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IRHS Grad De Alva Named Player of the Week

Desert Speed School athlete and Ironwood Ridge graduate Julian De Alva was recently named Minnesota College Athletic Conference Player of the Week, following an impressive four-game series for the Rainy River Voyageurs. From the MCAC press release: De Alva had a whopping .417 batting average (5 for 12) in the four-game series with … Read More

Wedman Named RMAC Player of the Week

Desert Speed School athlete Lauren Wedman, the current Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference leader in slugging and RBI, was recently named RMAC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. From the Colorado Mesa press release: For the second week in a row, Colorado Mesa University redshirt sophomore outfielder Lauren Wedman has been … Read More

Salpointe Wins 1-0 On Morales Goal

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe standout Trinity Morales converted a PK in the 30th minute to help give her Lancers a 1-0 victory over Tucson High. The win puts #3 Salpointe at 6-0-1 on the season as the team looks towards a matchup with #7 Walden Grove later this week. Full … Read More

School Record 12 Treys For Wyble

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As reported by Javier Morales, Sabino senior and Desert Speed School athlete Curtis Wyble set a school record on Friday with 12 3-pointers in a win over Empire. Wyble did almost all of his damage from outside the arc, finishing with 39 points to lead the Sabercats to a win.

Morris Named Player of the Week

Desert Speed School athlete and Tanque Verde grad Emma Morris was recently named Pacific Health Player of the Week, according to a press release. The Chaminade freshman guard scored 37 points in 3 games for the Silverswords. She is one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference at 37%. Full story… … Read More

Speed School Athletes Battle To 1-1 Draw

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Powerhouse soccer programs Salpointe and Catalina Foothills, two of the top teams in the state, recently battled one another in an early-season match that pitted Speed School athletes against one another. Lancer Trinity Morales provided the lone goal for Salpointe, while Foothills keeper Flavia Burrell turned away multiple shots throughout regulation and extra … Read More

MLB Pipeline: Gonzales 2nd Overall

Desert Speed School alum and Pittsburgh Pirates second-baseman Nick Gonzales was recently listed by MLB Pipeline as the #2 MLB prospect at his position, as reported by AllSportsTucson’s Andy Morales. The 2020 draft pick out of New Mexico State, he is considered the top prospect in the Pirates organization. Full story…

Arizona Signee Feltman Named to All-American List

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Ironwood beach and indoor player Alyssa Feltman, a University of Arizona beach volleyball commit, was recently honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. As reported by Andy Morales, Feltman was named to the AVCA All-American Watch List. Full story… Alyssa Feltman ⁦@AmphiSchools⁩ ⁦@nighthawkvb⁩ talks playing with Arizona Beach ⁦@ArizonaBVB⁩ — Andy … Read More

Wild and Urbanski Named XC All-Stars

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A pair of Salpointe runners who were part of the 2020 state champion boys’ and girls’ Lancer teams were named Fall All-Stars by AllSportsTucson sportswriter Andy Morales. On the girls’ side, individual state champion Kylie Wild was an obvious selection for Southern Arizona Runner of the Year, and was also named 1st-team Southern Arizona … Read More

Fall All-Stars: 4 Golfers Recognized

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Four Desert Speed School athletes and golfers were recognized for their performance on the course this past fall season. Highlighting the list is Ironwood’s Makenna Brown, who was part of the state championship Nighthawks team. Athletes recognized included: Makenna Brown, Ironwood Ridge – AllSportsTucson 1st-team Zander Los, Ironwood Ridge – AllSportsTucson … Read More

Swim All-Stars: Ganem, Howayek Honored

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Desert Speed School athletes Sasha Ganem (Salpointe) and Avery Howayek (Catalina Foothills) were each honored by AllSportsTucson following their shortened 2020 swim season. Ganem was listed as an All-Star for the 50 and 100 free, along with the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. For her part, Howayek received All-Star recognition in the … Read More

Salpointe, Pusch Ridge Advance

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The lone Tucson-area teams to have enough games in the COVID-shortened season to qualify for the postseason – Pusch Ridge and Salpointe – have both advanced to the semifinal round. Pusch had a commanding win over #5 Wickenburg on Friday in the 3A playoffs, while Salpointe had the odd distinction … Read More

State Playoffs For PRCA, Salpointe

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Playing in a COVID-abbreviated 2020 football season, two Tucson-area teams have qualified for the state playoffs. Salpointe finishes the regular season with a 6-0 record and qualifies for the elite Open Division Playoffs for the second consecutive year. Speed School athletes on the Lancers roster include: Dylan Dreis Jacob Reyna … Read More

Krautz Score Seals Game For Foothills

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Desert Speed School athlete and Catalina Foothills two-way standout Garrick Krautz provided a key late score for his Falcons last week, sealing the game in a tight contest against Sahuarita. Krautz scored on an 85-yard reception following a critical fourth-quarter interception by teammate Devin Bynum. Full story…   (Photo credit: Kelly … Read More

Lancers Advance To Title Game

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Salpointe volleyball won a convincing semifinal match against #6-ranked Flagstaff on Thursday, advancing to the title game on Saturday. Senior setter and captain Brandy Kishbaugh followed up from her quarterfinal 29-assist match with 27 assists in the semifinal win. Kishbaugh and fellow Speed School athlete Megan Muehlebach will take on #1-ranked Notre … Read More

Fontaine Second In Passing

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Pusch Ridge quarterback and Desert Speed School athlete Ryan Fontaine is currently second in passing among Southern Arizona quarterbacks, according to AllSportsTucson and MaxPreps. Playing in the COVID-shortened season, Fontaine currently has 545 yards passing, including 5 touchdowns, for the Lions. Full stat leaders…   (Photo credit: Javier Morales, AllSportsTucson)

Ironwood Ridge Wins State Title

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A special congratulations to Speed School athlete Makenna Brown and her Ironwood Ridge golf teammates in winning their second consecutive state championship. As reported by Andy Morales, the Nighthawks fended off a charging Cactus Shadows team that ultimately finished 2 strokes back. For her part, Brown finished 24th overall, with … Read More

Adamski Anchors Defense

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As reported by Troy Hutchinson, Speed School athlete Sebastian Adamski was the anchor of the Walden Grove dominating opening week win over Douglas. Adamski’s 2 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss were a major factor in the lopsided 63-3 win for the Red Wolves. Full story… Here’s Walden Grove (@FB_RedWolves) LB Sebastien … Read More

Muehlebach Sets Salpointe Record

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As reported by Andy Morales, Desert Speed School athlete Megan Muehlebach recently set the Salpointe freshman volleyball record – and tied the overall school record in the process – for aces in a match. The lone freshman on the Salpointe varsity squad, Muehlebach recorded 12 aces in a recent match against … Read More

Athlete Spotlight: CJ Flores

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Desert Speed School athlete and Cienega senior CJ Flores recently provided a first-person perspective on football, his athletic and academic goals, and his future plans. The piece is part of AllSportsTucson’s ongoing series spotlighting local student-athletes and their voices. Full article…    

Salpointe’s Wild Wins Gleeson Invitational

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In spite of the many interruptions to off-season training, a delayed start to cross-country, and cancelled meets, Salpointe’s Kylie Wild is off to a strong start in the 2020 season. As reported by Andy Morales, Wild took 1st at the inaugural John Gleeson Invitational held recently. A sophomore coming off … Read More

Golfers Highly Ranked

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A handful of Speed School athletes are demonstrating their power on the golf course, with three golfers in particular among the upper rankings. On the boys’ side, Ironwood Ridge’s Zander Los has one of the lowest rounds to date, shooting a 34 at Fred Enke on Saturday. Meanwhile, girls’ teammate MaKenna Brown … Read More

