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Posted: Monday, March 3, 2008 11:25 pm | Updated: 9:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Legislative Council convenes Friday for its annual meeting with several additions and amendments up for vote.

Included is one amendment that would give the AIA Executive Board the opportunity to form an investigative arm in determining if a school has committed a violation of the association’s constitution or bylaws.

In the past, the AIA has relied on schools’ integrity and self-reporting when it came to violations. The Legislative Council is comprised of 44 members. It represents all five of the state’s conferences (36 members) and the Arizona School Boards Association (eight members).

BASHA BASHING

After a week-plus of tournaments and a regular season game or two, Chandler Basha’s baseball and softball teams have yet to lose. The baseball team is 6-0 and softball is 10-0. The baseball team was 5-0 in the Phoenix Union High School Invitational. The Metro is not traditionally powerful in baseball, but the Bears won each of those games by shutout.

They defeated Tucson High in their last game, 7-4.

Ryan Downs and Matt Powell have two wins each for the Bears. Downs has tossed two shutouts. For the year, Basha has outscored its opponents 49-4. Today, they entertain Tucson Salpointe and also play Mesa (Thursday) and Mesa Desert Ridge (Friday).

The softball team, a final-four participant in 5A-II last season, has outscored its opponents 82-18; its last three wins have been via shutout.

The Bears won their first seven games in winning the Lion Country Classic, hosted by Mesa Red Mountain, at Red Mountain Park the first weekend of the season.

HOOPS TITLES DOWN

The 2007-2008 basketball season wasn’t the best for local East Valley and Scottsdale schools in terms of state titles. Not that the area came away empty-handed, but it came down to the final two games for local schools to dent the championship scoreboard.

For the first time since 2000, only two local schools managed to win a state title among the 14 (seven boys and seven girls) or 10 up for grabs. Phoenix Desert Vista won the 5A-I boys title and Gilbert Highland captured the 5A-I girls crown in 2008. Last year, local schools took home seven of 14 titles. In 2000, the lone local state champs were the Chandler girls (5A) and the Scottsdale Christian boys (2A).

TEE IT UP

The 1A, 2A and 3A golf seasons get underway this week with several local teams in action. Today. Gilbert Surrey Garden Christian takes on Phoenix Valley Lutheran at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa. On Wednesday, Coolidge, Maricopa, Florence and Tucson Empire meet at Poston Butte Golf Course in Florence, and Scottsdale Christian faces Phoenix Bourgade at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. On Thursday, Fountain Hills opens against Chino Valley and Wickenburg at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Fountain Hills.

TOUGH START

Tempe made a surprising run to the 4A-II softball title game last season as the seventh seed, and is expected to be in the hunt again this season.

However, the early going hasn’t been smooth. The Buffaloes lost a good deal of seniors from last year’s club and began the season 0-2, losing to Flagstaff Coconino and Tempe McClintock. It will try to turn its fortunes around today when it hosts Tucson Pueblo.

Tribune writer Kyle Odegard contributed to this story.

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