The numbers don’t jump off the page. The stats appear to be from an average team with 18 wins, five losses and two ties. Nothing too remarkable. But, as Salpointe head coach Wolfgang Weber believes, the numbers tell the story of a team, not individuals, and teams win championships.
Weber guided No. 1 Salpointe to the 4A state championship Tuesday night over No. 6 Prescott, 2-1. It was a cold night at Gilbert Williams Field, with the temperature dropping from 55 degrees at the opening kick to a chilly 40 degrees at the buzzer, but the play on the field remained heated until the trophy was raised.
1985: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
1986: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
1996: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
2004: 5A (Wolfgang Weber)
2012: D-II (Wolfgang Weber)
2013: D-II (Wolfgang Weber)
2019: 4A (Wolfgang Weber)
No. 5 Pusch Ridge and No. 8 Sabino came through in the 3A quarterfinal round and the two teams will play each other Friday night in the semifinal round. The game will be played at the Gila River Arena at 7:45 p.m. and will be streamed live.
Pusch Ridge standout Jared Clark scored 26 points against No. 4 Winslow Tuesday night in Prescott Valley, giving the senior 996 career points. Clark also scored 31 points against Sabino in a 69-57 win on Jan. 10 but he was limited to nine points in a 67-39 loss to the Sabercats on Jan. 29.
Pusch Ridge has never been to a state final and Sabino finished runner-up in 1993 to Sunnyside in overtime.
No. 1 Sunnyside is playing in its third state championship match (1997 and 2007) and No. 3 Salpointe and No. 5 Catalina Foothills will be playing each other for 4A supremacy.
The Falcons have eight championships and the Lancers have six including the last two in a row.
TUESDAY, FEB. 19
SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: BOYS 4A
No. 1 Salpointe 2, No. 6 Prescott 1
3A BOYS BASKETBALL QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 Pusch Ridge 59, No. 4 Winslow 50
No. 8 Sabino 56, No. 1 Chinle 46
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20
SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: BOYS 5A
No. 1 Sunnyside vs. No. 3 Campo Verde at Coronado, 5 p.m.
SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: GIRLS 4A
No. 3 Salpointe vs. No. 5 Catalina Foothills at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 22
4A BOYS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Shadow Mountain at GCU, 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 2 Deer Valley at GCU, 4 p.m.
3A BOYS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 5 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 8 Sabino at Gila River, 7:45 p.m.
1A BOYS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 2 Gregory School vs. No. 3 Fort Thomas at Prescott Valley, 9 a.m.
4A GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Sahuaro vs. No. 1 Shadow Mountain at GCU, 5:45 p.m.
1A GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS
No. 3 Baboquivari vs. No. 11 Red Mesa at Prescott Valley, 10:30 a.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
3A BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 5 Pusch Ridge/No. 8 Sabino vs. TBD at Gila River, 3 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at