Ironwood Ridge 152, Catalina Foothills 168
Ironwood Ridge standout Raina Ports shot a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine of the El Conquistador Cañada Course to help lead the Nighthawks past Catalina Foothills 152 to 168.
The round of 33 by the junior standout is the lowest round of the year from Southern Arizona. Her teammate, Zoe Newell shot a 34 on the same course on Sept. 30.
Catalina Foothills standout Caroline Axen led the Falcons with a 39 in the first outing for the squad this season. Both teams need to get six rounds in the books before the regular season ends on Oct. 16 for Division II.
Ports shot a birdie on the fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth holes but a bogey on the par-4 seventh prevented an even lower score. Newell took second on the day with a 37.
Ironwood Ridge is the defending D-II state champion and Catalina Foothills took third place. Individual state champion Maya Benita graduated from Catalina Foothills and she is now a member of the University of Arizona team.
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Raina Ports, Ironwood Ridge 33
Zoe Newell, Ironwood Ridge 37
Caroline Axen, Catalina Foothills 39
Celia Schrecker, Ironwood Ridge 40
Hannah Ports, Ironwood Ridge 42
Libby Axen, Catalina Foothills 42
Gina Lee, Catalina Foothills 43
Rachel Hanson, Catalina Foothills 44
Mia Cesarek, Catalina Foothills 44
Makenna Brown, Ironwood Ridge 46
Kaylee Jewkes, Ironwood Ridge 49
Macy Goode, Catalina Foothills 56
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