The winter sports season is approaching mid-December which essentially correlates into tournament time.
The region schedule has started with a few matchups here and there, but for the most part it doesn’t get revved up until after the first of the year.
It means the basketball, soccer and wrestling teams are playing mostly freedom regular season games or participating in tournaments.
Here is a recap of what some of the teams did over the weekend.
The Red Mountain boys basketball team, off to a 5-1 start, represented itself well at one of the season’s premier events.
The Mountain Lions participated in the Hoophall West Invitational and played Crossroads High out of Santa Monica, Calif., and came away with a 74-66 win.
Senior Timmy Allen had a 38-point effort as he made 13 of 16 shots, including four 3-pointers, along with going perfect from the line in eight attempts.
The Dobson boys soccer team won the B Division of the Coyote Classic at Campo Verde.
The Mustangs went 3-1-1 in the tournament as they opened it with a 1-0 loss to Mountain Pointe and then beat the Pride 4-1 in the finals.
Westwood boys went 3-0-1, while Mountain View went 1-2.
Mesa boys played in the A Division and went 1-1-1.
On the girls side, the Red Mountain girls went 2-1-1, Mesa and Desert Ridge finished 1-1-1, Mountain View ended up 1-2 and Westwood struggled in an 0-3 showing at the Coyote Classic.
Four teams competed in the Coyote Open at Skyline with Mountain View coming away with best showing.
Red Mountain traveled south and finished 5-3 in the Marana Duals tournament with Zach Karantinos finishing second in the individual portion of the tournament at 138 pounds.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.