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Sabino junior Chase Pickering shot a 5-under-par 31 on the front nine of Randolph North on Wednesday. Pickering picked up shots on the first, second and fifth hole to go along with an eagle on the ninth hole. Ironwood Ridge senior Jayden Schmitz also played a great round with a 3-under 33 and Salpointe junior Joey Bernier and Ironwood Ridge senior Brasen Briones came in one shot under to tie for third place.
Briones, the 2021 state champion, is committed to play for Pacific where the 2022 state champion Carlos Astiazaran is an incoming freshman and former Cienega and Pima All-American Daniel Henely is a junior college transfer.
As a team, Ironwood Ridge won the Division II state championship last fall under head coach Ryan Bias. Bias also picked up a state title in 2008 to go along with four team titles he won coaching boys tennis with the Nighthawks (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013).
Ironwood Ridge (142) won the team portion on Wednesday over Salpointe (152) and Sabino (154). Canyon del Oro’s scores were not complete as of Wednesday night.
— Andy Morales (@AZPreps365Andy) August 17, 2023
1 Ironwood Ridge, 142
2 Salpointe, 152
3 Sabino, 154
Canyon del Oro (DNS)
1 Chase Pickering, Sabino 31 (-5)
2 Jayden Schmitz, Ironwood Ridge 33 (-3)
3 Joey Bernier, Salpointe 35 (-1)
3 Brasen Briones, Ironwood Ridge 35 (-1)
5 Wyatt Charnoki, Ironwood Ridge 37
5 Jacob Medina, Ironwood Ridge 37
5 Valentin Ortiz, Salpointe 37
8 Andrew Namanny, Salpointe 39
9 Griffin Wedman, Sabino 40
10 Ary Mulick, Salpointe 41
10 Riley Pierson, Sabino 41
12 Caleb Bloom, Sabino 42
13 Rocco Valerdi, Salpointe 43
14 Logan Hackett, Canyon del Oro 44
15 Sean Kelly, Ironwood Ridge 44
16 Eli Flores, Canyon del Oro 46
17 Chase Hanrahan, Sabino 47
Dylan Keck, Canyon del Oro (DNS)
Chad Butterbrodt, Canyon del Oro (DNS)
Ryan Schultz, Canyon del Oro (DNS)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org