Pusch Ridge beat Ironwood Ridge 8-1 Thursday, two days after beating Salpointe 5-4. For the Lions, it appears to be business as usual.
Pusch Ridge won a 3A state championship in 2011, finished runner-up in 2012, won a D-III state championship in 2013, took another runner-up the next year and finished in the semifinal round in 2015. In short, the Lions were one of the dominate forces in “small-school” tennis in the first part of this decade…..
Pusch Ridge 8, Ironwood Ridge 1
Preston Grammond (PR) over Carlos Bernabe; 6-0, 6-1
Christian Fetsis (PR) over Nick Chenault; 6-0, 6-0
Diego Rodriguez (PR) over Ben Behrens; 6-3, 6-1
Daniel Rodriguez (PR) over Grayson Smith; 6-1, 6-4
Connor Larmoor (PR) over Akshat Srivastava; 7-5, 5-7 (11/7)
Aaron Reese (PR) over Baylor Warrick; 6-0, 7-5
Fetsis/Di. Rodriguez (PR) over Bernabe/Smith; 8-3
Grammond/Reese (PR) over Srivastava/ Warrick; 8-1
Chenault/Behrens (IR) over Da. Rodriguez/Larmoor; 8-6
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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com