Congratulations to the dynamic duo of Tessa Wachtel (L) and Julia Frazier (R) from Desert Mountain High School who won the state Division I doubles championship on Monday. Their 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Xavier Prep should help inspire the entire Wolves girls tennis team, which will play Hamilton HS May 5 at high noon at Scottsdale Ranch Park Tennis Center in state team semifinals competition. Go Wolves!
Update: The #1 Desert Mountain girls team faces #3 Desert Vista for the state team title at 11 a.m., on May 6 at Paseo Racquet Center, 6268 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale. GO WOLVES!!!!
Update #2: The Desert Mountain girls team shut out Desert Vista and are state champions!
Well done, also, to Desert Mountain’s Chae Rin Youn, who made it to the quarterfinals in state singles play.
Over in Division II, the #4 Arcadia High School girls team continues to roll. It will take on #1 Catalina Foothills May 5)at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale in the state semifinals.
Update: Arcadia fell to Catalina Foothills, which takes on #2 AZ College Prep May 6 in the finals.
In Div. 2 singles play, Saguaro’s Rianna Muntean who convincingly won two matches before being eliminated in the state quarterfinals by the #1 player in the state from Canyon View HS, Zaria McGinty, the eventual state champion.
Over on the boys side, Desert Mountain’s Trevor Rein lost a tough three-setter in the Division 1 singles state championship to Lincoln Baldonado of Mountain Ridge HS. Trevor, the #3 player in all of Arizona, made the Wolves proud, nonetheless, putting up a great fight against #1 Lincoln, pushing him to a third set tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
The Wolves #2 doubles team of Jeronimo Ledesma and Daniel Yuke also made it to the state championship match, falling to the #1 team from Brophy Prep.
The Desert Mountain boys team is waiting to find out who it plays May 5 at Scottsdale Ranch Park in the state semifinals of team play. The Chaparral boys team is also in the running for a state semifinals berth.
Update: Chaparral fell to Brophy Prep 5-1 on May 3.
#3 Desert Mountain takes on #1 Brophy Prep in the state title match May 6 at 11 a.m. at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, 6268 W Thunderbird Rd. GO WOLVES!!
Update #2: The Desert Mountain boys team downed Brophy 5-1 and are the Division I state champs!
In softball, #2 Desert Mountain has made it to the third round of 5A competition. On May 6, the girls will take on #11 Ironwood Ridge at 11:30 a.m. at the Papago Sports Complex in Phoenix.
#8 Chaparral was eliminated in the first round by #9 Casteel.
Update: Desert Mountain shut out Ironwood Ridge 4-0 and are waiting to find out who they play in the state semifinal May 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Papago.
Update #2: Desert Mountain takes on #5 Campo Verde in the state semifinals on May 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Papago.
Update #3: The Lady Wolves take on #1 Willow Canyon in the 5A state championship game on May 15, having won a nailbiter over Campo Verde, 1-0 . Game time Monday: 5:30 p.m. @ ASU's Farrington Stadium.
FINAL UPDATE: 5A STATE CHAMPIONS!
Final score: Desert Mountain 4; Campo Verde 2
Over in 4A, Saguaro is 1-1 so far in post-season play and will host a loser’s bracket game against #9 Sahuarita May 4 at 4 p.m.
Update: Saguaro downed Sahuarita 9-3 and is waiting to find out who it will play on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Papago Softball Complex, 1802 N. 64th St., Phoenix.
Update #2: Saguaro plays #5 Canyon del Oro May 9 at 5 p.m. at Papago.
Update #3: The Sabercats fell to CDO 7-2, bringing their 2023 campaign to an end.
In 5A play, the Chaparral Firebirds are 1-1 so far in the state tournament, beating Centennial, but losing to Horizon. #5 Chaparral will host #8 Cactus Shadows May 4 at 4 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.
Update: Chaparral defeated Cactus Shadows 5-4 and next faces #1 Catalina Foothills on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Diablo Stadium in Tempe.
Update #2: Chaparral's season came to an end May 8, when the Firebirds fell 6-5 to Catalina Foothills.
In 4A, Saguaro is 2-0 so far, chalking up wins over American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek and #7 Flagstaff. The Sabercats play #3 Sahuarita on May 3 at Diablo Stadium in Tempe.
Update: Sahuarita downed Saguaro 11-1. The Sabercats host Flagstaff, whom they've already defeated in the tournament, May 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Update #2: The Sabercats shut out Flagstaff 10-0 and play Sahuarita again May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Diablo Stadium.
Update #3: Saguaro defeated Sahuarita 9-1 and, because of the double-elimination system, must play them again on May 11 at 6 p.m. at Diablo Stadium to get to the May 15 title game against #5 Canyon del Oro.
Update #4: Saguaro plays for the 4A title on May 15 against CDO. The Cats downed Sahuarita 16-1 in 5 innings to win the berth in the state championship game. First pitch @ 7 p.m., Tempe Diablo Stadium.
FINAL UPDATE: 4A Runner-up
Final score: Canyon del Oro 4; Saguaro 1
Track & Field
The 2023 track and field season closes out May 12-13 at the state meet at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa.
Keep tabs on SUSD teams’ post-season on the AIA website, https://azpreps365.com/.