June 22, 2005 - With the clay finally settled on the 2005 high school season, and the stats lined up in order, the Ironwood Ridge High School softball team has edged out Class 4A state champ Sabino as the top offensive squad in Arizona. The program's 268 total runs for the year more than double those of Sabino's, making the Nighthawks the top run producers in both 5A and 4A. Despite the lofty numbers, the girl's season was cut short when the Nighthawks fell in the semifinals at state, losing to Millennium High School, 4-0. The offensive prowess bodes well for the squad, which will lose just two seniors, Alicia Hunolt and Michelle McLain. Next season, the Nighthawks will have a new foe, when defending 5A state champ Canyon Del Oro High School slides down to the 4A conference.
Kira Zeiter has been named part of the 2005 College Division Academic All-American Softball Second Team by ESPN magazine. To be eligible for the honor, the Adams State College designated player had to be selected by the magazine, with the aid of the College Sports Information Directors of America, to the First Team All-District VII squad. The only thing higher than the former Catalina Foothills high school grad's (class of 2002) batting average (.375) this year was her GPA, which topped out at 3.96. Zeiter is the first player from the Alamosa, Colo., school to earn the honor. The sophomore slugged her way into Grizzlies' record books, climbing into the Top 10 in eight of the program's single season record categories.
Boosters breathe easy
The Marana High School Tiger Crew Booster Club's golf tournament went ahead as scheduled June 4 at Heritage Highlands, but not until the law firm of Kinerk, Beal, Schmidt, Dyer and Sethi saved the day. The firm donated cash, gifts and sports memorabilia for the event after the tournament's raffle, totaling about $2,000, was stolen the week before the opening tee-off. Gifts from the firm included $1,000 in cash and another $1,000 in sports memorabilia and were expected to earn the tourney more than $4,000. Among the raffled items were autographs from athletes Jennie Finch, Steve Nash, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
The freshly formed CDO Charlton Athletic Soccer Academy is looking for players to join its Junior Academy summer program. The program is specifically designed for players, ranging in age from 5 to 10, living in the Northwest and Foothills. The program will help to form the inaugural Junior Academy teams for the 2005-06 season. Academy dates begin July 6 and continue through July 29 for children ages 5 through 7. The session for children ages 8 through 10 begins a day earlier on July 5 and go through July 29. Each session, conducted by licensed members of the CDO Charlton Athletic Senior Academy, will take place at Cross or Wilson middle schools. The fall season will begin in August. For more information call 991-4511.