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Rincon/UHS girls are close to qualifying for state for the first time since 2009; Zander Los leads Ironwood Ridge over Marana

Andrea Ratigan (Tucson Citizen File Photo)

The Rincon/University girls are on the verge of qualifying for the state tournament for the first time since 2009 when the team took 14th with Savanna Vig (13), Gabby Lacy (51), Alex Noirot (65), Senovia Quihuis (69) and Maggie Bell (73).

The teams is currently ranked No. 11 in Division I with what appears to be a comfortable margin with 10 days left to qualify. The Rangers are the only D-I team ranked high enough at this stage but Tucson High standout Angelica Martinez is ranked No. 7 as an individual with the top 18 individual golfers not attached to a qualifying team making the state playoffs.

Maddie Greene. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Senior Maddie Greene is in line to make the state tournament as an individual for the fourth straight year if her team does not qualify. She became the only golfer from Rincon to qualify since 2009 when she made it as a freshman in 2017. She finished in 42nd place in 2017, 41st in 2018 and 29th last year as a junior. Greene is headed to Occidental University in Los Angeles after she graduates.

Andrea Ratigan took back-to-back individual state championships for the Rangers in 2002 and 2003 as a freshman and a sophomore. Ratigan transferred to Catalina Foothills in 2004 where she helped lead the Falcons to a state championship as a team by coming in sixth place. Ratigan transferred to Sabino for her senior season and she took fourth place and helped lead the Sabercats to a third place finish as a team. Ratigan went on to play for Michigan.

Carolyn Rapson Mazaika won one in 1967 for Rincon and she currently lives in Indiana.

Carolyn Rapson (Citizen File Photo)

LINK: IRONWOOD RIDGE BOYS OVER MARANA

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

LINK: FREE IRONWOOD RIDGE/MARANA PHOTOS

IMPORTANT DATES

OCT. 21: Girls D-I Regular season ends
OCT. 24: Boys D-I Regular season ends
OCT. 26: Girls D-I First Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
OCT. 27: Girls D-I Second Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
OCT. 28: Girls D-II Regular season ends
OCT. 28: Boys D-I First Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)
OCT.29: Boys D-I Second Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)
OCT. 31: Boys D-II Regular season ends
NOV. 2: Girls D-II First Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
NOV. 3: Girls D-II Second Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
NOV. 4: Boys D-II First Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)
NOV. 5: Boys D-II Second Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)

STATE QUALIFYING
Top 12 ranked teams qualify with a minimum of six rounds.
Top 18 not on a qualifying team with a minimum of six rounds.
78 golfers total.

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