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Final Four

May 8, 2008 – 5:31 pm

It should be a fun two days as the 4A-I baseball semifinals and championship game wrap up Friday and Saturday.
Three of the top four seeds are still alive, including No. 1 Scottsdale Chaparral. The Firebirds …

Softball skinny IV

May 6, 2008 – 1:09 pm

We’re down to the Final Four in 5A-I softball: The No. 1 seed (Basha), No. 2 (Corona del Sol), No. 5 (St. Mary’s) and No. 6 (Xavier).
Anyone surprised by who’s still standing?
It’s back to …

First pitch at 9 p.m.? Shameful

May 6, 2008 – 12:20 pm

Before looking ahead to Wednesday’s semifinal matchups – and they are dandies – this bears repeating:
It is completely unacceptable and nothing short of mind-boggling for the AIA to schedule Rose Mofford softball tournament games this …

Softball skinny III

May 5, 2008 – 1:12 pm

Here are a few bits of softball state tournament randomness while peering into what’s to come with tonight’s St. Mary’s-Red Mountain and Xavier-Buena winners filling the final two state semifinals spots:
It took a fifth meeting with Glendale …

Softball skinny II

May 5, 2008 – 12:55 pm

Leftover randomness from another state tournament softball weekend:
It was refreshing to see an outcome like the Tempe Corona del Sol slugfest with Sierra Vista Buena (who could meet again later this week). This time of …

Props for the Dons

May 5, 2008 – 12:28 pm

Scottsdale Coronado may have posted the most impressive win of any team in the first round of the 4A-II baseball tournament.
The Dons won last year’s state title with an explosive offense that blistered any and …

Hamilton catcher white hot

May 3, 2008 – 10:10 pm

If MVP awards were handed out at state tournaments, the frontrunner for the 5A-I baseball playoffs would have to be Chandler Hamilton catcher Jake Saylor.
Through three games, the senior is hitting .583 with two home …

No play for replay

May 2, 2008 – 5:02 pm

It was a fickle issue last month at the National Federation of State High School Associations meetings last week:
Instant replay.
The NFL uses it successfully. To a lesser degree, the NBA, college basketball and college football have mostly succeeded with …

Softball skinny

May 2, 2008 – 1:04 pm

You can learn a lot in five hours and four games’ worth of softball during the 5A Division I state tournament (also known as one of the most wonderful times of the year).
For example:
There were …

Timed games

April 24, 2008 – 1:47 pm

Although the voting hasn’t officially happened, early indications suggest the 5A schools will vote against a proposed time-limit for JV and freshman baseball and softball games, while 4A will accept it.
The measure wouldn’t let a …