The neighborhoods around El Con Mall are not giving up the fight to prevent incompatible development at the mall.
It might not have been the longest week on record, but seven
days served as the perfect amount of time to allow the Ironwood
Ridge defense to sit and stew.
Since 1994 only two Tucson High teams finished the season with
seven wins. Thanks to a 28-point second-half outburst, the Badgers
of 2011 became the third.
For the better part of its eight wins this season, Ironwood
Ridge has managed to keep things fairly predictable: Rush for
nearly 300 yards and ensure its opponent faces deficits well into
Up by one point with just over two minutes remaining in Friday's
game against Palo Verde, Sahuarita coach David Rodriguez had a
choice to make; punt on fourth-and-five on the Titans 34-yard-line,
or go for it.
Sometimes a win is good enough, and after two straight losses by
a combined 10 points, Sahuaro will take it.
When momentum from its 27-7 first-half lead all but vanished,
and the outcome of Friday's game hung in the balance, Ironwood
Ridge went back to what worked.
Three drives was all Sabino needed Friday night to make its long
trip to the south side of Tucson more than worthwhile.
Salpointe Catholic's season-opening loss to Scottsdale Chaparral
stung at the time, but the Lancers took all of that frustration out
on Tucson High Friday night.
Just over 11 minutes remained in the third quarter of Salpointe
Catholic's season opener against Scottsdale Chaparral, and the
Lancers were in control.
If there was one thing Arizona knew it must have in its season
finale Saturday night, it was a fast start.
The momentum of Arizona's four-game win streak was tempered over
the last week as reality set in that this weekend's series against
Arizona State would be the Icecats' final two games of the
Following Friday's 6-1 victory over Northern Arizona University,
Icecats coach Leo Golembiewski could not overlook the way his team
Friday night has not exactly provided the type of positive
inspiration the Arizona Icecats care to draw on - especially from
the results of their last two matchups.
Friday's 7-0 loss to Adrian College provided more than enough
motivation for the Arizona Icecats on Saturday night.
No one likes losing to a rival, but the disappointment was even
more apparent following the Arizona Icecats' shootout loss to
Arizona State on Friday at the Tucson Convention Center.
Cienega's Isaac Jones had just intercepted a pass by Canyon del
Oro's Jason McBrayer with just under four minutes remaining in
Friday night's 4A-I state semifinal.
One game is all that stands in the way of Canyon del Oro making
a return to the Class 4A-I state championship football game or
Cienega reaching the final for the first time in program
Any momentum the Arizona Icecats had gained in a 10-5 romp over
UNLV on Friday night disappeared by the time the first puck dropped
PHOENIX - For more than a half of play, Salpointe Catholic
looked like a team headed to the 5A-I state semifinals.
Since the Arizona Icecats' first season in 1979, the program has
never endured the type of turmoil that it has the past two seasons:
back-to-back losing seasons for the first time and 31 total losses
that could only be previously matched over a three-year period.
Any hope that the playoffs would provide No. 7 Amphitheater with
a challenging four quarters ended before halftime Friday night.
For at least one quarter, it appeared Salpointe Catholic and
Sunnyside would produce another classic similar to last season's
three-point nail-biter that went down to the final play.
As impressive as 40-point blowouts and eye-popping offensive
numbers can appear on paper, Salpointe Catholic coach Dennis Bene
is even happier with balance.
At 15 years old, Nemer Hassey had it all figured out. While most
guys his age fantasized about dating the homecoming queen, his
dreams consisted of isosceles triangles and post patterns.
After back-to-back one-point victories, coach Richard Sanchez
spent the six days leading to Sunnyside's contest against Sierra
Vista Buena imploring his squad to focus on finishing.
Stuck in the middle of a two-week break from classes, Cienega
began Friday's game against Catalina Foothills in a funk, and the
Falcons took advantage.
A handful of special teams miscues, a first quarter with more
penalties than points and an overactive sprinkler system got the
night off to a slow start at Sabino.
Through the first two games, Amphitheater's Alfonso Avitia has
made one big play after another. And it came as no surprise that he
continued to do so when his team needed it most Friday night
against Flowing Wells.
Salpointe Catholic made up for lost time in Friday's season opener after having a longer than normal off-season.
With a stingy defense and a crisp offense, Salpointe played for the first time in 10 months and trounced Rio Rancho (N.M.) 31-8.
Cienega's season had not even kicked off, and the Bobcats were
already calling on their reserves to step up.
One way for Arizona to avoid complacency after capping an
undefeated weekend at the Wildcat Invitational is to look at an
even tougher schedule coming up.
After scoring 62 runs over its five previous games, No. 2
Arizona rediscovered what it was like to play a close contest in
the second game of its doubleheader Saturday night.
Another game, another collection of home runs and a fistful of
RBIs for Arizona's newcomers. Even for freshmen, this is becoming
all too much of a routine.
While many teams spent the regular-season jelling, Ironwood
Ridge experienced what it was like to have its five best players on
the court for the first time this season.
Despite all of his talent and ability on the soccer field, even
Canyon del Oro's Donny Toia could not have envisioned a performance
like he had on Friday night.
Catalina Foothills discovered there can be drawbacks to jumping
out to an early lead, and they have their own Emily Lai to thank
With just over five minutes remaining in its season, Mountain
View turned to the one player who has proven more than capable of
finding the goal.
To Palo Verde, a post-season seed is only a number, and entering
Wednesday's girls first-round playoff game against Scottsdale Notre
Dame Prep, coach Jim Mentz said his squad had much to prove to
themselves and everyone else.
Pressure has been known to bend, twist and break. Catalina
Foothills used it to wear down its opponent Tuesday night.
Few things can be as therapeutic to a basketball coach as being
in a gym.
Fourteen points allowed and a pair of goal-line stands.
CIENEGA 50, BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN 7
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: CIENEGA 51, NOGALES 14
GAME OF WEEK: NOGALES at CIENEGA
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
In the days leading up to his team's matchup against Amphi,
Douglas coach Dick Keith couldn't help but talk about receiver and
kick returner Joel Bello.
Some teams have the playoffs locked up, while others simply
don't have a chance.
A week after a slow start in its game against Douglas, Palo
Verde made sure not to make the same mistake twice.
The Quadruple Bypass Burger is not the type of "culinary
challenge" to take lightly.