Tucson now 3-1 after beating Ironwood Ridge at house; Nighthawks recognize Ismael Arce

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Ironwood Ridge presented Tucson with a team ball signed by all players to commemorate the death of former head coach Ismael Arce. # Azpreps365 @AmphiSchools @AthleticsIrhs @THSBadgerSoccer

– Andy Morales (@ AndyMorales8) February 11, 2021

...Bel Haouala replaced longtime head coach Ismael Arce before the season started. Arce led the Badgers to a state championship in 2014 and passed away unexpectedly on January 28. Ironwood Ridge presented Tucson with a signed soccer ball expressing the program’s grief over the loss of Arce.

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Brady Rouintree (18) and Adrian Fong fight early. (Andy Morales / AllSportsTucson)

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Andy Morales was named Best High School Reporter by AIA in 2014, Ray McNally Award in 2017, AZ Education News in 2019, and has been 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. His own children have won several state high school championships and have been called to all-state teams. His unique perspective on playing hockey, basketball, baseball, and athletics in high school can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the voting member of the Ed Doherty Award in Southern Arizona and recognizes the best football player in Arizona. He was named a Local Hero by Tucson Weekly in 2016. Andy was named Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at [email protected]

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