Playoff scenario for Southern Arizona teams if season ended today:
— Salpointe (7-0) would be the No. 2 seed. The top eight rated teams 4A-6A advance to the Open Division state playoffs.
— Tucson (3-5) is ranked No. 26. The top 16 after the removal of teams to the Open Division qualify for the 6A state playoffs. The Badgers host the No. 1 ranked team in the state in the Open Division — Chandler — this Friday.
— Four Southern Arizona teams are ranked high enough presently to make the 5A state playoffs after the removal of 5A powers Centennial, Horizon and Higley to the Open Division state playoffs. They are No. 10 Cienega (6-2), No. 11 Ironwood Ridge (5-3), No. 13 Buena (6-2) and No. 18 Mountain View (4-4). No. 21 Desert View (5-3) is presently two spots out of the playoffs. The Jaguars play at Mountain View Friday for not only the 5A Sonoran title but a chance to strengthen their playoff bid. Cienega and Ironwood Ridge are in position to host a playoff game in the opening round. Buena hosts Ironwood Ridge Friday in a game that can either make Ironwood Ridge one of the top 5A teams in the state or get the Colts in position to host a playoff game.
— The eight region champions automatically qualify as well as eight at-large teams based on rankings. The seeding of the tournament is based on the rankings. Salpointe (7-0) would be the No. 2 seed in the Open Division state playoffs. Scottsdale Saguaro is the only other 4A team in the Open Division at No. 5. CDO (7-1) is the No. 3-rated 4A team (behind Salpointe and Saguaro) and would be the top seed in the 4A state playoffs.. Sahuaro (6-2) would be the No. 2 seed of the 4A bracket. The Cougars are ranked No. 4 in the 4A. The other Southern Arizona teams that would be among the top 16 seeds presently are No. 6 Walden Grove (7-1) and No. 16 Pueblo (6-2). Three of the four top-seeded teams in the 4A state playoffs would be from Southern Arizona — CDO, Sahuaro and Walden Grove.
— The seven region champions automatically qualify as well as nine at-large teams based on rankings. The seeding of the tournament is based on the rankings. No. 8 Sabino (6-2) is the only 3A team from Southern Arizona that would be in the playoffs with No. 17 Pusch Ridge (4-4) just one spot out. The Lions essentially have a playoff game this Friday because a win at No. 12 Safford should put them in position for the postseason although the regular-season finale against winless Catalina might adversely affect their rating.
— The seven region champions automatically qualify as well as nine at-large teams based on rankings. The seeding of the tournament is based on the rankings. No. 3 Santa Cruz Valley (7-2), No. 9 Benson (6-2) and No. 11 Bisbee (6-2) are in solid position to make the state playoffs. Willcox (4-4) has won consecutive games to move close at No. 17.
— The four region champions automatically qualify as well as eight at-large teams based on rankings. The final seeding of the state playoffs was determined Saturday after the conclusion of the regular season last week. St. David (5-3) qualified as the No. 12 seed. The Tigers, who ended the regular season winning three straight games and three of the last four, play at No. 5 Hayden on Friday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the state playoffs.
Open Division RankingsTop eight rated teams from Class 4A-6A reach the Open Division state tournament.
|3.||Saguaro||4A Desert Sky||21.1677||8-1|
|6.||Pinnacle||6A Desert Valley||18.9671||7-2|
|7.||Horizon||5A Northeast Valley||18.3159||8-1|
|8.||Higley||5A San Tran||17.3658||7-2|
|13.||CANYON DEL ORO||4A Kino||14.9210||8-1|
5A RankingsTop 16 teams from Class 5A (that do not qualify for the Open Division state tournament) advance to the state playoffs. After the top 8 qualifying teams from Class 4A-6A are added to the open championship state tournament bracket and removed from the conference rankings (if applicable), remaining teams will be re-seeded No. 1 through No. 16 and will make up the state tournament bracket. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to the overall ranking of the 16 teams.
