Welcome home, Jay! The news of Tucson moving down to D2 is very new and just coming out this week. (More in tomorrow's Berk's Beat). I don't see Justin Argraves leaving anytime soon. He seems to be strongly committed to turning around the program and has turned it around as much off the field as he has on it. I believe THS is in good hands with him and will continue to improve as a program and contend even more if it in fact goes through with the move to D2.
There are always rumblings about this subject. It's been talked about at AD meetings here, but I don't ever see it happening. There are schools down here that deserve the chance to compete for a state championship and don't want to just win a regional championship.
It's going to be close. The Badgers are No. 16 right now in the rankings, but really sit at No. 18 because of two automatic qualifiers (Avondale Westview and Yuma Cibola) behind them in the rankings. The Badgers should have no problem getting a win tomorrow night over Flowing Wells and then will just have to wait and see until Saturday morning. I think it's going to be tough for them to get in at this point.
Yes! The Bobcats are at their best when the spotlight is the brightest and they are a team I'd want to avoid in the postseason. They have a balanced offense now and a tough defense, not to mention a top-notch coaching staff. I don't think they have a run to the title game in them like last year, but they could easily win a couple of games and get back to the semifinals for the fourth straight year.
It could happen, but I like the Sabercats to finish off their 10-0 regular season. This is a good tuneup for both teams before the playoffs and will help make them sharper. In the end, I think Sabino has too many weapons on both sides of the ball and will hold off a fast improving Sahuaro team.
That's tough to say. Salpointe definitely has a chance at winning a title this season, but you'd think Bene would at least want the opportunity to coach Cameron Denson for his senior season. I think coach Bene, one of the best down here, will still be at Salpointe for a while.
If I-Ridge and Salpointe end up on opposite sides of the bracket, an all-Southern Arizona state title matchup could definitely happen. If not, it would be tough. But, it sure would be fun to see those two teams go at it again for the state's highest prize.