Postseasons signal the end of the year and for some their high school careers.

It can be an emotional and hopefully successful time.

For most of the fall sports it culminates this Saturday as cross country, swimming and girls volleyball have their seasons come to an end.

Here is a breakdown of the regular season and what to possibly expect during the playoffs.

Cross country

Saturday, Nov. 5

Cave Creek Golf Course

Boys (Division I - 9 a.m., Division IV - 9:30 a.m.)

Desert Vista began the year as the top ranked team in Arizona and ranked nationally. The Thunder have performed well behind junior Carter Macey and Ryan Dykstra and finished second in the Division I Sectional II to qualify, but will have to find away to beat Highland, which has now defeated the Thunder in three different meets this season.

Desert Vista coach Chris Hanson has missed time recently after a health scare involving blood clots in his lungs, but has been cleared and hopes to be aboard his trademark mountain bike during the event to keep a gauge on how the tournament is doing.

"I coached as soon as I was cleared to by the doctors," said Hanson who had to stay in Florida after fall break because the blood clots were found in the lungs after he was going through heart attack symptoms. The clots were taken care of through medication. "We have them in the best position to be successful."

Mountain Pointe didn't qualify as a team but qualified - unofficially - five individuals including Jalen Armstrong and Daniel Riley.

Horizon Honors qualified as a team after finishing fifth at the Division IV, Section II meet as Galen Geislinger was fifth and Matthew Richardson was 18th to pace the Eagles.

Girls (Division I - 10 a.m., Division IV - 10:30 a.m.)

Desert Vista won its sectional as Brittany Tretbar, Jenna Maack and Dani Jones finished in the top eight at the sectional meet.

Mountain Pointe was unable to qualify as a team but Cera Hassinan was strong as she finished seventh at sectionals. Three other teammates should be running on Saturday as well.

Horizon Honors finished fifth in the Division IV, Section II as Mikaela Martin finished second, 31 seconds off the lead and Gabrielle Petersen was the next best for the Eagles after finishing 21st overall.


Friday and Saturday

(top 32 in each event qualify)

Aquatic Center in Mesa


Desert Vista boys top individual is Cole Miller as the senior is competitive in the 50 freestyle and 100 free. The Thunder are confident heading into the state meet after winning the Tempe City Meet.

Mountain Pointe is paced by Ben Fitch, Fileman Scooler and Connor Engelmann and they look to give Mountain Pointe a top eight finish.


Desert Vista will have several individuals pushing for the top eight, but none more qualified than junior Mary Geavaras (50 free, 100 free, 100 breast).

Clara Jenck has been the model of consistency for Mountain Pointe and will have a chance to medal in several events.


Division I

Tuesday through Monday

First two rounds at higher seed, semifinals and finals at Grand Canyon University

Mountain Pointe was playing well, placing at the Nike Tournament of Champions, before being knocked off by Desert Vista in the Dig Pink regular season finale. The Pride enters the tournament seeded eighth and hosts No. 9 Basha.

"Hopefully we learned our lesson (against Desert Vista) and not against (Basha)," Pride coach Fred Mann said. "We have to be consistent all the way through a match. We came out strong (against the Pride) and then didn't follow it up the rest of the match."

Desert Vista finished outside the top 16 field, 18th in the power points, for the postseason. The Thunder played one of the state's toughest schedules but didn't do enough to get in despite beating several of the teams that did.

Division IV

Thursday through Saturday

Tim's Toyota Center, Prescott

Horizon Honors has some special brewing, earning the fourth seed in Division IV, in hopes of winning its first ever state title. The Eagles open up the postseason against No. 13 Red Mesa.

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