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Palo Verde guard could make All-American team

Citizen Staff Writer
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Adam Hall’s news conference at 11 a.m. Friday to announce where he’ll play college football won’t be the only major sports news coming out of Palo Verde High that day.

Representatives from McDonald’s, including hoops-junkie Ronald McDonald himself, will be at the 7 p.m. Friday girls basketball game vs. Santa Rita to present Palo Verde senior Amber Cordova with an official nomination for the McDonald’s All-American team.

Cordova, a 5-foot-8 guard who is averaging 12.5 points, 5. 8 rebounds and 3. 1 assists per game, will then await a Feb. 19 announcement of the final McDonald’s All-American roster.

The unveiling of the team – boys and girls – will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Football coaching update

Five southern Arizona high schools should be picking new football coaches within a month.

Canyon del Oro (Pat Nugent), Douglas (John Necas), Marana (Willie Dudley), Rincon/University (Pat Ryden) and Sahuaro (Chuck McCollum) are all looking to replace last season’s coaches.

Marana athletic director Joe Hajek plans to conduct interviews the week of Feb. 9.

Sahuaro AD Joni Pabst said the response – locally and from out of state – for the Cougars position has been “enormous” and hopes to have interviews done by the end of February.

The Sahuaro and Rincon jobs will both be posted on the TUSD Web site through Feb. 2.

Jayne Song-Gin, assistant principal at Rincon, said the school may co-coordinate interviews with Sahuaro.

Douglas AD Randy Walker said interviews for the Bulldogs’ opening are completed and a recommendation will be made to the school board Feb. 3.

CDO’s David Thatcher said the Dorodos job will be open through the end of Thursday. He plans to begin reviewing applications Friday and start conducting interviews by Feb. 6.

Nighthawks volleyball

The Ironwood Ridge boys volleyball team will have a familiar look on the sidelines this spring.

Former coach, and current girls volleyball coach Bill Lang, one of the best in the business, will again coach the Nighthawks boys team.

He replaces Whitney Thistle, formerly Whitney Treon-Orton when she coached the team last year, who resigned earlier this month in anticipation of the birth of her first child.

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