The Ganado girls basketball team capped a dream season with its 63-52 win over rival Winslow in the Class 3A state championship game at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale on Saturday.
The title is the first in the program's history.
Ganado (28-4), the North Region's second seed, beat its first three tourney opponents by an average of 27.6 points per game. The Hornets topped East No. 3 Holbrook 57-36 in the first round, then trounced West No. 1 Parker 91-57 in the quarterfinals to set up Friday's showdown with South No. 1 Coolidge.
The Hornets rolled to a 28-point win and entered Saturday's game riding a huge wave of momentum.
Ganado split with Winslow, the North Region's top seed, this season. Winslow (28-4) came out on top in the teams' first meeting, 80-76. Ganado returned the favor in the rematch, 53-43.
Winslow, which won back-to-back state titles in 2004 and 2005, beat its first three state tourney opponents by an average of 15 points per game.
Phoenix Arcadia 8, Page 4 Phoenix Sunnyslope 9, Page 1
Page dropped two games to Phoenix teams in the Skyline baseball tournament Saturday, 8-4 to Arcadia and 9-1 to Sunnyslope.
The Sand Devils went 2-3 in the three-day, semi-round robin tourney to open their 2007 season. They beat Glendale 3-1 Thursday before defeating Phoenix Cortez 14-8 and losing 11-0 to Phoenix Thunderbird in six innings Friday.
Page scored four times in the last two innings to answer an 8-0 deficit at Arcadia. Anthony Lucero had two doubles and Craig Littleman and Tiler Posthuma had two hits each.
In the Sunnyslope game, Derek Ligon and Posthuma had two hits each and Littleman and Logan Weiss each had hits. Ligon (0-1) and Vincent Littleman (0-1) were the pitchers of record in the two games.
Page is scheduled for its home opener Saturday, a doubleheader with Tempe at noon and 2 p.m. at Sand Devil Stadium.
GLENDALE — Page High's Jordan Tsosie was the winner Friday of the 3-point shootout for Class 4A, Division II basketball boys at Jobing.com Arena.
Tsosie, the Grand Canyon Region representative, was a reserve guard for the Sand Devil boys as a senior. The competition took place during halftime of the 4A-II girls championship game between Page and Phoenix Washington. Tsosie hit 12 3s for the win.
Years ago as an elementary school student, Tsosie had been a standout performer in the Hoop Shoot, a free throw shooting contest.
He was one of six PHS boys to conclude their high school basketball careers earlier this month, along with Larson Clah, Stetson Boone, Demetreus Whitehair, Colby Clark and Brian Washburn.