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POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Final

May, 16, 2012
5/16/12
1:19
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After games ending Saturday, May 12

NOTE: These are the final POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings of the season.

The season is over and the state champions have been crowned. Sunnyslope, who had been the No. 1 team for the last few weeks, confirmed our faith in the team by winning the Division II state championship and locked down the final No. 1 ranking in the POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings. Other state champs include Chaparral (Division I), River Valley (Division III) and St. David (Division IV). Congratulations to all of the state champions.

1. Sunnyslope (28-4-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Chaparral (28-7) Last week: No. 3

3. Brophy Prep (25-9) Last week: No. 2

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 9

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
2:59
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After games ending Saturday, May 5

At around this time next week, we'll have a state champion. With state tournaments in their final games this week and weekend, several teams are just a few wins away from bringing home some hardware, while others are simply hoping to stay alive and keep moving on. Our new No. 1 is Sunnyslope, a team just two wins away from a state championship but facing a very difficult semifinal game against Saguaro, which has moved up to No. 4 and is playing its base baseball at the right time. But there's still a lot to be settled in the coming days, so check back next week.

1. Sunnyslope (26-4-1) Last week: No. 3

2. Brophy Prep (23-7) Last week: No. 4

3. Chaparral (25-7) Last week: No. 6

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 8

May, 1, 2012
5/01/12
10:47
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After games ending Saturday, April 28

The regular season came to a close last week and all of our top teams took care of business. With the postseason getting started in earnest Tuesday, all teams will be in action and ready to take on some tough challengers. You'll note that our rankings are much different than these teams' actual seeds thanks to a controversial power points system that takes multiple factors into account (seemingly everything except record). But now the power points don't matter; the last team standing wins. Check back next week to see who's still alive and who's suffered an early exit.

1. Liberty (18-3) Last week: No. 1

2. Sunrise Mountain (23-5) Last week: No. 2

3. Sunnyslope (22-4-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 7

April, 24, 2012
4/24/12
2:19
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After games ending Saturday, April 21

With just a handful of games remaining until the postseason begins, we aren't making any changes to the POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings this week. Quite frankly, we didn't need to. It looks like the state's top teams are finely tuned and ready for the state tournament to begin. Good timing; the tourney begins in earnest in just a few days. Liberty is our new top team, but the Lions will have plenty of competition in Division II. Brophy Prep looks dangerous in Division I, but there's a host of teams hoping to have a say in the matter. As the playoffs get going, check back for updates to see how these teams fare in the run to the state crown.

1. Liberty (17-3) Last week: No. 7

2. Sunrise Mountain (22-5) Last week: No. 1

3. Sunnyslope (21-4-1) Last week: No. 2

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 6

April, 17, 2012
4/17/12
1:40
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After games ending Saturday, April 14

Statistically, it wasn't the best week for Sunrise Mountain, the top team in the POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings. But a huge 16-2 win over James River (Midlothian, Va.), then ranked No. 20 in the nation in the POWERADE FAB 50, opened some eyes and showed the rest of the country that the Mustangs are for real. Elsewhere, Sunnyslope moved into the No. 2 spot thanks to a 3-0 week, Brophy Prep dispatched of some fellow top 10 schools to earn the No. 4 slot, and Verrado -- and its impressive 20-2 record -- joins the rankings this week.

1. Sunrise Mountain (19-5) Last week: No. 1

2. Sunnyslope (19-3-1) Last week: No. 3

3. Chaparral (18-6) Last week: No. 2

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 5

April, 10, 2012
4/10/12
12:13
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After games ending Saturday, April 7


Very few teams have stayed unblemished over the last week, making this week's POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings particularly tough to measure. Most teams have stayed afloat, but even the top teams have lost here and there, which is liable to happen in a state with as much baseball talent as this one. Sunrise Mountain has held on to our top spot with Chaparral close behind, but watch out for Brophy Prep, which rises three spots to No. 7 thanks to a brilliant power performance to this point in the year.

1. Sunrise Mountain (17-3) Last week: No. 1

2. Chaparral (16-5) Last week: No. 2

3. Sunnyslope (16-3-1) Last week: No. 4

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 4

April, 4, 2012
4/04/12
11:49
AM ET
After games ending Monday, April 2

It's early, but there's a new No. 1 in our POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings. Sunrise Mountain, winners of 14 of their first 16 contests to open the young season, have claimed the top spot, overtaking Hamilton. The Huskies' back-to-back losses dropped the former state leaders to third, while Chaparral rose three spots to take over the No. 2 spot. We also welcome two new teams to the fray in Mesquite and St. Mary's, and the way those two teams are playing, they may not be leaving anytime soon.

1. Sunrise Mountain (14-2) Last week: No. 3

2. Chaparral (15-4) Last week: No. 5

3. Hamilton (13-5) Last week: No. 1

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 3

March, 28, 2012
3/28/12
12:22
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After games ending Monday, March 26

Some of the state's top teams are starting to pull away from the pack in the third week of our POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings. Hamilton had an impressive week, winning over strong opponents to stay atop our rankings, but Saguaro continues to mount a charge and make a run at the state's No. 1 ranking. Other teams want to get into the discussion is well, including four squads with only four losses on the year (Sunrise Mountain, Sunnyslope, Sabino and Estrella Foothills). And don't sleep on new top 10 team Sabino, which might be the hottest team in the state right now.

1. Hamilton (13-3) Last week: No. 1

2. Saguaro (14-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Sunrise Mountain (12-2) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 2

March, 21, 2012
3/21/12
3:13
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After games ending Monday, March 19

Hamilton stays at the top in this week's iteration of our POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings. But that's about all that stayed constant as several other teams bounced around across our rankings. Hamilton, which is Arizona's lone squad in both the POWERADE FAB 50 and the POWERADE West Regional rankings, was 2-1 this past week. But there are plenty of teams that look poised to make a run at the Huskies. Saguaro, now 12-3 on the season, is playing some stellar baseball despite a tough early-season slate. And watch out for one-loss teams such as Sunrise Mountain and Sunnyslope.

1. Hamilton (9-2) Last week: No. 1

2. Saguaro (12-3) Last week: No. 4

3. Sunrise Mountain (9-1) Last week: No. 5

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Arizona Baseball Rankings: Week 1

March, 14, 2012
3/14/12
11:04
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After games ending Monday, March 12

It was a very close call during the preseason when we were selecting our top teams in the POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings. Both Mountain Pointe and Hamilton looked to be early title contenders, and it was a toss-up as to which one's better. So it's little surprise that we've already flipped the two early in the season. The Huskies have taken over the top spot in our ranks, and Mountain Pointe has dropped just one spot. But the margin is still slim, and there's plenty of other outstanding squads in the state, so we're not expecting the Huskies to be wire-to-wire winners.

1. Hamilton (7-1) Last week: No. 2

2. Mountain Pointe (5-2-1) Last week: No. 1

3. Desert Mountain (8-3) Last week: No. 7

Click here for the full POWERADE Arizona Weekly Rankings.

ESPNHS names the Arizona all-state baseball team

March, 1, 2012
3/01/12
11:10
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason all-state baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the Arizona selections.

It's no surprise that players like Hamilton's Mitch Nay or Mountain Pointe's Joey Curletta are on our team. But take a look at who else made the squad, and then reach out on Twitter @CParishESPN to tell us who you think should have made the cut.

Click here for the Arizona All-State baseball team.

Click here to check out the other states across the country.

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