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Mountain View and Marana shine at Pima Passing League

Posted: Monday, Jun 18th, 2012

The Mountain View big men celebrate after winning the Pima College Big Man Challenge

While you can’t take too much away from 7-on-7 tournaments, everyone involved would have to agree that Mountain View and Marana have a lot to be proud of with their performances in the Pima Passing Tournament and Big Man Challenge.

The Mountain Lions won the big man competition, while their 7-on-7 team advanced to the semi finals of the Black and Blue Division. The Tigers’ “A” squad advanced to the consolation finals.

The tournament was held at the Kino Sports Complex Friday afternoon and Saturday. It was a hot one as temperatures were well over 100 degrees both days. It was past the century mark before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The Mountain Lion big men won their first ever big man challenge. The bi man challenge centered on strength-based competitions including the sled pull and a tug-o-war tournament.

For the Lions, it was validation for all of the hard work they have put in this summer.

“Our record was not that great last year so teams might be saying “aw, Mountain View aren’t that good.’,” said Mountain View offensive lineman John Reynolds. “We showed up and proved something today.”

With new coach Bam McRae on board, the team has put an even greater emphasis on strength and conditioning.

“Since Coach has come on board we have really stepped it up in the weight room,” Reynolds explained. “Since the summer started we have put it in overdrive.”

Really the only drawback may have been who Mountain View lost to in the semi-finals. The Lions fell to Tucson High, the team coached by former MVHS coach Justin Argraves. Tucson High went on to win the entire tournament.

Mountain View opened bracket play on Saturday morning with a win over Santa Rita, then jumped out to a 28-0 lead over Desert View before finally falling to the Badgers.

“We jumped on them early,” McRae said of the win over the Jaguars. “We came out strong.”

Marana lost their first game of the day, falling to tournament runners-up Sunnyside. After that they won games over flowing Wells and Pusch Ridge before losing in the Consolation Finals to Ironwood Ridge.

“It’s going good,”” Marana Head Coach Andy Litten said after the win over Flowing Wells.

Marana brought a second team to the tournament. The “B” team went 1-2 in bracket play. Getting a win over Cholla’s “B” team, but falling to Catalina and Ironwood Ridge’s “B” team.

The Tigers did not compete in the Big Man Challenge.

Mountain View will return to 7-on-7 action this week with a Wednesday night match-up against Cholla, Amphi and Desert View.

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