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Salpointe, The Gregory School boys & Baboquivari girls to play for state championships

Addison Mort is one step away from a state title. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Forget the seedings. Forget the records. The Salpointe Lancers may be 15-15 on the year and seeded 11th but both of those facts are meaningless. The Lancers beat No. 2 Buckeye 80-75 in overtime on Saturday to advance to the 4A state championship game and it wasn’t an upset. Not even close.

Given up for dead by some after starting the season out 3-14, the Lancers are riding a 12-1 streak thanks in part to the emergence of sophomore Evan Nelson, the continued dominance of junior Majok Deng and a complete cast of role players who, quite frankly, know their roles…..

GAME STORY AT AZPreps365.com

No. 1 The Gregory School boys beat No. 4 NFL Yet 81-66 to make it to the 1A state championship game. MORE HERE

No. 4 Baboquivari beat No. 9 Rock Point 51-36 to make it to the girl’s 1A state championship game on Saturday in Prescott Valley. The team will face No. 2 St. Michael at 11 a.m.

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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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