Pick of the Preps: Spring sports near finales

2013-05-06T00:00:00Z Pick of the Preps: Spring sports near finalesDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

With tennis over, baseball, softball, boys volleyball and track are the only spring sports left in this final full week of high school sports.

Baseball and softball will be ongoing throughout the week along with volleyball and the three-day state track meet will take center stage on Saturday when it concludes.

Here's a look at what to watch for in each sport.

Baseball

Tucson High, Ironwood Ridge, Empire and Desert Christian are each one win away from a state final berth but they don't play until later in the week in the Phoenix area.

The Badgers (Division I) and the Nighthawks (Division II) both play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Tempe Diablo Stadium and Camelback Ranch Stadium, respectively. A win would send them to the championship game on May 14.

The Ravens (Division III) and Eagles (Division IV) play Friday, also at 6:30 p.m., at Surprise Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium, respectively. Both of those finals are set for Saturday at the same sites.

In other Division II action, Nogales and Sahuaro will meet Tuesday in an elimination game at Camelback Ranch Stadium at 4 p.m.

Softball

Salpointe Catholic is one of three local teams still alive in Division II but is the only one in the winners bracket. Both Canyon del Oro and Ironwood Ridge are in the losers bracket and next play on Tuesday.

The Lancers play Peoria Sunrise Mountain at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix today at 6:30 p.m. with a chance to pull within a win of the state championship game.

In Division III action, top-seeded Empire plays No. 5 Goodyear Estrella Foothills on Friday with a spot in the state final on the line.

Boys volleyball

Of the eight local teams to qualify for the state tournament, Salpointe Catholic was the only one to advance beyond the second round. The No. 8 Lancers will travel to top-seeded Phoenix Desert Vista on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a chance to move on to Thursday's state semifinals.

Track and field

You can expect several local champions throughout all four divisions to be crowned at Mesa Community College starting Wednesday.

The first day will consist of some final events but mostly preliminaries for Divisions I and II. On Friday, the second day, will be the same only it's for Divisions III and IV.

Saturday, however, will consist of only finals. Field events begin at 1 p.m. and track events start at 3 p.m. but plan on both running late into the night.

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