3a Hoops Head To America West Arena


Only one East region representative remains in the hunt for the boys' state basketball championships.

Region champion Alchesay, which finished East play undefeated, will challenge Tuba City at 8:30 p.m. Friday in a final four tournament clash at Phoenix Suns America West Arena.

The earlier game pits Winslow against Fountain Hills. The winners of the semifinal advance to Saturday's championship finale.

Payson fans might remember that one of the real tussles Alchesay was involved in occurred in the regular season final when the Falcons narrowly edged the Longhorns 61-55.

In girls' state tournament play, the semifinals feature four North region teams. Tuba City plays Ganado Friday afternoon at America West. The later game features Kayenta Monument Valley against Winslow.

The hotbed of high school girls' basketball has always been among the northern Arizona reservation schools and this season has been no different.

To spawn or not

Speculation is on-going that the warm spring weather means the bass and crappie spawn will soon begin at Roosevelt Lake.

And when that happens, it's Katie-bar-the-door, as anglers head south to try their fishing luck.

Tonto Basin businessman and noted Roosevelt fishing guide Curt Rambo's advice to anglers is to keep an eye on the weather to determine when the spawn will begin.

The Roosevelt water temperature over the weekend was about 54 degrees. For the spawn to begin in earnest, Rambo said, the temperature must reach 58 degrees. At 62 degrees, conditions are perfect.

So, if you're anxious for a visit to Roosevelt, follow Rambo's advice. Mother nature will determine when the spawn is off and running.

According to Arizona Game and Fish reports, the lake is only at 30-percent capacity, but it's still darn big with 10,356 surface areas.

The Cholla and Windy Hill boat ramps are accessible. Fishing suggestions for small mouth are to try crayfish pattern crankbaits and jigs along rocky shoreline. Crappies are being caught near Salome and Windy Hill in 15 feet of water. Some anglers are opting to fish the Tonto arm.

Hot hoops

The Northern American Youth Sports Alliance will host its annual spring youth basketball tournament March 24 to 26 at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix.

The tournament features 10 different age/sex brackets for youngsters in grades 5 through 12. The entry fee for the tournament is $90 and guarantees each team a minimum of two games. Awards will be presented in each age group. Entry deadline is March 3.

Call (888) 629-2275 for more information.

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