Division 1, Section 3.
1. Sunnyside: With Ironwood Ridge dropping down to Division 2, the Blue Devil’s main rival is no longer an obstacle here. Would be very surprised if anybody challenged them for supremacy in this sectional.
2. Desert Vista. The Thunder have not been the program they were in recent years past, challenging for a state championship, but have enough talented athletes led by returning state champion Chad Porter to make a run.
3. Dobson. Tradition and numbers aplenty, but an unstable coaching situation. The Mustangs are never short on quantity or quality, but might find themselves on the outside of the team race here.
4. Cesar Chavez. The strongest Phoenix Union program. Were down in Division 3 last year and have talented hard working kids who seemingly come out of nowhere. They could be the spiler in this sectional.
5. Hamilton. Noted for their football, their wrestling program looks to improve with a new head coach and a slew of tough athletes who are never short on heart.
6. Perry. The Pumas are not the strongest program, but do have a few individuals who seem to find their way to the podium come postseason. Still could potentially challenge for a higher position.
7. Pinnacle. What was once one of the most solid programs in the North Valley has fallen on hard times lately. The Pioneers have not had much success in either sectionals or state lately.
8. Desert Mountain. Scottsdale’s lone Division 1 representative, are a long way from the glory years that produced All Americans and a 4th place finish at state. Still the best program in Scottsdale, but not by much.
9. North. Another Phoenix Union program that has fallen on hard times. The Mustangs may not be in the team race, but they always seem to have one or two kids who go on a tear at sectionals and get to state.
10. Trevor Browne. The rivalry with Maryvale still burns for the Bruins, but that may be the only thing that they may be able to win. Would like to see them not finish here, but odds are they do.