16 Speed School athletes vying for shot at title game

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Three Tucson-area teams with a total of 16 Speed School athletes between them will play this weekend in the state semifinal round, all looking for a chance to play for a state title next weekend. Salpointe leads the way with 11 Speed School athletes, lead by #1-ranked University of Washington commit Matteo Mele and national flag football champion Mario Padilla, and will face #1-seed Sunrise Mountain on Friday.

Pusch Ridge, the 2015 Div. 4 champion, looks to win a title at the 3A level. They are led by two-way captain Kendall Tobin and have a standout young athlete in RB/DB Gavin Davis, and will play Saturday against #4-seed Franklin.

Cienega also looks to bring a title back to Tucson, and hope to get more scoring from bruising RB and starting safey Thomas Webb, Jr. The Bobcats will face #4-seed Notre Dame on Friday.

Speed School athletes in semifinal round


Matteo Mele

Mario Padilla

CJ Franks

Jayse Kearns

Anthony Abeyta

Xavier Farhang

Jackson Bolin

Josh Pasos

Luke Regina

Colin Dreis

Trent Strong


Pusch Ridge

Kendall Tobin

Gavin Davis

Phillip Raica



Thomas Webb, Jr.

Jordan Aldor


(Photo credit: Mike Christy)