It’s getting down to the final few teams, weeks and chances.
The winter sports seasons has an end date that some teams have already reached or are staring down as this week’s schedule attests.
The 6A Conference state soccer tournaments begin on Tuesday with two area teams remaining.
The 14th-seeded Mountain View Toros travel to No. 3 Pinnacle in the girls bracket with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals against either No. 11 Boulder Creek or No. 6 Basha.
The 14th-seeded Mesa boys squad heads to No. 3 Chandler in a rematch of last week’s 2-2 tie to end the regular season. The winners will take on either No. 11 Desert Mountain or No. 6 Sunnyside on Saturday.
“Everybody has a legit chance to win, it all matters what team gets hot at the right time,” Mesa coach TJ Hagen said. “If Brophy and Chandler can tie 1-1 and we can tie Chandler 2-2, why can’t we be good enough to compete with the best in the state? We just have to find our best game starting now.”
The 6A wrestling postseason begins on Saturday with sectional tournaments at Red Mountain and Skyline with the top four in each weight class advancing to the state tournament in Prescott on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8-9.
Red Mountain hosts the Division I, Section I tournament with Desert Ridge, Mesa, Mountain View in the 10-team tournament, while Skyline hosts the Division I, Section II tourney with Westwood among the 10-team tournament.
Dobson is the only Mesa program headed to the Division I, Section III tournament at Desert Vista.
The boys basketball season extends to Tuesday, Feb. 6 before the play-in portion of the postseason is played on Friday, Feb. 9 before the 6A state tournament gets started on Feb. 13.
The girls tourney dates are a little different with the play-in round on Thursday, Feb. 8 and the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
The Mesa boys and Red Mountain girls teams are closing in on region titles with both securing at least a tie with their next win.
The Mountain Lions are the highest ranked area squad entering the final few games at No. 9 with Dobson at No. 17 and No. 22 Westwood.
The rest of the teams will have trouble making it with Desert Ridge at No. 27, Mesa at 31, Skyline at 32 and Mountain View at 33.
The boys rankings have Red Mountain at No. 6 and Mesa at No. 7 after the Mountain Lions won the head to head matchup Friday to split the season series.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Mesa coach Shane Burcar said after the 70-60 loss to Red Mountain. “You are going to lose games, and this is a tough place to play. We come out and win next week and everything is good again.”
Mountain View is at 10 and Skyline at 17, while Dobson at 26 and Desert Ridge at 28 have some ground to make up in the final few games with Westwood at No. 35.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.