Sahuaro junior pitcher Alex Verdugo has 37 strikeouts in 21 innings and is batting ,520.


After a wild first week of state tournament basketball, five Southern Arizona teams remain in the hunt for titles.

Nevertheless, all five teams are still three wins away from that goal.

Before the basketball season comes to an end with Saturday's round of state finals, there will be plenty of action to catch in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Here's a look at what to watch for in another wild week:


Flowing Wells is the only local girls team remaining in any of the four divisions, but the Caballeros are also a contender to go all the way.

They'll have to get past 14th-seeded Phoenix South Mountain, which upset No. 3 Flagstaff by 19 points in the second round of the Division II tournament. The sixth-seeded Caballeros will face the Jaguars, who have won 10 of their last 11, at 4:15 p.m. at Arena in Glendale.

Flowing Wells (27-4) has won 13 straight games, and senior standout Lyndsay Leikem is coming off a 29-point game in a second-round win over Phoenix Arcadia.

A victory Tuesday would put the Caballeros in Thursday's state semifinals for the first time since 2008.


An all-Southern Arizona Division II boys state championship isn't out of the question.

Sahuaro is alive in the quarterfinals on one end of the bracket while Salpointe Catholic and Nogales are on the other side. All three will be playing at Arena.

But the No. 8 Cougars (22-9) might have the toughest test of all. They face top-seeded Phoenix Sunnyslope at 7:45 p.m.

No. 6 Salpointe (21-10) plays third-seeded Phoenix Sierra Linda at 4:15 p.m., while No. 7 Nogales (23-6) plays No. 18 Avondale Agua Fria at 6 p.m., with a Thursday semifinal meeting at stake.


The second-seeded Desert Christian boys are the only local team remaining in Division IV action at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

The Eagles (27-6) play seventh-seeded Scottsdale Prep at 4:30 p.m., and will be looking for a fifth straight win to put them in Friday's semifinals.

The championship game is at noon Saturday.