Cienega over Ironwood Ridge; Hannah Semon Winkel comes home to coach the Nighthawks

Jaden Bramhall (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

…The Bobcats are fueled by the length and hitting of seniors Matthew Meeker-Hackett (6-foot-7) and Austin Keen (6-4) with senior Aiden VanHoesen (6-3) and junior Jaden Bramhall (6-4) setting the front. It’s a starting lineup that averages 6-4 without a libero on the floor and it’s causing problems for opponents.

Cienega took the first set over Ironwood Ridge 25-13, the second set 25-16 and the third set 25-15 and the Nighthawks are one of the top teams in the state. Former Ironwood Ridge girls standout Hannah (Semon) Winkel graduated in 2016 where she led the program in digs by a wide margin. She followed up her all-star performance with stops at Yavapai and Texas A&M International before coming back to Tucson….


Ironwood Ridge player Dylan Rosas sang the National Anthem. (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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