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Golf: Arizona commit Maya Benita wins state championship & Ironwood Ridge girls win team championship

Maya Benita (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Catalina Foothills senior Maya Benita won her first state championship on the strength of a 7-under-par 135 at the Division II Tournament held at the Tucson Omni Sonoran Course on Monday and Tuesday. This is the third individual title for the Falcon program (Laura Jabczenski 2009 and 2010).

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The University of Arizona commit beat Millennium standout Madeline Laux by two strokes (-5, 137) and Cactus Shadows Calynne Rosholt came in third with a 4-under 138.

Benita took second last year and UNLV commit Laux came in fourth. Rosholt is an ASU commit who transferred in from Cedar Park, Texas.

As a team, Ironwood Ridge won its first championship in program history by holding off defending state champion Cactus Shadows by five strokes (592 to 597). Catalina Foothills took third (603).

Seven of the top ten finishers are from Southern Arizona:

Top Ten R-L (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

D-II GIRLS INDIVIDUAL
1 Maya Benita, Catalina Foothills 67-68 135 -7
2 Madeleine Laux, Millennium 69-68 137
3 Calynne Rosholt, Cactus Shadows72-66 138
4 Hannah Ports, Ironwood Ridge 67-73 140
5 Zoe Newell, Ironwood Ridge 73-68 141
6 Libby Axen, Catalina Foothills 72-74 146
7 Makenna Cabardo, Horizon 73-74 147
8 Raina Ports, Ironwood Ridge 77-72 150
9 Mackenzie McRee, Salpointe 80-71 151
9 Mia Cesarek, Catalina Foothills 76-75 151
9 Bailey Anderson, Campo Verde 77-74 151
23 Celia Schrecker, Ironwood Ridge 78-83 161
26 Susie Gietl, Salpointe 83-81 164
29 Maddie Green, Rincon/UHS 90-75 165
33 Caroline Axe, Catalina Foothills 85-86 171
33 Makenna Brown, Ironwood Ridge 85-86 171
38 Rylie Crane, Catalina Foothills 85-87 172
39 Madeline Fay, Canyon del Oro 88-86 174
41 Cassidy Morrow, Sahuaro 90-89 179
55 Lauren Graffam, Salpointe 100-92 192
59 Madeline Hall, Salpointe 98-99 197

Ironwood Ridge (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

D-II GIRLS TEAM
1 Ironwood Ridge 592 +24
2 Cactus Shadows 597
3 Catalina Foothills 603
4 Millennium 620
5 Desert Mountain 667
6 Horizon 680
7 Salpointe 701
8 Campo Verde 744
9 Arcadia 746
10 Gilbert 753
11 Sunrise Mountain 770
12 Gila Ridge 780

Jarrod Johnson (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

On the boy’s side, Arcadia standout Gavin Aurilia shot a 6-under-par 140 to win the Division II state tournament held on Catalina Course.

The Higley Knights boys won the first state golf championship in program history, knocking off two-time defending champion Arcadia in the process.

Salpointe freshman Carlos Astiazaran, Ironwood Ridge senior Jarrod Johnson and Walden Grove standout Gabriel Escalera finished 13 shots back and tied for 14th place.

Salpointe took sixth and Ironwood Ridge finished 11th.

D-II BOYS INDIVIDUAL
1 Gavin Aurilia, Arcadia 69-71 140 -6
2 Daniel Thompson, Thunderbird 71-74 144
3 Rio Newcombe, Casteel, 75-70 145
4 Rylan Johnson, Williams Field 71-75 146
4 Wyatt Chapman, Casteel 73-73 146
6 Jacob Tarkany, Cactus Shadows 75-74 149
6 Dakota Gillman, Mohave Accelerated 74-75 149
8 Ethan Klose, Arcadia 74-76 150
8 Karl Milton, Williams Field 77-73 150
10 Damon Vilkaukas, Highley 73-78 151
14 Carlos Astiazaran, Salpointe 76-77 153
14 Jarrod Johnson, Ironwood Ridge 77-76 153
14 Gabriel Escalera, Walden Grove 77-76 153
18 Max Krueger, Salpointe 78-77 155
22 RayJ Ramirez, Sabino 79-78 157
36 Albert Quihuis, Salpointe 81-80 161
37 Jackson Huether, Salpointe 84-78 162
37 Andrew Rivas, Canyon del Oro 84-78 162
41 Mateo McNew, Salpointe 83-81 164
47 Devin Ackermann, Mountain View 79-87 166
56 Zander Los, Ironwood Ridge 83-88 171
66 Drew Bowers, Ironwood Ridge 87-90 177
67 Ben Hogan, Ironwood Ridge 84-94 178
68 Jake Myre, Sabino 86-94 180
70 Michael Denman, Ironwood Ridge 94-89 183

D- II BOYS TEAM
1 Higley 612 (+28)
2 Cactus Shadows 617
3 Arcadia 622
4 Notre Dame Prep 627
5 Casteel 628
6 Salpointe 630
7 Williams Field 631
8 Prescott 659
9 Saguaro 665
10 Seton Catholic 668
11 Ironwood Ridge 674
12 Coconino 684

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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