Mat’tanaya Vital has Amphi challenging for a playoff spot

Amphitheater guard Mat’tanaya Vital claimed a spot in the 1,000-point club three games into the current season and the Panther program honored her Monday night at home at the half of a 59-10 victory over Palo Verde.

Vital has over 1,300 career points at this point but the win over Palo Verde has its own importance with the program tying to scratch its way into a playoff spot. There are two ways into the 4A state playoffs and the team has a possible a shot at both but the region title might be out of reach due to a technicality. Amphitheater started the night ranked No. 32 and there are five games remaining on the schedule. If the Panthers can get into the top 24 then a spot in the play-in tournament is possible…..


Amphitheater freshman Kiara Waters had 13 points for the Panthers. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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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