19 teams from Southern Arizona qualified for the 3A-6A state playoffs set to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 31 but only six are ranked high enough to host a first-round match.
No. 3 Salpointe and No 8 Catalina Foothills are both hosting first-round matches on the boy’s side while No. 4 Ironwood Ridge, No. 4 Salpointe, No. 6 Walden Grove and No. 7 Catalina Foothills are hosting various levels on the girl’s side.
Only two Southern Arizona teams from the 4A girls bracket are guaranteed a second-round appearance with Salpointe hosting No. 13 Nogales and Catalina Foothills hosting No. 10 Palo Verde on Wednesday.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m.
6A BOYS FIRST ROUND
No. 9 Tucson at No. 8 O’Connor
5A BOYS FIRST ROUND
No. 10 Mountain View at No. 7 Independence
No. 12 Buena at No. 5 Sunnyslope
4A BOYS FIRST ROUND
No. 3 Salpointe hosts No. 14 Metro Tech
No. 8 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 9 Thunderbird
No. 16 Amphitheater at No. 1 Coronado
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m.
6A GIRLS FIRST ROUND
No. 10 Tucson at No. 7 Pinnacle
No. 12 Rincon/University at No. 5 Desert Vista
5A GIRLS FIRST ROUND
No. 4 Ironwood Ridge hosts No. 13 Independence
No. 9 Sahuaro at No. 8 Queen Creek
No. 12 Cienega at No. 5 Campo Verde
No. 16 Flowing Wells at No.1 Chaparral
4A GIRLS FIRST ROUND
No. 4 Salpointe hosts No. 13 Nogales
No. 6 Walden Grove hosts No. 13 Sunrise Mountain
No. 7 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 10 Palo Verde
Friday, Feb. 3
3A BOYS/GIRLS at Red Mountain Park
No. 15 Sahuarita vs. No. 2 Safford, 5 p.m. (Boys)
No. 6 Tanque Verde v. No. 11 Veritas Prep, 7 p.m. (Girls)
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