One measly game in north Phoenix changed the pairings for next week’s 5A Division I boys state basketball tournament.
Anthem Boulder Creek’s victory over Kingman on Tuesday night supplied Tempe Corona del Sol and Scottsdale Desert Mountain with five bonus points since each won games against Boulder Creek during the season. The extra points allowed Corona to pass Laveen Cesar Chavez for the No. 12 spot. Desert Mountain, No. 14 before Tuesday also moved ahead of Chavez to No. 13.
Corona is set to play No. 5 Tucson Salpointe in the first round, Desert Mountain will play No. 4 Phoenix Desert Vista and Chavez will play No. 3 Sierra Vista Buena.
2ND CHANCE FOR COUGARS
Casa Grande’s boys basketball team thought its season ended Monday with a loss to Tucson High in the 5A Southern Region tournament, since the Cougars weren’t in the top 16 of the power rankings.
Tucson, however, turned itself in Tuesday for using ineligible players in Monday’s game and forfeited. In its second chance in the region tournament, Casa Grande lost to Tucson Salpointe Catholic on Wednesday, ending its shot at the state tournament.
ANOTHER WOLF SIGNS
Chandler High offensive lineman Damien Edwards has signed a letter of intent with South Florida, the fifth Chandler player to sign with a Division I school this season.
Edwards, who is 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, joined teammates Dion Jordan (Oregon), Kurt Mangum (Washington), Marc Anthony (California) and Harold Bernard (Stanford).
LIONS' JOHNSON SIGNS
Mesa Red Mountain running back Jarison Johnson signed with Adams State College in Colorado last week. The senior led local 5A rushers last season with 1,802 yards. He also scored 16 touchdowns, 14 on the ground.
HIGH MARK FOR CAT
Scottsdale Chaparral volleyball player Cat Highmark has been selected to the 2007-2008 American Volleyball Coaches Association High School All-America team, former coach Jayme Crowley said. Highmark is the only selection from Arizona. She will play at Long Beach State next year.
Tribune writer Kyle Odegard contributed to this report.