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FALL PLAYOFFS: Ironwood Ridge girls win second straight golf championship

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Nighthawks standouts Zoe Newell, Hannah Ports and Raina Ports came in with identical scores of 149 (+3) to help secure the second consecutive state championship for the program. As a team, the Nighthawks entered the final day with a comfortable lead but the 305 to 296 margin gave way thanks to the play of Calynne Rosholt and her Cactus Shadows teammate Kylee Loewe who shot a 3-under 70 on the final day to help bring things even at one point.

Rosholt shot a 1-under par 72 on Tuesday to clinch the AIA Division II state championship held at the OMNI Tucson National Catalina Course. The ASU commit entered the final round with a four-stroke lead over the pack and she finished with a combined 141 (-5) to hold off the trio of golfers from Ironwood Ridge.

Raina Ports birdied the 14th and Hannah Ports birdied the 17th to give the Nighthawks breathing room and the team came into the tent with a 603 to 605 victory. Catalina Foothills took third place for the second year in a row.

Ironwood Ridge held off Cactus Shadows 592 to 597 last year. This is the first back-to-back titles for a team from Tucson since Salpointe did it in 2011 and 2012.

Down the line for the Nighthawks: Newell came in with a 3-over 149 including four birdies on the back nine; Hannah Ports finished with a 3-over 149 with her birdie on the 17th; Raina Ports shot a 3-over 149 with her birdie on the 16th; Celia Schrecker shot 156 to help secure the championship with even play through the last three holes to earn a medal and Mackenna Brown came in with 168 to round out the scoring.

The Nighthawks also won the Section I title and Cienega won Section II. Raina Ports ended the year as the third ranked golfer in D-II, Zoe Newell finished seventh and Hannah Ports ninth.

Ironwood Ridge (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

D-II Girls Golf: OMNI Tucson National Catalina Day 2

2: Zoe Newell, Ironwood Ridge, 149 +3
2: Hannah Ports, Ironwood Ridge, 149 +3
2: Raina Ports, Ironwood Ridge, 149 +3
9: Celia Schrecker, Ironwood Ridge, 156
14: Mackenzie McRee, Salpointe, 158
18: Mia Cesarek, Catalina Foothills, 161
20: Susie Gietl, Salpointe, 163
21: Libby Axen, Catalina Foothills, 164
24: Mackenna Brown, Ironwood Ridge, 168
28: Rylie Crane, Catalina Foothills, 174
31: Akyra Kay, Salpointe, 178
38: Caroline Axen, Catalina Foothills, 183
40: Cassidy Morrow, Sahuaro, 184
41: Kamryn Redlin, Sahuaro, 185
47: Gina Lee, Catalina Foothills, 192
55: Emarie Sooter, Sabino, 199
59: Madeline Hall, Salpointe, 202

(Catalina Foothills Team Photo)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

D-II Boys Golf: OMNI Tucson National Sonoran Day 1
Max Krueger, Salpointe, 9:50 a.m. (1)
Carlos Astiazaran, Salpointe, 10 a.m. (1)
Albert Quihuis, Salpointe, 10:10 a.m. (1)
Carter Callahan, Salpointe, 10:20 a.m. (1)
Nathan Monroe, Salpointe, 10:30 a.m. (1)
Gabriel Escalera, Walden Grove, 10:40 a.m. (1)
Luis Lopez, Sahuarita 11 a.m. (1)
RayJ Ramirez, Sabino, 9 a.m. (11)
Jake Myre, Sabino, 9:10 a.m. (11)
Jackson Rustand, Sabino, 9:20 a.m. (110
David Busse, Sabino, 9:30 a.m. (11)
Ryan Spitzer, Sabino, 9:40 a.m. (11)
Andrew Bowers, Ironwood Ridge, 9:50 a.m. (11)
Zander Los, Ironwood Ridge, 10 a.m. (11)
Jacob Medina, Ironwood Ridge, 10:10 a.m. (11)
Ben Hogan, Ironwood Ridge, 10:20 a.m. (11)
Tristan Palma, Ironwood Ridge, 10:30 a.m. (11)
Beckett Carlson, Canyon del Oro, 10:50 a.m. (11)
Nicklaus Dubois, Catalina Foothills, 10:50 a.m. (11)
Spencer Chan, Catalina Foothills, 11 a.m. (11)

2A Soccer: Quarterfinals
No. 8 Bisbee at No. 1 Chino Valley, 5 p.m.

Cross Country Sectional at Rio Rico, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

D-II Boys Golf: OMNI Tucson National Sonoran Day 2
Salpointe, Sabino, Ironwood Ridge

D-I/D-III: Diving Prelims and Finals

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

2A Soccer: Semifinals
D-I: Swim Finals
D-II: Diving Prelims and Finals

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

D-II/D-III: Swim Finals
2A Soccer: Championships

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

2A-6A Volleyball Play-In Tournament

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

2A-4A Football Play-In Tournament

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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. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and was given the Amphi Distinguished Service Award. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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