The Ironwood Ridge boys continued their run through the regular season with a victory over Catalina Foothills at the Flowing Wells Tournament of Champions held at Silverbell Friday and Saturday. The Nighthawks came in with a score of 597 and the Falcons recorded a 616 for the two days. Salpointe scored 642 for third place.
Individually, Falcon freshman Finn Meister shot a 2-under-par 138 with a field-leading 69 on each day. Salpointe junior standout Carlos Astiazaran came in five strokes back (72-71: 143) and Ironwood Ridge sophomore Brasen Briones took third (74-71: 145).
As a team, the Nighthawks are ranked No. 2 in Division II, Salpointe is No. 8, Sabino is No. 9 and Catalina Foothills is No. 11. All four programs are currently in the projected cut for state which runs from Oct. 27-28 at the Omni Tucson National Catalina Course.
Sahuarita senior Luis Lopez leads the field of individuals currently above the cut for players not attached to a qualifying team. Nogales senior Diego Medina, Canyon del Oro junior Beckett Carlson and Sahuarita senior Kaden Boyter are also in that group. The top 18 golfers not attached to a qualifying team will make the playoff field.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org