Ironwood Ridge standouts Zoe Newell, Raina Ports and Hannah Ports earned a spot on the All-State Golf Team as determined by the Arizona Republic. The trio helped lead the Nighthawks to the program’s second state championship in a row after holding on to defeat Cactus Shadows 603 to 605 at the Division II state championship held at the OMNI Tucson National this fall.
The trio also tied for second place as individuals with each shooting a 3-over-par 149 in the 18-hole tournament. Cactus Shadows senior Calynne Rosholt won the tournament with a 5-under 141.
Rosholt joined the three on the All-State team along with Kylee Loewe of Cactus Shadows and Bailee Tayles of Notre Dame. Loewe took fifth place at state and Tayles came in sixth.
D-I state champion Mattie Frick also made the list. The Liberty junior posted a 5-over 151 at the OMNI and she held off Hamilton standout Jennifer Seo in a playoff hole for the title. Seo made the list as did Xavier freshman Kate Hauptman (3rd), Carolyn Fuller (4th) of Pinnacle, Ivy Song of Xavier (6th) and Katie Stinchcomb (7th) of Pinnacle. Xavier won the D-I team title and Pinnacle took second. Pinnacle head coach Charlie Wild was selected Coach of the Year.
Rincon/University standout Maddie Greene did not make the list although the senior tied for fourth place at state ahead of a couple of the golfers on the list.
The AllSportsTucson First Team includes
Raina Ports, Jr. Ironwood Ridge
Zoe Newell, So. Ironwood Ridge
Hannah Ports, Jr. Ironwood Ridge
Mackenzie McRee, Jr. Salpointe
Maddie Greene, Sr. Rincon/UHS
Makenna Brown, Jr. Ironwood Ridge
Susie Gietl, Jr. Salpointe
Celia Schrecker, Jr. Ironwood Ridge
Lily Huether, Fr. Rincon/UHS
Libby Axen, Sr. Catalina Foothills
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