Corona del Sol takes top Div. I seed in Arizona high school basketball state tournament bracket

Corona del Sol takes top Div. I seed in Arizona high school basketball state tournament bracket


Corona del Sol takes top Div. I seed in Arizona high school basketball state tournament bracket


Top-ranked and three-time defending state champion Tempe Corona del Sol once again is the team everybody will be chasing in the Division I boys basketball tournament as the No.1 seed.

The brackets were released Sunday afternoon and to nobody’s surprise, Corona del Sol (27-1) is the favorite.

Super Sectionals allowed sleepers such as Phoenix St. Mary’s, Mesa Mountain View and Mesa to claim one of the top four seeds because they each made it to the finals.

St. Mary’s, with a 16-13 record, is the No. 4 seed and will have a first-round bye to Saturday’s home game against the winner of Thursday’s first-round matchup between Horizon and Red Mountain.

“We have come a long way and we are finally healthy, and hope that momentum can carry us through the state playoffs, ” said St. Mary’s coach Ty Amundson, whose team is coming off a Super Sectional final loss to Corona del Sol, during which sophomore point guard Marcus Shaver scored 46 points.

Corona del Sol coach Sam Duane Jr., who has led his teams to three consecutive state championships, is just happy to have some practice time after a long grind of a season, playing three games a week.

Corona del Sol opens at home Saturday against Thursday’s Apollo-Desert Ridge winner.

“It will be good for us to just get some practices,” Duane said. “We’ve needed this time off.”

Phoenix Central is the No. 8 seed, but showed it is capable of winning the championship, putting Corona del Sol in an 11-point hole in the first half of the Super Sectional semifinal Friday before losing 66-63. It might have to begin against Laveen Cesar Chavez, a team that has beaten Central twice.

Last year, in the Super Sectional final, Corona del Sol dug out of a 20-point hole to beat Gilbert Perry.

“I wouldn’t say it was a wake-up call because Central is a really good team,” Duane said. “They’re going to be tough for anyone to beat. They play really well.”

Related: High school boys basketball state tournament brackets and scores

Division II

Gilbert Christian guard Cameron Satterwhite’s late 3-pointer gave his team a two-point victory over Tempe in their sectional championship game. That tumbled Tempe to a 14 seed in the Division II tournament, which could end up working well for a team that has played a tough schedule.

Phoenix Shadow Mountain is the top seed in Division II and may have a second-round rematch at home on Saturday against Tucson Catalina Foothills. Last year, during the same round, same place, Shadow Mountain had to rally late to win and went on to capture the state championship.

But Shadow Mountain is in a tough upper bracket with Gilbert Christian possibly waiting in the semifinals.

Here are the state tournament schedules:



No. 17 Glendale Apollo at No. 16 Mesa Desert Ridge

No. 24 Phoenix North at No. 9 Laveen Cesar Chavez

No. 21 Avondale Westview at No. 12 Phoenix Brophy Prep

No. 20 Phoenix Horizon at No. 13 Mesa Red Mountain

No. 19 Gilbert Highland at No. 14 Chandler Basha

No. 22 Chandler at No. 11 Phoenix Pinnacle

No. 23 Scottsdale Desert Mountain at No. 10 Gilbert Perry

No. 18 Mesa Dobson at No. 15 Anthem Boulder Creek


Dobson-Boulder Creek winner at No. 2 Mesa

Desert Mountain-Perry winner at No. 7 Phoenix Desert Vista

Chandler-Pinnacle winner at No. 6 Gilbert

Highland-Basha winner at No. 3 Mesa Mountain View

Horizon-Red Mountain winner at No. 4 Phoenix St. Mary’s

Brophy-Westview winner at No. 5 Scottsdale Chaparral

North-Chavez winner at No. 8 Phoenix Central

Apollo-Desert Ridge at No. 1 Tempe Corona del Sol


Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe. Feb. 25, times to be determined


Grand Canyon University Arena, Phoenix. Feb. 28, 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.


Gila River Arena, Glendale. March 2, 8 p.m.



