Payson and Catalina Foothills share a deep sense of frustration but in remarkably different ways. While the Longhorns have been in the mix for a state championship four years running as either a 2-seed or a top seed, the Falcons have been absent from the playoffs since 2009 and have not played for a title since 2001.
This year, Payson came into the Division III state championship held at Farrington Stadium Tuesday night as 5 seed but the result was the same as No. 7 Catalina Foothills came away with an 8-0 win….
Southern Arizona Playoff Schedule
Tuesday, May 10
Division II Baseball (Maryvale)
No. 9 Tucson 1, No. 19 Westwood 0
No. 6 Canyon del Oro 7, No. 1 Thunderbird 1
Division II Softball (Winner’s)
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge 12, No. 3 Sahuaro 0 (5)
No. 4 Cactus 6, No. 8 Tucson 2
Division II Softball (Championship)
No. 7 Catalina Foothills 8, No. 5 Payson 0
Division II Boys Volleyball (Quarterfinals)
No. 2 Cienega over No. 10 Centennial, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20)
No. 3 Ironwood over No. 11 Salpointe, 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-13)
Wednesday, May 11
Division II Softball (Elimination)
No. 3 Sahuaro vs. No. 5 Arcadia at Rose Mofford, 6:30 p.m.
No. 6 Salpointe vs. No. 8 Tucson at Amphi, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12
Division II Baseball
No. 10 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 5 Greenway at Maryvale, 6:30 p.m. (Winner’s)
No. 6 Canyon del Oro vs. No. 9 Tucson at Amphi, 6:30 p.m. (Elimination)
Division II Boys Volleyball (Semifinals)
No. 2 Cienega vs. No. No. 3 Ironwood at Campo Verde, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13
Division III Baseball (Surprise)
No. 7 Sahuarita vs. No 6 San Luis (Semifinals)
Division IV Baseball (Goodyear)
No. 1 Desert Christian vs. No. 4 Apache Junction (Semifinals)
Division III Golf (First Round)
Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course, 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 14
Division III Golf (Second Round)
Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course, 7:30 a.m.
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