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Benson & Sahuarita claim softball championships; Salpointe to face CDO once again

Benson standout Katie Sherman (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

It was a big night for Southern Arizona softball with Benson claiming the 2A state championship over Camp Verde and Sahuarita beating Winslow to claim the 3A title. It was the fifth state championship for the Bobcats and the third for the Mustangs.

BENSON GAME STORY

Benson freshman Emily Darwin with the 17th home run/Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

SAHUARITA GAME STORY

In Beach Volleyball Pairs action, Salpointe standouts Peyton Lewis and Abby Russell advanced to the Division I semifinal round where they will face the No. 3 pairs from Perry, Matea Suan and Ellie McDonald Thursday night. Lewis and Russell are seeded No. 2.

No. 1 Canyon del Oro beat No. 9 Coconino 6-1 to set up a 4A softball semifinal rematch with No. 5 Salpointe to be played at Pima West Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Dorados will need to beat the Lancers twice to advance to the 4A championship game. The “If Game” will be played on Friday. If Salpointe wins, then the Lancers will go directly to the championship game scheduled for Tuesday, May 15.

In Boys Volleyball playoffs, No. 4 Salpointe and No. 8 Ironwood Ridge were eliminated in the 5A quarterfinal round.

Desert Christian is in third place at the Division III state Golf Championships held at the Omni Tucson National. The Eagles are trailing Valley Union and Yuma Catholic. Desert Christian standout Johnny Gleason is tied for ninth, seven strokes back of the leader.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

Canyon del Oro (9)
1991: 5A (Kathy McQuown)
2001: 5A (Dee Dinota)
2005: 5A (Kelly Fowler)
2007: 4A-I (Amy Swiderski)
2008: 4A-I (Amy Swiderski)
2009: 4A-I (Amy Swiderski)
2011: 4A-I (Kelly Fowler)
2012: D-II (Stephanie Nicholson)
2017: 4A (Kelly Fowler)

San Manuel (9)
1977: 4A (Sheila Baize)
1979: 4A (Sheila Baize)
1980: 4A (Sheila Baize)
1981: 3A (Sheila Baize)
1982: 3A (Sheila Baize)
1990: 3A (Jeff Rupright)
1994: 3A (Jeff Rupright)
2013: D4 (Deanne Brewer)
2014: D4 (Deanne Brewer)

Sahuaro (8)
1984: 5A (Jim Higgins)
1985: 5A (Jim Higgins)
1988: 5A (Billy Lopez)
1989: 4A/5A (Billy Lopez)
1991: 5A (Billy Lopez)
1992: 4A (Billy Lopez)
1993: 4A (Billy Lopez)
2001: 4A (Billy Lopez)

Benson (5)
2006: 2A (Shad Housley)
2008: 2A (Shad Housley)
2011: 2A (Manny Ellsworth)
2017: 2A (Yogi Wilson)
2018: 2A (Yogi Wilson)

Santa Cruz (5)
1979: 3A (Rosie Starks)
1980: 3A (Rosie Starks)
2000: 3A (Ernie Montijo)
2006: 3A (Andrea Reyes)
2008: 3A (Andrea Reyes)

Flowing Wells (4)
1984: 4A (Debbie Cutrer)
1999: 5A (Armando Quiroz)
2000: 5A (Armando Quiroz)
2002: 5A (Armando Quiroz)

Sahuarita (3)
1999: 3A (Chris Fanning)
2011: 4A-II (Chris Fanning)
2018: 3A (Chris Fanning)

Cienega (2)
2010: 4A-I (Eric Tatham)
2015: D-II (Eric Tatham)

Desert Christian (2)
1998: 1A (Bill Moten)
1999: 1A (Gerald Dawson)

Ironwood Ridge (2)
2014: D-II (Rich Alday)
2016: D-II (Rich Alday)

Palo Verde Christian/Pusch Ridge (2)
1997: 1A (Tom Armour)
2012: D-IV (Bob Vance)

Pueblo (2)
1990: 4A (Lisa Pina)
2016: D-IV (Curtis Ruiz)

Empire (2)
2015: D-III (Shannon Woolridge)
2017: 3A (Shannon Woolridge)

Sabino (2)
1991: 4A (Bill Belt)
2005: 4A (Galen Paton)

Salpointe (2)
1993: 5A (Stacy Hill Iveson)
1996: 5A (Phil Gruensfelder)

Thatcher (2)
2002: 2A (Rachel Motes)
2003: 2A (Rachel Motes)

Bowie/San Simon (1)
1990: 1A (Mike Peterson)

Catalina Foothills (1)
2016: D-III (Mark Stevens)

Desert View (1)
2000: 4A (Bert Otero)

Rincon (1)
2002: 4A (Russ Proctor)

Santa Rita (1)
1980: 5A (Jan Dunlap)

Sunnyside (1)
2007: 5A-II (Pete Palomarez)

Willcox (1)
2010: 1A (Mike Patterson)

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TUESDAY, MAY 8

BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAIRS: QUARTERFINALS at Mesquite
No. 4 Alana Rennie/Annika Payne, Millennium over Alanna Duarte/Madison Sundholm, Salpointe, 2-0
No. 2 Peyton Lewis/Abby Russell, Salpointe over Sedona Sherman/Nicole Hoff, Millennium, 2-0

SOFTBALL: 4A ELIMINATION at Rose Mofford
No. 1 Canyon Del Oro 6, No. 9 Coconino 1

SOFTBALL: 3A CHAMPIONSHIP at ASU
No. 11 Sahuarita 10, No. 5 Winslow 4

SOFTBALL: 2A CHAMPIONSHIP at ASU
No. 1 Benson 7, No. 2 Camp Verde 3

5A BOYS VOLLEYBALL: QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 American Leadership Academy beat No. 4 Salpointe, 3-1
No. 1 Deer Valley beat No. 8 Ironwood Ridge, 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-16)

DIVISION III GOLF: ROUND ONE
Omni Tucson National

RESULTS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

BASEBALL: 4A SEMIFINALS at Diablo
No. 1 Nogales vs. No. 5 Sunrise Mountain, 6:30 p.m.
No.2 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 11 St. Mary’s, 4 p.m.

DIVISION III GOLF: ROUND TWO
Omni Tucson National, 9 a.m.

TEE TIMES

THURSDAY, MAY 10

BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAIRS: SEMIFINALS at Mesquite
No. 2 Peyton Lewis/Abby Russell, Salpointe vs. No. 3 Matea Suan/Ellie McDonald, Perry, 5 p.m.

SOFTBALL: 5A SEMIFINALS at Rose Mofford
No. 3 Cienega vs. TBD, 7:30 p.m.
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge vs. TBD, 7:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL: 4A SEMIFINALS at Pima West
No. 1 Canyon del Oro vs. No 5 Salpointe, 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

BASEBALL: 3A SEMIFINALS at Surprise
No. 1 Sabino vs. No. 12 Empire, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 Sahuarita vs. No. 2 Casteel, 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 14

BASEBALL: 3A CHAMPIONSHIP at HoHoKam
No. 1 Sabino/No. 12 Empire winner vs. TBD, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 15

SOFTBALL: 4A CHAMPIONSHIP
Canyon del Oro/Salpointe vs. Cactus/Mohave, 6:30 p.m.

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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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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