The day started out with ten teams from Southern Arizona battling in the various quarterfinal matches taking place in Tucson and around the state and it ended with five teams moving on to play in Semifinal Week.
The semifinals for the various conferences will take place from Tuesday, Feb. 6 to Friday, Feb. 9 with all championships, regardless of gender or classification, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10.
Starting with the girls, No. 2 Ironwood Ridge got past No. 10 Apollo 4-0 at home to advance to the 5A semifinals scheduled for Thursday, Feb. at Campo Verde High School. The Nighthawks will face No. 3 Chaparral at 7 p.m….
SATURDAY, FEB 3
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge 4, No. 10 Apollo 0
No. 2 Salpointe 6, No. 7 Higley 0
No. 4 Catalina Foothills 3, No. 5 Cactus Shadows 0
No. 2 Fountain Hills 4, No. 10 Tanque Verde 1
SATURDAY, FEB. 3
No. 3 Chandler 2, No. 6 Sunnyside 1
No. 2 Independence 1, No. 10 Desert View 0
No. 5 Chaparral 4, No. 13 Flowing Wells 1
No. 5 Gila Ridge 2, No. 4 Douglas 1
No. 10 Salpointe 3, No. 2 Greenway 2 (OT)
No. 12 Sabino 4, No. 4 Safford 0
TUESDAY, FEB. 6
4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 6 Prescott, 7 p.m.
No. 4 Catalina Foothills No. 1 Flagstaff, 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7
4A BOYS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 10 Salpointe vs. No. 3 Cortez, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 8
5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS at Campo Verde
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge vs. Chaparral, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 9
3A BOYS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 12 Sabino vs. No. 1 AZ College Prep, 5 p.m.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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