Tucson over Sunnyside, 3-0

Brian Sotelo and Gavin Hamilton (11) go up for a block. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


No. 9 Tucson High improved to 12-3 in power-ranking matches after the Badgers beat No. 30 Sunnyside in straight sets (25-11, 25-12, 25-18) Tuesday night at home. Tucson won the 6A South Region for the first time since 2019 under head coach Amanda Larriva.

The Badgers will host 5A No. 10 Ironwood Ridge (11-4) Thursday night to end the regular season. The 6A Play-In Tournament is slated for Tuesday, May 2 but the Badgers still have a shot at a top-eight ranking and an automatic berth to the state playoffs set to start on Friday, May 5.

No. 3 Cienega (15-0) won the 5A Southern Region, No. 19 Sabino (11-3) won the 4A Kino Region and No. 5 Salpointe (16-1) won the 4A Gila Region.

6A Conference playoff teams include Tucson, No. 12 Rincon/University (8-6) and No. 15 Marana (9-5). 5A Conference playoff teams include Cienega, Ironwood Ridge, No. 12 Catalina Foothills (11-5) and No. 17 Mountain View (8-8), 4A Conference playoff teams include Salpointe, No. 11 Flowing Wells (13-2) and Sabino. No. 25 Canyon del Oro (8-9) still has a chance to move into the top 24 in the 4A Conference.

The Play-In Brackets should be released on Friday.


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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