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Playoffs: St. David wins 1A Volleyball Championship; Football Play-In Tournament set

Morgan Hains with a kill for CDO (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

ST. DAVID WINS 1A VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

St. David beat Anthem Prep 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21) to capture the 1A State Championship on Saturday afternoon at Coronado High School in Scottsdale. The championship was the ninth from Southern Arizona and the fourth for head coach Tylene Miller.

The nine titles are tops for Southern Arizona and Miller ties former St. David coach Orland Merrill with four championships. Legendary Willcox coach Bobby Nelson had five between 1979 and 1990. Former Sahuaro coach Pauline Jordan leads the Tucson area with three titles and she did that in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

LINK: ST. DAVID CHAMPIONSHIP AT AZPREPS265

VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

St. David (9)
1972: 1A (Donald Roylance)
1976: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1982: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1983: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1989: 1A (Orland Merrill)
2013: D-V (Tylene Miller)
2016: 1A (Tylene Miller)
2019: 1A (Tylene Miller)
2020: 1A (Tylene Miller)

Willcox (6)
1976: 3A (Lois Seibel)
1979: 3A (Bobby Nelson)
1990: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1988: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1989: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1990: 2A (Bobby Nelson)

Sahuaro (5)
1974: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1975: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1976: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1981: 5A (Cherrie Brinlee)
1982: 5A (Cherrie Brinlee)

Rincon/UHS (3)
1973: 5A (Toni Edwards)
1979: 5A (Toni Edwards)
1993: 4A (Juanita Kingston)

Catalina (2)
1972: 5A (Mary Hines)
1983: 5A (Mary Hines)

Salpointe (2)
2016: 4A (Heather Moore-Martin)
2017: 4A (Heather Moore-Martin)

Valley Union (2)
1974: 1A (Joe Burnside)
1985: 1A (Mike Thompson)

Benson
2005: 2A (Kimberly East)

Bisbee
1977: 3A (Mary Riley)

Bowie/San Simon
2007: 1A (Casey Lewis)

Flowing Wells
1991: 4A (Ed Nymeyer)

Nogales
1975: 3A (Shelley Copeland)

Sabino
1989: 4A (Tim Demarchi)

San Manuel
1974: 3A (Diane NaDeau)

Sunnyside
1990: 4A (Rosa Lara)

CDO LOSES TOUGH BATTLE WITH ALA-QUEEN CREEK

American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek outlasted Canyon del Oro 3-2 in a back-and-forth battle that went beyond the distance. The deciding set in the 4A first round tilt held in Oro Valley Saturday night played out much like the rest of the match with the Dorados jumping out to 6-2 lead only to see the Patriots go on an 8-1 run to take control.

Up 10-7, thanks mostly to a couple of aces from Azure McOmber that seemingly broke the Dorado spirit, Katie Call found Alina Nunez and then a block from Abby Whatton tied things up again only to see the Patriots go back up 13-10. The Patriots went up 14-12 but Nunez turned the first Patriot match-point back with a stop at the net and then Call hit Whatton to hold ALA-QC back once again…

LINK: CDO VS ALA-QC AT AZPREPS365

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

1A Volleyball Semifinal at Coronado
St. David over Tempe Prep, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-15)

1A Volleyball Championship at Coronado
St. David over Anthem Prep, 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21)

2A-5A Volleyball First Round
5A: No. 1 Ironwood Ridge (BYE)
5A: No. 14 Paradise Valley over No. 3 Buena, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-12)
5A: No. 12 Ironwood over No. 5 Cienega, 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-23)
4A: No. 2 Salpointe over No. 15 Thunderbird, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-15)
4A: No. 10 ALA-QC over No. 7 Canyon del Oro, 3-2 (26-24, 16-25, 25-19, 17-25, 17-15)
3A: No. 1 NW Christian over No. 16 Sabino, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-12)
3A: No. 9 Empire over No. 8 Fountain Hills, 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 31-29, 25-13)
3A: No. 4 Thatcher over No. 13 Tanque Verde, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17)
3A: No. 3 Valley Christian over No. 14 Pusch Ridge, 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16)
2A: No. 3 Pima over No. 14 St. Augustine, 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-12)
2A: No. 6 Scottsdale Prep over No. 11 Benson, 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-19)

3A Volleyball Quarterfinals
No. 1 NW Christian over No. 9 Empire, (3-0) 25-17, 25-10, 25-11

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

4A/5A Volleyball Quarterfinals
5A: No. 9 Arcadia at No. 1 Ironwood Ridge, 6:30 p.m.
4A: No. 10 ALA-QC at No. 2 Salpointe, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Football Play-In Tournament
3A: No. 14 Gilbert Christian at No. 3 Pusch Ridge, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 17 Pima at No. 1 Benson, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 14 Veritas Prep at No. 3 Santa Cruz, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 13 Willcox at No. 4 Arizona Lutheran, 7 p.m.

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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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