No. 28 Tucson can win the Tucson Sub-Region if the Badgers can beat No. 25 Rincon/University on Jan. 31. All three of the Yuma Sub-Region teas are ranked 34th and lower so the winner of the Southern Region will knock another team out of the playoffs.
No. 18 Sunnyside can still win the region but the Blue Devils are hoping to stay in the top 24 regardless.
Still too early to call but No. 7 Cholla is in the driver’s seat. Oddly, No. 30 Poston Butte, No. 34 Flowing Wells and No. 35 Marana still have a shot at the automatic berth.
No. 4 Buena, No. 6 Cienega and No. 14 Mountain View are still in the title hunt. No. 17 has a slim shot but the Cougars are looking to improve playoff position down the stretch. No. 23 Ironwood Ridge is living on the edge.
The Nighthawks are hoping Cholla wins their region otherwise the top 23 becomes the target cutoff.
No. 3 Salpointe, No. 7 Catalina Foothills, No. 12 Walden Grove and No. 19 Nogales still have region hopes but Walden Grove and Nogales are looking to stay in the top 16 regardless.
No. 6 Rio Rico controls their own destiny but No. 28 Palo Verde, No. 29 Pueblo and No. 37 Amphitheater can still win the region.
The top three teams will qualify for the 24-team bracket. No. 16 Sabino, No. 19 Tanque Verde, No. 22 Santa Rita, No. 24 Empire and No. 25 Pusch Ridge are still alive.
No. 5 St. Augustine and No. 30 Desert Christian can still catch No. 2 San Carlos. The second-place team goes to the play-in bracket.
No. 21 Willcox and No. 27 Bisbee are fighting for a play-in spot.
The top two teams are in. No. 1 The Gregory School, No. 2 Baboquivari, No. 6 St. David, No.9 Patagonia and No. 14 Immaculate Heart are fighting for those two spots.
No. 5 Tucson won the Tucson Sub-Region. (Even if No. 20 Rincon/University splits with them, the Badgers have a better conference record.)
No. 4 Marana is leading the pack but No. 22 Flowing Wells still has a shot.
No. 7 Cienega, No. 9 Ironwood Ridge, No. 15 Mountain View and No. 16 Sahuaro can still win the region. No. 24 Buena needs to move up.
No. 10 Canyon del Oro controls the region but No 21 Walden Grove still has a shot. No. 26 Catalina Foothills and No. 28 Salpointe also have an outside shot at the region title. Only 16 teams get in.
No. 5 Pueblo is in charge. No. 16 Rio Rico can still win the region but a few wins might protect their playoff chances.
No. 4 Pusch Ridge, No. 9 Tanque Verde and No. 20 Empire look to finish in the top three.
No. 29 Desert Christian is playing for the second-place spot in the region which means a play-in berth.
No. 21 Benson is still in the hunt.
No. 3 St. David, No. 4 The Gregory School, No. 8 Immaculate Heart and No. 12 Baboquivari appear to be safe.
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 AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com