No. 4 Ironwood Ridge took the top-seeded Chaparral team to the PK round in the 5A state semifinals. Chaparral went on to win the match but the Nighthawks forced the issue and finished 14-4-3 on the year with a Southern Region championship and a second-straight semifinal finish.
Longtime Ironwood Ridge coach Sean Watkins has 170 wins and a runner-up finish in 2011.
5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS at Campo Verde
No. 1 Chaparral over No. 4 Ironwood Ridge, 2-1 (5-4 PKs)
Saturday, Feb. 11
4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 3 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Coronado, 11:30 a.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network).
4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 4 Salpointe vs. Prescott/Thunderbird winner, 2 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)
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