….For Mountain View, seven trips to the state playoffs since 2005 had only resulted in one trip to the second round and none since that 2007 win. The program went out in the first round five times before stringing together three straight wins to make it to the state final this spring.
Coaches talk of chemistry but Mountain View head coach Lindsey Spivey got very emotional confirmation of her success after the loss as her players gathered around her in a hallway, far removed from the celebration taking place in the Highland gymnasium…. STORY AT AZPREPS365.com
SATURDAY. MAY 11
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: 5A CHAMPIONSHIP (Highland)
No. 4 Campo Verde over No. 3 Mountain View, 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-19)
BASEBALL: 3A SEMIFINALS (Surprise)
No. 4 Sahuarita over No. 9 NW Christian, 13-3 (5)
No. 6 Sabino over No. 2 ALA-QC, 8-0
Sabino Baseball wins 8-0 over American Leadership and are headed back to the State Championship Monday 4PM at Hohokam Stadium! @sabinoathletics @sabinobatcats @AZPreps365Andy @JavierJMorales @damien_alameda @PaulCicala pic.twitter.com/J4sD3utUW0— Jay Campos (@jaycampos7) May 12, 2019
Sahuarita and Sabino will once again play for the 3A state championship, sort of. Sabino beat Sahuarita 6-4 in the 3A state final last year but that win was vacated due to AIA violations. With no dark clouds on the horizon this year, the two teams will meet one again.
The championship game is scheduled for Monday night at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa. Game time is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on the NFHS Network.
No. 2 Salpointe will take on No. 1 Mesquite in the 4A championship game scheduled to be played right after the 3A final at HoHoKam Stadium as part of a double header.
SOFTBALL: 5A SEMIFINALS (Rose Mofford)
No. 3 Ironwood Ridge over No. 5 Horizon, 8-1
No. 3 Ironwood Ridge over No. 5 Horizon, 14-4 (6)
No. 6 Empire over No. 2 Centennial, 2-0
No. 2 Centennial over No. 6 Empire, 10-0 (6)
Ironwood Ridge was sent to the elimination bracket by Empire last Thursday and the Nighthawks survived four elimination games to get to the state final, slated for Monday night at ASU against Centennial.
The last two elimination games came against Horizon on Saturday in big fashion. The Nighthawks outscored Horizon 22-5 to set up the final game.
Meanwhile, Empire was run-ruled by Centennial on Tuesday night and the Ravens turned around and beat Sunnyside to set up a rematch with Centennial on Saturday. The Ravens had to win twice to advance but Centennial shut the door in the second game, ending a remarkable run by the Ravens.
Empire played in the 3A Conference last year but was bumped up to 5A this past fall.
SOFTBALL: 4A SEMIFINALS (Rose Mofford)
No. 1 Salpointe over No. 3 Bradshaw Mountain, 2-1
No. 2 Cactus over No. 6 Canyon del Oro, 9-3
No. 2 Cactus over No. 6 Canyon del Oro, 7-2
Alyssa Aguilar helps lead Salpointe to the 4A title game Her cousin Alex Parkhurst just won a beach Volleyball pairs championship for the Lancers @schssoftball_ pic.twitter.com/3A8zlWTn4d— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) May 11, 2019
Salpointe beat Bradshaw Mountain 2-1 Saturday morning to advance to the 4A state final against Cactus, setting up a rematch of the 2018 final where the Lancers came out with a 2-0 win.
Cactus had to beat Canyon del Oro twice to advance and the Cobras pulled it off. The Dorados beat Cactus 15-3 Tuesday night but the Cobras took care of business Saturday with back-to-back wins.
MONDAY, MAY 13
BASEBALL: 4A CHAMPIONSHIP (HoHoKam)
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Mesquite, 7 p.m.
BASEBALL: 3A CHAMPIONSHIP (HoHoKam)
No. 4 Sahuarita vs. No. 6 Sabino, 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 5A CHAMPIONSHIP (ASU)
No. 3 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 2 Centennial, 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 14
SOFTBALL: 4A CHAMPIONSHIP (Arizona)
No. 1 Salpointe vs. No. 2 Cactus, 6:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 2A CHAMPIONSHIP (ASU)
No. 1 Benson vs. No. 3 Camp Verde, 6:30 p.m.
BASEBALL: 5A CHAMPIONSHIP (Diablo)
No. 1 Nogales vs. No. 2 Horizon, 4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org