As Sam Sees It

The high school sports year is rapidly coming to a close.

The Winslow High School baseball and softball teams play their final regular season games this weekend. Both teams will finish regular season play with non-conference double headers at Fountain Hills against opponents that are usually among the best in the state.

The softball and baseball teams will host the semi-finals and finals of the 3A North Region Tournaments on April 29 and 30. The four teams that gather in Winslow for those games will represent the 3A North in the state tournaments.

The Winslow High School track teams will host the Winslow Invitational Meet on April 29 as well. Only the 3A North Region Meet at Monument Valley on May 6 and the Arizona State 3A Conference Meet in Phoenix on May 13 and 14 remain on the schedule.

Winslow will likely be a heavy favorite to win both the softball and baseball crowns in the 3A North Region. In both cases, the teams will be defending multiple year championships.

That does not mean that all the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs have to do is show up to claim their titles.

Last year, the Lady Bulldogs were tested by a good Monument Valley team and eked out a 1-0 win in the championship game. In fact, Winslow scored its winning run without benefit of a hit and needed a shutout game to escape with the trophy.

Both teams were eliminated from the state tournament in one run losses. The softball team defeated Globe 7-0 in the first round and did not give up a run until a misplayed fly ball in the eighth inning cost them the 1-0 extra inning loss.

Track fans will be having their final opportunity to see ASU bound and Olympic hopeful Stephanie Garnett perform on home turf at the Winslow Invitational. The Bulldogs should do well in both the boys and girls meets.

This will conclude a banner year in Winslow High School sports. Coach Don Petranovich and his Winslow Lady Bulldogs basketball team repeated as Arizona State 3A Champions and did so in very convincing fashion. The boys’ team qualified for the state tournament but came up short against Seton Catholic.

The Winslow Bulldogs football team repeated as 3A North Region Champions and won their first round playoff game handily, but was upset by Sahuarita in the second round.

Most fans expect the Bulldogs to be state title contenders again next year, but the 2004 season was a disappointment to most as well.

The Winslow Little League season is under way and providing entertainment and excitement for hundreds of Winslow youngsters.

It also provides gainful employment for many of the youth who spend their summers officiating the games.

The high school seasons are about over, but sports activity never ceases in Winslow. This is a community of sports enthusiasts and always has been.

Most of us hope it always will be.

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