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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

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

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

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

Speed School Athletes Named to Football Honor Roll

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Two Desert Speed School athletes were named to the AllSportsTucson Week 9 Honor Roll. Sabino’s Richie Pina earned recognition following his 13-tackle performance for the Sabercats, while Mario Padilla (Salpointe) returned from injury to rush for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns, earning a spot on the list. Both look to lead their teams … Read More

Week 6 Honor Roll: Pacheco and Heitzinger Recognized

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A pair of Desert Speed School athletes were recognized by AllSportsTucson for their performances on the field this past week. Senior Foothills’ linebacker Bobby Heitzinger was honored for his defensive play after notching 12 tackles and a sack for the Falcons in their 31-12 win over Pueblo. On the offensive side of … Read More

Pima Soccer Wins 8th Straight

Desert Speed School athletes Alec Nguyen and Martin Cardenas have been instrumental in Pima College’s early-season win streak, with each notching goals for the Aztecs along the way. Nguyen assisted on a goal and also found the back of the net for the eventual game-winner in their September 6th win over Scottsdale CC. Meanwhile, Cardenas … 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

Volleyball Season Off to Strong Start

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Desert Speed School volleyball players and their high school teams are off to a strong start this fall season: Fresh off going 7-0 and winning the TUSD tournament, Tanque Verde volleyball (Jorydn Evans, Shelby Lansing, Sarah Jacobs) went 3-0 and won the Tanque Verde Invitational. Meanwhile, Pusch Ridge volleyball (Delaney McGehee) … 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

“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

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

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

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

Baseball Playoffs: 7 Athletes Looking for Titles

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Seven Desert Speed School athletes have advanced in the state baseball playoffs, most notably Efrain Cervantes and Daniel Durazo of Salpointe, whose Lancer team defeated #1 seed Nogales. Salpointe got clutch hitting in the game from both athletes, with Durazo (above) scoring in the 6th inning for the Lancers and Cervantes going 2-2 … 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

2 Athletes Playing in National Premier League Finals

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Desert Speed School athletes Alec Nguyen (Sahuaro) and Martin Cardenas (Sabino) qualified along with their TSA 2000 boys’ team for the National Premier League finals, to be held this summer in Massachusetts. The team has compiled a 29-3-9 record playing against some of the top national clubs this season, according to Greg Hansen of … Read More

National Signing Day; 4 Athletes Commit

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

Winter All-Stars: 32 Desert Speed School Athletes Recognized

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32 Desert Speed School athletes in soccer and basketball were recently recognized for their high school seasons, headlined by seven state champions and five Players of the Year. On the pitch, three girls were honored for their defensive play, with Riley Bravin, Meghan Hawkins, and Lauren Bollinger each earning Region Defensive Player of the … 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.

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

18 Speed School athletes vying for State Titles

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With the soccer postseason well underway, 18 Desert Speed School athletes play this weekend in the quarterfinals, all looking to advance to the semis of the state tournament. On the girls’ side, #2-ranked Ironwood Ridge is led by captain Emma McCormick in their 5A quarterfinal matchup against Apollo, while Tanque Verde … 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)

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

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

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

Repeat State Championship for Salpointe

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Salpointe girls’ volleyball defended their 2016 State Championship last week, winning the 4A State Championship in dramatic back-and-forth, five-set fashion over Phoenix-area Sunrise Mountain. Helping lead the way were Speed School athletes Jenna Johnson, Claire Dunn, Hiliana Mizner, and Brandy Kishbaugh. Full story…   (Photo credits: Billy Hardiman, Arizona Republic; Andy Morales, AZPreps365)

Masunas selected for National Team

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Speed School athlete Michael Masunas was selected for the 14/15U US National Football Team, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Masunas will participate in January in the International Bowl held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX. An 8th-grader who plays both sides of the ball, he will play tight end for … Read More

