Salpointe beat region rival Canyon del Oro 6-1 Friday to remain perfect in power-ranking games. Ranked No. 1 in the latest AIA/MaxPreps Rankings, the Lancers are now 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the 4A Kino Region while the fifth-ranked Dorados fell to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in region play.
Unlike the 5A and 6A state playoff system where teams qualify based solely on ranking, the 4A Conference still awards an automatic playoff berth to the region champions, although it’s very likely both Salpointe and Canyon del Oro will earn one of the 24 playoff spots regardless of region finish.
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