Oro Valley Canyon del Oro defeated Tucson High 8-5 Thursday night in Division II playoff action. The win sends the Dorados to the state championship game while the Badgers will face Tucson Salpointe in the elimination final on Saturday night.
Canyon del Oro (32-2) outlasted Tucson Salpointe 16-15 in the winner's bracket of the Division II state playoffs to set up an improbable rematch 13 years later in the semifinal round with Tucson (27-5) after the Badgers got past Tucson Sunnyside 4-2 in the nightcap.
Billed as a high-powered double header at Amphitheater High School, the third round of the Division II playoffs turned into a night of missed opportunities and errors. Plenty of errors.
No. 4 Vail Cienega run-ruled No. 12 Tucson High 14-0 in the first game on Thursday night and No. 2 Salpointe defeated No. 7 Canyon del Oro 12-4 in the nightcap.
Tucson Catalina Foothills has been a consistent presence in postseason play. Except for the 2012 season where the Falcons dropped eight of their last nine games to fall out of contention, one would be hard pressed to point to a "bad" season over the last decade or so.
Ranked third in Division II softball, Tucson Sahuaro will gladly accept the Section II title they earned by beating Sierra Vista Buena 9-0 on Wednesday but the Cougars have much loftier goals. Once the most powerful softball program in the state, Sahuaro has not won a state championship since 2001.
The Rangers visited Section III favorite Tucson (4-1, 0-1) on Tuesday night in an important divisional match with early ranking implications with Tucson coming out on top 3-1 ( 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20).
Four teams from last year's state quarterfinals of the Division I boy's volleyball playoffs are playing in the Catalina Foothills Invitational this weekend and state runner-up Mesa is one of them. Chandler Hamilton, Gilbert Perry and Gilbert are the other three