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The Northwest High School teams had some great performances this year in track and field. There were a number of state champions and both individuals and teams who capped off great seasons at state.

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The Pima Community College baseball program has its new coach and it is a familiar face.Rich Alday has agreed to come back to lead the Aztecs as their head coach. Alday started the Pima baseball program and racked up a record of 496-220 in his 16-year career from 1974-1989. He took the Aztec…

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The CDO baseball team fell 5-3 in the 4A state semi-finals. Nogales jumped out to a 5-0 lead but saw the Dorados climb back into the game in the sixth. Kiko Romero led off the inning with a triple and scored to batters later on a Derrick Calvillo single. With two on Brian Romero hit the team…

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The CDO softball team beat Sunrise Mountain 4-2 to win their ninth softball state title in school history.

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The Canyon Del Oro softball team is back in familiar ground, playing for a state title. The Dorados will play Sunrise Mountain on Tuesday for a chance to win their ninth state championship.

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The CDO baseball team advanced to the 4A semifinals with a 21-2 win over Coconino. The No. 4 Dorados will face No. 1 Nogales on Wednesday, May 10, for a spot in the championship game.

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The No. 4 Canyon Del Oro baseball team rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the final inning to beat No. 13 Apache Junction 6-5 in the first round of the 4A Baseball State Championships.

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The Pusch Ridge softball team saw their season come to an in in heartbreaking fashion, with a 4-3 walk-off loss in extra innings to Safford. 

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Northwest baseball and softball teams are having an excellent postseason. At press time four of the seven teams were still alive and all seven qualified for the state playoffs, either qualifying outright or winning a regional play-in game.

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All four Northwest teams advanced in their respective baseball and softball regional playoff games on Wednesday.

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The Marana girls soccer team survived a wet, cold night and a late Flowing Wells flurry to beat the Caballeros 2-1 and win the 5A Sonoran Regional title.

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Connor Leavens found the end zone from 5-yards out with less than 30 seconds left in the game to propel Marana to a 28-21 win over Kellis High School in the first round of the 5A state playoffs.

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Mountain View spotted Tucson High the first 13 points of the game but used a fast start to the second half to rally and beat the Badgers 44-35.

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Salpointe survived three first half turnovers and an early Mountain View score to beat the Mountain Lions 38-20 on Friday night.

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Once again a four-run Ironwood Ridge sixth inning dashed Cactus softball's dreams. Monday night, it took place in the Division II state title game at ASU's Farrington Stadium. The Nighthawks won their second state title in three seasons with a 6-2 win over Cactus.

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Pusch Ridge won the Division IV sate football championship the same way they won their previous two playoff games…in dramatic fashion. The Lions beat Northwest Christian 14-7 to claim the school’s first football state title.

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Ironwood Ridge were able to overcome the injury bug a week ago and hang on to beat a pesky Sunnyside team. Marcos de Niza was another story as the Padres had too much talent and beat the host Nighthawks 35-15. 

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Marana and Mountain View essentially had playoff games on Friday night. Wins would mean their seasons continued, losses essentially ended them. In the end both teams fell in close, exciting games.

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Just a year after the AIA made a massive realignment change, they are at it again. The organization has realigned all sports by enrollment, creating six new divisions.

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Pusch Ridge took control of Division IV, Section VI with a 24-21 win over previously unbeaten Flowing Wells. The Lions not only hold a one game lead on the Caballeros in section play, but hold the head-to-heat tiebreaker, meaning Flowing Wells needs to win out and have Push Ridge lose twice …

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Marana got a much needed win on Friday night, beating Catalina Foothills 27-24. The Tigers scored 20 straight points then held off a Falcon rally.

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Summary: In the fourth week, some teams and individuals have posted more than seven qualifying scores. Averages are based upon the best seven scores adjusted for the ratings and slopes of the courses played. Other, higher scores are discarded making averages lower as up to fourteen scores ma…

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Will Walker scored from three yards out with 3:00 left in the game to help Cienega to a 31-28 win over Canyon Del Oro on Friday night.

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Ironwood Ridge used two early scores to jump out in front of a shorthanded Salpointe club and beat the Lancers 33-7.

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Despite weather challenges interrupting scheduled matches, teams have played more rounds.  The standings have not changed much for teams with individual standings showing most all of the movement. Team section leaders remain the same from week one (CDO, Salpointe, Walden Grove). Two of the t…

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 Marana used a 37 from John Fiore to down Flowing Wells and Catalina in boys golf at the Quarry Pines on Wednesday.

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It was not a game for the feint of heart, or even for those who like defense, but Mountain View held on to beat visiting Horizon 40-37.

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The high school boys golf season is underway and for the second consecutive year the Explorer News/Marana News/Foothills News wlll  post the weekly standings. These rankings are separate from the iWanamaker system, but use a nearly identical formula.

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Hamilton showed that the old adage was true, a good large school usually beats a good small school. The team from Chandler ventured down Interstate 10 and beat the hosts from Oro Valley 44-7 to open their 2015 high school football season.

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Three area teams open up the season this week in what is known as “zero week.” While every game is important, getting off to a quick start is vital for these squads.

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High School sports get underway Friday with a pair of area football games. By the end of August Girls and Boys golf and cross country will get underway. Swimming and volleyball start the first week of August.

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Three area football teams begin football practice this week in preparation for “zero week” games. Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge and Marana all take to the field a week earlier than other local schools to get ready for their first games on Aug. 21.

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Marana standout Travis Howard was picked late in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Howard a pitcher and first baseman, was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 39th round, the 1,180th overall pick in the draft.

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Former Ironwood Ridge pitcher Stephan Meyer was selected in the 18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the 547th overall selection in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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CDO beat Tucson High 3-1 to claim the Division II State Baseball Championship on Tuesday night at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

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With their 8-5 win over Tucson High, the Canyon Del Oro baseball team advanced to their first state championship game since the 2009 season.

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No. 9 Sunrise Mountain and No. 7 Tucson Canyon del Oro went eight innings in a battle for survival between Arizona softball royalty Wednesday night at the Rose Mofford complex in Phoenix.

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The Canyon Del Oro baseball team is one game away from the state title game. The Dorados have swept through the playoffs, winning their first three games, though the final two have been in dramatic fashion.

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The Catalina Foothills Boys tennis team won the Division II team tennis state championship with a 5-0 win over Salpointe.

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Three bad innings spelled doom for the Canyon Del Oro softball team in their 12-4 loss to Salpointe in the third round of the Division II state playoffs.

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Two area baseball teams will meet Wednesday in Maryvale in the third round of the Division II State Baseball Tournament. No. 3 Canyon Del Oro and No. 6 Catalina Foothills will travel to the Maryvale Baseball Complex for the game. In fact, five of the eight remaining teams are from the Tucson…

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The CDO softball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Verrado High School 7-2 on Tuesday and advance to the quarter-finals of the Division II state softball tournament.

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Walks kill pitchers in every aspect of the game, but this is especially true in a state tournament game.