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Les Willsey
Staff Writer, AIA365.com

If D-I boys-girls hoops super sectionals began today........

Just to illustrate how the new super sectionals in Division I boys and girls basketball work this season, here's the logistics and what the matchups would be today (Thursday Jan. 23) based on Jan. 23 standings. Basketball has two weeks left in its regular season so the teams are certainly subject to change, but not the process. Here we go:

BOYS

WHO WOULD QUALIFY FOR SUPER SECTIONALS: The top four teams in each of the four sections by standings. At present here they are -- Section 1 -- 1. Sunnyslope, 2. Apollo, 3. Deer Valley, 4. Ironwood. Section 2 -- 1. Corona del Sol, 2. Gilbert, 3. Hamilton, 4. Highland. Section 3 -- 1. Pinnacle, 2. Dobson, 3. Mesa Mtn. View, 4. Chaparral. Section 4 -- 1. Westview, 2. Cesar Chavez, 3. Central, 4. St. Mary's.

Section 1 teams and Section 3 teams comprise the eight-team bracket for Super Sectional 1. Section 2 and Section 4 teams comprise the eight-team bracket for Super Sectional 2. Both super sectionals are three rounds, single-elimination. The winners of each super sectional are guaranteed the 1-2 seeds for the state tournament. The runners-up in each super sectional are guaranteed the 3-4 seeds at state. The rest of the 24-team state tournament bracket (5-24) would be filled on final power-rankings computed after the completion of the final super sectional games.

Super Sectional I matchups (if played Jan. 23 and based on Jan. 23 power rankings) -- S#1 Sunnyslope (1) vs. S#3 Chaparral (4); S#3 Dobson (2) vs. S#2 Deer Valley (3); S#3 Mesa Mtn. View (3) vs. S#1 Apollo (2); S#3 Pinnacle (1) vs. S#1 Ironwood (4). Super Sectional II matchups (if played Jan. 23 and based on Jan. 23 power rankings) -- S#4 St. Mary's (4) vs. S#2 Corona del Sol (1); S#4 Cesar Chavez (2) vs. S#2 Hamilton (3); S#4 Central (3) vs. S#2 Gilbert (2); S#4 Westview (1) vs. S#2 Highland (4).

GIRLS

WHO WOULD QUALIFY FOR SUPER SECTIONALS: The top four teams in each of the four sections. At present here they are by section --Section 1 -- 1. Liberty, 2. Boulder Creek, 3. Valley Vista, 4. Ironwood. Section 2 -- 1. Desert Vista, 2. Mesquite, 3. Basha, 4. Hamilton. Section 3  -- 1. Dobson, 2. Pinnacle, 3. Mesa Mtn. View, 4. Horizon. Section 4 -- 1. Westview. 2. Millennium, 3. Betty Fairfax, 4. Tolleson.

Section 1 teams and Section 3 teams comprise the eight-team bracket for Super Sectional 1. Section 2 and Section 4 teams comprise the eight-team bracket for Super Sectional 2. Both super sectionals are three rounds, single-elimination. The winners of each super sectional are guaranteed the 1-2 seeds for the state tournament. The runners-up in each super sectional are guaranteed the 3-4 seeds at state. The rest of the 24-team state tournament bracket (5-24) would be filled on final power-rankings computed after the completion of the final super sectional games.

Super Sectional I matchups (if played Jan. 23 and based on Jan. 23 power rankings) -- S#1 Liberty (1) vs. S#3 Horizon (4); S#1 Valley Vista (3) vs. S#3 Pinnacle (2); S#1 Boulder Creek (2) vs. S#3 Mesa Mtn. View (3); S#1 Ironwood (4) vs. S#3 Dobson (1).  Super Sectional II matchups (if played Jan. 23 and based on Jan. 23 power rankings) -- S#4 Tolleson (4) vs. S#2 Desert Vista (1); S#4 Millennium (2) vs. S#2 Basha (3); S#4 Betty Fairfax (3) vs. S#2 Mesquite (2); S#4 Westview (1) vs. S#2 Hamilton (4).