No. 17 Peoria Sunrise Mountain at No. 16 Tucson Catalina Foothills

No. 24 Tempe McClintock at No. 9 Tucson Sunnyside

No. 21 Tempe Marcos de Niza at No. 12 Scottsdale Saguaro

No. 20 Tucson Pueblo at No. 13 Tucson Sahuaro

No. 19 Phoenix Moon Valley at No.14 Tempe

No. 22 Chandler Seton at No. 11 Nogales

No. 23 Cave Creek Cactus Shadows at No. 10 Phoenix Arcadia

No. 18 Tucson at No. 15 Sierra Vista Buena

SECOND ROUND, SATURDAY, sites and times to be determined

Tucson-Buena winner vs. No. 2 Tucson Cholla

Arcadia-Cactus Shadows vs. No. 7 Yuma Gila Ridge

Nogales-Seton vs. No. 6 Avondale La Joya Community

Moon Valley-Tempe winner vs. No. 3 Vail Cienega

Pueblo-Sahuaro vs. No.4 Gilbert Christian

Marcos de Niza-Saguaro winner vs. No. 5 Flagstaff

McClintock-Sunnyside winner vs. No.8 Paradise Valley

Sunrise Mountain-Catlina Foothills winners vs. No.1 Phoenix Shadow Mountain


Gila River Arena, Glendale. Feb. 25, times to be determined.

Scottsdale Chaparral. Feb. 26, 4:15 and 7:45 p.m.


Gila River Arena, Glendale. Feb. 28. 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.


Gila River Arena, Glendale. March 2, 6 p.m.



No. 17 Bisbee at No. 16 Thatcher

No. 24 Kayenta Monument Valley at No. 9 Holbrook

No. 21 Tucson Tanque Verde at No. 12 Fountain Hills

No. 20 Kingman Academy at No. 13 Show Low

No. 19 Fort Defiance Window Rock at No. 14 Whiteriver Alchesay

No. 22 Pinon at No. 11 Scottsdale Christian

No. 23 Northland Prep at No. 10 Winslow

No. 18 Yuma Catholic at No. 15 Tuba City

SECOND ROUND, FRIDAY sites and times to be determined

Yuma Catholic-Tuba City vs. No. 2 Phoenix Cortez

Northland Prep-Winslow winner vs. No. 7 Snowflake

Pinon-Scottsdale Christian vs. No. 6 Tucson Palo Verde

Window Rock-Alchesay winner vs. No. 3 Chinle

Kingman Academy-Show Low winner vs. No. 4 San Tan Valley Combs

Tanque Verde-Fountain Hills winner vs. No. 5 Goodyear Estrella Foothills

Monument Valley-Holbrook winner vs. No. 8 Chandler Valley Christian

Bisbee-Thatcher winner vs. No. 1 Lakeside Blue Ridge


Gila River Arena, Glendale. Feb. 26, 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.


Gila River Arena, Glendale. Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Gila River Arena, Glendale. Feb. 28, times to determined



No. 17 Tombstone vs. No. 16 Gila Bend, 10:30 a.m., at Prescott Valley Events Center

No. 24 Willcox vs. No. 9 Red Valley Cove, 3 p.m., at Prescott Valley Events Center

No. 21 Glendale Joy Christian vs. No. 12 Arizona Charter, 7:30 p.m., at Prescott

No. 20 St. Johns vs. Phoenix Veritas Prep, 7:30 p.m., at Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain

No. 19 Red Mesa vs. No. 14 St. David, 4:30, at Prescott Valley Events Center

No. 22 Williams vs. Sanders Valley, 6 p.m., at Bradshaw Mountain

No. 23 Duncan at No. 10 The Gregory School, 7:30 p.m. at Prescott Valley Events Center

No. 18 Heber Mogollon vs. No. 15 Tucson Desert Christian, 4:30 p.m., at Prescott

SECOND ROUND, SATURDAY, times and sites to be determined

Mogollon-Desert Christian winner vs. No. 2 Phoenix Arizona Lutheran

Duncan-Gregory winner vs. No. 7 Elfrida Valley Union

Williams-Valley winner vs. No. 6 Fort Thomas

Red Mesa-St. Davis winner vs. No. 3 Pima

St. Johns-Veritas winner vs. No. 4 Colorado City El Capitan

Joy Christian-Arizona Charter winner vs. No. 5 Sells Baboquivari

Willcox Red Valley-Cove winner vs. No. 8 Phoenix Country Day

Gila Bend-Tombstone winner vs. No. 1 Scottsdale Prep


Prescott Valley Events Center. Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.


Prescott Valley Events Center. Feb. 27, 4:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.


At Prescott Valley Events Center. Feb. 28, 1 p.m.


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