Softball: CDO over Ironwood Ridge on Opening Day

Sydnee Wendel. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The spring season was put on hold on March 16, 2020 due to a state-wide directive to close down all public schools due to COVID concerns and any hopes of continuing to play by the end of that month were put to an end when that directive expanded to include all school activities for the remainder of the school year including athletics. March 16 was a Monday so most activities were effectively ended the previous week on either Thursday or Friday.

Almost exactly one year ago today.

The vaunted Canyon del Oro softball program suspended all activities with a 5-2 record and the ridiculously talented Ironwood Ridge team ended with an 8-2 record. In all, 13 seniors between the two Amphitheater District schools had to turn in their jerseys for the last time. No senior night. No playoffs. No state championships.

Lost memories.


Emma Almodoba celebrates her shot with head coach Dave Martinez. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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 is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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