Rincon/UHS Wins Opener

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As strange as it may be to have a “season-opener” mid-October, the Rincon/UHS volleyball program has kicked off their season with a 3-0 win over Tucson High. The Rangers team features Speed School athletes Isabella Ducey, McKenna Riddle, and Sophia Lee. As reported by Andy Morales, Ducey scored critical points for the … Read More

Golf: Ironwood Over Marana

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Desert Speed School athlete Zander Los helped lead his Ironwood Ridge team to an early-season win over Marana, as teams scramble to accumulate enough matches to qualify for the state tournament. Los was the low score of the day, shooting a nearly even par as he finished +1 after nine holes. Full … Read More

Vera Leads Empire to Win

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Desert Speed School athlete Sophia Vera provided a first-set winning ace for the Ravens, and nine kills throughout the match, in helping lead her Empire volleyball team to a three-set win over Sabino. The match featured Speed School athletes on both sides of the court, with Gisselle Vergara and Alyssa Altuna joining Vera on … Read More

Athlete Spotlight: Hannah Morris

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Desert Speed School athlete and Cienega setter Hannah Morris was profiled by AllSportsTucson for a first-person account from the senior Bobcat on the upcoming season. One of the top setters in the state, Morris is on the Preseason Watch List for volleyball. From the article: I first began playing volleyball in third … Read More

Athlete Spotlight: Garrick Krautz

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Desert Speed School athlete and two-way Catalina Foothills star Garrick Krautz was recently profiled by AllSportsTucson for a first-person account on the unique 2020 season that is approaching. An honor student who is on the Preseason Watch List, Krautz has collegiate offers from Hamline University and Concordia College. Full story…

Athlete Profile: Sebastian Adamski

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AllSportsTucson sportswriter Javier Morales puts the spotlight on Speed School athlete and Walden Grove linebacker Sebastian Adamski. Part of the 2020 Watch List, Adamski has collegiate offers from Concordia, Lake Forest, Southwester, and Whittier. Full story…  

Class of 2014: Andrew Edwards

Desert Speed School athlete Andrew Edwards was recently highlighted by Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen in his weekly Sunday roundup. Edwards, a left-handed pitcher who was part of the dominant Desert Christian state championship teams, is one of seven local C’2014 players still playing professionally. Playing in the Mets organization, … Read More

Five Players On HS Preview List

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Five Desert Speed School athletes are among those highlighted by sportswriter Andy Morales in previewing the upcoming high school football season. Focusing in on linebackers and defensive backs, the list is led by Walden Grove linebacker Sebastian Adamski. The leading tackler among all returning players, Morales notes that Adamski anchors a … Read More

XC Preview: Salpointe’s Wild A Top Returner

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe distance runner Kylie Wild will be one of the top returning cross-country runners in the 2020 season, as sportswriter Andy Morales notes. Amidst scheduling uncertainties due to COVID, Wild is nonetheless preparing to lead a Salpointe team following her 5th-place state finish as a freshman … Read More

Special Teams: Cienega’s Felix

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One of the most prolific two-way players in Southern Arizona, Cienega’s Sebastian Felix is also a top contributor on special teams for the Bobcats. According to sportswriter Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Felix is one of the top returning punters, with a 33.1-yard average. Full story…

AZ Team Takes 3rd At Nationals

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Desert Speed School athlete MaKenna Brown was part of a local Tucson golf team that recently traveled to the High School National Invitational, taking 3rd at the event. One of the top returning players for the Ironwood Ridge girls’ team, Brown shot 275 over the three rounds to finish 86th nationally … Read More

Krautz, Felix Among Top 2020 Receivers

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Desert Speed School athletes Garrick Krautz (Catalina Foothills) and Sebastian Felix (Cienega) are expected to be among the top pass-catching targets for the upcoming high school football season, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Full list…   (Photo credit: Kelly Presnell, Arizona Daily Star)

3 Athletes Named to Preseason Golf List

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While the fall sports season may be in jeopardy, it hasn’t stopped three Desert Speed School athletes from earning preseason recognition heading into the 2020 season. Sahuaro’s Cassidy Morrow (above) along with Ironwood’s MaKenna Brown and Zander Los were each named to AllSportTucson’s Preseason All-Star list. Full lists…  

Scholarship Offers for Six Football Players

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Six local football players are among the Desert Speed School athletes who have had recent scholarship offers, according to Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson. Players include: Garrick Krautz, Catalina Foothills (Hamline) Sebastian Felix, Cienega (Morehead State, South Dakota School of Mines, Southwest Minnesota State, Washburn) CJ Flores, Cienega (Carleton, Monmouth, Simpson, … Read More

Masunas Signs With MidAmerica Nazarene

Former Foothills and Pima College wide receiver Tyler Masunas recently signed a letter of intent to play collegiately for MidAmerica Nazarene University, according to AllSportsTucson. Best known as “Coach Tyler” to current Speed School athletes, Masunas is one of a handful of Speed School athletes who have graduated on to coaching … Read More

Cienega’s Marks Commits to NW Oklahoma State

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Desert Speed School athlete and Cienega standout Bryce Marks has committed to play collegiately at Northwestern Oklahoma State, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. A two-way star who had 33 tackles and 3 sacks as a senior, Marks helped his Bobcats to a 9-3 record. Full story…    

Salpointe’s Wild Named to XC Watch List

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe standout runner Kylie Wild has been named to the AllSportsTucson watch list for the 2020 cross-country season, following a 5th overall finish at the 2019 state championships by the then-freshman. In addition to chasing a strong individual finish, Wild also looks to lead her fellow … Read More

Cervantes Named Academic All-American

Desert Speed School athlete Efrain Cervantes, now playing for South Mountain College, was recently named a NJCAA Academic All-American after posting a 4.0 GPA, as reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Following his time at South Mountain, Cervantes has committed to play at the University of Nebraska. Full story…

Preseason VB All-Stars: 13 Athletes Named

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With the hope that the high school fall sports seasons will return with some semblance of normalcy later this year, we honor the 13 Speed School athletes who have been named to Preseason All-Star or Preseason Watch lists. Players recognized included: AllSportsTucson Preseason All-Stars Alyssa Feltman, Ironwood Ridge Brandy Kishbaugh, … Read More

National Signing Day (Virtually)

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The spring collegiate signing day for high school athletes was a virtual affair this year, due to social distancing guidelines. Nonetheless, athletes who have made college commitments this year include: Dania Ben Shabat (Catalina Foothills) – Menlo College Soccer Daniel Montana (Cienega) – Christian Community Baseball Peyton Middleton (Cienega) – … Read More

Pacheco Commits to NAU

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Desert Speed School athlete and Empire standout receiver Cody Pacheco has committed to play collegiately at Northern Arizona University, according to Andy Morales. A two-way star who set the school record for single-game receiving yards, Pacheco also starred for the Empire baseball program. Full story…

Wedman, Daly Named to All-Academic Teams

Desert Speed School athletes Lauren Wedman and Derek Daly each received academic recognition from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference earlier this spring, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Wedman, a Sahuaro grad, was named Academic All-Conference for her Colorado Mesa softball team. Daly, meanwhile, was recognized by for his academic work at … Read More

AZ Star: State Champion Lee Looks At Positives

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2019 singles state champion Ethan Lee was recently profiled by the Arizona Daily Star in light of the cancellation of this year’s tennis season – and the opportunity to capture a doubles title. One of the top athletes on the court, Lee has kept himself busy with schoolwork and workouts throughout the quarantine. AZ … Read More

Summer 2020 High School / Collegiate Program (16+)

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Middleton Interviewed on College Commitment

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Desert Speed School athlete and Cienega standout Peyton Middleton (above, #16) was recently interviewed by AZPreps365 on her Bobcats team, as well as her recent college commitment to Adams State University. See the full interview here.   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AZPreps365)