|4.||Notre Dame Prep||No. 9||16.3690||8-1|
|5.||Williams Field||No. 12||15.3332||7-2|
|7.||Campo Verde||No. 16||13.9041||7-2|
4A RankingsTop 16 teams from Class 4A (that do not qualify for the Open Division state tournament) advance to the state playoffs. Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. In 4A, after the top 8 rated qualifying teams from Class 4A-6A are added to the open championship state tournament bracket and removed from the conference rankings (if applicable), remaining teams will be re-seeded No. 1 through No. 16 and will make up the state tournament bracket. Eight automatic bids and eight at-large qualifiers based on ranking qualify. For any region champions that qualify for the open championship, the next highest ranked at-large qualifier will advance.
|3.||CANYON DEL ORO||No. 13||14.9210||8-1|
|15.||Marcos de Niza||--||5.9360||5-4|
4A GILA*Denotes region champion. Region champion automatically qualifies for state playoffs. Top 16-rated teams are in 4A playoffs after removal of teams that qualify for Open Division playoffs.
|No. 6 Walden Grove*||4-0||5-1||8-1||W6|
|No. 16 Pueblo||3-1||4-2||7-2||W1|
|No. 26 Amphi||2-2||3-4||5-4||L1|
|No. 40 Douglas||1-3||1-3||3-6||W1|
|No. 34 Rio Rico||1-3||1-4||3-6||L1|
|No. 38 Palo Verde||1-3||1-4||3-6||L3|
4A KINO*Denotes region champion. #Denotes presently in Open Division. Region champion automatically qualifies for state playoffs. Top 16-rated teams are in 4A playoffs after removal of teams that qualify for Open Division playoffs.
|No. 1 Salpointe*#||4-0||6-0||8-0||W8|
|No. 3 Canyon del Oro||3-1||6-1||8-1||W1|
|No. 4 Sahuaro||2-2||3-2||7-2||W1|
|No. 14 Casa Grande||2-2||5-3||5-4||L1|
|No. 25 Catalina Foothills||1-3||2-4||3-6||L2|
|No. 46 Vista Grande||0-4||0-8||0-9||L9|
3A RankingsBased on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Seven (7) automatic bids and nine (9) at-large qualifiers based on ranking.
|11.||AZ College Prep||8.7657||7-2|
3A SOUTHRegion champion automatically qualifies for 3A state playoffs. Seven region champions and nine at-large teams (16 teams) are seeded by ratings in the state tournament.
|No. 12 Safford||4-0||7-1||7-2||W6|
|No. 8 Sabino||4-0||5-1||7-2||W4|
|No. 17 Pusch Ridge||2-2||3-3||4-5||L2|
|No. 25 Sahuarita||1-3||3-4||4-5||L1|
|No. 39 Catalina||1-3||1-5||1-8||W1|
|No. 37 Tanque Verde||0-4||0-6||0-9||L9|
2A RankingsBased on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Seven (7) automatic bids and nine (9) at-large qualifiers based on ranking.
|4.||SANTA CRUZ VALLEY||12.3744||7-2|
2A SAN PEDRORegion champion automatically qualifies for 2A state playoffs. Seven region champions and nine at-large teams (16 teams) are seeded by ratings in the state tournament.
|No. 9 Benson||3-0||6-3||6-3||L1|
|No. 10 Bisbee||2-1||6-2||7-2||W1|
|No. 17 Willcox||2-1||4-4||5-4||W3|
|No. 32 Tombstone||1-2||2-7||2-7||L1|
|No. 29 Santa Rita||0-4||3-6||3-6||L3|
1A Final SeedingBased on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to the overall ranking of the 12 teams. Four (4) automatic bids and eight (8) at-large qualifiers based on ranking. *** -- Automatic qualifier.
|3.||Superior Jr./Sr. ***||11.0701||7-1|
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