Sabino and Sahuaro will meet in the second week of the season this time.

The Sabercats (0-1) lost at Salpointe Catholic 49-7 to open the season and will have another tough road test against the Cougars, who edged Tucson High 31-28 to start their season.

Last year’s regular-season finale between the two rivals stayed close heading into the fourth quarter before Sabino scored 21 points en route to winning 31-17 to finish the regular season 10-0.

The stakes are a little bit different this time, but the game should be just as exciting.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona at dgaona@azstarnet.com or 807-7761. On Twitter @DanielGaona13

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