Salpointe and Walden Grove tie; Initial power rankings are released

Both squads had chances bu the match belonged to the keepers Tuesday night. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Nothing was decided after 100 minutes of play at Walden Grove Tuesday night except for the things we already knew – Salpointe and Walden Grove are stocked once again with some of the best talent in the state and it’s much too early to rely on the first set of rankings. Things will change.

The initial AIA power rankings were released on Tuesday afternoon and Walden Grove came in at No. 7 and Salpointe at No. 13 and the two power-programs ended the night with a 0-0 tie after 40 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods (There are no kicks from the mark in the regualr season). The Red Wolves are now 4-1-1 on the year and the Lancers are 2-1-2 with more than half of their regular season games remaining on their schedules including region play. Both teams were overlooked last year and it’s doubtful that will happen again this year…

LINK: Story at AZPreps365


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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