Santa Rita coach Jim Ferguson, far left, poses for a photo with his four returning starters (from left) Alan Batiste, Mark Brown, Ryan Sonnek and Terry Scott in 1999. Val Cañez / Tucson Citizen

With 370 victories, Ferguson — who played for McConnell’s first state championship team at Sahuaro — established his own winning reputation. He coached Santa Rita to state titles in 1999 and 2010, and reached seven so-called Final Fours in Arizona prep basketball. 

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