Tucson High School Sports

Salpointe Catholic Earns Spot in First Open Division Playoffs with No. 4 Seed


Salpointe Catholic is where it thought it would be — in the newly created Open Division. The Lancers are only in a different seed than the No. 2 spot they have occupied since the beginning of last month.

Bijan Robinson, Lathan Ransom and Co. go into the Open Division playoffs Nov. 15 with a No. 4 seed, hosting No. 5 Pinnacle (8-2).

The Lancers (9-0) had a double hit with a 76-0 win over an 0-10 Vista Grande coupled with Canyon del Oro falling to Casa Grande. A No. 4 ranking means a possible semifinal game against No. 1 Chandler.

Robinson, a Texas commit, and Ransom, who says he is bound for Ohio State, headline a Salpointe team that outscored opponents 58.2 to 9.1 this season. In 4A Kino games, in which the Lancers had a 5-0 record, they outscored opponents 55.4 to 6.8.

Salpointe prepares for the Open Division (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The Lancers are also led by safety Charlie Raetzman, who has six interceptions; defensive end Luke Regina with a team-high 9.5 sacks; linebacker Trent Strong with a team-best 63 tackles; and quarterback Treyson Bourguet, who in two starts is 18 of 27 with 330 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception.

Bijan Robinson (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

BIJAN ROBINSON FILE (2016-19)
Games: 44
Career Rushing Yards: 6,775
Career Rushing TDs: 101
Career TDs: 111
Career Points: 666

NOTE: No player in Arizona history has ever rushed for over 2,000 yards in three different seasons.

YARDS PER YEAR
FR: 42-378
SO: 189-2,023
JR: 170-2,400
SR: 89-1,974


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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