Kerr Named Player of the Week

The NCAA season may have been cancelled, but that didn’t stop Speed School athlete Noelle Kerr from earning Pitcher of the Week for the Northwest Conference earlier this spring, as reported by Andy Morales. Coming in as relief for her Puget Sound Loggers, Kerr pitched 2 shutout innings to earn … Read More

Morris Commits to Chaminade University

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Desert Speed School athlete and Tanque Verde sharpshooter Emma Morris has committed to play collegiately at Chaminade University of Honolulu, according to Javier Morales. Morris averaged 14.8 points/game this season and broke the all-time Tanque Verde records for points and 3-point field goals made. Full story…

3A Player of the Year: Kiya Dorroh

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Desert Speed School Kiya Dorroh was named 3A Player of the Year earlier this spring by AllSportsTucson, following a season in which her Sabino team won the State Championship. A University of Missouri commit, Dorroh had 9 points in the championship game for the Sabercats. Full All-Star lists… (Photo credit: Rebecca Stasnett, Arizona … Read More

Santiago, Draper Among Top Prospects

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As reported by AllSportsTucson, Speed School athletes Ricky Santiago (Salpointe, above) and Ryan Draper (Sabino) were both among the top Arizona baseball prospects, according to the high school rankings released by Jeff Rattay. Santiago was rated #43 in Arizona for the Class of 2020, while Draper was listed as #70 in the … Read More

Hot Starts For Cordova, Scupin

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While the high school softball season has been cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus, a pair of Speed School athletes were off to strong early starts before play was suspended. Tucson High’s Carlie Scupin, a powerful hitter who is part of the University of Arizona’s national #1 recruiting class, … Read More

Montana: “Turn this experience into something for the better”

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Speed School athlete and Cienega football/baseball standout Daniel Montana was recently interviewed by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson on his collegiate signing, the then-looming uncertainty with the 2020 baseball season (which has now been cancelled) and his family. Montana recently committed to Community Christian College (CA) on a baseball scholarship. Full interview… (Photo … Read More

Dorroh Commits To Missouri

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The long recruitment of Sabino’s Kiya Dorroh has finally come to an end, reports Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Dorroh, who had narrowed her 20+ offers down to five schools in November, announced recently that she will be committing to the University of Missouri. A junior who helped lead her Sabercats to … Read More

Regional Championships: Wexler Wins 4 Events

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Speed School athlete Sabrina Wexler recently had a strong performance at regionals, earning 1st-place finishes in the 100, 500m, and 4×100 relay on the track to go along with a 1st-place finish in the high jump. In addition to her early success this spring, Wexler was also the cross-country champion from … Read More

Postseason Honors For Dorroh, Morris

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Desert Speed School athletes Kiya Dorroh and Emma Morris have received recognition for their play on the court during the 2019-2020 season. Morris, a senior at Tanque Verde, was named the Arizona Daily Star 3A South Defensive Player of the Year for the Hawks. Dorroh, who helped lead her Sabino team … Read More

Salpointe’s Strong Commits to SMU

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe linebacker Trent Strong has made his college commitment official, according to Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star. The two-year Lancer starter, part of one of the most dominant Tucson-area teams in history, has signed with SMU football. Full story…

Birchard Named All-American

Desert Speed School athlete and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defender Will Birchard was named second-team All-American last month by the United Soccer Coaches. A defender whose versatility was demonstrated by his 4 goals and 5 assists this season, this is the second year that the junior Birchard has been awarded All-American honors following … Read More

Dorroh Named Player of the Week

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Sabino’s Kiya Dorroh has been named the AllSportsTucson Cheba Hut Player of the Week, following a week in which she averaged 19 points/game for the 3A Sabercats, and provided crucial defense in a matchup against 4A Sahuaro at McKale Center. Full story…   (Photo credit: Rebecca Sasnett, Arizona Daily Star)

NCAA: Gonzales POY Contender

Desert Speed School athlete Nick Gonzales was recognized as an NCAA Player of the Year Contender, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. “Gonzales dominated college baseball everywhere he went last season. The 5-10 junior led Division I with a .432 batting average and added a 1.305 OPS. He then showed off his … Read More

Sabino Wins Over Undefeated Sahuaro

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As reported by Javier Morales, 3A Sabino recently took on 4A Sahuaro – featuring the nation’s 8th-best scorer in Alyssa Brown – at McKale Center recently as part of the MLK Classic. Desert Speed School athlete and Sabino junior Kiya Dorroh provided the Sabercats both scoring and strong defensive play … Read More

SAVA and Club Cactus Battle For Title

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Two powerhouse club volleyball programs squared off recently in the finals of the Cactus Classic Invitational, with SAVA prevailing in three sets over Club Cactus for the 18U title. The matchup featured Speed School athletes on both sides of the court, with Brandy Kishbaugh and Anjolie Navarrete (SAVA) facing Club Cactus’ Haley Duncan, Destiny … Read More

Five Pima College Athletes Recognized

Five Desert Speed School and Pima College athletes have been honored with All-Decade recognition recently by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson.Speed Scool athletes recognized include: Robby Wilson (Basketball) Deion James (Basketball) Donovan Moore (Football) Brandi Park (Soccer) Devyn Hunley (Soccer) Complete All-Decade teams can be found here: Men’s Sports and Women’s Sports  

Cullinan Among Basketball Stat Leaders

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Tanque Verde’s Kailee Cullinan is among the assist leaders for Southern Arizona at the midway point of the basketball season, according to Javier Morales and MaxPreps. Her 4.3 assists/game currently ranks her 5th among area players. Full story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AZPreps365)

Gonzales Named Preseason All-American

Desert Speed School athlete and New Mexico State junior Nick Gonzales was named a Preseason All-American, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Gonzales, a Cienega grad, was the NCAA Division I leader in batting last season and is a projected top pick in the 2020 MLB draft. Full story…

Tanque Verde’s Morris Passes 1,000 Points

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As reported by Andy Morales, Tanque Verde senior and Desert Speed School athlete Emma Morris – a deadly outside shooter for the Lady Hawks – reached a significant career milestone over the Holiday Break as she became just the 3rd Tanque Verde player to pass the 1,000 point mark. With half … Read More

Top Figures of 2019: 8 Athletes Named

Eight Desert Speed School athletes were among those recognized by Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen in his annual recap of the Top 100 sports figures of the previous year. These included: 98. Luke Regina, Salpointe football (Open Division semi-finalist) 95. Kate Connelly, Salpointe soccer (2018 and 2019 State Champion) … Read More

Fall All-Stars: 40 Speed School Athletes Honored

With the fall sports seasons completed, 40 Desert Speed School athletes were recognized by various media outlets for their performances. The list was highlighted by all-around success on the football field by Sabino’s Michael Masunas and Sahuarita’s Cristian Gonzales, each of whom were named as All-Star selections at multiple positions. Meanwhile, four … Read More

Salpointe Wins Brandon Bean in OT

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Salpointe girls soccer had to win three consecutive overtime games in PKs to eventually come out on top at the Brandon Bean preseason tournament. Consistently a top tournament that is often a predictor of state championship matchups, the tournament saw the Lancers defeat Catalina Foothills, Sahuaro, and then Cienega for … Read More

Navarrete, Joseph Named Players of the Year

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St. Augustine volleyball standout Anjolie Navarrete and Walden Grove freshman Jasmin Joseph were recently honored with Player of the Year recognition by AllSportsTucson sportswriter Andy Morales. Navarrete was named 2A Player of the Year, while Joseph garnered 4A Freshman of the Year following the high school season. Full story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, … Read More

