Mesa High’s forfeiture of 10 boys basketball games as a result of a recruiting violation in the Blondy Baruti case will have an impact on six games that count in the AIA power rankings and go toward determining state playoff berths.
Mesa’s record for power-point rankings is now 0-10, instead of 6-4.
Mesa Desert Ridge, Phoenix Pinnacle, Phoenix Trevor Browne, Chandler Hamilton, Peoria Sunrise Mountain and Phoenix Camelback will each pick up 90 victory points thanks to the forfeits.
Those same schools and any that played Mesa High once, lose 30 bonus points (five for each of the six games forfeited that count in the power rankings) prior to Jan. 13. Those six schools net 60 points from the change in outcome.
Mesa’s region opponents — Mesa Red Mountain, Mesa Mountain View, Mesa Westwood and Mesa Dobson — lose 60 points since they each play Mesa twice in games that count.
Westwood gets back 10 bonus points since it played Camelback and Desert Ridge; Red Mountain gets five points back because it played Pinnacle.
Mountain View and Dobson will lose all 60 points since neither played any of the opponents Mesa forfeited games to.
Variety the spice of life: Seton’s girls basketball team, playing in 4A-II, has competed against a wide variety of competition this season, perhaps the widest of any school. Seton (19-3) has battled foes from 5A-I, 5A-II, 4A-I, 4A-II, 3A and 2A.
The Sentinels’ three losses in 22 games this season have come against two 5A-I teams (Chandler Basha and Gilbert Mesquite) and one 4A-I team (Scottsdale Chaparral).
Gilbert lineman commits: Drew Swartz took his official visit to Air Force this weekend and verbally committed to the school. Swartz had 8 1/2 sacks for the Tigers, and was the Fiesta Region’s two-way player of the year. He will play either nose guard or offensive guard in college.
Desert Vista players commit: Phoenix Desert Vista defensive end Danny Mullarkey has made a verbal commitment to Weber State, and wide receiver Casey Bolena committed to the Naval Academy.
AIA doesn’t reduce Salpointe penalty: Tucson Salpointe appealed the penalty of probation for its football team next year to the AIA executive board on Tuesday, but the board did not change the penalty. Salpointe argued that penalizing kids for a mistake an adult made is harsh when kids are most affected.
The school also outlined measures it had taken in the last couple months to educuate its coaches and staff on recruiting. Salpointe was hoping for advisement or a warning as a sanction rather than the harshest penalty the AIA can mete out.