Les Willsey
Staff Writer, AZPreps365.com

Mesquite baseball coach Jeff Holland has dabbled more in freshman varsity players than most of his counterparts. It takes a special mix of ingredients to trust a freshman with a significant varsity role, but in 2011 senior Zach Davies there are no regrets from either coach or player for Davies\\\\\\\' four-year stint with the big club.

Hamilton has never been a world beater in softball like it has in football and baseball. Not even close. But the 2011 softball team is making its presence known. Hamilton took advantage of physical and mental errors by Desert Mountain and got the unintentional help of an umpire Monday in edging the previously unbeaten Wolves, 5-4, in pool play at the Marcos de Niza-Corona del Sol Invitational at Marcos de Niza.

Chandler High played the game it wanted against St. Mary\'s for the first 15 minutes of the 5A-I girls basketball championship game on Friday. It was that last minute of the half that was ugly and esentially ended the Wolves hope of claiming the title St.. Mary\'s used an 9-0 run to end the first half and that opened the gates to a 73-60 win over Chandler at Jobing.com Arena.

Talk about a battle for your first boys basketball title in school history. Chaparral and Betty H. Fairfax was just that Friday afternoon as Chaparral nearly four decades old and Fairfax four-years-old duked it out at Jobing.com Arena. Pierre Newton made free throws and reserve Jovan Wright several clutch 3s in regularion and overtimes as Betty Fairfax dealt Chaparral a second straight gut-wrenching 5A-II state title defeat, 65-60, in double overtime.

Pinnacle was determined to put the clamps on Tolleson guard Syerra Davis on Friday in the 5A-II girls basketball championship game. The Pioneers hounded Davis one-on-one and did a fine job on the Wolverines leading scorer, who had scored 49 points in two previous meetings this season. The solution was for other Tolleson players to step up. That they did.

Mountain View remembered how it played in the first half against Buena in December when it bolted to a 19-point advantage at intermission. Buena was hoping the Toros did not. Fourth-seed Mountain View used an 18-2 edge in the opening period Thursday night to put the top-seed Colts on their heels and went on to post a 67-39 victory in the 5A-I boys basketball semifinals at Jobing.com Arena.

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