Canyon del Oro softball player Kenzie Fowler, right, has fun with her grandfather Norm Patton after she received the Gatorade National Player of the Year award during a press conference at CDO High School on June 11, 2008. Photo by James S. Wood / Arizona Daily Star

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Here’s the impressive countdown: Norm Patton coached Marana High to state basketball championships in 1969, 1970 and 1972. He then coached Pima College’s men’s basketball team — he was its first coach — to 111 victories over eight years, including its first ACCAC championship in 1980.

His daughter Vickie was an integral part of Marana’s 1982 state basketball championship team. Another daughter, Kelly Fowler, led Marana to the 1980 state softball championship game, and then coached Canyon del Oro High to 2005, 2011 and 2017 state softball championships. His youngest daughter, Patty Shearer, played on two state championship basketball teams at Marana and coached Catalina Foothills to the 1997 girls state basketball championship.

Norm’s granddaughters, Kenzie Fowler and Mattie Fowler, were state softball players of the year at Canyon del Oro, both winning state championships and having accomplished college careers at Arizona and Nebraska. 

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