National Signing Day: 6 Athletes Commit

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Six Desert Speed School athletes made collegiate commitments on National Signing Day this week, highlighted by Tucson High’s Carlie Scupin, who was part of the #1 nationally-ranked recruiting class signed by Arizona softball head coach Mike Candrea. Athletes signing letters of intent included: Hannah Draper, Catalina Foothills – New Mexico … Read More

Wild Named Freshman of the Year

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Standout distance runner and Speed School athlete Kylie Wild was named Southern Arizona Freshman of the Year by AllSportsTucson, following her first year racing at the high school level for the Salpointe Lancers. Wild, who placed 5th individually at the state level to go along with a runner-up team finish, also … Read More

Strong, Regina Living Up to Family Legacies

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Desert Speed School athletes Luke Regina and Trent Strong were recently profiled by AllSportsTucson sportswriter Javier Morales. As noted by Morales, both players’ fathers are local Tucson athletes themselves: Steve Strong was a catcher for the 1986 University of Arizona World Series baseball team, and Keith Regina was also part of the Wildcat baseball … Read More

Almazan, UNC Advance to NCAA Tournament

Desert Speed School athlete Isabella Almazan, now playing collegiately for the University of Northern Colorado, is part of a Bear’s women’s soccer squad that advances to the NCAA tournament this weekend following their Big Sky Conference Championship. UNC will take on in-state Colorado in the first round. Full story…    

Three Local Teams Advance

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3A Sabino, 4A Sahuaro, and 5A Cienega all advanced past the first round of the high school football playoffs last weekend, with a fourth team – Salpointe – prepping for their Open Division matchup Friday night. Results and top performers here. Speed School athletes and teams still alive include the … Read More

Erro To University of Arizona

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Desert Speed School athlete and beach volleyball standout Miranda Erro has verbally committed to the University of Arizona, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. The commitment will reunite her at the UofA with beach volleyball partner Abby Russell, a pairing that took 2nd at AVP America earlier this year. Full story…

Salpointe Boys, Girls Win Sectionals

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Aided by strong top ten finishes by Desert Speed School athletes Kylie Wild and Benji Thomas, the Salpointe girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams won their Sectional meets and qualified for the state championship meet held in one week. Wild finished 3rd overall and Thomas 8th. Full story…    

Salpointe, Sahuaro Headline Playoff Teams

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A total of 23 Desert Speed School athletes among 7 local high school teams enter the state playoffs this week with win-or-go-home implications. The teams are headlined by Salpointe, who qualified for the newly-formed elite Open Division as the #4 team at any level. Sahuaro now takes the #1 4A … Read More

St. Cyril Wins Volleyball Title

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Desert Speed School athletes Leila Lowther, Megan Muehlebach, and their St. Cyril volleyball team won the Middle School Diocese Championships recently. Entering the tournament as the #2 seed, St. Cyril defeated #1 Ss. Peter Paul in the title game to take the championship.

Salpointe Qualifies for Open Division

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Anchored by Speed School athletes Trent Strong and Luke Regina on the defensive side of the ball, undefeated 4A Salpointe has qualified for the elite Open Division heading into the playoffs. Combining the top eight teams at any level into a bracket for the top State Championship title, the #1-ranked 4A Lancers go into … Read More

Gonzales Headlines Week 10 Top Performers

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Sahuarita running back and Desert Speed School athlete Cristian Gonzales was one of the top Southern Arizona performers on the final night of the regular season for high school football. Gonzales rushed for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns in a convincing 63-8 win over Tanque Verde. Other top performers for the … Read More

Smith Coaches Miners to Championship

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Most news articles on our site feature the accomplishments of the athletes in our program, which is what makes this particular article unique. Longtime Desert Speed School coach Mike Smith, now coaching football, helped lead his San Manuel Junior High team to the Central League Championship last week. Going 7-1 on … Read More

HS Football: Week 8 Top Performers

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A number of Speed School athletes were once again highlighted for their performances on the field this past week. According to Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, top performers included: Daniel Montana (Cienega) – Threw for a touchdown pass in the Bobcats’ convincing 46-0 win over Marana. Defensive back Sebastian Felix added an interception … Read More

Undefeated Salpointe, CDO Face Off

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A pair of undefeated Tucson-area teams – along with a handful of Desert Speed School athletes – face off tonight with powerhouse Salpointe taking on rising CDO. One of the top running backs in the state, CDO’s Gavin Davis (above) takes on a stout Salpointe defense anchored by Luke Regina, … Read More

Tobin Wins Hillsdale College Award

Desert Speed School athlete and Pusch Ridge grad Kendall Tobin was honored this week in earning the “Big Stick Award” by Hillsdale College. According to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, it was Tobin’s overtime tackle at the 2-yard line that preserved the win for Hillsdale – and earned him the weekly honors. Full … Read More

Pair of Salpointe Runners Among Top 4

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Salpointe’s Benji Thomas and Kylie Wild are among the top four of all Southern Arizona cross-country runners in their respective divisions, with sectionals around the corner in early November. Thomas’ season-best of 16:35 puts him #4 among D-III boys, while Wild’s 18:55 mark puts her #3 among D-III girls. Full story…

Hansen: “Tucson Game of the Year”

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Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen is calling this Friday’s Salpointe-Sahuaro matchup to be Tucson’s “Game of the Year,” and he predicts Speed School athletes Trent Strong (above) and Luke Regina to be a major factor on the defensive side of the ball for the Lancers. From his Sunday Notebook: The Game … Read More

Feltman Comes Up Big for IRHS

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Desert Speed School athlete Alyssa Feltman (above) provided her Ironwood volleyball team with critical play at the net in the Nighthawks five-set win against Marana recently. As reported by Andy Morales, Feltman scored a variety of ways – serving, defensively, and hitting – including scoring the winning point for Ironwood. The two … Read More

Daly Earns Collegiate Academic Honors

As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Speed School athlete and Ironwood grad Derek Daly was recently recognized for his success in the classroom. Daily, an infielder now playing for Colorado School of Mines, was named to the Division II Academic Achievement List by the Athletic Directors Association. Full story…

Wexler Wins TUSD Cross-Country

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Special congratulations to Speed School athlete Sabrina Wexler, who recently defended her 2018 title in winning the 2019 TUSD cross-country meet. Wexler, a 5th-grader, has also won TUSD titles on the track, taking first in three events earlier this spring.

Week 4 Top Performers

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A trio of Speed School athletes were recognized by AllSportsTucson sportswriter Javier Morales following their Week 4 performances on the field. Among those recognized: Daniel Montana, Cienega – Helped lead his Bobcats to a 63-7 win over Rincon, including a 36-yard touchdown pass Sebastian Adamski, Walden Grove – 9 tackles, … Read More

Moraga,Teammates Honored by D-Backs

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Desert Speed School athlete and Little League State Champion Izaiah Moraga was recently honored, along with his Sunnyside teammates, by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. His Sunnyside team that won the state championship and finished as Western Regionals runners-up has been honored locally and throughout the state, having finished just one … Read More

XC: Salpointe Girls 1st, Boys 2nd in Phoenix

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Salpointe returns top runners for the 2019 cross-country season, and already are off to a strong start. The girls’ team recently won the Ojo Rojo Invite, upending Chandler’s four-year consecutive winning streak. Speed School athletes Kylie Wild (5th overall) and Nique Teixeira were scorers for the Lancers. On the boys’ side, Speed School … Read More

Championship for Edwards and Brooklyn Cyclones

Desert Speed School athlete and state champion pitcher Andrew Edwards was instrumental in his Brooklyn Cyclones recent Single-A League Championship. From Arizona Daily Star sports reporter Greg Hansen’s Sunday Notebook: Lefty pitcher Andrew Edwards, who helped Desert Christian High School win three straight state baseball championships before he pitched at New Mexico State, had … Read More

