Don Ketchum
Former Staff Writer,

State tourney week bursts at the seams

November 1, 2010 by Don Ketchum, AZPreps365

By Don Ketchum
Non-football state tournament week begins Tuesday (Nov. 2) and carries over into the middle of next week.
Volleyball for classes 5A Division I and II and 4A Division I and II are first out of the gate on Tuesday and continue Thursday and Saturday.
The first two rounds are at the sites of the highest seeds. Semifinals for 5A-I and 5A-II are at Phoenix North Canyon High on Saturday with 4A-I and 4A-II semifinals taking place at Peoria High.
The 4A-I and 4A-II finals are on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and 5A-I and 5A-II finals are on Wednesday, Nov. 10, all at Gilbert Mesquite High.
Opening round in Class 2A is Thursday at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. Class 3A begins on Friday at Tim’s. Class 1A begins Friday at Prescott High and Bradshaw Mountain High in Prescott Valley.
Semifinals and finals in all three classes are Saturday at Tim’s. The Class 1A title match is at 4 p.m., followed by 2A at 6 p.m. and 3A at 8 p.m.
The top seeds are: Class 5A Division l – Phoenix Xavier Prep. 5A-II – Tucson Ironwood Ridge. 4A-I – Cave Creek Cactus Shadows. 4A-II – Glendale Cactus. 3A – Kayenta Monument Valley. 2A – Thatcher. 1A – Phoenix Valley Lutheran. 3A and 1A have 16 teams, 2A has 24.
The 1A-3A boys and girls soccer tournament semifinals are Friday, with the championship matches on Saturday. Both are at new Campo Verde High in Gilbert.
Swimming and diving for the new Division I and Division II will be held Thursday through Saturday at Kino Junior High in Mesa. Division I preliminaries are Thursday, Division II on Friday, with all championships on Saturday. Boys championship diving begins at 11:45 a.m., girls at 2:30 p.m. All swimming events begin at 12 noon.
The state cross-country meet for Divisions I, II, III and IV will be held at the Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix.
Boys and girls will alternate starts every half-hour, beginning at 9 a.m. The last race, for Division I girls, will start at 12:30 p.m.