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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:45 am | Updated: 11:05 pm, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

The time for figuring things out as a team are essentially over for the winter sports season.

Teams, especially coaches, know who they are by now.

But there are some things to figure out — decimal points, playoff seeding, state champions — in the final weeks of the season.

Here’s a look at where area teams stand as the 2013-14 winter sports season nears an end.

Soccer

Tournament: 16-team field, Division I and Division III starts Feb. 4 for boys, Feb. 5 for girls. The finals are Feb. 14 at Campo Verde High for DIII and Feb. 15 at Campo Verde for DI.

In the DI boys rankings as of Monday’s action, Desert Vista (8-3) and Mountain Pointe (7-4) have solid footing in making the field.

The Thunder, who lost to Brophy in the finals last year, was No. 8 and in place to host a first-round match. They end the year with a home match against No. 37 Corona del Sol on Tuesday.

The Pride, who has won four of its last five in order to solidify their position, host No. 16 Mesa on Tuesday so the Jackrabbits probably need a win in order to stay in the field.

Despite having a 6-2-1 record and rankings second in the section, the Horizon Honors boys appear to be out of the at-large field but have three matches this week to make up the difference. The Eagles, who are No. 24, host No. 40 Santa Cruz Valley Union, travel to No. 51 San Tan Foothills and host No. 21 Canyon State Academy, through Wednesday.

On the girls side things are a little more up in the air for area teams as Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe are on the fringe of the playoff field.

The Thunder, who lost to Xavier in the DI finals last year, began the week at No. 16 with matches at No. 12 Corona on Tuesday and No. 37 Westwood at home on Thursday. A win over the Aztecs just might clinch a spot for Desert Vista, which has won two in a row after a three-game skid.

The Pride, which has lost two in a row, has to leap frog No. 17 Mesa Mountain View and the Thunder in order to have a shot.

To do so they have to win at No. 34 Mesa on Tuesday, but it probably will not be enough.

The Horizon Honors girls, ranked No. 34, close out their season with a home match at Cortez on Tuesday and a away start at Phoenix Country Day School.

Basketball

Division III, Section III sectional tournament: The girls tournament starts Feb. 11 and ends Feb. 15 at Washington High. The boys tournament starts Feb. 12 and ends Feb. 15 at Washington.

Division I super sectional tournament: The girls begins Feb. 11 and finishes on Feb. 15. The boys begins Feb. 12 and finishes on Feb. 15. Based on section standings, the top four (4) teams in each section will earn an automatic bid to the super sectional tournament. The rankings will continue to update throughout the super sectional tournaments.

State tournament: The boys Division I 24-team field starts Feb. 20 and finishes up March 1 at Jobing.com; The girls Division I 24-team field starts Feb. 19 and finishes up March 1 at Jobing.com; The Division III boys 24-team field starts Feb. 18 and ends March 1; The Division III girls 24-team field starts Feb. 19 and ends March 1.

In Division I girls rankings The Thunder, who lost its first game of the season on Friday to Mesquite to sit at 11-1, is No. 3 behind No. 1 Mesquite and No. 2 Dobson with six games remaining starting Tuesday at Corona del Sol and finishing up at Basha on Feb. 7.

They should be in line to qualify for the Super Sectional.

Mountain Pointe is sitting at No. 9 at 8-4 and has won six of eight heading into Wednesday’s home game against Mesquite. The Pride has five games in the regular season left and finish up with a home game against Chandler on Feb. 7.

The Horizon Honors girls (10-3) are in position to make the Division III postseason at No. 22 with five games left starting with a game at Valley Christian on Tuesday and finishing up on Feb. 7 against Glendale.

The boys outlook is not as positive as the Horizon Honors boys (3-10) are No. 55 in Division III with five games remaining.

In Division I, Desert Vista (7-6) is hanging on to the No. 22 spot with five remaining, including three this week against Brophy, Corona del Sol and Gilbert. The latter two rank in the top four while Brophy at No. 25 is desperate for a win order to keep their spot.

The Thunder began the week having lost three of four so a quick turnaround is needed.

The Pride (5-9) is going to need some help in order to get in as they begin the final stretch at No. 28 with four to play, but it probably won’t be enough. They’ve won one of their last seven games so something has to change in the final four games starting on Wednesday at Mesquite and finishing up at Chandler on Feb. 6.

Wrestling

Division I, Section I tournament: Feb. 8 at Ironwood Ridge. The top four from the four DI sectionals advance to state tournament.

State tournament: Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Tim’s Toyota Center. First two rounds and one consolation round on Day 1 with action starting at 11:30 a.m. Day 2 starts at 10 a.m. with the finals at 4 p.m.

Only a few dual meets remain in the regular season before the postseason begins in February.

The sectional tournament at certain weight classes will be tougher than the state tournament as the Division I, Section I tourney is a beast with the local teams being joined by Chandler, Basha, Ironwood Ridge, Perry, Tucson, Sunnyside, Buena, Marana and Hamilton.

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

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