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CANYON DEL ORO DORADOS
2021 RECORD: 7-5
- Dustin Peace is close to winning 100 career wins with a 95-47 record entering his 14th season as CDO head coach. The experienced Dorados fire all but eight players from last season’s squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament.
- Peace, who led the Dorados to a 14-0 record and the state championship in his rookie season in 2009, will coach his team against former 4A foe Kino Walden Grove to open the season at home Sept. 2. .
- The out-of-region schedule also includes games against Desert View at home, then Marana and Phoenix St. Mary’s before heading home against Catalina Foothills on October 7. St. Mary’s finished 8-4 and also advanced to the 4A quarter-finals last year.
- The Dorados’ 4A Kino schedule now includes Douglas, Pueblo, Vista Grande, Empire and Mica Mountain. One game to circle on the schedule is the Dorados’ game at Mica Mountain in the regular season finale on Nov. 11. Mica Mountain is driven by Pat Nugent, who preceded Peace at CDO and also coached Peace at Flowing Wells. Peace was also on Nugent’s staff at the CDO.
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