Victory Sports Foundation Passing & Big Man Tournament gathers 30 local high schools

The Kino South Complex fields were packed Wednesday night with the 30 area high school programs, including players, coaches, families and supporters, for the first day of the Victory Sports Foundation Passing & Big Man Tournament.

The location was so crowded, it was difficult to find a spot in its expansive parking lot.

Pool play took place Wednesday night with six pools consisting of five teams each. The competition enters bracket play Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with seeding based on how teams performed in their pools. The bracket will be released Thursday afternoon.


Winners Bracket

FIRST ROUND (5:30 to 6 p.m.)

Game 1: Tanque Verde vs. Desert View (Field 5N)

Game 2: Cienega vs. Mica Mountain (5S)

Game 3: Pusch Ridge vs. Mountain View (6N)

Game 4: Santa Cruz vs. Flowing Wells (6S)

Game 5: Sahuaro vs. Safford (8N)

Game 6: Marana vs. Nogales (8S)

Game 7: Buena vs. San Manuel (9N)

Game 8: Rio Rico vs. Casa Grande (9S)

Game 9: Douglas vs. Empire (10N)

Game 10: Tucson High vs. Rincon/University (10S)

Game 11: Sabino vs. Ironwood Ridge (11N)

Game 12: Tombstone vs. Pueblo (11S)

Game 13: CDO vs. Sahuarita (12N)

Game 14: Walden Grove vs. Benson (12S)

SECOND ROUND (6:10 to 6:40 p.m.)

Game 15: Game 1 winner vs. Sunnyside (5N)

Game 16: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner (6N)

Game 17: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner (8N)

Game 18: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner (9N)

Game 19: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner (11N)

Game 20: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner (10N)

Game 21: Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner (12N)

Game 22: Game 14 winner vs. Amphi (1N)

QUARTERFINALS (6:50 to 7:20 p.m.)

Game 30: Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner (5N)

Game 31: Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner (8N)

Game 32: Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner (10N)

Game 33: Game 21 winner vs, Game 22 winner (11N)

SEMIFINALS (7:30 to 8 p.m.)

Game 38: Game 30 winner vs. Game 31 winner (8N)

Game 39: Game 32 winner vs. Game 33 winner (10N)

CHAMPIONSHIP (8:10 to 8:40 p.m.)

Game 38 winner vs. Game 39 winner


SECOND ROUND (6:10 to 6:40 p.m.)

Game 23: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (5S)

Game 24: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser (6S)

Game 25: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser (8S)

Game 26: Game 7 loser vs Game 8 loser (9S)

Game 27: Game 9 loser vs. Game 10 loser (10S)

Game 28: Game 11 loser vs. Game 12 loser (11S)

Game 29: Game 13 loser vs. Game 14 loser (12S)

THIRD ROUND (6:50 to 7:20 p.m.)

Game 34: Game 22 loser vs. Game 23 winner (5S)

Game 35: Game 24 winner vs. Game 25 winner (8S)

Game 36: Game 26 winner vs. Game 27 winner (9S)

Game 37: Game 28 winner vs. Game 29 winner (11S)

FOURTH ROUND (7:30 to 8 p.m.)

Game 40: Game 34 winner vs. Game 35 winner (8S)

Game 41: Game 36 winner vs. Game 37 winner (9S)

CONSOLATION FINAL (8:10 to 8:40 p.m.)

Game 40 winner vs. Game 41 winner (11S)

Here are some social media, interviews and photos from the first day of the tournament (I took the photos) on Wednesday:

Sunnyside warming up
Sunnyside continuing to warm up
Pueblo coaching legend Curly Santa Cruz watching the Warriors
Sahuaro vs. Empire
Desert View coach Robert Bonillas
Buena coach Joe Thomas talking to his team
Sunnyside coach Thomas Romack
CDO and Empire
Empire coach George Kelly with his team
CDO coach Dustin Peace with his team
Mountain View coach Matt Johnson and his team
Sabino coach Ryan McBrayer and his team
Sabino assistant Sly Lewis addresses the Sabercats
Sabino Class of 2025 prospect Shamar Berryhill


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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