Rivalry Game and Win for CDO

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Desert Speed School athlete and CDO two-way star Gavin Davis was eagerly anticipating last week’s matchup against the Dorado’s latest rival and Davis’ former school, Pusch Ridge. From the Arizona Daily Star:  Friday’s rivalry game between CDO and Pusch Ridge Christian means a little more to Davis. He attended Pusch Ridge for … Read More

High School Football – Stat Leaders

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Three weeks into the high school football season, four Speed School athletes are among the local stat leaders. Salpointe quarterback Jackson Bolin has broken into the ranks of top passing yardage along with Cienega’s Daniel Montana. Meanwhile, CDO’s Gavin Davis remains among the leaders for top rushing yardage. On the defensive side of the ball, … Read More

Cienega 3-0 Over Salpointe

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Cienega girls volleyball swept Salpointe 3-0 earlier this week in a clash of top volleyball programs. The Salpointe defeat was the first home loss for the Lancers to a Southern Arizona team in nearly three years, according to Andy Morales of AZPreps365. Cienega was helped by timely serving from Speed … Read More

Davis, Gonzales Among FB Stat Leaders

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A pair of Desert Speed School athletes and high school running backs continue to be among the local stat leaders with the high school season well underway. CDO’s Gavin Davis is among the leaders in rushing yards, total yards, scoring, and touchdowns. Meanwhile, two-way track/football star for Sahuarita Cristian Gonzales is among the … Read More

Navarrete Leads St. Augustine

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Desert Speed School athlete Anjolie Navarrete (17 kills) led her St. Augustine volleyball team to a 3-0 win to open up the season earlier this week. Navarrete and her teammates prepare for their host tournament – The Wolfpack Invitational – held later this week. Full story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AllSportsTucson)

Speed School Athletes Among Stat Leaders

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Three Desert Speed School athletes are among the early-season stat leaders for Southern Arizona, following the first week of high school football last week. Players on the list include AllSportsTucson and Daily Star Player of the Week Gavin Davis (rushing and total yards), Tucson High’s Jacob Bracamonte (sacks), and Sahuarita’s Cristian Gonzales (rushing and total yards). Full list…

Davis Named Player of the Week

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CDO running back and Desert Speed School athlete Gavin Davis was named high school Player of the Week by both The Arizona Daily Star and AllSportsTucson following the first week of high school football. Full story and award ceremony. Arizona Daily Star

Lee Selected for USTA Next Generation Program

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As originally reported by Andy Morales, Desert Speed School athlete and returning 2019 Division I Arizona State Champion Ethan Lee was recently selected for the inagural USTA Next Generation Aces program for top players. Currently ranked #3 in the Southwest, Lee attended the US Open this past weekend as part of … Read More

Greg Hansen’s State Championship Contenders

With the high school sports season right around the corner, Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen has included in his weekly Sunday column the Tucson-area teams he expects to contend for state championships this 2019-2020 season. Seven teams with Speed School athletes were included in his selections: Sabino Football (Nathan Swanberg, Max … Read More

Bracamonte Anchoring Line for Tucson High

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Desert Speed School athlete and Tucson High lineman Jacob Bracamonte recently spoke at the Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic, and is expected to be a major contributor for the Badgers as they make the push to the 2019 state playoffs. Full story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AllSportsTucson)

Speed School Athletes Part of Western Regional

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Desert Speed School athletes Eli Smith and Ryan Melendez, both part of the 2019 Sabino State Championship team, also won an American Legion State Championship this summer, sweeping the best-of-3 championship series in July to send them to the Western Regional tournament in California. Full story…

Summer MVP Honors for Gonzales

Speed School athlete and New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales was recognized for his stellar performance in the Cape Cod Summer League; recently earning League MVP honors. Also named a league All-Star and the MVP of his Kettleers team, Gonzales led the league in hits, singles, doubles, triples, and was second in … Read More

Parikh Wins ITA Singles Title

Speed School athlete Harsh Parikh won the ITA Men’s Singles tournament earlier this summer in Claremont, California, one of the main national tournaments for collegiate players. As reported by the Star’s Greg Hansen, the win is one of the top championships for Parikh this far and qualifies him for the ITA Summer … Read More

World Series Title for State 48

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Three Desert Speed School athletes were part of the Triple Crown World Series title won by State 48 18U softball recently. As reported by Andy Morales, Sabino’s Cassie Castaneda and Hannah Stark joined Sahuaro’s Bela Goerke and the rest of their club teammates in claiming the title. State 48 went undefeated to win the … Read More

Player of the Week Honors for Gonzales

New Mexico State All-American selection and Desert Speed School athlete Nick Gonzales was recently named Player of the Week in June while playing in the Cape Cod Summer Collegiate league. Playing for the Cotuit Kettleers, Gonzales has also been named starting 2nd-baseman for the league All-Star game. Full story…   (Photo credit: Stephen … Read More

Pair of Golfers Named Preseason Top 25

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A pair of Desert Speed School athletes were named to the preseason Top 25 Boys and Top 25 Girls returners list, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Foothills’ Cory Tertel represented the boys, while three-sport star Cassidy Morrow of Sahuaro represented the girls. Full returners lists…

Dorroh, Sabino Eyeing Next Season

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Speed School athlete Kiya Dorroh and her Sabino teammates recently competed in the Section 7 High School Tournament in Phoenix, reaching the finals of the elite event. The Sabercats are considered one of the top returning teams at any level for the 2019-2020 high school season. For her part, Dorroh received … Read More

Update: Gonzales Named 1st-Team All-American

UPDATE: D1Baseball and ABCA/Rawlings have named Gonzales 1st-team All-American in addition to his previous 2nd-team designation by Baseball America.  Speed School athlete Nick Gonzales has been again recognized for his stellar performance this season for New Mexico State, recently adding All-American honors to his many accolades. According to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, … Read More

Spring All-Stars: 27 Athletes Recognized

Twenty-four Speed School athletes were recognized for their performances on the track, field, and court during the spring high school seasons. The list was highlighted by eleven state champions along with five athletes who earned region or state Player of the Year honors: Sabino’s Mike Snyder and Preston Clifford on the baseball field, … Read More

Masunas At Stanford Elite Camp

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Desert Speed School athlete Michael Masunas participated in the Stanford Elite Camp earlier this week, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Masunas, a sophomore tight end at Sabino, has played for the US National team in the past and is rapdily attracting scouting attention for his size and receiving skills. Full story…

Seniors and Futures All-Star Games: 8 Athletes Selected

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Eight Speed School athletes recently participated in the post-season “Seniors” and “Futures” All-Star baseball and softball games. On the girls’ side, Bela Goerke, Cassidy Morrow, and Kianna Galindo (above) all played in the softball games. Boys participating on the baseball side included Ajay Ram, Seth Nager, Mike Snyder, Preston Clifford, and Ryan Melendez. Game recap here.   (Photo credit: Ralph … Read More

Middle School Track Championships

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Speed School athletes have excelled on the track this season all the way down to the middle school level. With the middle school championships wrapping up, we wanted to recognize the following Speed School athletes for their performances: Northwest City Championships Paden Hall, Orange Grove – 400m (1st), 200m (1st), … Read More

High School Track & Field Championships

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A pair of Speed School athletes placed at the state championships earlier this month. Emarie Sooter (Gregory School) took 3rd in pole vault, while Cristian Gonzales (Sahuarita) placed 7th in the 200m.  AllSportsTucson results…

