Safford Junior High basketball teams sweep conference championships

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Danny Smith: The Safford Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team won its second consecutive conference championship this week to cap off an unbeaten season.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – The Safford High School Boys basketball team is having its struggles this year, but the future looks bright for both the boys and girls teams.

Safford Junior High Boys and Girls basketball teams swept their conference championships this week.

For the boys, it is an era of dominance that has produced consecutive conference championships and a 32-1 record in the past two years as Safford’s eighth-grade team took home the glory, according to head coach Danny Smith.

“I was blessed to coach self-motivated, talented kids with a tremendous will to work hard,” Smith said.

Smith said he was also thankful for the support from the school, parents, fellow coach Jason Chavez and his wife, Deanna Smith.

Safford went unbeaten this year. 

The Thatcher seventh-grade basketball team took the conference championship in that division, giving Thatcher’s Sean Hinton his second championship of the school year after wining the state football championship as well.

On the girls side, Safford’s eighth-grade team kept pace with the boys all season and also finished with an unblemished record, capped off with the conference championship.

For the seventh grade, fifth-seeded Morenci arose from the pile to capture the title in an upset.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Jana Rinard: The Safford Junior High eighth-grade girls basketball team kept up with the boys and also finished as undefeated champions.