Ironwood Ridge wins Southern Arizona Invitational

Carlos Astiazaran. (Andy Morales (AllSportsTucson)


Ironwood Ridge beat Salpointe 586 to 626 to win the Southern Arizona Invitational held at Dell Urich on Friday and Randolph North on Saturday. Catalina Foothills came in next at 636.

Individually, Salpointe junior Carlos Astiazaran shot a 3-over par 73 on Friday and a 6-under 66 on Saturday to hold off Ironwood Ridge sophomore Brasen Briones 139-142.

The ranking round took place on Friday and teams are preparing for a better ranking with the Division II state playoffs taking place on Oct. 27-28 at the Omni Tucson National Catalina Course. (D-I will take place Nov. 3-4 on the same course).

For Southern Arizona, there are no D-I boys team above the projected cut for state at the moment but Marana senior Nathan Romero is on track to qualify as an individual.

In, D-II, Ironwood Ridge is safe at No. 2, Salpointe is in at No. 9 and Sabino is ranked No. 11. Catalina Foothills is .055 points behind Cactus Shadows for the last automatic qualifying spot. Cactus Shadows took 8th place at the Southern Arizona Invitational.

Sahuarita senior Luis Lopez has the top individual spot and Finn Meister of Catalina Foothills would also be in even if his team does not qualify. Canyon del Oro’s Beckett Carlson has a spot and Nogales senior Diego Medina and Sahuarita senior Braden Boyter are just above the projected cut.

Oct. 23 is the last day for competition for D-II boys.


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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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