Salpointe Catholic’s scheduled Division II state playoff game has been postponed because of rain and poor field conditions, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced this morning.
The Lancers will play Glendale Deer Valley at 6 p.m. on Monday at Marana High School rather than tonight as scheduled.
“It’s got everybody panicked a little bit but we’re just trying to get our bearings straight and reschedule everything,” Salpointe coach Dennis Bene said. "It's probably tougher on the kids."
The AIA took the rare step of postponing all scheduled playoff games after rain hit the Phoenix and Tucson areas overnight. AIA executive director Harold Slemmer said they considered postponing the games earlier in the week but didn't know how bad the conditions would actually be until last night.
“We didn’t get the weather reports as severe as they were until they started showing up last night,” Slemmer said Friday morning. “We though we would be fine this weekend but because now we have a 100 percent chance of rain today and tomorrow we thought it’d be be the wise thing to do.”
The postponements will mean short weeks for whichever teams manage to win in Monday's semifinals. The Division II and III state championship games will be held next Friday at Arizona Stadium; that means Salpointe could have just three days to prepare for its biggest game of the year if they improve to 13-0 on Monday night.
Slemmer said the AIA is focused on getting everything set with the semifinals postponed but he also didn't rule out the possibility of the state championship games being pushed back as well.
“That could be an option,” Slemmer said. “We haven’t gotten to that part yet, we’re just trying to reschedule these games for Monday but certainly could be something we talk to them about.”
Read more in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.