Marana only Southern Arizona 5A school to make the 16-team state playoff bracket

Marana is the only Southern Arizona 5A team to make the 16-team state bracket that was revealed Saturday morning.

The 9-1 Tigers, seeded No. 8, will host No. 9 Sunnyslope (6-4) on Friday with the winner potentially facing No. 1 Notre Dame Prep (9-1) on the road in the quarterfinal round.

Marana, in the second season under coach Phillip Steward, is the 5A Sonoran champ. Second-place finisher Sunnyside (7-3) did not make the playoff field.

The 5A Southern champion — Cienega — is not in the bracket after finishing 5-5 overall. Desert View (6-3) also is not in the playoffs after finishing behind the Bobcats.

AllSportsTucson.com will have more detail about the 5A playoffs leading up to Friday’s first-round games.

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