The Sahuaro volleyball team won all six games at Mountain View’s Lion’s Den Invitational over the weekend, winning the championship match 2-0 over Thatcher.
The host Mountain Lions went 4-1 in the event, winning their first four games before falling in the semi-finals to runner-up Thatcher.
Despite being 6-7 in regular season games, the Mountain Lions enter the week at No. 16 and are still competing for a spot in the 5A state tournament. 24 teams qualify for the postseason.
CDO was also playing in a weekend tournament. The Dorados ventured to San Diego for the SoCal Invitational. Full results were not available at press time but the Dorados did earn a win over Poway and lost a 2-1 battle with Fallbrook.
Just as important as the action on the court was the chance for the team to further bond. Part of the trip included a visit to Disney Land.
The Dorados are 10-2 in regular season games and are currently ranked No. 6 in the state in 4A.They also lead the 4A Kino Region with a 5-0 record in regional games but still have big game looming with second place Salpointe on Oct. 26.
Two weeks after falling to Cienega, the Ironwood Ridge girls volleyball team got a manner of revenge by beating the Bobcats 3-1 on the road. It was a big win for the Nighthawks. They enter the week at No. 4 in the state in 5A, but still trail Sahuaro by two games in the ultra-competitive 5A Southern Region. The Cougars are No. 2 in the state, while Cienega is No. 6.
Marana continues to roll off the wins since entering region play. The Tigers beat Cholla and Flowing Wells last week and have won seven in a row. They lead the 5 Sonoran and are currently ranked No. 22 in the state. An Oct 20 game against Poston Butte likely decides the region.
It wasn’t easy but Ironwood Ridge rallied in the
fourth quarter to beat Tucson High 20-17 and set-up a showdown with undefeated Cienega.
The Badgers entered the fourth quarter leading 17-13, but Nick Brahler scored from 4-yards out to give the Nighthawks the lead midway through the fourth quarter and the defense did the rest.
Brahler came up big for the Nighthawks, rushing 33 times for 149 yards and two scores. He was counted on due to an injury to leading rusher being knocked out of the game after picking up 55 yards on 12 carries.
The Nighthawks will face undefeated Cienega this week. Although the winner will not clinched the 5A Southern Region, but will control their own destiny and a likely top-4 ranking in the state playoffs.
Mountain View scored 14 fourth quarter points to rally and beat Sahuaro 35-28. The win gives the Mountain Lions an outside shot at the regional title and likely playoff berth.
The 6-2 Mountain Lions are still flirting with a top-8 ranking and a first round home game.
The Lions trailed 28-13 midway through the third quarter and were down 28-21 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Mountain Lions tied things up when Caleb Ryden found Isaiah Lovett in the end zone.
With 3:12 left in the fourth Ryden hit Sebastian Spencer for his second touchdown to give the Mountain Lions the lead for good.
With the Lions struggling to run the ball, they had just 83 yards on the ground. Ryden needed to be efficient with his arm. He was 14-21 for 231 yards and four scores. He also led the team with 55 yards rushing and another score.
Canyon Del Oro kept their playoff hopes alive with a 9-7 win over Walden Grove. They scored the final nine points of the game to win their second game in a row and improve to 5-3 on the season.
The CDO defense sparked the win, holding the Wolves to just 109 total yards. Isaiah Carey paced the Dorado offense with 152 yards on the ground.
Pusch Ridge left no doubt, scoring 21 first quarter points and beating Tanque Verde 56-0 to improve to 5-3 on the season.
Christian Fetsis found Edwin Lovett on touchdown passes of 36 and 55 to go up 14-0 and made it 28-0 with his 39-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Fetsis carried six times for 96 yards and scored twice. He was also 3-6 for 99 yards and the two scores.
Dakota Haynes led the Lions with 111 yards and a touchdown on just seven scores. Gavin Davis scored on two of his five carries, while the Pusch Ridge defense held Tanque Verde to just 59 yards of total offense.