Amphitheater’s Yusuf Shehata, left, celebrates with then-teammate Tony Lillard as the Panthers won their 2012 state semifinal in overtime. Now a senior, Shehata is averaging a team-leading 21.8 points per game this season.

Ralph Freso / For the Arizona Daily Star 2012

Amphitheater seniors Michael Perkins and Yusuf Shehata are both averaging more than 20 points a game this season, yet the Panthers are just one game over .500.

Thursday night’s game at home against Sahuaro will definitely be a big one.

The Cougars, off to a 7-2 start, will try to extend their six-game winning streak against Desert View on Wednesday and then face the Panthers the following night at 7.

Sahuaro is coming off a last-second win at Tucson High on Friday night, thanks to senior Arthur Gibson, and Nate Renfro, one of the top juniors in the area.

The 6-5 Panthers, just two years removed from a trip to the state finals, have won four straight games behind Shehata, who is averaging a team-leading 21.8 points per game.

Here’s three other events to watch around Southern Arizona this week:


Girls soccer: Six local girls soccer teams will play in the Palo Verde Invitational starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday when the host Titans open up with Cholla. The four other teams are Douglas, Flowing Wells, Nogales and Rincon/University.

Round-robin play continues Thursday and Friday, with three games on each of those days, with the first game starting at 2 p.m. each day.

Action will continue with consolation play Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by the championship at 2:30 p.m.


Girls basketball: Undefeated Pusch Ridge Christian will kick off section play at Miami at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Lions (8-0) have won every game by at least six points and have outscored opponents by nearly 100 points this season. Moriah Roters is leading the team with 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds a game, while fellow junior Olivia Christian is averaging 13 and 5.2.

Pusch Ridge, which won four straight Class 2A state titles from 2005 to 2008, was in Division II each of the last two seasons but now is in Division III.


Wrestling: The two-day Mountain View Duals will feature 16 teams from all four divisions, including the host Mountain Lions, who beat three-time defending state champion Ironwood Ridge earlier this season and have yet to lose to a local team.

Some of the other teams in attendance include Cienega, which finished second at Gilbert Perry’s Puma Invitational over the weekend, and undefeated Sahuaro, which will host area power Sunnyside in a dual meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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