Despite a slow start to the season the Marana softball team is in the thick of things in their section, and could find themselves in the postseason. The Tigers lost their first five regular season games and were 2-6 at one point but have won four of their next five games and are now 6-7 and ranked 13th in the state.
Maybe more importantly, they are just a half game out of first place in the 5A Sonoran Region. Their lone loss came to first place Poston Butte, but they have a chance to even the score next week and put themselves in the driver’s seat.
Ironwood Ridge is in a strange spot. The Nighthawks are ranked No. 4 in the state, but are third in their section. Both Cienega and Sahuaro are ahead of Ironwood Ridge in the standings, and the Bobcats and Cougars are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state.
Mountain View is just 6-7 and are fourth in the section, but the Mountain Lions find themselves ranked No. 10 in the state and barring a complete collapse, they will compete in the playoffs.
CDO is 11-2 overall and ranked No. 2 in the state. While they are currently sitting atop the 4A Kino standings, they lead a very talented Salpointe team, but just half a game and the two squads still have a game against each.
Pusch Ridge is 8-3 overall and are ranked 14th, but find themselves in fourth place in the 3A South section. Sabino, Sahuarita and Empire are also two-loss teams, but currently hold tiebreakers over the Lions.
The Ironwood Ridge beach volleyball team has already
wrapped up a spot in the Division I state playoffs, but will play Salpointe on Wednesday, April 12 for a shot at their first Sectional Title. The Nighthawks are 8-0 in Sectional play and hold a half-game lead over the Lancers, making the game a winner take all.
The two teams have already wrapped up playoff spots as they are guaranteed to finish in the top five of the section. The top five teams in each of the three sections, plus the next best team make up the 16-team playoff bracket.
With a loss, the worst Ironwood Ridge can finish is second as they have the tiebreaker over current third place team Perry.
The Nighthawks are currently 10-1 overall and will be making their first playoff appearance in their second year participating in the sport. Last year they did not play enough games to qualify for the playoffs.
Mountain View won the Silver Bracket at the Salpointe Lancer Boy’s Volleyball Classic. The Mountain Lions went just 1-2 in pool play last Friday, but rallied in the second day and won both games in bracket play to claim the Silver Bracket title. They beat Tucson High 25-21 and 27-25 in the championship game.
They cruised past Catalina Foothills in the opening round of Silver Bracket play. After taking the first set 25-19, the Lions finished things off with a 25-12 second set.
Things did not go as well on the opening day. Although they played Salpointe and Rincon tough, the Mountain Lions lost all four sets. The host Lancers, who finished second in the event, struggled to get past Mountain View, edging them 25-23 and 26-24. It was a similar story against the Rangers as they won the first set 25-20, then survived a marathon second set 29-27.
Mountain View got their lone win of pool play against the same Badger team they would beat the next day for the silver title. This game was a three-set barnburner. After each team won a set 25-23, they went to a third set tiebreaker and it was the Lions who survived for a 19-17 win.
The Mountain Lions will try to use their performance as a springboard to a strong finish to the season. They are just 6-5 in regular season games but still have a chance at the post season with a strong finish in their final six games. They are currently ranked No. 21 in 5A.
Ironwood Ridge has the best chance at the post season among northwest area teams. The Nighthawks lead the 5A Sonoran Section with a 4-0 record and are 8-2 and ranked No. 2 in the sate.
Former Mountain View and current University of Arizona high jumper Justice Summerset got to compete for the first time in a home track meet in front of his family. He did not disappoint, winning the high jump at the Jim Click Shootout. He beat teammate Bryant O’Georgia with a final jump of 7-02.25, 5.5 inches higher than O’Georgia.