Speed School athletes among S. AZ Top 10

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With the 2017 high school season nearing the end and playoffs around the corner, a pair of Speed School athletes have earned Arizona Daily Star Top 10 distinction for their play: Brandon Walker, Empire (above) – Arizona Daily Star #8 receiver Lawrence Prior, Sierra Vista Buena – Arizona Daily Star #9 running back … Read More

Gonzales named All-American

Speed School athlete and Cienega grad Nick Gonzales was recently named an All-American by the National Baseball Congress, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. An outfielder who is committed to New Mexico State, he hit .538 in NBC summer play. Full story…

National Championship for Tucson Turf

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Speed School athlete Mario Padilla and his flag teammates with Tucson Turf flag football have long been dominating the local, regional, and national flag football scene, and this summer was no exception. Padilla was dominant in the team’s win earlier this summer in Las Vegas at the National Pylon Tourney, where the … Read More

Volleyball watch list: 7 players named

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Seven Speed School volleyball players have been added to the Southern Arizona preseason watch list. Athletes recognized include: 6A Amber Kempton (Tucson High) Hannah Parrish (UHS) 5A Alexa Altamirano (Marana) 4A Claire Dunn (Salpointe) 3A Leah McAdams (Sabino) 2A Ariana Navarrete (St. Augustine) Annie Fennema (Desert Christian)

Empire grad Woolridge honored

Empire grad and Speed School athlete Brittany Woolridge was recognized for her success in the classroom this past year and was named to the Lone Star Conference Honor Roll. Woolridge, the pitcher for the 2015 state champion Empire softball team, was awarded the honor during her time playing for Texas A&M Commerce. Full honor … Read More

Four Speed School athletes named to Preseason Football Team

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With the 2017 high school football season around the corner, a number of Tucson-area teams are poised to compete for state titles. Four Speed School athletes were recently named to Andy Morales’ Preseason Football Team, headlined by #1-ranked running back Mario Padilla of Salpointe and one of his main blockers, #2-ranked Washington-commit … Read More

Tucson Rattlers competing against nation’s best

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Speed School athlete Kiya Dorroh and her Tucson Rattlers club basketball team have been barnstorming the country recently, playing against some of the top AAU teams across the nation. Traveling from Las Vegas to Chicago’s Nike Tournament of Champions, the team has gotten good production from Dorroh, who, as just a high … Read More

Masunas competing at USA National Games

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Speed School athlete Michael Masunas has been taking part of the USA Football National Developmental Games this summer. Lining up as a 6′-0″ tight end, he has played the position productively, catching 5 passes and 2 touchdowns in his first game. Masunas is also a member of the 14U National Football Team. Full … Read More

Cienega hurdler to Junior Nationals

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Cienega hurdler Izaiah Brown recently competed against some of the top track athletes in the southwest at the USA Track & Field Regional Championships in Mesa, and fared well enough to qualify for the National Championships later this month at the University of Kansas. Brown placed 4th in the 110m hurdles … Read More

3 Athletes to soccer nationals

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The TSA Girls ’01 team completed their state-level play in impressive fashion, winning the Arizona Premier League championship and placing 3rd in the 16U State Championships. The team now heads to Westfield, Indiana for the National Premier League Championships. Three Speed School athletes are part of the team: Sydney Lenhart, Hannah Draper, and Grace … Read More

More accolades for CMU’s Curtis

Speed School athlete and Salpointe grad Allie Curtis has already racked up plenty of accolades – 2017 All-Conference and All-Region to go along with several Player of the Week honors during the spring season, just for starters. She recently picked up another, this time honoring her performance in the classroom. … Read More

Wildcats offer to Speed School athlete

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Incoming Tanque Verde freshman Kiyah Dorroh was recently at McKale Center with her teammates, and came away from the camp with a verbal scholarship offer from University of Arizona women’s coach Adia Barnes. Already having attracted attention from several Pac-12 schools, Dorroh now also has a hometown option should she … Read More

