Salpointe wins first 4A Championship with win over Flagstaff

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

PHOENIX – Salpointe beat Flagstaff 65-48 Monday night at Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum to win the first championship in program history.


Jermaine Watts helped lead Sunnyside to a state championship in 1993 and his daughter, Jordan Watts, picked up her trophy with Salpointe.

Salpointe assistant, former Grand Canyon standout Wayne Harrison, helped lead the Lancers this year. His daughter, Natalie (Harrison) Kollasch was part of the Pusch Ridge dynasty in the mid 2000s.

Taliyah Henderson’s mother, Danica (Boyce) Henderson, was a standout basketball player at Idaho State.


1982: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1985: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1988: 4A (Mike Dyer)
1989: 4A (Mike Dyer)

Pusch Ridge
2005: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2006: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2007: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)
2008: 2A (Lonnie Tvrdy)

St. David
1980: 1A (Barry Judd)
1981: 1A (Barry Judd)
1983: 1A (Barry Judd)
1992: 1A (Barry Judd)

Canyon del Oro
1987: 5A (Dan Huff)
2009: 4A-I (Kerri Brown)

Desert Christian
1998: 1A (Dennis O’Reilly)
1999: 1A (Dennis O’Reilly)

1990: 4A (John Bart)
2020: 4A (Jaamal Rhodes)

1993: 4A (Jim Scott)
1998: 4A (Jim Scott)

1986: 2A (John Escarcega)
1994: 2A (Robert Bristow)

1981: 3A (Bob Nelson)
1990: 2A (Rodolfo Rivera)

1977: 5A (Larry Neidich)

Catalina Foothills
1997: 4A (Patty Patton Shearer)

Flowing Wells
2008: 4A-I (Michael Perkins)

2022: 4A (Joe Luevano)

Santa Rita
1984: 5A (Dave Lynch)

Valley Union
1975: All (Dale Mortenson)


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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