PHOENIX - After falling into the losers bracket of the Division II state softball tournament Wednesday, defending champion Canyon del Oro had to make a statement if it wanted to defend that title.
Sunnyside has wrestled like the best team in the state all year and will try to make that official Friday night.
Cienega's David Rauer, right, battles with Buena's Dominique Drake for the ball in the first quarter of the Bobcats' win.
It took overtime, but the Cienega boys basketball team is still undefeated at home this season, extending its streak to seven after defeating Sierra Vista Buena 62-60 on Friday night.
In November of his junior season at Canyon del Oro, Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 427 yards and scored six touchdowns in a playoff victory over Glendale Apollo, and I remember his old coach, Pat Nugent, saying it might not have been Carey's best game.
Nogales' Brian McCarty helped the 14th-seeded Apaches upset No. 3 Sabino in the first round of the playoffs.
Nogales took on local powerhouse Sabino in last week's first round of the Division III playoffs, knowing one thing not many others did.
Mountain View running back Richie Estrada breaks away for a 42-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the third quarter.
Down by two points with 5.4 seconds left on the clock Cienega quarterback Adriell Alvarado took the snap and rolled to his right hoping for a miracle.
Cienega receiver Neil Kimberlin and Sabino defensive back Zack Joseph will be leading their teams into the state playoffs. Cienega faces Mountain View and Sabino takes on Nogales.
One postseason begins this week and four others conclude.
At Cienega, the Bobcats (7-2) defeated the Eagles (2-7) using a defense and special teams that scored 37 points. The Bobcats also held the Eagles to minus 45 yards rushing despite spending nearly the entire second quarter on the field due to turnovers.
At Desert View, Cienega overcame 15 penalties and two turnovers by gaining 571 yards.
At Cienega, the Bobcats (5-2) capitalized on two Pueblo turnovers and scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a 42-0 halftime lead. Pueblo (2-5) faced a running clock in the second half.
Catalina Foothills' Jason Alentado won the state 200 individual medley last year and will be one of the top swimmers entered in the 2012 High School Classic on Saturday.