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Salpointe holds on at Tucson with playoffs in the balance

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

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Teams competing in 4A, 5A and 6A soccer have to finish ranked in the top 16 to make the state playoffs this year but there is also another hurdle that almost kept one of the best teams in the state on the outside looking in. The three conferences set the standard for a minimum of seven games played to even be considered for the state playoffs, regardless of ranking.

Salpointe traveled to Tucson High Wednesday night ranked No. 3 in the 4A Conference with only six matches played and it was relief for the coaching staff to get that game played after a few weeks of phone calls to get teams added to the schedule after several opponents cancelled due to their own COVID restrictions….

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

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