All-Conference Collegiate Honors for Woolridge, Doughty

Desert Speed School athletes Brittany Woolridge and Abby Doughty have each earned postseason recognition following their collegiate softball seasons, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Woolridge, an Empire grad who won a state championship with the Ravens in 2015, was named 1st-team All-Conference for Concordia following a 13-3 season as a pitcher. Full story… Meanwhile, … Read More

Salpointe Softball: 4A State Champions

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe outfielder Jordy Johnson was part of the Lancer team that won the 4A State Championship game Tuesday night, an extra-inning affair that ended with a walk-off sacrifice fly by Salpointe to give them the title over Cactus. Full story…   (Photo credit: Kelly Presnell, Arizona Daily Star)

Sabino Softball Wins 3A State Title

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Four Desert Speed School athletes were part of Sabino softball’s impressive 14-2 win in the state championship game. Cassie Castaneda, Hannah Stark, Yesenia Romero, and Riley Nielson were part of the Sabercats’ championship run in which they outscored their last six opponents 69-2. Full story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AZPreps365)

State Championship for Lee

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Speed School athlete Ethan Lee won the boys’ singles state championship on Saturday, defeating #2 Luke Urlaub of Desert Vista in three sets. As reported by Jose Garcia, Lee won in dramatic fashion, battling off both cramping as well as approaching lighting that nearly postponed the last points of the match. … Read More

Sooter and Santillan Claim T&F Titles

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A pair of Speed School athletes picked up Southern Arizona track and field titles this past weekend, with CDO’s Mariah Santillan taking the 300m hurdles title, and freshman Emarie Sooter (above, Gregory School) clearing 9′-3″ to win the pole vault. Foothills’ Connor Cagno took 2nd in the 400m, with Bryn Callie – also from Foothills – taking 5th … Read More

Speed School Athletes Honored at NFF Ceremony

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Salpointe’s CJ Franks and Cienega’s Thomas Webb, Jr. are both among 13 Tucson-area football players announced as recipients of the National Football Federation High School Scholar Athlete Honorees, according to The recognition includes scholarship assistance, and is based on athletic and academic achievement along with community involvement. Players will be recognized at the … Read More

Winter All-Stars: 41 Speed School Athletes Recognized

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Forty-one Speed School athletes were recognized this past winter for their performances on the court and field. These recognitions were highlighted by four athletes who earned various Player of the Year honors: Sabino’s Ben Kopiec (soccer), Salpointe’s Kate Connelly (soccer), and Tanque Verde’s Nikya Orange (basketball), and UHS’ Aerin McQuillen (soccer). Players recognized included: Soccer Kate … Read More

Wexler Excelling on the Track

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A special congratulations goes out to Sabrina Wexler, one of our younger Speed School athletes. Wexler, the TUSD cross-country champion from earlier this year, recently won 3 events on the track at the TUSD Regional meet. Showing her range in sprinting distances, she won the 100m, 500m, was part of the … Read More

Gonzales Earns WAC Honors

Desert Speed School athlete and Cienega grad Nick Gonzales was named WAC Hitter of the Week for two consecutive weeks in February, following a blistering offensive start to the season for the sophomore infielder. Gonzales is currently hitting .675 for New Mexico State. See full story…

State Championship for Salpointe Girls

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Salpointe girls soccer won their 3rd consecutive state championship Wednesday night, defeating a strong Catalina Foothills team in a tough-fought 2-1 overtime win. Five Desert Speed School athletes are among the champion Lancer team: Kate Connelly, Sydney Lenhart, Grace Kaufman-Fuller, Catalina Alvarado, and Valentina Campos. The two squads faced each other after knocking … Read More

All-Tucson Matchup for State Championship

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It will be a battle of Speed School athletes against one another at Mountain View High School Wednesday night, with the 4A Girls State Championship on the line. Cross-town rivals and soccer powerhouses Salpointe and Catalina Foothills square off, and it will pit Lancers Kate Connelly, Sydney Lenhart, Grace Kaufman-Fuller, and Catalina Alvarado against … Read More

National Signing Day: 5 Speed School Athletes Commit

Five Desert Speed School athletes made collegiate commitments last week, signing national letters-of-intent to compete at the college level. Cienega teammates Zach Mattas and Thomas Webb, Jr. both committed to the Western New Mexico football program along with Salpointe’s CJ Franks. Fellow Salpointe Lancer Colin Dreis committed to Montana football, while two-time state champion for the Salpointe … Read More

Rincon/UHS Girls Win 5A Sonoran Title

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The Rincon/UHS girls basketball team has captured the 5A Sonoran title outright following a back-and-forth regular season win over Cholla Monday night – with Speed School athletes Kendall Jeong (above; 4 points, 7 rebounds) and Edie Cotton (6 points, 10 rebounds) both contributing heavily. The win and 5A title positions the Rangers in a … Read More

Almazan Honored by Big Sky Conference

Desert Speed School athlete and Northern Colorado freshman Isabella Almazan was named to the Big Sky Academic All-Conference team earlier this week, following her first season of collegiate soccer for the Bears. Almazan, a Salpointe grad, posted an impressive 4.0 GPA in the fall semester to earn the recognition. Full story…

Top 100 of 2018: Three Athletes Named

An annual tradition, Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen has named his Top 100 Sports Figures of 2018, and this year’s list includes three Desert Speed School athletes. Tennis stars Yash and Harsh Parikh made the list, with Yash winning 14 NCAA games as a freshman and Harsh achieving the #1 ranking in Arizona. Meanwhile, Sabino … Read More

Hat Trick for Jeffers in IRHS Win

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Desert Speed School athlete Katie Jeffers was key in Ironwood’s first game win at the Oro Valley Invitational, as she found the back of the net in the 43rd, 60th, and 79th minute to help lead the Nighthawks to a win over Tucson High. Andy Morales interview…

Salpointe’s Dreis Instrumental To Postseason Run

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe offensive lineman Colin Dreis has been a major part of #1-ranked Salpointe’s undefeated run through the regular season and playoffs this year. The Daily Star’s Norma Gonzales sat down with him to find out about his preparation this past off-season and the transformation he made. Full story…

National Signing Day: 11 Speed School Athletes Commit

A total of 11 Desert Speed School athletes signed national letters-of-intent last week to compete at the collegiate level, highlighted by back-to-back soccer state champions Grace Kaufman and Kate Connelly of Salpointe along with 2018 baseball state champion Preston Clifford. In all, athletes who made collegiate commitments included: Ajay Ram, Ironwood Ridge – Pima baseball … Read More

National Championship for Pima Soccer

Two Desert Speed School athletes were part of a Pima men’s soccer team that won the NJCAA National Championship on Saturday in thrilling fashion, defeating Barton College 2-1 in 2OT. Sahuaro grad Alec Nguyen and Sabino’s Martin Cardenas were both critical to the Aztecs’ strong regular season and dominating postseason run. Full game recap…   … Read More

Salpointe XC Takes 3rd at State

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The Salpointe boys’ cross-country team, aided by strong finishes from Desert Speed School athletes Matthew Diaz and Benji Thomas, finished 3rd in the state championship meet this past weekend. Full results…

Salpointe Playing for 3rd Straight Title

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As reported by The Arizona Daily Star, Salpointe advanced over the weekend to the 4A volleyball State Championship title game, putting them one win away from a third consecutive volleyball state championship. Desert Speed School athletes Jenna Johnson, Brandy Kishbaugh, Claire Dunn, Hiliana Mizner have been part of the Lancer run towards a … Read More

Birchard Picks Up More Honors

Desert Speed School athlete Will Birchard was named First-Team All-Conference by the SCIAC earlier last week, coming on the heels of his third Player of the Week honors of the season. Birchard, a UHS graduate and sophomore defender for Claremont Mud Scripps, was twice named Defensive Player of the Week to go … Read More

