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The Marana wrestling team won the Cholla Duels, finishing ahead of Desert View and CDO. The Tigers had 11 wrestlers reach the podium with a top-6 finish or better in their weight class and had four grapplers advance to the championship match. Stefan Sulentic was the lone winner, taking the championship at 126 pounds. 

Blake Proper (160), Dustin Grahn (170) and Cole Esplin (195) all fell in their event finals, taking second place in the tournament. 

A trio of Tigers won the consolation championship. Jon Munoz (120), Josh Rennev (138) and Sam Tieten (182) finished third. 

Marana is currently 11-2 in the young season. 

The Mountain View wrestling team travelled to New Mexico for the Las Cruces Invitational and finished 4th out of 33 teams. 

Marcus Castillo was the sole Mountain Lion to win a tournament title, taking first place at 132 pounds. Seven other Lions placed in the top-6, with Frankie Lee and Louis Aguilar finishing second at 152 and 195 respectively. Jayce Cuhna added a third place finish at 120.


Girls Basketball

The Marana girls basketball team is off to a great start. The Tigers opened the season 8-1, and have won seven straight. The Tigers dropped a single game at the preseason Boyd Baker and are undefeated in the regular season. 

Marana went 3-0 last week, closing out the week with a 45-36 win over Canyon Del Oro. The Tigers jumped out to a 22-12 first half lead and then held off the Dorados in the second half.  

Alyssa Perez led the Tigers with 18 points and nine steals, while Grace Hala’ufia added 12 points and 15 rebounds

Marana’s most impressive win was a 49-19 win over Catalina Foothills. The Tigers opened the game on a 14-5 run, then blew the game wide open by scoring all 12 points in the second quarter. 

Baylee Slaughter led the Tigers with 17 points and Perez chipped in 12. Perez also had six steals and four assists, while Hala’ufia added 12 re bounds. 

The Tigers meet up with Ironwood Ridge on Thursday in a showdown of two of the better teams in Southern Arizona. 

The Nighthawks enter the week at 5-1, opening the season of a 5-game win streak before falling Friday night 74-50 to Mesquite High School. 

The Nighthawks began the week with a 64-30 win over Sabino. Natalie Bartle paced Ironwood Ridge with 16 points, making 7-11 shots. Caroline Finster and Nicole Feltman had 10 and 9 respectively. 

The Pusch Ridge girls basketball team are off to a 4-0 start and have been dominant in all four games. They have held all of their opponents to 24 points or less and have won every game by 15 points or more.

The Lions beat Florence 40-24. It was a great defensive effort as Florence failed to score in double figures in any one quarter and were held to just four points in the first and third quarters. 

Bree Olson led the Lions with 14 points and Angel Addleman added 10, 4 assists and 6 steals. 

Girls Soccer

The Marana Girls soccer team is off to a 7-1 start, though they are just 1-1 in regular season games that count towards the postseason. This week saw the Tigers lose a close 1-0 loss to undefeated Salpointe. Marana hung tough with the Lancers before surrendering a second half goal that proved to be the difference. 

The Tigers rebounded 48 hours later and beat rival Mountain View 1-0. This time it was the Tigers with the second half tally as Alejandra Ramirez got the game winner. 

Marana next opponent is Canyon Del Oro. The Dorados come into the week at 5-3. They were riding a 4-game win streak before falling to Cienega 1-0 on Friday. 

They started the week with a 4-2 win over Flowing Wells. 

In addition to Marana, they also take on fell Northwest side foe Pusch Ridge. The Lions are starting to round into shape. After losing three of their first four games, the Lions went 1-0-1, tying Desert View and beating Sahuarita 3-0.

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