Cienega hurdler wins USATF state title

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Cienega hurdler and Speed School athlete Izaiah Brown recently traveled to Mesa to compete in the USA Track & Field state championships, where he ran personal bests to win the 400m hurdles and finish 2nd in the 110m hurdles. Brown’s finish in both events qualifies him for the regional championship … Read More

Arizona Daily Star: 2016-17 State Champions

The Arizona Daily Star recently highlighted the Tucson-area state champion teams of 2016-17, and 13 Speed School athletes were among those receiving state champion rings this past year. Those winning titles included: Above: Isabella Almazan, Sydney Lenhart, Kate Connelly, Catalina Alvarado, Paloma Teran, Lauren Bollinger, Grace Kaufman-Fuller (Salpointe girls soccer 4A … Read More

Tucson’s Shulman honored for hockey performance

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Among Speed School athletes, hockey players are a bit rare. After all, we’re in the middle of the desert and have a shortage of in-town rinks available. However, one young player is making up for that with his performance throughout the state this past spring season. Eli Shulman not only led his … Read More

Fifth-annual One-Day clinic Saturday, May 6th

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We are very excited to announce that registration is now OPEN for our one-day Speed & Agility training clinic! The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00am-2:00pm and will consist of extensive hands-on training sessions on speed, agility, and strength, along with teaching sessions on nutrition, mental preparation, … Read More

34 athletes named Winter All-Stars

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34 Speed School athletes were named high school All-Stars this past season following their play on the court or field. The list was dominated this season by soccer players, headlined by Ironwood’s Kelly Koppy – named 5A Player of the Year by AllSportsTucson – along with Will Birchard of UHS, who was named the … Read More

Koppy named 5A Player of the Year

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Ironwood’s Kelly Koppy was named by AllSportsTucson as the 5A Player of the Year for girls’ soccer, following a season in which she led the Nighthawks to the state semifinals. Koppy scored 15 goals and recorded 10 assists during the season, leading the team in both categories. Complete 5A All-Stars…   (Photo … Read More

National Signing Day: Football

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Four Speed School athletes have signed letters-of-intent to play collegiate football, headlined by Salpointe’s Hunter Straka. Straka suffered an ACL injury in the preseason that caused him to miss the entirety of the 2016 season, but rehabbed the injury and will be suiting up next season for Trinity University in San … Read More

Marana aiming for region title

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The Marana girls will take on Flowing Wells tonight in a matchup that may likely determine the 5A Sonoran region title. Both 3-0 in region play, Marana comes into the match ranked #10 in state, while Flowing Wells comes in at #24. Among the many Speed School athletes on the … Read More

Five collegiate athletes among 2016 honorees

A number of Tucson-area athletes were honored in 2016 for their collegiate achievements, ranging from Cholla’s Sean Elliot being named to the Pac-12 All-Century team to more contemporary awards. AllSportsTucson sportswriter Andy Morales has done a fantastic job of compiling the numerous accomplishments, and his complete list can be viewed here. … Read More

33 Speed School athletes named Fall All-Stars

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A total of 33 Speed School athletes garnered all-star recognition for football and volleyball during the 2016 Fall Season, including four Player of the Year honors. Players recognized were as follows: Football James Offerman, Sabino – AllSportsTucson Southern Arizona Defensive Player of the Year, 3A Defensive Player of the Year, … Read More

Three Speed School athletes named 2016 Players of the Year

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Sabino’s James Offerman and Salpointe’s Cameron Tober were each named 2016 Defensive Players of the Year at their respective 3A and 4A levels. The two defensive players join St. David quarterback Travis Davis, who was recently named the 1A Player of the Year. Offerman, a two-way fullback/linebacker, was named the 3A Defensive Player of the Year … Read More