Two XC Runners Qualify for State

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Two Desert Speed School endurance athletes have qualified for the state cross-country meet. Bryn Callie of Catalina Foothills, and also a talented basketball player for the Falcons – took 7th in her sectional to qualify, while Salpointe’s Matthew Diaz took 18th on the boys’ side. Both runners’ teams also qualified, so the two … Read More

Seniors Lead Sabino Into Playoffs

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#6 Sabino enters the playoffs this year having won their last 8 games in a row thanks in large part to solid play from their senior leadership. Senior linebacker Richie Pina and two-way lineman Brad Hoge were both interviewed by The Arizona Daily Star in advance of their first-round playoff game today against #11 Blue … Read More

Week 10 Honor Roll: Five Players Recognized

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Five Desert Speed School athletes were recognized by AllSportsTucson for their performance in the final regular-season games of the high school football season. Players honored included junior quarterback Jackson Bolin of Salpointe along with fellow Lancer Mario Padilla – the two of who combined for 3 Salpointe touchdowns. Sabino running … Read More

Birchard Named Player of the Week

University of Claremont Mudd Scripps and Desert Speed School athlete Will Birchard picked up his 3rd Player of the Week honors recently, taking Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring the lone goal in a game that won the Conference title for the Stags. As reported by Birchard earned … Read More

10 Speed School Teams in State Volleyball Playoffs

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A total of 20 Desert Speed School athletes and their teams have qualified for the state volleyball playoffs, with four of those teams winning their Region Championships during the regular season. Two-time defending state champion Salpointe looks to three-peat, and enters the state playoffs as the 4A Kino Region champion … Read More

Birchard Named Player of the Week

Desert Speed School athlete Will Birchard, a defender for the Claremont Mudd-Scripps University men’s soccer team, was recently named Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the CCIAC. As reported by Andy Morales, Birchard assisted on a goal in a win over La Verne and scored the game-winner against Macalester last week. Full … Read More

Week 5 Honors for Salpointe’s Straka

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe defensive back Luke Straka was honored earlier this week by being named to the AllSportsTucson Week Five Honor Roll. The junior was recognized following his 10 tackles for the Lancers in their win against Glendale Cactus. Full Week 5 Honors…   (Photo credit: Sean Logan, Arizona Daily … Read More

All-Tournament Honors for Sisters

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Desert Speed School athletes Ariana and Anjolie Navarette were recently named to the All-Tournament Team of the Wolfpack Invitational after helping lead their St. Augustine volleyball team to the championship match. The sisters add to the list of Desert Speed School-trained players and teams playing at a high level at the start of … Read More

Matteo Mele: #10 All-Time Lancer

In honor of the current high school football season, the Arizona Daily Star has been compiling lists for local powerhouse schools with the top ten players in history from that school’s program. One Desert Speed School athlete – Cienega’s Bryce Burnett – has already been honored. Another – Desert Speed School athlete Matteo Mele – has … Read More

Dorroh Named to ESPN Watch List

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Desert Speed School athlete Kiya Dorroh was recently named to ESPN’s Watch List for the upcoming girls’ basketball season, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. The list, compiled by ESPN’s Dan Olson, features the top 45 girls players nationally who are expected to make an impact this season. Full story…   (Photo … Read More

Salpointe Volleyball Looks to Three-Peat

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2016 and 2017 4A State Champion Salpointe volleyball returns this season looking to add another title, and 4 Desert Speed School athletes will play a major role in the effort. Seniors Jenna Johnson, Claire Dunn, and Hiliana Mizner along with sophomore setter Brandy Kishbaugh are some of the “returning firepower” that the two-time state champion Lancers … Read More

Greg Hansen: Look For These High School Stars

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Two Desert Speed School athletes are among those Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen is predicting big senior seasons for. Salpointe tennis star Harsh Parikh goes into the year as the #1-ranked Arizona player and #8 nationally, while Sabino’s ace pitcher Preston Clifford – a recent New Mexico State commit – returns to the Sabercats for his … Read More

Mattas #8 on Daily Star List

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Desert Speed School athlete Zach Mattas has earned the #8 spot on the Arizona Daily Star‘s list of top high school football players in the region. He goes into the season having spent the off-season preparing to make the transition this year from defensive line to linebacker. Already one of the strongest players … Read More

10 Volleyball Players on Preseason List

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Ten Tucson-area players who have gone through Desert Speed School’s volleyball training program are among those listed by Andy Morales as returning players to keep an eye on this fall. Among those include four Salpointe players who will be looking to defend their 2016 and 2017 state championships: Jenna Johnson, Claire … Read More

Cienega Linebacker Credits Speed School

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Cienega senior Zach Mattas is eagerly anticipating the upcoming football season. A former defensive end who has drastically improved his speed in an effort to convert to the linebacker position, he will be a key piece for the Bobcats defense this season. In an interview with Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Mattas credited … Read More

“Look For Webb on Both Sides of the Ball”

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Desert Speed School athlete and two-way Cienega star Thomas Webb, Jr. was recently profiled by The Arizona Daily Star in anticipation of the upcoming high school season. The running back/safety is one of the top players in the state at both positions, and is expected to have an increased workload this season. See the story… … Read More

Tucson Rattlers Win Vegas Title

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Desert Speed School athlete Nikya Orange and her Tucson Rattlers teammates have been taking on – and beating – the top club teams in the country this summer. Coming off a dominating 5-1 record in Chicago for the Nike Tournament, the Rattlers won the Las Vegas NCAA Super Showcase, according to Javier … Read More

National Championship for 4 Athletes

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Four Desert Speed School athletes were part of the AZ Firecrackers softball team that went undefeated and won the USSA Far West National Championship in California last week. Players included Lauren Wedman, Ashley Bradford, Zoe Corral, and Kristina Wilson. Full story… In other tournament action, Speed School athlete Hannah Stark and her AZ Cats teammates also … Read More

More Honors for NM State’s Gonzales

Desert Speed School athlete Nick Gonzales has picked up more recognition for his very strong freshman season for the New Mexico State baseball program. Already awarded as WAC Freshman of the Year, All-Conference, and Freshman All-American by no fewer than five publications, the Cienega grad was this time recognized for his work … Read More

Two Athletes in TSPL All-Star Game

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The Tucson Summer Pro League, an annual summer tradition in Tucson that has featured some of the top UofA and local talent, has recently expanded to include a youth league for middle-school athletes as well. This year, two Desert Speed School athletes – Victor Yevzerov and Nick Del Bosque – were selected to the league … Read More

30 Athletes Named Spring All-Stars

The spring high school season was another successful time for our Desert Speed School athletes, with 30 players across 5 sports named as Spring All-Stars. The list is highlighted by one All-American and five Players of the Year: Daniel Durazo (4A baseball), Preston Clifford (3A baseball), Nate Maltry (Lacrosse All-American and Southern Arizona Player … Read More

3 Players in Pro League Youth Program

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The Tucson Summer Pro League – an annual summer basketball tradition – has expanded over the last several years to include 9 youth teams featuring some of the top young local talent. Three Desert Speed School athletes have been selected to play in the league: Victor Yevzerov, Issac Diaz, and Nick Del Bosque. Games … Read More

Doughty and Cienega Win 3rd State Title

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As reported by Andy Morales, Cienega standout and Utah State signee Abby Doughty won her 3rd softball state championship on Monday night, and in the process, officially became the most decorated Cienega athlete of all time. The last remaining player from the 2015 state championship Bobcat team, she was also a critical … Read More

Clifford Pitches Sabino to State Title

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Desert Speed School athlete Preston Clifford was the ace on the mound for Sabino earlier this week in their state championship win in the 3A title game. Fellow Sabertcats and Speed School athletes Mike Snyder and Dylan Dalrymple also were critical as Sabino rallied to overcome an early 3-0 deficit in the game, with … Read More

