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Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:43 pm, Tue Feb 22, 2011.

Playtime is over.

The holiday tournament season is in the books. School is back in session, power rankings are ready to get rolling again and region action is on the ledger.

But before focusing on the rest of the season here is a recap of what teams did in the tournament action.

The Desert Vista wrestling team won the North Torrance Tournament of Champions, which had more than 60 teams in the field.

Desert Vista had six placers, including three champions, to pass Santa Fe (Calif.) in the champion round. Santa Fe led by 10.5 points before the Thunder's three finalists stepped on the mat.

Ace Martinez (160), Sam Schoepf (171) and Alex Bambic (215) all pinned in the championship round to win going away 191-183.5.

"Once we got to the semifinals the level of competition really cranked up," Desert Vista coach David Gonzalez said. "It will severe as a great stepping stone for the rest of the season for some of these guys and the others they know they have some work to do."

Martinez was named the upper weight outstanding wrestler after registering five pins.

The other placers for the Desert Vista were Robbie Mathers (125, 4th), Tyler Struck (119, 7th) and Cooper Gardner (130, 7th).

The Desert Vista boys basketball team won the Las Vegas Prep Championship at Las Vegas High.

The Thunder came out of the Pool E and went 6-0 overall in the 28-team tournament.

In the finals, the Thunder, now 14-3 and No. 1 in the Class 5A Division I power rankings, beat Liberty (Nev.) 45-42 after being tied at 23 at the half.

In the championship game, Danny Powell, who was named tournament MVP of the event, led the way with 11 points while Jeff Lowery added nine.

"These kids weren't fighting the way they should have been," Thunder first-year coach Dave Williams said of the previous season. "They have bonded and come together."

The Mountain Pointe boys basketball team had an up-and-down run at the VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge, going 2-2. They lost to Phoenix Westwind Prep and Serra (Calif.), but beat Scottsdale Horizon and Scottsdale Chaparral.

"Overall, I actually thought we had a pretty good tournament," Pride coach Brian Fleming said. "We played pretty well. I think that's a big reason why they had us in this game (5:30 p.m., third latest on the final day) even though we were 1-2. I hope that's why they had us in here, knowing we'd be a pretty good matchup for somebody."

The Mountain Pointe girls basketball team made the semifinals of the Scottsdale Holiday Invitational, winning its pools with a 3-0 record before falling to host Horizon 77-48.

The Desert Vista girls basketball team won its first game in Phase II of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, but then lost three straight in the Gray Division to finish in 16th place.

The Horizon Honors boys basketball team went undefeated in the Phoenix Christian Holiday Classic tournament when they didn't play Youngker. The Eagles opened the tournament with a 54-51 loss to the team from Buckeye then ripped off four straight wins before falling 55-44 to Youngker on the final day.

The Horizon Honors girls lost both of its games in the Valley Christian tournament.

In soccer the Mountain Pointe boys team made the finals of the Dobson Mustang Classic before falling 4-2 to Phoenix Carl Hayden.

The Pride was down two starters and four players overall to due to various reasons but managed to get to the finals where midfielders Tyler Daulton and Danny Meyer scored

The Desert Vista girls and Mountain Pointe girls didn't make the finals at the same event, which was shortened to penalty kicks only in the quarterfinals and semifinals because of wet fields.

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