Bill Lang coaches match number 972
Ironwood Ridge head coach Bill Lang coached Ironwood Ridge to a 3-0 win over Tucson on Wednesday night. It was win was number 637 in his combined career between boys and girls but it was also match number 972 in his coaching career.
Lang tied longtime Rincon/University head coach Juanita Kingston with 972 career matches for a Southern Arizona coach and Ironwood Ridge will play Catalina Foothills Thursday night for match number 973.
Sandy Novak retired last year from Sahuaro and she holds the all-time win total of 673. Lang should break that mark next fall.
Sandy Novak, Sahuaro
402: Girls (2 runner-up)
269: Boys (1 championship & 1 runner-up)
Juanita Kingston, Rincon/UHS
455: Girls (1 championship & 1 runner-up)
216: Boys (1 runner-up)
Amy Johnson, Salpointe
347: Boys (2 runner-up)
Bill Lang, Ironwood Ridge (Active)
419: Girls (2 runner-up)
Melva Lundy, Canyon del Oro
(1 championship with the boys & 3 runner-up with the boys)
Heather Moore-Martin, Green Fields, Catalina & Salpointe (Active)
189: Girls (1 championship & 1 runner-up)
214: Boys (2 championships)
Canyon del Oro over Cienega 3-1
Canyon del Oro survived an epic battle with Cienega Wednesday night in a match one would expect to see come playoff time – but that’s still two months away. The Dorados won the match 25-21, 25-22, 26-28 and 26-24 but it was far more difficult than the 3-1 margin indicates.
Canyon del Oro (1-0) built an 18-8 lead in the first set only to see Cienega (0-1) cut the lead down to 22-18. The Dorados went on to win the set 25-21 but the lead, and the comeback, served as an omen of what was to come…
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