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Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 9:45 am

Can the championship run continue?

We are about to find out as the spring postseason has started for tennis and the other sports get ready to go in the next 10 days.

If the trend continues an Ahwatukee-based team will end up with a Division I title following the lead of the Mountain Pointe football, Desert Vista cross country and Desert Vista girls basketball programs did in the fall and winter seasons.

So who has the best shot?

Before the season started, the odds were on the Pride baseball season as they were nationally ranked and then a few weeks into the season the Desert Vista girls tennis team looked like an awfully good pick. Now the Desert Vista baseball team has shown a resiliency that can lead to an extended run.

The next few weeks will play out and we will know our answer, if there is one.

So here is a look at where teams stand heading into the final days of the regular season.


The Thunder (10-6) lost its final two regular season games, including a 4-2 defeat against Corona del Sol at Chase Field, to sit at No. 6 entering the final week of action to be in a position for a first-round bye.

The offense has been clicking nearly all year, especially in the late innings to erase several deficits, and if it continues for the next few weeks look out, especially if a few Desert Vista pitcher’s get hot.

The Pride has one more game — home Tuesday against Desert Ridge — after Friday’s win over Millennium. They are No. 4 heading into their finals game so a first-round bye should be in the offing.

Mountain Pointe has had a case of the one-run blues, losing four out of five games by one run, before beating Corona del Sol on Thursday.

The offense needs to start meeting expectations if the Pride wants to make the Final Four for the fifth time in seven years.

“Offensively we’ve been down as far as runs, but we’ve faced pretty good pitchers and defenses that made great plays,” Pride coach Brandon Buck said.

“Last week I thought a couple of games we hit well, but got nothing to show for it and one game we didn’t hit great, but it was timely, and we got a win out of it.

“If we continue to have good at-bats good things are going to happen.”

Horizon Honors fell out of the Division III playoff picture after six straight losses heading into Friday’s action as the Eagles were 36th to miss out on the 24-team field.


Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista both look to be in position to be hosting a first-round game by finishing in the top 16.

The Pride was No. 12 heading into the final two games as juniors Kristen McCann and Hannah Hoban continue to push Mountain Pointe to the next level after missing the playoffs last year.

The Thunder, who were No. 16 with one game left next week, are playing mostly freshmen and sophomores so playoff experience will be huge this year as Desert Vista looks to build something special under first-year coach K’Lee Arredondo.

The Horizon Honors squad has struggled from the start and was sitting at No. 42 in Division III entering its final two games.


The individual state tournaments began on Friday, but the team events won’t crank up until Tuesday when the 10th seeded Desert Vista boys travel to No. 7 Hamilton.

The girls team tournament starts on Wednesday with No. 6 Desert Vista hosting No. 11 Corona del Sol as the Thunder look to beat the Aztecs for the third time this season.

“Corona always plays us strong,” Thunder coach Angel Singer said

Mountain Pointe earned the 14th seed and will travel to No. 3 Basha and if both area teams win they will play in the quarterfinals on May 7 at Desert Vista.

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Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe should make the playoffs barring a complete collapse and the season finale on May 6 against each other might be a deciding factor.

As it stood heading into the final week of the season, Desert Vista was No. 18 after beating Corona on Thursday, while Mountain Pointe was No. 21 after beating Dobson on Thursday. More importantly for the Pride was a 3-0 loss to No. 1 Mesa on April 22.

“We played them hard and didn’t give in,” Pride coach Brian Steiner said. “We have finally meshed. I think we are in a really good place right now.”

The field of 24 will start action on May 10 at the higher seed unless one of the teams can sneak into the top 16 they will open the playoffs on the road.

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

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