No. 1 Cienega beat No. 2 Horizon Honors 3-2 (25-16, 20-15, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11) Friday night at Mesquite High School to capture the 5A state championship. It was the first title for a team from Southern Arizona since Heather Moore-Martin led Catalina to back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
Cienega ends the season with a 37-4 record, only giving up eight 13 sets all year. Bobcat coach Heather Mott (117-33) joined an exclusive club by becoming only the sixth coach from Tucson to win a boys’ title.
Southern Arizona Championships
Catalina Foothills (3)
2006: 4A/5A-II (Andrea Fyock)
2007: 4A/5A-II (Andrea Fyock)
2008: 4A/5A-II (David Thistle)
2010: 4A/5A-II (Heather Moore-Martin)
2011: 4A/5A-II (Heather Moore-Martin)
Canyon del Oro (1)
1996: 4A/5A (Melva Lundy)
2017: 5A (Heather Mott)
2009: 4A/5A-II (Sandy Novak)
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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