Parikh captures singles and doubles titles

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Speed School athlete Harsh Parikh recently took won the boys 16’s singles division at the Phoenix Junior Masters, held earlier this month. Considered the #2-ranked Arizona player in his class, he also teamed up to win the doubles’ title as well. Full results…   (Photo Credit: Andy Morales)

State Championship for Salpointe

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Congratulations to Jenna Johnson, Claire Dunn, and Hiliana Mizner – members of the 2016 4A State Championship Salpointe volleyball team. The #6-ranked Lancers were considered an outside shot entering the tournament, but defeated #4 Greenway in four sets to win the title. The win breaks a 23-year Southern Arizona state championship drought for … Read More

Playoffs starting for football, volleyball

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With November here, the post-season is now upon us for fall sport athletes, and there is no shortage of Speed School athletes who will be on the field or court looking to possible state championships. Volleyball Sahuaro (Speed School athletes Maddy Baity and Bethany Cheatham) has been close to unstoppable all year and … Read More

Masunas selected to national team

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Speed School athlete Michael Masunas was recently selected – after making the cut during three rounds of local, regional, and national tryouts – for the 14U USA National Football Team. Masunas will compete in the International Bowl in January 2017 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Full story…

Hunley scores first NCAA goal

From Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen: “Pima College’s 2015 first-team soccer All-American Devyn Hunley, scored her first goal in an NCAA game Friday night, helping UTEP to a 2-0 victory over Nevada. Hunley, a Sabino grad, is the daughter of Arizona’s 1984 All-Pac-10 linebacker LaMonte Hunley.” Full article here.

Cienega senior ranked as a top prospect

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Cienega infielder and Speed School athlete Nick Gonzales was recently ranked as the #21-ranked Arizona prospect from the 2017 graduating class, according to sportswriter Jeff Rattay. Gonzales played a crucial role in Cienega’s 2016 run, and also played for the USA National Developmental team over the summer. Full prospect rankings…

Salpointe’s Durazo in late-summer showcase

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Speed School athlete Daniel Durazo recently played in the High Heat Showcase Tournament with his 520 Elite team. 520 Elite represented well at the showcase, going undefeated in pool play before falling in the playoff round. Durazo is expected to be a major contributor for Salpointe baseball this upcoming season, … Read More

USA National Team tryouts in Canton, OH

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Speed School athlete Michael Masunas is currently in Canton, OH this week as part of the final tryout for the USA national football team. Masunas was selected for the tryout as a tight end after participating in the USA Football regional camp in Phoenix. Full story…

Arizona Summer Classic

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Two Speed School athletes will be traveling north to the Phoenix area later this week for this weekends wood-bat Summer Baseball Classic. The tournament, which features club teams from across the southwest, includes Nick Gonzales and Zack Rosson both playing for their Baseball Next Level club team. Full roster…    

Pima College finishes #5 Nationally

Considered the best year in the history of Pima College’s men’s and women’s sports programs, the Aztecs recently learned that their men’s programs finished #4 nationally, with the women finishing with a #5 ranking. The NATYCAA Cup and its ranking system compiles a school’s performances across all sports and ranks … Read More

Arizona Daily Star releases All-Southern Arizona teams

Twenty Speed School athletes were among the spring all-star teams for Southern Arizona, as compiled by The Arizona Daily Star. This list includes all high school spring sports: Baseball, softball, boys’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ tennis, and boys’ and girls’ track & field. Speed School honorees included: Player of the Year … Read More

Parikh wins Southwest Junior Championship

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Speed School athlete and incoming Salpointe player Harsh Parikh won the Southwest Closed Junior Championship in Albuquerque, coming back after dropping the first set to defeat the #3 seed Andrew Fucci (Gilbert) in the finals. Full story… (Photo credit: Andy Morales)

Spring All-Stars: 25 athletes recognized

25 Speed School athletes in six different sports were named spring all-stars during the recent high school season, including three Players of the Year and one Freshman of the Year. Tennis Yash Parikh, Salpointe – AllSportsTucson Player of the Year, 1st-team State, 1st-team Divison Mason Lee, Foothills – AllSportsTucson Doubles Player … Read More

