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SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Sabino boys end successful season; Salpointe girls playing for 6th title

Kelly Pierce gets her team ready (Any Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

No. 12 Sabino lost to top-seeded AZ College Prep 4-2 in the 3A boy’s semifinal Friday night, ending a remarkable season by the Sabercats. The Sabercats went undefeated (6-0-1) to capture the Region 7 championship and the automatic playoff berth that comes with it.

The team went on the road to defeat No. 5 American Leadership 5-0 in the first round and then No. 4 Safford (4-0) in the quarterfinals.

No. 2 Salpointe will face No. 1 Flagstaff at 11:30 a.m. for the girl’s 4A state championship. The match will be streamed live at AZPreps365.com.

More on head coach Kelly Pierce and Salpointe HERE.

FRIDAY, FEB. 9
3A BOYS SEMIFINALS at Williams Field
No. 1 AZ College Prep 4, No. 12 Sabino 2

SATURDAY, FEB. 10
4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP at Williams Field
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Flagstaff, 11:30 a.m.
(NFHS Network through AZPreps365.com)

GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

Catalina Foothills (8)
2003: 4A (Christie Monroe)
2005: 4A (Charlie Kendrick)
2006: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2007: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2010: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2011: 4A-I (Charlie Kendrick)
2012: D-II (Charlie Kendrick)
2013: D-II (Charlie Kendrick)

Salpointe (5)
1990: 5A (Matt Panitinto)
1992: 5A (Julian Friend)
1998: 5A (Jill McCartney)
1999: 5A (Alisha Kientzler)
2017: 4A (Becky Freeman)

Flowing Wells (2)
2007: 5A-II (Chris Nogami)
2009: 4A-I (Sean Ochoa)

Sabino (2)
1996: 4A (Alisha Kientzler)
2008: 4A-I (Brenda Lowery)

Canyon del Oro (1)
1997: 5A (Albert Durazo)

Mountain View (1)
1995: 4A (Cynthia Saldamando)

Rincon/UHS (1)
2008: 5A-II (Ian Kidd)

Walden Grove (1)
2015: D-III (Carey Bauer)

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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

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