UA freshman forward Grant Jerrett, left, and senior guard Mark Lyons reflect on a 66-64 loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals. The Wildcats blew an 11-point lead midway through the second half, hurt by a technical called on coach Sean Miller.
Sabino coach Jay Campos, whose squad will open against Salpointe, is expected to field another strong team in 2013.
Immediately after Friday's loss to UCLA, while the game was still bigger than life, Arizona's locker room was funereal, almost as if the Wildcats had been kicked out of the NCAA tournament by East Tennessee State or Santa Clara.
Mountain View senior Melody McLaughlin, taking a shot in the fourth quarter, had 12 points in the win over Sabino.
The self-proclaimed "superheroes" helped push the Mountain View girls basketball team to victory in its final regular-season game.
Catalina Foothills guard Austin Nehls, trying to elude Sabino's Darian Martin after gaining control of a loose ball in the third quarter, finished with 18 points. He is the son of Joe Nehls, a former standout guard for UA.
Sabino's Colin Gause, left, battles Catalina Foothills' Dakota Kordsiemon for a loose ball in the second quarter. Kordsiemon had 13 points in Foothills' win.
As the No. 1 boys basketball team in Division II and riding a big winning streak, Catalina Foothills has been ready for the big stage.
Wrestling takes center stage this week with the Flowing Wells Invitational, but the two other winter sports can't be forgotten with state tournaments quickly approaching.
The coach's wife was already wearing a Falcon blue sweater.
Alexa Arndt, going for a rebound in a Thursday scrimmage against the freshman boys team, still feels the effects of Epstein-Barr virus, and coaches monitor her energy during games.
Sabino learned what it was like last season to play without starting center Alexa Arndt.
Ironwood Ridge quarterback Tyler Williams, scrambling during a September game, surpassed 2,000 yards of total offense last week.
Games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
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.
Nogales' Chris Valencia wraps up Sabino's Matt Bushman as Apaches defender Luis Lee comes in to assist with the takedown in the first quarter.
Nogales' Brian McCarty hauls in a long pass in front of Sabino's Zach Joseph in the first quarter of their Division III first-round state playoff game at Sabino.McCarty had 172 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in the victory.