Soldier Chris Moon, a baseball star from Tucson High died after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan. Courtesy of the University of Arizona.

Luke Adams

Salpointe Catholic won its own baseball tournament last week, and now Tucson High will try to win its Chris Moon Memorial Classic for the second year in a row.

In addition to the host Badgers, Flowing Wells, Rincon/University and 10 schools from California, Colorado, Illinois and Oregon are scheduled to play in the event that begins Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Cherry Field.

The championship game is slated for 3 p.m. Friday.

The invitational is named after Moon, a former star player for Tucson who died in 2010 as a result of injuries from stepping on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while serving with the Army. After being drafted by the Atlanta Braves, Moon accepted a UA scholarship before deciding to enter the military.

The tournament to honor Moon will be part of a busy week. Here’s a look at three other events to watch in Southern Arizona:


Boys volleyball: Heading into the final week before section play starts, Catalina and first-year coach Scott Tunnell are undefeated in regular-season games.

The Trojans (11-5) will try to keep that streak alive when they host Flowing Wells on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Catalina will travel to Mountain View on Thursday, then host Sahuaro next Tuesday in its first section match of the season.


Baseball: Salpointe outscored opponents 78-17 in six games last week to win the 22-team Spray Master Lancer Baseball Classic at Reid Park.

But the Lancers aren’t likely to be celebrating too long.

Salpointe (8-1) hosts Canyon del Oro at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a matchup of two teams that are almost certainly going to be playing in the state tournament later this spring.

The Dorados (9-2) won three of five games in last week’s tourney, falling by a single run in both of the losses.


Softball: Sahuaro went 7-0 at the Desert Mountain Invitational last week, including a 10-0 win against Scottsdale Chaparral in five innings in the tournament final Saturday. It also beat Canyon del Oro on the final day of action to avenge a 12-2 regular-season loss on March 6.

The Cougars (10-2-1) will open section play when they host Douglas on Thursday at 4 p.m., in search of a ninth win in their last 10 games. Sahuaro’s lone loss in that stretch came against Ironwood Ridge, 6-4.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona at 807-7761 or On Twitter @DanielGaona13