The boy’s state tournament for Division IV begins on Thursday, Oct. 29. Only 12 teams will qualify with three of those spots reserved for the three section winners.
Section II is comprised of teams from Southern Arizona and nothing has been decided with about two weeks left in the regular season.
The Gregory School is 5-1 in the section with a loss to Desert Christian (3-1). The Gregory school has one more section match, Nogales Lourdes Catholic (2-2) on Oct. 22.
Desert Christian still has Lourdes Catholic on Oct. 17, St. Augustine (0-4) on Oct. 20 and Benson (4-1) on Oct. 22.
Benson still has Willcox (3-1) on Oct. 15 in addition to the Desert Christian match.
Willcox finishes with St. Augustine (Oct. 13), Benson (Oct. 15) and the Immaculate Heart (1-3) on Oct. 22.
With Lakeside Blue Ridge (5-0) and Snowflake (4-1) in control of Section I and Chino Valley (5-0) taking charge of Section III, Sec. II remains the mystery. As of Monday, the highest ranked team from Southern Arizona is No. 9 Willcox.
No. 10 Desert Christian and No. 11 The Gregory School cannot afford to lose a match if the two programs fail to win the section title. No. 15 Benson needs to win the section to get a playoff berth.
Remember, only 12 teams make the playoffs for the boys.
On the girl’s side, No. 8 Desert Christian is on the edge because only eight teams make the state playoffs.
Like the boys, the state playoffs are slated to start on Oct. 29. Desert Christian is the only girl’s program from Southern Arizona. The Eagles removed themselves from the playoffs last year after self-reporting a minor violation.
Desert Christian (3-2) is in Sec. II along with No. 1 Blue Ridge (6-0) and No. 6 Show Low (3-1-1). The Eagles host Show Low on Wednesday and Blue Ridge on Saturday. Both are huge matches.
The Eagles will then play at No. 7 Camp Verde (2-3) on Oct. 19 and then No. 11 Payson (0-5-1) on Oct. 21.
No. 2 Round Valley has already clinched the Sec. I title and No. 3 Northland Prep (3-0) and No. 5 Chino Valley (3-1) will probably play for the Sec. II title on Oct. 22.
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