HOOPS: Salpointe & The Gregory School to play for state championships

Nick Rosquist is the third leading scorer in Tucson history (Andy Morales/

The Gregory School (21-9) lost to Rock Point in the 1A semifinal round on Friday afternoon in Prescott Valley. Taylor Thompson scored 21 points in the loss. It was the best season in program history.

The Gregory School (29-1) boys beat Valley Lutheran 61-50 to advance to the fourth state final in program history. The Hawks won back-to-back state championships in 2008 and 2009.

The Salpointe Lancers (23-9) will also make their fourth championship appearance in program history.

Friday, Feb. 24


SEMIFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 2 Rock Point 47, No. 3 The Gregory School 44


SEMIFINALS at Prescott Valley
No. 1 The Gregory School 61, No. 4 Valley Lutheran 50

Saturday, Feb. 25


CHAMPIONSHIP at Gila River Arena
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Shadow Mountain, 2:30 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)

2013 D-II Runner-Up (Brian Holstrom)
1999 5A Runner-Up (Brian Peabody)
1997 5A Runner-Up (Brian Peabody)

Shadow Mountain
2016 D-II Champion (Mike Bibby)
2014 D-II Champion (Jerry Conner)
2000 5A Champion (Jerry Conner)
1996 5A Champion (Jerry Conner)
1995 5A Runner-Up (Jerry Conner)


CHAMPIONSHIP at Prescott Valley
No. 1 The Gregory School vs. No. 2 NFL Yet, 1 p.m.
(Streamed Live NFHS Network)

The Gregory School
2009 1A Champion (Paul Baranowski)
2008 1A Champion (Paul Baranowski)
1998 1A Runner-Up (Paula Baranowski)

(First final appearance)

Current Salpointe head coach Brian Holstrom was an assistant with the Lancers in 2010 along with former University of Arizona great Reggie Geary. Jerry Zander was the head coach. (Andy Morales/


Tucson High (8)
1934: ALL (Rollin T. Gridley)
1942: ALL (Earl McCullar)
1943: ALL (Bud Doolen)
1945: ALL (Bud Doolen)
1948: ALL (Bud Doolen)
1949: 5A (Bud Doolen)
1962: 5A (Tony Morales)
1969: 5A (Tony Morales)

Nogales (5)
1949: 3A (Harry O’Mealy)
1976: 4A (Ray Molera)
1982: 4A (Ray Molera)
1983: 4A (Ray Molera)
2011: 4A-I (Ricardo de la Riva)

Duncan (4)
1938: ALL (Frank Brickey)
1939: ALL (Frank Brickey)
1940: ALL (Frank Brickey)
2004: 1A (Andrew Larson)

Sahuaro (4)
1970: 5A (Dick McConnell)
1982: 5A (Dick McConnell)
2000: 5A (Dick McConnell)
2001: 5A (Dick McConnell)

Marana (3)
1969: 2A (Norm Patton)
1970: 2A (Norm Patton)
1972: 3A (Norm Patton)

Bisbee (2)
1930: ALL (Francis Alexander)
1994: 2A (Vince Creviston)

Buena (2)
1969: 4A (Don Harris)
1970: 4A (Don Harris)

Canyon del Oro (2)
1977: 4A (John Tissaw)
1978: 4A (John Tissaw)

Flowing Wells (2)
1963: 3A (Ed Nymeyer)
1968: 3A (Ed Nymeyer)

Green Fields (2)
1990: 1A (Bill Ludeke)
1991: 1A (Brian Peabody)

Pueblo (2)
1977: 5A (Roland LaVetter)
1978: 5A (Roland LaVetter)

Santa Rita (2)
1999: 4A (Jim Ferguson)
2010: 4A-II (Jim Ferguson)

St. David (2)
1998: 1A (John Bryant)
2002: 1A (John Bryant)

St. Gregory (2)
2008: 1A (Paul Baranowski)
2009: 1A (Paul Baranowski)

Ajo (1)
1987: 1A (Bo Whitelock)

Amphitheater (1)
2011: 4A-II (Ben Hurley)

Benson (1)
1971: 1A (Jack Wilson)

Catalina (1)
1963: 5A (Galen Klintner)

Cholla (1)
1992 : 4A (Paul Dull)

Desert Christian (1)
2001: 1A (Chris Walter)

Douglas (1)
1932: ALL (Milt Morse)

Ironwood Ridge (1)
2008: 5A-II (Brian Peabody)

Rincon (1)
1965: 5A (Dick King)

Rio Rico (1)
2004: 3A (John Flanning)
Sunnyside (1)

1993: 4A (Dwight Rees)

Valley Union (1)
1985: 1A (LW Jackson)

Willcox (1)
1979: 3A: (Greg Lasley)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. 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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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