Let's make it clear that no school is going to supplant Mountain Pointe as Desert Vista's rival.

For the 2011-12 school year, however, Pinnacle is a close second.

The Pioneers are new to the large school division after the AIA's most recent restructuring and the Thunder have gotten to know them pretty well.

Desert Vista beat Pinnacle, 52-7, in the state quarterfinals on the way to the state football title.

Pinnacle knocked the Thunder out of the girls soccer state quarterfinals, 3-1 in overtime last weekend.

On Thursday No. 2 Desert Vista girls basketball will play No. 3 Pinnacle in the sectional semifinals at 5:45 p.m. at Chaparral. The two programs have already met this year, opening the season against each other with the Pioneers coming out on top 75-68.

And at least one more meeting could happen Friday in boys basketball if the top-seeded Thunder and No. 4 Pinnacle win first round sectional games on Wednesday. They would face each other on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Chaparral. For what it is worth, Desert Vista won the regular season meeting 70-55 in late November.

And then there is the matter of the state basketball tournaments next week. At this point it wouldn't be surprising if those schools crossed paths in the Division I brackets.

I haven't taken a close look at the spring schedules yet but don't be surprised if these two schools and this budding rivalry somehow find a way to match up once again.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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