Catalina Foothills boys basketball coach Mark Felix resigned earlier this week and has accepted an offer to coach at Ironwood Ridge, Foothills athletic director Jody Brase said.
Salpointe's Cameron Denson, who scored 11 points, was one of four Lancers in double figures. "It's a lot of team basketball," Denson said of the balanced scoring, "and that's making a big difference in the playoffs."
GLENDALE - Salpointe Catholic senior Daniel Arzouman hadn't scored all game when coach Brian Holstrom called on him at the most critical time after he was fouled.
Coming into this season, it had been six years since the Sahuaro boys last played in the state tournament.
Cholla's Julio Duarte goes up for a shot against Coconino's Josh Ingram. Duarte finished with 10 points.
Cholla cruised past visiting No. 20 Flagstaff Coconino 54-42, in the first round of the Division II boys basketball state tournament on Thursday night.
Catalina Foothills guard Austin Nehls, trying to elude Sabino's Darian Martin after gaining control of a loose ball in the third quarter, finished with 18 points. He is the son of Joe Nehls, a former standout guard for UA.
Sabino's Colin Gause, left, battles Catalina Foothills' Dakota Kordsiemon for a loose ball in the second quarter. Kordsiemon had 13 points in Foothills' win.
As the No. 1 boys basketball team in Division II and riding a big winning streak, Catalina Foothills has been ready for the big stage.
Sahuaro's Arthur Gibson guards Chaz Mack of Foothills in a Dec. 7 game that the Falcons won 75-44. The rematch is next Friday.
Flowing Wells guard Lyndsay Leikem shoots over Sahuaro's Chelsey Hunsaker. The Caballeros have won 11 straight.
The Catalina Foothills' boys basketball team has won seven straight games, including a rout of visiting Sahuaro early last month.
Foothills' Dalton Groenewold puts up a shot over Sahuaro's Jordan Lane during the second quarter at Foothills H.S.
Catalina Foothills' Chaz Mack corrals a rebound in front of Sahuaro's Arthur Gibson. Mack scored 25 points and said, "I'm pretty sure that was one of my better games."
Catalina Foothills junior Chaz Mack scored 25 points against Sahuaro on Friday night and, although he really couldn't care less about personal accolades, agreed it was quite the shooting performance.
Cholla guard Julio Duarte, right, wanted to play for a coach who would challenge him and show him how to be a better player.
Julio Duarte needed a mentor.
Santa Rita High School roared back from a 20-point halftime deficit to trail by four with 1:30 remaining, but the Nogales Apaches held on to win 68-56 on the second day of the Salpointe Tip-Off Classic.