American Legion: Post 7 Firebirds of Tucson High earn top seed at State

The 1944 team won the Southwest Region which was every team west of the Mississippi. (Sam Levitz Photo)

Post 7 Firebirds of Tucson High went 11-1 in American Legion action this summer to earn the top seed in the American Legion state playoffs slated to start Tuesday night at Vista Grande High School. Post 7 will take on Post 73 Crush of Sunnyside (8-4) in a best-of-three series in one state semifinal.

Lofton Panthers of Surprise (11-1) will take on Cactus Cats of Desert View (10-1-1) in a best-of three series in the other semifinal. The two winners will meet up in the state finals starting on July 19 in another best-of-three playoff to determine the Arizona State Champion.

The American Legion West Regional will be held in Fairfield, California from August 3-7 and the American Legion World Series is scheduled for Shelby, North Carolina from August 11-16.

(Aug. 31, 1944/Tucson Citizen)


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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