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Playoffs: Girls Volleyball and Cross Country this week along with 8-man football

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

San Manuel qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2011 when the team finished 8-3. The last victory in the playoffs for the program came in 2004 under current Amphitheater coach Jorge Mendivil. Though rankings have no bearing at the 1A level, the Miners come into the playoffs this year ranked No. 10 with a 3-1 record.

In 8-man football, teams needed to schedule six games to be playoff eligible and two teams cancelled games with the Miners so the team qualified despite only playing four games. Mogollon is 6-0 and ranked No. 1 and the Mustangs will host San Manuel next Friday.

St. David (5-0) is ranked No. 4 and the Tigers will host Williams (4-1) next Friday.

No. 1 St. David, No. 7 San Simon, No. 8 Desert Christian and No. 10 Valley Union are representing Southern Arizona in the 1A volleyball playoffs slated to start Friday at Coronado High School in Scottsdale.

The 2A to 6A volleyball play-in tournament takes place on Tuesday.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

2A-6A Volleyball Play-In Tournament
No. 22 Mountain Ridge at No. 11 Rincon/UHS, 6:30 p.m.
No. 19 Tucson at No. 14 Queen Creek, 6:30 p.m.
No. 18 Mountain View at No. 15 Ironwood, 6:30 p.m.
No. 22 Nogales at No. 11 Arcadia, 6:30 p.m.
No. 23 Canyon View at No. 10 Catalina Foothills
No. 18 Thunderbird at No. 15 Amphitheater, 6:30 p.m.
No. 24 Chino Valley at No. 9 Empire, 6 p.m.
No. 17 Eastmark at No. 16 Sabino, 6 p.m.
No. 20 Franklin at No. 13 Tanque Verde, 6 p.m.
No. 19 Show Low at No. 14 Pusch Ridge, 6 p.m.
No. 24 Tombstone at No. 9 Glendale Prep, 6 p.m.
No. 18 St. Augustine at No. 15 San Tan Charter, 6 p.m.
No. 20 Desert Heights at No. 13 Benson, 6 p.m.
No. 19 Bisbee at No. 14 Sedona Red Rock, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Cross Country D-I/D-III State Championship: Gilbert

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

1A Volleyball First Round at Coronado
San Simon vs. Tempe Prep, 9 a.m.
Valley Union vs. Lead Edge, 11 a.m.
Desert Christian vs. Cicero Prep, 1 p.m.
St. David vs. Lincoln Prep, 3 p.m.

1A Football Quarterfinals
Williams at St. David, 7 p.m.
San Manuel at Mogollon, 7 p.m.

Cross Country D-II/D-IV State Championship: Gilbert

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

2A-6A Volleyball First Round
Buena, Cienega, Ironwood Ridge, Marana
Canyon del Oro, Salpointe

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

2A-4A Football Play-In Tournament
1A Football Semifinals

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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 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and was given the Amphi Distinguished Service Award. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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