Several high schools around Southern Arizona are on spring break this week, but it will be anything but a breather in the prep sports scene.
In fact, this week marks one of the busiest of the season.
Salpointe Catholic is hosting a 22-team baseball tournament at Reid Park and more than 25 track and field teams are expected at the annual Willie Williams Classic held at the UA’s Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
Those are the main events in the area this week, but here’s a look at what else to watch over the next six days:
Baseball: There are 22 teams from around Arizona, California, Oklahoma and Texas signed up for the Spray Master Lancer Baseball Classic that begins today and runs through Friday at the Reid Park Annex.
The first games start at 10 a.m. today: Desert View will take on Catalina Foothills, and Sahuarita will face Sabino. There will be games starting every three hours through 7 p.m., when Canyon del Oro takes on Nogales.
Boys tennis: Salpointe and Catalina Foothills could very well face each other in the Division II state finals later this spring, but first the two will square off in a regular-season match at the Tucson Racquet Club on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
It will also be a match-up of two of the top sophomores in the state with Salpointe’s Yash Parikh and Foothills’ Mike Lee, who was the Star’s Player of the Year as a freshman.
Softball: Marana edged Empire 8-7 in the championship game of Tucson High’s Badger Invitational on Saturday night at Cherry Field. It will return to action Thursday when it hosts Casa Grande Vista Grande at 4 p.m.
The Tigers, who moved down to Division II this season, also won the tournament last year and went on to qualify for the Division I state tournament.
Track and field: The Willie Williams Classic is one of the biggest high school meets of the season and will feature 27 teams, mostly from Southern Arizona. Everything kicks off Thursday afternoon with a few championship rounds and is capped off Saturday with a full slate of finals.
The meet, hosted by the UA, also features college competitions along with the high school events beginning Friday evening in the Dave Murray Distance Carnival.