Pusch Ridge stays on track with win over Mica Mountain

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The Pusch Ridge girls remained undefeated in power-ranking matches after beating Mica Mountain 4-0 at home Thursday. Pusch Ridge (5-0) started the day ranked No. 11 in the 3A Conference and 3-0 in the South Region and Mica Mountain (5-2) is No. 24 in the 4A Conference in the inaugural varsity season for the Thunderbolts.

Teams need to play a minimum of 10 matches to qualify for the playoffs and Mica Mountain has three more matches scheduled. If all of those matches take place, the team would need to remain in the top 24 to earn a berth to the 4A Conference Play-In Tournament scheduled for Feb. 9. Still, the program is guaranteed an even record at the very least which is remarkable for a new program. Former Lake Forrest Academy standout Jarrett Galigher is in charge of the Bolts….



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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