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CANYON DEL ORO DORADOS
2021 RECORD: 7-5
- Dustin Peace is close to the milestone win of 100 career victories with a record of 95-47 entering his 14th season as CDO’s head coach. The experienced Dorados return all but eight players from last season’s team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament.
- Peace, who led the Dorados to a 14-0 record and state championship in his first season of 2009, will coach his team against former 4A Kino foe Walden Grove to open the season at home Sept. 2.
- The non-region schedule also includes games against Desert View at home and then at Marana and Phoenix St. Mary’s before returning home against Catalina Foothills on Oct. 7. St. Mary’s finished 8-4 and also advanced to the 4A quarterfinals last year.
- The Dorados’ 4A Kino schedule now includes Douglas, Pueblo, Vista Grande, Empire and Mica Mountain. A game to circle on the calendar is the Dorados’ game at Mica Mountain in the regular-season finale Nov. 11. Mica Mountain is coached by Pat Nugent, who preceded Peace at CDO and also coached Peace at Flowing Wells. Peace was on Nugent’s staff at CDO as well.
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