Red Mountain playoffs

Red Mountain quarterback Hyrum Boren has helped lead the Mountain Lions to a 9-1 overall record and the top seed in the 6A Conference tournament.

The final rankings released Saturday by the Arizona Interscholastic Association revealed two East Valley teams leading the way in their respective conferences.

Red Mountain, who finished 9-1 on the year, finished as the No. 1 overall seed in the 6A Conference tournament, while Williams Field (8-2) is the top seed in 5A.

The Mountain Lions and Black Hawks lead the top two conference tournaments, which are riddled with several East Valley teams from top to bottom.

Below is a breakdown of each conference tournament:

6A

The Red Mountain Mountain Lions fell outside of the Open Division playoffs despite their only loss on the year coming in a four-overtime thriller to Perry, the No. 3-seed in the 6A playoffs.

Brophy Prep finished as the second-ranked team, with both of its losses coming to Chandler, the top-ranked team in the Open Division and the Pumas. Queen Creek, who finished the season with a win over Desert Vista, the 6-seed.

Highland, who came up just short last season of knocking off Chandler in the semifinals, finished at No. 5 overall after falling to Desert Ridge in the regular-season finale on Friday night. The Hawks, who have battled through injuries to key players, will host Valley Vista in the opening round next Friday.

“I’m thankful we have a home playoff game, I think we earned that,” Highland coach Brock Farrel said. “Valley Vista has to come across the Valley to us, which bodes well in our favor.

“We know they’ll have some kids that can make plays. When I am able to fully break everything down, we will figure out what we need to do to stop them.”

Other East Valley teams who will appear in the 6A Conference playoffs include Desert Ridge (8), Basha (11), Mountain View (15) and Corona del Sol (16).

Final 6A rankings:

1. Red Mountain

2. Brophy

3. Perry

4. Queen Creek

5. Highland

6. Desert Vista

7. Liberty

8. Desert Ridge

9. Cesar Chavez

10. La Joya

11. Basha

12. Valley Vista

13. Boulder Creek

14. Mountain Ridge

15. Mountain View

16. Corona del Sol

5A

Williams Field opened the season with two straight losses to Norco (Norco, Calif.) and Sunrise Mountain but rattled off eight straight wins to secure the top seed in the 5A Conference playoffs.

The Black Hawks capped off the regular season Friday night with a win over rival Higley, who was the No. 8 seed in the Open Division playoffs at the time. Williams Field is one of five teams from the San Tan Region to make the 5A playoffs, three of which are the in top four.

Williams Field will open the playoffs next Friday against Marana Mountain View, the No. 16 team.

Notre Dame Prep, who has made the last three 5A championship games, came in as the No. 2 team in the conference playoffs, followed by Higley at No. 3 and Casteel at No. 4.

Final 5A rankings:

1. Williams Field

2. Notre Dame Prep

3. Higley

4. Casteel

5. Millennium

6. Campo Verde

7. Cienega

8. Sunrise Mountain

9. Buena

10. Sunnyslope

11. McClintock

12. Gilbert

13. Ironwood Ridge

14. Ironwood

15. Verrado

16. Marana Mountain View

4A

Mesquite emerged as the highest-ranked East Valley team in the 4A Conference playoffs, followed by Marcos de Niza (14) and Tempe (15).

The Wildcats will open the playoffs next Friday against No. 11 Pueblo Magnet from Tucson, while Marcos de Niza will face third-ranked Canyon Del Oro. Tempe will travel to Peoria to take on second-ranked Cactus.

Final 4A rankings:

1. Sahuaro

2. Cactus

3. Canyon Del Oro

4. Desert Edge

5. Walden Grove

6. Mesquite

7. Peoria

8. Coconino

9. Gila Ridge

10. Greenway

11. Pueblo Magnet

12. Casa Grande

13. Prescott

14. Marcos de Niza

15. Tempe

16. Poston Butte

3A

A late-season surge by American Leadership Academy – Gilbert North helped lift the Eagles to a region title and the No. 9 seed in the 3A Conference playoffs.

ALA – Gilbert North will take on Coolidge, the 8-seed, when the playoffs kickoff next Friday.

Arizona College Prep, who went 1-9 last season, will make its first appearance in the playoffs Friday when the Knights take on fifth-ranked Blue Ridge as the No. 12 team. Valley Christian, who finished ranked at No. 6 in the final rankings, will host 11th-ranked Yuma Catholic.

Benjamin Franklin and American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek headline the 3A playoffs as the top two seeds in the tournament.

Final 3A rankings:

1. Benjamin Franklin

2. American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek

3. Northwest Christian

4. Snowflake

5. Blue Ridge

6. Valley Christian

7. Safford

8. Coolidge

9. American Leadership Academy – Gilbert North

10. Sabino

11. Yuma Catholic

12. AZ College Prep

13. River Valley

14. Odyssey Institute

15. Payson

16. Ganado

2A

Chandler Prep, who finished 7-3 and clinched the region title, is the only team representing the East Valley in the 2A playoffs. The Titans, who are the No. 13 team, will take on fourth-ranked Santa Cruz Valley next Friday.

Final 2A rankings:

1. Round Valley

2. Trivium Prep

3. Phoenix Christian

4. Santa Cruz Valley

5. Parker

6. St. Johns

7. Thatcher

8. Veritas Prep

9. Benson

10. Bisbee

11. Arizona Lutheran

12. Antelope Union

13. Chandler Prep

14. Alchesay

15. Morenci

16. Miami

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