Southern Arizona State Girls Basketball Championships


Lonnie Tvrdy (Andy Morales/

Lonnie Tvrdy (Andy Morales/

Only four coaches in Southern Arizona have won four state championships. Barry Judd won four at St. David, Mike Dyer won four at Marana and Lonnie Tvrdy won four in a row at Pusch Ridge.

Thatcher went through a four-year sweep from 2001-2004 but they were coached by two different coaches during their streak. Judd won three in a row from 1980-1983 but he won his last title in 1992.

From 2005-2008 Pusch Ridge and Tvrdy ruled the 2A conference. Dyer, Judd and Tvrdy will remain tops for a while because no other coach or program from Southern Arizona has or had more than two titles to their name besides the three won by Bill Sharp at Thatcher in the 1980s.

Canyon del Oro won the last state title form Southern Arizona (2009).



Thatcher (7)
1981: 2A (Bill Sharp)
1983: 2A (Bill Sharp)
1987: 2A (Bill Sharp)
2001: 2A (David Henson)
2002: 2A (David Henson)
2003: 2A (Lee Marett)
2004: 2A (Lee Marett)

Marana (4)
1982: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1985: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1988: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1989: 4A (Mike Dyer)

Pusch Ridge (4)
2005: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2006: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2007: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2008: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)

St. David (4)
1980: 1A (Barry Judd)
1981: 1A (Barry Judd)
1983: 1A (Barry Judd)
1992: 1A (Barry Judd)

Canyon del Oro (2)
1987: 5A (Dan Huff)
2009: 4A-I (Kerri Brown)

Desert Christian (2)
1998: 1A (Dennis O’Reilly)
1999: 1A (Dennis O’Reilly)

Safford (2)
1978: 4A (John Bonefas)
1983: 2A (Jack Carrell)

Sahuaro (2)
1993: 4A (Jim Scott)
1998: 4A (Jim Scott)

Tombstone (2)
1986: 2A (John Escarcega)
1994: 2A (Robert Bristow)

Willcox (2)
1981: 3A (Bob Nelson)
1990: 2A (Rodolfo Rivera)

Buena (1)
1977: 5A (Larry Neidich)

Catalina Foothills (1)
1997: 4A (Patty Patton Shearer)

Duncan (1)
1995: 2A (John Payne)

Flowing Wells (1)
2008: 4A-I (Michael Perkins)

Sabino (1)
1990: 4A (John Bart)

Santa Rita (1)
1984: 5A (Dave Lynch)

Valley Union (1)
1975: All (Dale Mortenson)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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