Catalina Foothills to face Saguaro in second round after win over Queen Creek


Catalina Foothills coach Doug D'Amore (Andy Morales/

Catalina Foothills coach Doug D’Amore (Andy Morales/

Boy’s Division II State Championship

First Round: Thursday, Feb. 18
No. 10 Catalina Foothills 73, No. 23 Queen Creek 56

Second Round: Saturday, Feb. 20
No. 10 Catalina Foothills at No. 7 Saguaro, 7 p.m.



Catalina Foothills defeated Queen Creek 73-56 Thursday night to advance to the second round of the Division II state playoffs. The win gave the Falcons 20 wins on the year which extended their 20-win streak to five years in a row and seven of the last eight.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, have struggled over the last two years with only 11 wins last year and 14 this year. Still, longtime coach Troy Gibson was able to pull together a playoff team this winter despite missing his best player to an injury….


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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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