Salpointe handled Cholla 64-44 to open up play

Ruben Cazares scored a game-high 23 points. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The points came from everywhere and almost everyone wearing a Lancers uniform Tuesday night with Salpointe beating Cholla 64-44 at home to open up the season for both squads. The game also signaled the beginning of region play with Salpointe and Cholla competing in the 4A Kino Region this winter along with Canyon del Oro (0-0), Pueblo (1-0) and Sahuaro (0-1).

The Chargers moved to the 4A Conference in the offseason after competing in the 5A Conference for the last five years and Salpointe won the 4A state championship last year after battling for the top spot in the conference for several years. The region champion in the 4A Conference will no longer earn an automatic playoff berth but region games will be power-ranking games…..


Jim Reynolds led Salpointe to to its first basketball title last year. Jim Flannery (standing behind Reynolds, coached the boys golf team to two state championships (1981, 2004) and Phil Gruensfelder (sitting) coached the softball team to a state title in 1996. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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 is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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