Tucson High School Sports

VOLLEYBALL: Salpointe to play for shot at another title

The Lancers crashing the court after winning the 2016 4A championship. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Salpointe beat Greenway 3-1 last year to win the first “Big School” state championship from Southern Arizona in 23 years. The win also gave head coach Heather Moore-Martin her first championship on the girl’s side to go along with the two she won coaching the boys at Catalina (2010 and 2011).

Her head coach at Catalina, Mary Hines, collected two championships for the Trojans. But, in order to match her legendary mentor, Moore-Martin will have to get past No. 2 Cactus in the semifinal round of the 4A state playoffs tonight at Mountain Pointe High School at 5 p.m.

The match will be streamed live on the NFHS Network through azpreps365.com.


SEMIFINALS: Tuesday, Nov. 7
No. 3 Salpointe vs. No. 2 Cactus, 5 p.m. at Mountain Pointe


St. David (7)
1972: 1A (Donald Roylance)
1976: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1982: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1983: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1989: 1A (Orland Merrill)
2013: D-V (Tylene Miller)
2016: 1A (Tylene Miller)

Willcox (6)
1976: 3A (Lois Seibel)
1979: 3A (Bobby Nelson)
1990: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1988: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1989: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1990: 2A (Bobby Nelson)

Sahuaro (5)
1974: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1975: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1976: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1981: 5A (Cherrie Brinlee)
1982: 5A (Cherrie Brinlee)

Rincon/UHS (3)
1973: 5A (Toni Edwards)
1979: 5A (Toni Edwards)
1993: 4A (Juanita Kingston)

Catalina (2)
1972: 5A (Mary Hines)
1983: 5A (Mary Hines)

Valley Union (2)
1974: 1A (Joe Burnside)
1985: 1A (Mike Thompson)

Benson (1)
2005: 2A (Kimberly East)

Bisbee (1)
1977: 3A (Mary Riley)

Bowie/San Simon (1)
2007: 1A (Casey Lewis)

Flowing Wells (1)
1991: 4A (Ed Nymeyer)

Nogales (1)
1975: 3A (Shelley Copeland)

Sabino (1)
1989: 4A (Tim Demarchi)

Salpointe (1)
2016: 4A (Heather Moore-Martin)

San Manuel (1)
1974: 3A (Diane NaDeau)

Sunnyside (1)
1990: 4A (Rosa Lara)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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