TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Desert Christian is looking for back to back Division 4 baseball state championships, although this one will have to come without one of their assistant coaches.
Father and son Mike and Ryan Hanson joined the Eagles in 2013 as assisstants under Coach Grant Hopkins. They were instrumental in leading the Desert Christian to last year's state title.
Midway through this year, what started out as flu-like symptons turned out to be blod clot in Ryan's lung. He passed away at the age of 34.
Now, the Eagles are inspired to honor their coach by winning another state championship.
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