Dec. 8, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME:


Continuing to update high school athletes who will take their game, and education, to the college level in the fall, Jessie Ingraham has inked a scholarship to the Air Force Academy. A standout senior for Canyon del Oro High School's girls basketball squad, Ingraham has also excelled in cross country.

"As soon as I went to visit I knew that's where I wanted to go," said Ingraham, who will serve a five-year stint as an officer once she graduates. Part of the process, to be given a scholarship to the Air Force, includes interviewing with state representatives. Ingraham has already met with Arizona State Representative Richard Kyle and plans to meet in the future with Congressman Jim Kolbe.

PCC wins bowl game

Pima Community College's football squad made history Dec. 4 when it took part in the first annual Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Classic. In the game, the No. 11 ranked Storm (8-3) took down No. 4 Kilgore College (10-2) in Texas with a late score, 10-7. The Tucson-based community college features four athletes who played their high school football in the Northwest including quarterback Eddie Arizmendi (Mountain View), wide receiver Eddie Bracy (Ironwood Ridge), linebacker Daniel Zasa (CDO) and defensive lineman Miguel Rodriguez (Marana).


And now for the feel (or taste) good story of the year. Students from Ironwood Ridge High School stepped out of the winter weather Dec. 2 to enjoy some ice cream at Sundaze, 10355 N. La Cañada Drive. The evening, dubbed Celebrity Scoop Night by storeowners Peter and Wendy Gallen, was designed to be a fun night to raise money for Ironwood Ridge athletics.

School icon Dee Dinota was on hand to scoop cones for students and parents. All the proceeds were donated directly to the athletic department. Dinota was the natural choice to dole out the store's 10 different homemade ice cream flavors, having worked in a yogurt shop when she was younger.

Peter Gallen and his wife opened the shop six months ago after their first store on the east side became a tasty hit. Gallen, who spends his days creating and experimenting with new flavors, takes pride in being one of the area's only Mom and Pop Ice Cream shops. Celebrity Scoop Night got an extra boost after the IRHS girls basketball and soccer games ended flooding the store with customers.

If you need a break from the winter and reminder of summer, Sundaze is located in the shopping center on the southwest corner of Lambert Lane and La Cañada Drive. Oh and try the habanero chocolate.


Dinota's philanthropic quest does not end there. The Ironwood Ridge teacher's annual athletic shoe drive, which collects sneakers for underprivileged youth, hit its target mark of 3,001 pairs of shoes. Last year the incentive for the students to reach the preset mark was the shaving of Dinota's and other teacher's heads.

This year the school upped the ante and assistant principals Rex Scott and Mike Szolowicz will go to war against each other in a mud-wrestling match. At press time, early odds makers favored the six-foot-three-inch Scott over the five-foot-three-inch Szolowicz.

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