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Mountain View over Flowing Wells 46-7; Conference placements announced for other sports

The Mountain Lion defense came up big. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

No. 34 Mountain View beat No. 25 Flowing Wells 46-7 Saturday night to improve to 2-4 on the year in a game played at Tucson High with the Flowing Wells home field still not ready for competition after a complete overhaul of the turf and lighting at the John M. Mead Stadium this past summer.

The Caballeros fell to 3-4 on the year with a trip scheduled to No. 31 Buena (1-4) next week. The sod at Mead stadium should be ready by the Nov. 5 tilt with No. 40 Cholla (1-4) or Senior Night on Nov. 12 against No. 8 Salpointe (4-2). The last unofficial “home” game will be played at Tucson High once again on Oct. 29 against No. 1 Desert View (5-1).

Pusch Ridge (field and track), Salpointe (lights) and Douglas (artificial turf) were the other programs to have major upgrades completed this past summer….

LINK: GAME STORY AT AZPREPS365

The new set of conference placements were released by the AIA on Oct. 12 but the football placements will not be released until Dec. 14. As a guideline on what might happened with football, Tucson remained in the 6A Conference based on enrollment and Rincon/UHS, Marana and Sunnyside joined them. Dec. 21 is the deadline to appeal conference placements for football.

Desert View, Buena, Mountain View, Cienega, Catalina Foothills, Nogales and Cholla are in 5A while Flowing Wells and Ironwood Ridge moved down to the 4A level again, based on enrollment for other sports. The Nighthawks have petitioned to move back up to the 5A level in the past. Empire and Palo Verde are listed as 3A.

Here is what the initial AIA placements for 3A to 6A look like for Southern Arizona in all other sports with enrollment.

6A CONFERENCE
Hamilton: 3,901
Tucson: 3,303
Rincon/UHS: 2,550
Marana: 2,333
Sunnyside: 2,228
North: 2,228

5A CONFERENCE
Higley: 2,215
Desert View: 2,060
Buena: 1,956
Mountain View: 1,925
Cienega: 1,923
Catalina Foothills: 1,861
Nogales: 1,809
Cholla: 1,757
Verrado: 1,725

4A CONFERENCE
Flowing Wells: 1,710
Pueblo: 1,710
Ironwood Ridge: 1,697
Canyon del Oro: 1,640
Sahuaro: 1,539
Douglas: 1,456
Rio Rico: 1,348
Salpointe: 1,253
Amphitheater: 1,239
Walden Grove: 1,142
Mica Mountain: 1,072
Sahuarita: 1,072
ALA-Ironwood: 1,017

3A CONFERENCE
Chinle: 978
Sabino: 953
Empire: 869
Palo Verde: 679
Tanque Verde: 667
Catalina: 584
Pusch Ridge: 385
San Miguel: 355
Bourgade Catholic: 344

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

6A CONFERENCE

No. 37 Mesa Skyline 48, No. 36 Tucson 31

5A CONFERENCE

No. 8 Salpointe 48, No. 1 Desert View 0
No. 12 Marana 36, No. 10 Sunnyside 35
No. 23 Cienega 31, No. 22 Ironwood Ridge 21
No. 30 Nogales 35, No. 42 Rincon/UHS 26

4A CONFERENCE

No. 17 Amphitheater 42, No. 29 Douglas 7
No. 20 Canyon del Oro 42, No. 30 Walden Grove 21
No. 36 Pueblo 42, No. 44 Tempe 31
No. 4 Casa Grande 48, No. 42 Sahuaro 0
No. 32 Empire 37, No. 46 Rio Rico 0

3A CONFERENCE

No. 12 Pusch Ridge 38, No. 9 Safford 14
No. 14 Mesa Eastmark 45, No. 32 Sahuarita 7

2A CONFERENCE

No. 8 Benson 42, No. 3 Morenci 7
No. 22 Santa Cruz 27, No. 13 Maricopa Sequoia Pathway 18
No. 41 Santa Rita 40, No. 43 Catalina 8

1A CONFERENCE

No. 3 St. David 65, No. 7 Hayden 20
No. 6 San Manuel 60, No. 15 Baboquivari 6
No. 14 Duncan 30, No. 10 Valley Union 12

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16

5A: No. 34 Mountain View 46, No. 25 Flowing Wells 7
2A: No. 5 Willcox 46, No. 21 Bisbee 0

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

6A CONFERENCE
Cesar Chavez at Tucson

5A CONFERENCE
Flowing Wells at Buena
Salpointe at Cholla
Nogales at Cienega
Sunnyside at Ironwood Ridge
Desert View at Mountain View
Marana at Rincon/UHS

4A CONFERENCE
Amphitheater at Catalina Foothills
Empire at Douglas
Canyon del Oro at Pueblo
Buckeye at Sahuaro
Casa Grande at Walden Grove

3A CONFERENCE
Sahuarita at Florence
Thatcher at Pusch Ridge
Safford at Sabino

2A CONFERENCE
PIma at Bisbee
Trivium Prep at Catalina
Willcox at Morenci
Sequoia Pathway at Santa Rita
Santa Cruz at Tanque Verde
Benson at Tombstone

1A FIRST ROUND
(TBD)

BYE: 4A: Rio Rico

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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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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