The high school baseball season in Arizona has finally come to an end. Arizona features seven different classifications, typically based on school sizes.
As an umpire, I had the good fortune of seeing many of these teams throughout the season, as well as in both the regional and state tournaments. Lots of well-played baseball, for sure.
I think the Arizona Interscholastic Association does a tremendous job of instilling its "Victory With Honor" approach into the heads and hearts of coaches statewide. Most of the coaches, especially the good ones with successful programs, in-turn, teach their student athletes how to compete with class - win or lose.
Some would say a high school ball field is essentially an outdoor classroom.
Time for summer ball!