Local Sports Lookahead: Top players from tennis teams ready for regionals

After finishing its regular season with an undefeated mark, the Prescott boys' tennis team will look to keep the momentum going this week when they travel to Glendale's Paseo Racquet Center Wednesday and Thursday to compete in the Western Sky regional, individual tournament.

While the tournament has no bearing on the Badgers' team standings heading into the state tournament April 27-the Badgers' have secured the No. 2 state seed-it can grant individual players berths into the individual state tournament set to be played April 30 and May 1.

PHS coach Sterling Fetty said he was confident in his six players' chances against the other region competitors, especially considering how well the No. 2-ranked Badgers played all season.

"In the singles, we should win. Taylor (Harris) should win, he's beaten everybody in our region already, so we're pretty confident."

The Badgers' girls' squad will also travel to Glendale in hopes of building momentum heading into the state tournament.

The Bradshaw Mountain boys also head into their regional tournament in Glendale with their confidence at its highest level.

The Bears bested all comers during their Power Point qualifying matches during the season, finishing 14-0.

BMHS did drop two matches, to Cottonwood Mingus Union and Prescott, but neither counted toward power points.

The Bears travel to Surprise Stadium for the Western Sky tournament, where Bears' coach Joe Borzello expects to have a big day.

He said he especially expects big things from his No. 1 singles player, Koyan Clark, who moved from No. 4 to No. 1 over the course of this season.

He also said he expects he No. 1 doubles team of Nick and Bob Berardi to perform well as well.

The BMHS girls' team will also be in Surprise for the tournament.

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Keeping with the theme of the past few weeks, the Yavapai College baseball team will host league-leading Central Arizona Saturday in a doubleheader that could help clear up a murky Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) playoff picture.

As of the latest official ACCAC standings, updated April 11, YC (20-6) sits in second place, two games behind Central (22-4).

Behind Yavapai sits South Mountain at 19-7 and Cochise at 17-9.

The top three teams from the conference's Division I schools make the playoffs, with the league champion earning a first-round bye.

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The Prescott baseball team will also face a tough matchup Saturday, when they travel to Phoenix to take on Western Sky rival Phoenix Sunnyslope at 4 p.m.

The Badgers have made an impressive run of late, moving from as far down as No. 14 in the Power Rankings to their current ranking of No. 5.

A top-eight ranking secures a home playoff game for the Badgers, who'll have to get past No. 7 Sunnyslope to hold the spot.

Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the Badger softball team-currently sitting comfortably at No. 11 in the Power Rankings-host the No. 8 and No. 10 teams this week.

First up, on Monday, No. 8 Sunnyslope rides into town, followed by a Tuesday visit from no. 10 Shadow Mountain.

Both games start at 4 p.m.