Both the Ironwood Ridge and Canyon Del Oro girls volleyball team won their first two playoff games and advanced to their respective state semi-finals.
On Tuesday the Nighthawks were set to meet Centennial, while CDO was to play against Greenway, but the results were not available as of press time.
The Nighthawks opened up the 5A postseason with a 3-0 win over Desert Edge. The first two sets were hotly contested, with the Nighthawks prevailing 25-22 in each. The third set was more lopsided. With all the momentum on their side the host Nighthawks won 25-13.
Three days later the Nighthawks edged Verrado 3-0. Although Ironwood Ridge swept the Vipers, every match was close, with two of the three being decided by the minimum two-point margin.
Ironwood Ridge won the first set 28-26, then won the next two sets 25-22 and 26-24.
As the No. 8 seed CDO was not expected to get this far, but the Dorados upset Cactus Shadows the No. 1 team in 4A on Saturday.
The host Falcons won the first set 25-19, but failed to keep the momentum. The Dorados squeaked out a 25-23 second set win to tie things up, then outplayed Cactus Shadows in the third set 25-16.
The fourth set was another tight one, but once again CDO found a way to win 25-21.
Jade Romine led the way with 14 kills, while Zeleya Loop added 10. Leila El-Ali paced the Dorados with 28 assists.
CDO opened the playoffs with a 3-1 win over Saguaro. Like their second round match, the Dorados lost the first set, falling 28-26. They evened things up with an epic second set, finally winning 31-29.
The second set win propelled the Dorados over the next two sets as they won 25-17 and 25-14.
Mountain View got off to a slow start in their 5A opener and never recovered in a 3-0 loss to Sahuaro. The Cougars dominated the first set, winning 25-9.
Mountain View played tougher in the next two sets but lost 25-22 and 25-20.
CDO’s Jonathan Walters took tied for second in the Division II boys golf championships and helped guide the Dorados to a fourth place finish.
Walters shot a two-day total 144, finishing two strokes behind state champion Gavin Cohen of Catalina Foothills. After carding a 73 on the first day, he tied Cohen for the best second day total of 71.
Fellow Dorado Jack Picton was tied for 15th with a 148. Ironwood Ridge’s Nate Benjamin also shot a 148, the best of any Nighthawk.
Trevor Gregoire was the only other northwest golfer to crack the top-25. He shot a two-day total of 152 to tie for 24th.
Kyle Statchel was one of two Mountain View golfers to qualify as an individual. He finished tied for 50th with a 160.
CDO was fourth in the team competition. Their 599 was just two strokes behind champion Catalina Foothills. Ironwood Ridge was 10th with a 647.
The Ironwood Ridge girls finished 7th in the Division Ii Girls Golf Championship, shooting a combined 714. Cactus Shadows won the event with a 629.
Allison Acosta led the way for the Nighthawks with a 161, which was good for a tie at 18th.
Marana’s Marisol Benavidez also cracked the top-25. Qualifying as an individual, her 164 was good for 24th place.
Current Pima Community College and former Mountain View sophomore wide receiver Jeff Cotton was selected WSFL/ACCAC Offensive Player of the Week last Monday.
He had five catches for 140 yards which included a 51-yard touchdown reception in Pima’s 69-27 win against Phoenix College. He averaged 28 yards per catch.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Aztecs.
Swimming/diving and cross country state championship results will appear in next week’s edition.