Canyon del Oro track and field standout Turner Washington committed to the University of Arizona last week. He announced his decision via his twitter account.
“Very exited to announce that I will be continuing my track and field career at the University of Arizona,” Washington said through social media.
Washington came down to Arizona and Alabama, and made a recent recruiting visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Last spring Washington set a state-record in the discus at 202 feet. That throw temporarily stood as 2016’s top throw for a high schooler, but was topped later that week. He finished the season with fourth longest throw in the nation.
Washington finished third in the state in Division II in the shot put with a throw of 54-01.75. Despite being the favorite, he did not place in the Discus due to fouling.
Marana had a chance to win what is believed to be their first regional title in girls volleyball, but fell 3-2 to Poston Butte. The two teams enter the week tied for first place in the 5A Sonoran region. Although Poston Butte has the tiebreakers, Marana still has an outside shot at the regional title. Marana would need to beat Desert View and then have the Jaguars upset Poston Butte. Poston Butte previously beat Desert View 3-0 on Sep. 27.
If the teams remain tied Poston Butte would be the champion. The two teams have split their regular season match-up but the Broncos have more wins in the 5A Conference thanks to playing three more games against 5A teams.
The Broncos jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but then had to hold on as the Tigers won the next two sets and forced a fifth set to decide it all.
Even if the Tigers do not win the region, they still have a chance to qualify for their first postseason appearance since 2004. The Tigers entered the week ranked 23rd and a win over Desert View should
keep them ranked in the top-24, which at least puts them in line for a postseason bid. 24 teams qualify for the postseason. The top-eight teams automatically qualify for the tournament, while the next 16 teams play each other, with the eight winners filling out the bracket. Even with a top-24 ranking, there is no guarantee as any teams outside the top-24 who wins their region would take a spot in the postseason.
Two other area teams are locks for the 5A playoffs. Mountain View entered the week ranked No. 15, while Ironwood Ridge is the No. 4 rated team in the state and should host a playoff game.
Like their 5A counterparts, 4A Canton Del Oro is also a lock for the playoffs. The Dorados are 12-2 and ranked No. 6 in the state and currently lead the 4A Kino Region, though a game this week against Salpoine will go a long way to decide the champion.
Two former CDO football standouts met on Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 26-10.
Former Dorado and University of Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey had 10 caries for 48 yards, including a 24 yarder.
CDO and Stanford linebacker Blake Martinez may be a rookie, but he led the Packers with 5 tackles and two pass break-ups.