State Championship for 5 Athletes

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Five Desert Speed School athletes won the U19 State Cup yesterday at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. Salpointe’s Isabella Almazan, Lauren Bollinger, Paloma Teran along with Ironwood’s Emma McCormick and Foothills defender Meghan Hawkins were part of the TSA 00/99 team that claimed the title with a 2-0 victory in the championship game. The State Cup … Read More

State Championship for 2 Athletes

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Desert Speed School athletes Mason Lee and Krishna Dasika were part of the #1 Catalina Foothills state championship title, defeating #3 Salpointe in a rematch from the regular season. Salpointe star Harsh Parikh won the #1 singles match for the Lancers, keeping things close between the squads, but it was Lee – the 2018 doubles … Read More

Tanner Clutch in Softball Playoff Win

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Rincon/UHS pitcher and Desert Speed School athlete Bailey Tanner came through in the clutch for the Rangers earlier this week, pitching her team to an epic 11-inning win in the first round of the 6A state playoffs. Facing the consistently strong Sunnyside program, Tanner at one point “erased 16 of 19 batters,” … Read More

National Signing Day; 4 Athletes Commit

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Four Desert Speed School athletes signed collegiate letters-of-intent earlier this month, joining the 10 Speed School athletes who signed during the February early signing period. Athletes included: Noe Becerra, Ironwood Ridge – Pima football Alec Nguyen, Sahuaro – Pima soccer Ashley Bradford, Sahuaro – Colorado Mesa softball Lauren Wedman, Sahuaro … Read More

Semper Fi All-American Bish Looking at State

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Tanque Verde’s Bailey Bish is within striking distance of qualifying for the State Tournament for golf, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Bish, no stranger to challenges, was honored last summer as an All-American by the U.S. Marine Corps. A difficult surgery four years ago led to the loss of … Read More

Sabino Upsets Top Seeds to Take 2nd at Badger Invite

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As fitting for the month of March, the Sabino softball program qualified for the championship of the Badger Invitational as a #6-seed – the lowest possible – and proceeded to go on a tear all the way to the championship game, eventually losing to champion Salpointe. The Sabercats got timely … Read More

Tucson’s Shulman wins State Championship

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Desert Speed School athlete Eli Shulman helped lead his Phoenix Knights hockey team to the 2018 State Championship at the top-tier 10U level over the weekend. One of the fastest players on the ice, Shulman has consistently been one of the top scorers in the state over the last several years.

Two Athletes Named to All-Freshman Team

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Desert Speed School athletes Ty Pham-Swann and Ryan Spitzer were recognized for their strong 2017-2018 high school seasons in being named to the Southern Arizona All-Freshman team. Spitzer helped lead his underdog Sabino team to one upset after another throughout the state playoffs, eventually making it all the way to the Final Four. For … Read More

Desert Speed School athlete earns All-Freshman honors

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Tanque Verde freshman Kiya Dorroh was recently honored for her 2017-2018 high school season. The 6′-1″ guard helped lead her Hawks team to its best season in history, ultimately finishing 21-8. She was named the AllSportsTucson small-school division Freshman of the Year and named to the All-Freshman first-team. Full story…

Parikh wins High School Invitational

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Desert Speed School athlete Harsh Parikh recently won The High School Invitational boys’ title, defeating Foothills star George Jiang in the finals. The Invitational is one of the longest running tournaments in the state in its 48th year, and is considered a “preseason state championship” given the caliber of play … Read More

Salpointe defends state title

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Seven Desert Speed School athletes won their second consecutive state title over the weekend with the Salpointe girls’ soccer team defeating #1-seed Flagstaff in the 4A State Championship game. Speed School athlete Isabella Almazan assisted on the Lancers’ first goal and notched the second herself. Desert Speed School athletes on the … Read More

National Signing Day; 10 Desert Speed School athletes commit

High school athletes across the country put pen to paper last week and signed national letters of intent to continue playing at the collegiate level. Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson reported on the local Tucson athletes who have signed collegiately – among them 10 Desert Speed School athletes. Those athletes include: … Read More

Five Speed School-led teams advance to Final Four

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With the soccer postseason well underway, five teams have advanced to the semifinal round of the state championship. On the girls side, traditional powerhouse teams steamrolled their way through their quarterfinal matchups: 5A #2 Ironwood Ridge (Madison Thacker and captain Emma McCormick), 4A #2 Salpointe (Captain Lauren Bollinger, Isabella Almazan, … Read More

Leyva aims to put Sabino back in playoffs

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Sabino senior midfielder Cathy Leyva has her #14-ranked Sabercats looking to make a run at the state playoffs, but will need a strong finish to do so. See the story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales)

Top Figures of 2017: Deion James

Speed School athlete Deion James was recently named to Greg Hansen’s Top 100 Southern Arizona sports figures of 2017. Hansen placed James at #14 on the illustrious list, which encompasses the top athletic and coaching talent at the collegiate, professional, and high school level – all with Tucson-area connections, of course. … Read More

2 Athletes named to All-Tournament Team

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Tanque Verde teammates Kiya Dorroh and Ella Berg were both named to the All-Tournament Team for the Tucson Cactus Classic holiday basketball tournament. Their Lady Hawks team finished runners-up in the tournament, losing to Tucson High in the finals. Full story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales)

Speed School athlete named named #4 overall

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Speed School and anchor of the Salpointe offensive line, Matteo Mele, was recently honored with a Top Ten ranking by Greg Hanson of the Arizona Daily Star.  Southern Arizona and the Tucson region had one of its strongest seasons in recent history, with Salpointe and Pusch Ridge making the title … Read More

40 Speed School athletes named Fall All-Stars

A record 40 Speed School athletes earned All-Star recognition during the fall season, highlighted by two Players of the Year, three first-team All-State selections, and four state champions. Speed School athletes who were recognized included: Football Mario Padilla, Salpointe – AllSportsTucson 1st-team Southern Arizona, 1st-team Division, 2nd-team Division (punter); AZPreps … Read More

Foothills wins Brandon Bean tourney

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In a matchup that featured Speed School athletes on both sides of the pitch, Foothills girls’ soccer won a 4-1 match over Salpointe in the title game of the Brandon Bean tournament. Both schools – traditional Tucson powerhouses – won their semifinal matchups 3-0 en route to meeting in the … Read More

4 Speed School athletes to watch this season

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With the early stages of the basketball season underway this week, 4 Speed School athletes have already garnered attention on preseason watch lists. Kiya Dorroh was listed as AllSportsTucson’s preseason “Newcomer of the Year,” and she joins fellow Tanque Verde teammates Emma Morris and Ella Berg on the girls’ watch list. On … Read More

2A Player of the Year: Ariana Navarrete

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St. Augustine’s Ariana Navarrete was recently named the 2A Girls’ Volleyball Player of the Year for Southern Arizona by Andy Morales of Navarrete helped lead her Wolves’ team to an undefeated record in section play and a berth in the state playoffs. She was also named First-Team All-Division. Full All-Star … Read More

Salpointe, Pusch advance to title games

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14 Speed School athletes from Salpointe and Pusch Ridge advanced to the 4A and 3A state championship games following semifinal wins from both teams. Salpointe got 202 yards and 2 touchdowns from Mario Padilla running behind Matteo Mele in erasing a 14-0 deficit. They will face Saguaro on December 2nd at Arizona Stadium … Read More

Baseball Next Level tryouts announced

Baseball Next Level tryouts for the upcoming season have been announced for Saturday, December 16th (click here for more information). As part of the announcement, their very impressive list of local alumni playing at the next level included six Speed School athletes: Andrew Edwards (above), New Mexico State University Zach Rosson, … Read More