Volleyball Notes: Mountain View wins Lion’s Den; Coaching Milestones

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Mountain View went 7-0 to capture the championship of the Lion’s Den Tournament held on Friday and Saturday. The Mountain Lions beat Buena 2-0 (25-16, 25-11) in the championship final on Saturday…

Mountain View: Carlie Crook
Empire: Jazmyn Henderson
Buena: Jaden Walker
Walden Grove: Mia Dionisio
Desert View: Alma Teilon
Catalina: Magdalena Piller
Pueblo: Marina Martinez
Rio Rico: Ailani Rodriguez
Tombstone: Julia Schilling
Vista Grande: McKayla Jones

Most Valuable Player
Maggie McReynolds, Mountain View


As of Oct. 13:

Ironwood Ridge girls head coach Bill Lang is two wins away from 750 career wins.

Mica Mountain girls head coach Amy Johnson is 10 wins a way from 750 career wins and she passed 1,000 career matches during the Lancer Fall Classic (1,005).

Salpointe girls head coach Heather Moore-Martin is 20 wins from 700.

Cienega boys coach Heather Mott is 12 wins from 500.


Bill Lang, Ironwood Ridge (Girls Active)
748-413 (1,161)
530: Girls (2 runner-up)
218: Boys

Amy Johnson, Salpointe/Sabino/Mica Mountain (Girls Active)
740-229-36 (1,005)
393: Girls
347: Boys (2 runner-up)

Heather Moore-Martin, Green Fields, Catalina & Salpointe (Girls Active)
680-185 (865)
466: Girls (3 championships & 2 runner-up)
214: Boys (2 championships)

Sandy Novak, Sahuaro
673-203 (876)
404: Girls (2 runner-up)
269: Boys (1 championship & 1 runner-up)

Juanita Kingston, Rincon/UHS
671-301 (972)
455: Girls (1 championship & 1 runner-up)
216: Boys (1 runner-up)

Melva Lundy, Canyon del Oro
592-234 (826)
(1 championship with the boys & 3 runner-up with the boys)
(unknown breakdown)

Heather Mott, Cienega (Boys Active)
488-198 (648)
280: Girls
208: Boys (2 championships)


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by the Sunnyside School District and by Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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