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Basketball Playoffs: Salpointe boys & Sabino girls win state championships

Sabino brought back the first girls championship to Southern Arizona since 2009 (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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SATURDAY, FEB. 29

Girls Basketball Championship (4A)
No.1 Seton Catholic 70, No. 3 Sahuaro 40

Boys Basketball Championship (4A)
No. 2 Salpointe 54, No. 1 Peoria 48 (OT)

Girls Basketball Championship (3A)
No. 1 Sabino 42, No. 2 Page 35

Boys Basketball Championship (3A)
No. 3 ALA-QC 54, No. 5 Sabino 42

GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

Marana (4)
1982: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1985: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1988: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1989: 4A (Mike Dyer)

Pusch Ridge (4)
2005: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2006: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2007: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2008: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)

St. David (4)
1980: 1A (Barry Judd)
1981: 1A (Barry Judd)
1983: 1A (Barry Judd)
1992: 1A (Barry Judd)

Canyon del Oro (2)
1987: 5A (Dan Huff)
2009: 4A-I (Kerri Brown)

Desert Christian (2)
1998: 1A (Dennis O’Reilly)
1999: 1A (Dennis O’Reilly)

Sabino (2)
1990: 4A (John Bart)
2020: 4A (Jaamal Rhodes)

Sahuaro (2)
1993: 4A (Jim Scott)
1998: 4A (Jim Scott)

Tombstone (2)
1986: 2A (John Escarcega)
1994: 2A (Robert Bristow)

Willcox (2)
1981: 3A (Bob Nelson)
1990: 2A (Rodolfo Rivera)

Buena (1)
1977: 5A (Larry Neidich)

Catalina Foothills (1)
1997: 4A (Patty Patton Shearer)

Flowing Wells (1)
2008: 4A-I (Michael Perkins)

Santa Rita (1)
1984: 5A (Dave Lynch)

Valley Union (1)
1975: All (Dale Mortenson)

This is the first championship for Salpointe. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

Tucson High (8)
1934: ALL (Rollin T. Gridley)
1942: ALL (Earl McCullar)
1943: ALL (Bud Doolen)
1945: ALL (Bud Doolen)
1948: ALL (Bud Doolen)
1949: 5A (Bud Doolen)
1962: 5A (Tony Morales)
1969: 5A (Tony Morales)

Nogales (5)
1949: 3A (Harry O’Mealy)
1976: 4A (Ray Molera)
1982: 4A (Ray Molera)
1983: 4A (Ray Molera)
2011: 4A-I (Ricardo de la Riva)

Sahuaro (4)
1970: 5A (Dick McConnell)
1982: 5A (Dick McConnell)
2000: 5A (Dick McConnell)
2001: 5A (Dick McConnell)

The Gregory School (4)
2008: 1A (Paul Baranowski)
2009: 1A (Paul Baranowski)
2018: 1A (Craig Everson)
2019: 1A (Craig Everson)

Marana (3)
1969: 2A (Norm Patton)
1970: 2A (Norm Patton)
1972: 3A (Norm Patton)

Bisbee (2)
1930: ALL (Francis Alexander)
1994: 2A (Vince Creviston)

Buena (2)
1969: 4A (Don Harris)
1970: 4A (Don Harris)

Canyon del Oro (2)
1977: 4A (John Tissaw)
1978: 4A (John Tissaw)

Flowing Wells (2)
1963: 3A (Ed Nymeyer)
1968: 3A (Ed Nymeyer)

Green Fields (2)
1990: 1A (Bill Ludeke)
1991: 1A (Brian Peabody)

Pueblo (2)
1977: 5A (Roland LaVetter)
1978: 5A (Roland LaVetter)

Santa Rita (2)
1999: 4A (Jim Ferguson)
2010: 4A-II (Jim Ferguson)

St. David (2)
1998: 1A (John Bryant)
2002: 1A (John Bryant)

Ajo (1)
1987: 1A (Bo Whitelock)

Amphitheater (1)
2011: 4A-II (Ben Hurley)

Benson (1)
1971: 1A (Jack Wilson)

Catalina (1)
1963: 5A (Galen Klintner)

Cholla (1)
1992: 4A (Paul Dull)

Desert Christian (1)
2001: 1A (Chris Walter)

Douglas (1)
1932: ALL (Milt Morse)

Ironwood Ridge (1)
2008: 5A-II (Brian Peabody)

Rincon (1)
1965: 5A (Dick King)

Rio Rico (1)
2004: 3A (John Fanning)

Salpointe (1)
2020: 4A (Jim Reynolds)

Sunnyside (1)
1993: 4A (Dwight Rees)

Valley Union (1)
1985: 1A (LW Jackson)

Willcox (1)
1979: 3A: (Greg Lasley)

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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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