Catalina Foothills beat Salpointe 52-41 as region play heats up

In a rare but refreshing move, Catalina Foothills standout Max Michalczik put his basketball teammates first and missed the start of his official football visit to NAU. (Andy Morales/

There are no such things as “upsets” when two top region opponents play each other this time of year and such was the case when No. 8 Catalina Foothills beat No. 2 Salpointe 52-41 Thursday night at home. The win gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead in the 4A Kino Region while the Lancers fell to 3-1.

Salpointe came in with an 11-0 record in power-ranking games and Catalina Foothills was 8-3 but the bulk of those wins came outside of conference play. This is the time of year when the rankings begin to take shape heading into the playoffs. Rankings will shift accordingly….


SAL: 11-8-13-9: 41
CF: 4-17-13-18: 52

SAL: M. Deng 15 (1-1); C. Miller 14 (0-2); I. Cruz 7; R. O’Brien 3; L. Hampton 2; A. McCall 0 (0-2). 3-Pointers: M. Deng 2; C. Miller 2; I. Cruz; R. O’Brien. 41 (1-5).

CF: J. Irwin 17 (2-2); P. Katz 14 (4-6); S. Beskind 7 (2-2); H. Moser 5; J. Stewart 4; S. Lewis 3 (1-2); J. Herzog 2 (2-2): 3-Pointers: J. Irwin; S. Beskind; H. Moser. 52 (11-14).


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 and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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