Thursday's teacher walkout unlikely to affect high school sports

TUCSON, Ariz - With a record of 25-3, Sabino baseball is the top ranked small school in the state. It's thanks to players like Tyler Wiltshire and Preston Clifford.

"Perston, straight up, here's just a competitor," said head coach Mark Chandler.

Whether Preston and the Sabercats could continue their great season as been a question. Thursday is the TUSD teacher walkout. And, baseball coach Mark Chandler teaches at nearby Sahuaro.

But while Thursday's teacher walkout might cancel classes, it is unlikely to affect high school sports. The teachers who coach are paid small stipends, and mostly do it for the love of the game.

"To me, its two separate entities, what I do in the classroom and what I do out here on the baseball field," said Chandler. "Regardless of what happens, I'll be here. It's about the game and the kids and the relationship I have with my coaches.

Assistant Principal Jay Campos says the school will step up to the plate if it needs to regarding the transportation to the upcoming state tournament.

"Our coaches will be ready to prepare the kids," said Campos. "We'll get buses and transportation lined up as needed. The show will go on in athletics for Sabino High School and TUSD athletics"

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