Catalina Foothills and Ironwood Ridge to play for Dick McConnell Classic Championship

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Nov. 23-26: Pima West

Catalina Foothills (2-0) returns to the championship final of the Dick McConnell Thanksgiving Classic for the second year in a row, after taking second place in the inaugural Classic to Salpointe last year. The Falcons will take on Ironwood Ridge (2-0) at 6 p.m. at the Pima West Gymnasium.

Ironwood Ridge beat Sunnyside 68-57 in a semifinal game late Friday night and Catalina Foothills beat Cholla 52-45 in the other semifinal. There is also a “round robin” section of the Classic featuring five local squads along with Scottsdale Coronado. Sabino and Tanque Verde are both 2-0 in round robin action. The three final round robin games will take place at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon followed by two consolation games and the third place game featuring Cholla and Sunnyside at 4:30 p.m.

The tournament is utilizing a 35-second shot clock with two 16-minute periods rather than four quarters.

Pima Men’s head coach Brian Peabody is hosting the Dick McConnell Classic, named after his legendary mentor at Sahuaro. Another one of McConnell’s protégés, is Sahuaro girl’s basketball coach and athletic director Steve Botkin. Sahuaro serves as the hosting high school program.

Mica Mountain, under head coach Gary Lee, is the host school for the Pima CC Christmas Tournament set Dec. 20-23 at Pima West.


Desert View 63, Empire 52
Sabino 79, Sahuarita 76
Tanque Verde 71, Coronado 67
Ironwood Ridge 66, Flowing Wells 35.
Sunnyside 58, Mica Mountain 57
Catalina Foothills 53, Sahuaro 47
Cholla 64, Palo Verde 27

Sahuaro 68, Palo Verde 45
Mica Mountain 60, Flowing Wells 43
Catalina Foothills 52, Cholla 45
Ironwood Ridge 68, Sunnyside 57
Tanque Verde 69, Sahuarita 45
Sabino 65, Desert View 51
Coronado 61, Empire 25

Sahuarita vs. Empire, 9 a.m.
Tanque Verde vs. Desert View, 10:30 a.m.
Coronado vs. Sabino, noon
Flowing Wells vs. Palo Verde 1:30 p.m.
Sahuaro vs. Mica Mountain, 3 p.m.

Cholla vs. Sunnyside, 4:30 p.m.

Catalina Foothills vs. Ironwood Ridge, 6 p.m.


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 City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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