The CDO girls basketball team and the Marana girls soccer team won preseason tournaments over the weekend.
The CDO girls beat Rincon/University to win the Boyd Baker Girls Basketball Tournament.
The Dorados went 5-0 in the tournament, with the final two games being nail biters. CDO beat Sahuaro 55-53 in the semi-finals and then beat Rincon 47-46 to win the title.
Against the Cougars, CDO found themselves down by 10 before rallying past the Cougars. Leila El-Ali led all scorers with 24 points.
Things were not as difficult in the early going. After beating Casa Grande 58-51, they crushed Palo Verde 74-29 then cruised past Empire 66-51.
The Marana girls soccer team has a history of success at the Amphi Panther Invitational and added to that history by winning this year’s tournament. The Tigers not only went 6-0 in the tournament, they did not allow a goal, outscoring the competition 21-0.
Senior Goalie Tanna McLeod had 25 saves in earning the six shutouts.
Ten different Tigers scored with Alejandra Ramirez leading the Tigers with seven goals, while Seadra Hamilton and Reily Kalina each scored four. Hannah Green found the net twice in the tournament.
The Tigers beat Sunnyside 2-0 to earn the title.
The Tigers opened the event with a 2-0 win over Casa Grande and then followed that up with 3-0 wins over Nogales and CDO. The then beat Desert View and Tanque Verde by a combined 11-0 to set up the game against Sunnyside.
Head Coach Dan Tarquin also had high praise for his defense, singling out Victoria Guiterrez, Staci Davids, Rebecca Quast, Cierra Smith
and Brooke Reed.
The Marana girls basketeball team went 3-1 at the Boyd Baker, winning the Silver Bracket of the event with a 42-19 thumping of Salpointe. After taking an early 7-4 lead, the Tigers broke the game open with an 11-1 second quarter run.
Alyssa Perez led the way with 19 points and added 5 steals.
Marana advanced to the finals with a 53-31 win over Buena. Marana jumped out to an early 13-7 lead then outcored the Colts 40-14 over the next two quarters. They led 53-21 before Buena scored the final 10 points of the game.
Perez again led the Tigers with 20 points, while Mele Hala’ufia added 12.
The Tigers went 3-1 overall in the tournament, with their lone loss coming at the hands of runner up Rincon 43-42. Marana had several chances at the end to take the lead, but failed to make the key bucket.
After going winless last season, the CDO boys basketball team won two games in the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic at Buena High School.
CDO beat both Douglas and Amphi in the event. The Dorados downed Douglas 60-29 and 24 hours later they beat Amphi 48-41.
The Ironwood Ridge girls basketball team did not play in any holiday tournaments, but did tip off the regular season last week and gave new coach Ken Leikem a win in his first game with the Nighthawks, beating Sunnyside 54-29.
Three Oro Valley Fast Pitch Softball teams won three championships in the citywide Baja Fall Ball Tournament at Morris K Udall Park. League representatives believe this is the first time Oro Valley teams have won three divisions in a Baja tournament.
The league’s 8U, 12U and 14U divisions took three out of the four age group tournaments at the event.
Oro Valley Fast Pitch is based out of Riverfront Park in Oro Valley and have both fall and spring league. Registration for the Spring League begins in January.