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Playoffs: Sahuarita Girls to Play for first 3A Soccer Championship

ironwood ridge winning goal by Kylie Grimes. (Stephanie May Photo)

No. 8 Sahuarita beat No. 5 Trivium Prep 4-0 Tuesday night to advance to the 3A state championship game schedule for Friday night at 5 p.m. at Williams Field located in Gilbert. The Mustangs (18-3-1) will face No. 3 Gilbert Christian (17-1) in the title match.

Gilbert Christian defeated No. 7 ALA Gilbert North 1-0 in the other semifinal. The Knights are coached by Jay Feeley, former NFL placekicker. Gilbert Christian made it to the quarterfinal round last year and this will be the first time the Knights have made it to the final. The Mustangs also made it to the quarterfinals last year and, like Gilbert Christian, this will be the first time the Mustangs have played for a championship.

Freshman Sam Wright scored two goals and had an assist for Sahuarita, freshman Rylee Arrington had two assists and sophomore Lina Bracamonte finished with three assists. Freshman keeper Hayle Salcido had nine saves.

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In other girls soccer action, No. Ironwood Ridge beat No. 2 Campo Verde 1-0 in overtime with freshman Kylie Grimes providing the winning goal. Junior keeper Kelli Suckell put up 17 saves to keep the Nighthawks alive.

No. 4 Cienega fell to No. 5 Notre Dame in PKs (4-2) after a 1-1 tie, No. 6 Sahuaro lost to No. 3 Flagstaff in PKs (5-4) after playing to a 1-1 tie, No. 7 Salpointe knocked off No. 2 Arcadia 2-1 in 4A action, No. 8 Walden Grove took No. 1, Prescott to overtime before losing 3-2 and No. 4 Catalina Foothills run-ruled No. 5 Mingus Union 8-0.

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In boys’ basketball, No. 2 Salpointe and No. 3 Catalina Foothills advance to the quarterfinal round and No. 14 Benson lost to No. 19 Morenci 62-58 in the 2A Conference Girls Play-In game.

Will Menaugh scored 24 points to lead Catalina Foothills past Gila Ridge. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

In other girls basketball playoff action, No. 11 Tanque Verde and No. 6 Buena advance but No. 9 Flowing Wells, No. 11 Cholla, No. 12 Rincon/UHS and No. 16 Sunnyside all lost on Tuesday night.

More soccer and basketball playoff action is scheduled for Wednesday night.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18

B Basketball First Round (4A)
No. 2 Salpointe 78, No. 15 Rio Rico 29
No. 3 Catalina Foothills 58, No. 14 Gila Ridge 48

G Basketball Play-In Tournament (2A)
No. 19 Morenci 62, No. 14 Benson 58

G Basketball First Round (3A/5A)
No. 11 Tanque Verde 57, No. 22 AZ College Prep 26
No. 8 Desert Mountain 61, No. 9 Flowing Wells 36
No. 6 Buena 55, No. 11 Cholla 47
No. 5 Verrado 49, No. 12 Rincon/UHS 46
No. 1 Millennium 79, No. 16 Sunnyside 37

G Soccer Quarterfinals (4A/5A)
No. 1 Prescott 3, No. 8 Walden Grove 2 (OT)
No. 4 Catalina Foothills 8, No. 5 Mingus Union 0
No. 3 Flagstaff over No. 6 Sahuaro 1-1 (PK 5-4)
No. 7 Salpointe 2, No. 2 Arcadia 1
No. 5 Notre Dame over No. 4 Cienega 1-1 (PK 4-2)
No. 10 Ironwood Ridge 1, No. 2 Campo Verde 0 (OT)

G Soccer Semifinals (3A)
No. 8 Sahuarita 4, No. 5 Trivium Prep 0

WEDNESDAY, FEB.19

B Basketball Play-In Tournament (2A)
No. 23 Parker at No. 10 St. Augustine, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Sanders at No. 14 San Manuel, 7 p.m.

B Basketball First Round (3A/5A/6A)
No. 19 Monument Valley at No. 14 Pusch Ridge, 7 p.m.
No. 24 Tanque Verde at No. 9 San Tan Foothills, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Ironwood Ridge at No. 5 Buena, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Nogales at No. 7 Cienega, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Tucson at No. 2 Hamilton, 7 p.m.

G Basketball First Round (4A)
No. 14 Moon Valley at No. 3 Sahuaro, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Salpointe at No. 7 Saguaro, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Rio Rico at No. 4 Greenway, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Catalina Foothills at No. 2 Shadow Mountain, 7 p.m.

B Soccer Quarterfinals (4A/5A)
No. 9 Walden Grove at No. 1 Douglas, 6 p.m.
No. 8 Casteel at No. 1 Sunnyside, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20

B Basketball Quarterfinals (1A Prescott Valley)
No. 4 Baboquivari vs. No. 5 Duncan, 1:30 p.m.
No. 8 Patagonia vs. No. 1 Ft. Thomas, 4:40 p.m.

G Basketball Quarterfinals (1A PV/5A)
No. 1 St. David vs. No. 8 Grand Canyon, Noon
No. 4 Baboquivari vs. No. 5 Mogollon, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Buena at No. 3 Cactus Shadows, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

G Soccer Championship (3A)
No. 8 Sahuarita vs. No. 3 Gilbert Christian at Williams Field, 5 p.m.

B Basketball Quarterfinals (4A/5A)
No. 7 Buckeye at No. 2 Salpointe, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mesquite at No. 3 Catalina Foothills, 7 p.m.

G Basketball Second Round (3A)
No. 16 Valley Christian at No. 1 Sabino, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Tanque Verde at No. 6 Tuba City, 7 p.m.

G Basketball First Round (2A- Prescott)
No. 2 Bisbee vs. No. 15 Morenci, TBD

B Basketball Semifinals (1A)
B Basketball First Round (2A)
G Basketball Semifinals (1A)

SATURDAY, FEB. 22

G Soccer Semifinals (4A/5A/6A)
No. 10 Ironwood Ridge vs. No. 6 Desert Mountain at Higley, 11 a.m.
No. 4 Catalina Foothills vs. No. 1 Prescott at Williams Field, 1 p.m.
No. 7 Salpointe vs. No. 2 Arcadia at Williams Field, 11 a.m.

B Basketball Second Round (3A)
No. 5 Sabino vs. TBD, 7 p.m.

B Basketball Quarterfinals (2A/6A)
B Basketball Championship (1A)
G Basketball Championship (1A)
G Basketball Quarterfinals (2A/4A)
B Soccer Semifinals (4A/5A/6A)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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