Preparations for highschool soccer in southern Arizona will start for the 2021 season

Many of the high school programs in southern Arizona schedule preseason workouts and team bonding excursions in preparation for the upcoming football season.

One example of this is Walden Grove recently completed a camp in Prescott and Canyon del Oro starting one in Snowflake next weekend.

I love X & Os, but the off-field activities that we run as a program are what I coach for! Seeing these kids negotiate a 5km 1400ft elevation gain to an altitude hike of over 5km was great! I am proud of these guys! @FB_RedWolves @CoachNobleWGHS @SahuaritaG @sahuaritasun @ SUSD30

– Coach Brandon Neilson – Walden Grove HS, AZ (@CoachNeilson_WG) July 19, 2021

2021 Southern Arizona High School Football Opens

Southern Arizona High School’s 2021 football schedule begins August 20 with Class 1A matchups. Here is a list of all of the local high schools with their opening game:

Amphi September 3 Flowing fountain
Baboquivari August 27th St. David
Bisbee August 27th Catalina
Benson August 27th Pushgrat
Well September 3 at Barry Goldwater
Catalina August 27th at Bisbee
Catalina promontory September 3 Sabino
EVERYONE September 3 at Salpointe
Cholla September 3 at Rincon / University
Cienega September 3 on sunrise mountain
Desert view September 3 at Sunnyside
Douglas September 10 Bisbee
rich September 3 at Sahuarita
Flowing fountain September 3 at Amphi
Ironwood ridge September 3 Ironwood
Marana September 3 Mountain view
Mountain view September 3 in Marana
Nogales September 10 in Rio Rico
Green stick September 3 Waldenhain
Pueblo September 3 at Sahuaro
Pushgrat August 27th at Benson
Rincon / University September 3 Cholla
Rio Rico September 10 Nogales
Sabino August 27th at AZ College Prep
Sahuarita August 27th at Thatcher
Sahuaro September 3 Pueblo
San Manuel August 27th beam
St. David 20th of August Cibecue
Salpointe September 3 EVERYONE
Santa Cruz Valley August 27th at San Tan Charter
Santa Rita August 27th Tombstone
Sunny side September 3 Desert view
Green tank August 27th Laveen Heritage Academy
Tombstone August 27th and Santa Rita
Tucson September 3 Maricopa
Valley Union 20th of August beam
Waldenhain September 3 at Palo Verde
Willcox August 27th globe

Ten coaches will lead new teams this fall. One of the schools with a new trainer – Santa Rita – is in the process of completing a hiring.

Some of the biggest names in local high school coaching are in new places – Richard Sanchez in Tuscon, Pat Nugent am Glimmerberg and Justin Argraves at Cienega.

2021 Southern Arizona High School coaching changes

Coaching Changes to High Schools in Southern Arizona Through the 2021 Season:

school New trainer Former trainer
Catalina Greg McKinstry Chris Barlow
Catalina promontory Daniel Sainz Darius Kelly
Cienega Justin Argraves Pat Nugent
Eloy Santa Cruz James Fitzgerald Rishard Davis
Marana Phillip Steward Louis Ramirez II
Mica mountain Pat Nugent New school
Sahuarita Jake Price Don Watt
Santa Rita still open Richard Sanchez
Tombstone Dominik Bonilla Hieronymus Rhoades
Tucson Richard Sanchez Justin Argraves

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! Editor, Author, and Editor Javier Morales is a past Arizona Press Club Award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star Beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the NCAA title in 1996-97. He has written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News, and Baseball America, among others. He is also the author of the book The Highest Form of Living, which is available on Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is currently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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