It was much closer than the defending 4A state champions would have liked, but Nogales held on to defeat Mountain View Marana 3-1 Thursday to improve to 8-2 on the year. The Apaches lost seven players to graduation, including Ralph Padilla, Mika Bracamonte and Cesar Dominguez, Jr., but the bulk of that championship team returns.
How good is that returning lineup?
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