Five Speed School athletes play in All-Star games

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Five Speed School athletes were selected by local coaches, as some of the top local talent, to participate in post-season All-Star games held at Kino Stadium. Ironwood’s Derek Daly was selected to the “Seniors” game for upperclassmen, while Sahuaro’s Stockton Pringle and Preston Clifford joined Salpointe’s Efrain Cervantes and Cienega’s Nick … Read More

Parikh wins second state championship

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Speed School athlete Yash Parikh, the 2014 State Tennis Champion, regained his title in winning the 2016 singles State Championship. Entering the tournament as the #1 seed, he was dominant in his march to the championship match against 2015 champion Carlos Hassey. Full story…   (Photo credit: Ralph Freso, Arizona Daily Star)

Spring Signing Day

Two Speed School athletes have already signed national letters-of-intent as the spring signing period has opened up. Desert Christian’s Zach Rosson, a member of the Eagles’ state championship baseball teams, has committed to Northwestern College (IA). On the girls’ side, CDO’s Shelby Hotchkiss has signed to continue at the collegiate … Read More

24 Speed School athletes named Winter All-Stars

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23 Speed School athletes were recently named All-Stars for their performance this last high school season on the soccer field or basketball court. They included: Basketball Brianna Pitre, Sabino – Arizona Daily Star 3rd-team State Cayla Samson, Sabino – Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Chance Strawderman, St. Augustine – AllSportsTucson 3rd-team Division Soccer Girls … Read More

Miron big in the middle for Salpointe

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The Salpointe boys’ volleyball team was dominant in an early-season tournament earlier this month, defeating Tucson High in the final of the TUSD Invite to cap off a 6-0 run in the tournament. Crucial to their success was middle blocker Parker Miron, who came up big at the net in the … Read More

SAVA 14 takes 1st in Phoenix

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Speed School athlete Brandy Kishbaugh’s SAVA 14’s Black club team finished the recent Festival Fiesta with an unblemished record, going 9-0 to finish 1st out of 72 teams in the club division. Full story…

Parikh wins fourth consecutive title

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Speed School athlete Yash Parikh has won his fourth Tucson high school title, defeating Michael Lee 6-3, 6-2. The tournament is considered a “preseason state championship” prior to the spring high school season. Parikh is considered the #5-ranked player in Arizona at any level, and is expected to contend for … Read More

Eight Speed School athletes vying for State Finals trip

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With the state semifinal matchups taking place tonight, a number of Speed School athletes will be hoping to help their teams advance to the championship game. These include #1-ranked Salpointe taking on #4 Ironwood Ridge. The top-seeded Lancers feature Speed School athletes Paloma Teran, Lauren Bollinger, and Kate Connelly, while Ironwood Ridge has Emma … Read More

National Signing Day

Three additional Speed School athletes signed letters-of-intent today to compete at the collegiate level, joining four other seniors who signed earlier in the fall. These athletes include: Tristan Jury, Cienega – Briar Cliff University (football) Casey Carnaghi, Sahuaro – Adams State University (football) Jacob Miller, Sahuaro – Mesa CC (football) … Read More

Timpf honored by Army

Speed School athlete Jeremy Timpf, one of most consistent players for the Army football team, was honored with the Creighton W. Adams Memorial Award – given annually to the team’s captains. Timpf has received recognition throughout the season for his play on the field for the Black Knights, starting with his … Read More

Speed School athletes on opposing sides

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Last week’s much-anticipated Ironwood Ridge-Catalina Foothills matchup also featured Speed School athletes on both sides of the field – Kelly Koppy and Emma McCormick for IRHS, and Payton Maxwell and Faith Flores on the other side for Catalina Foothills. Ironwood was coming off a major tournament win over the Winter … Read More

Tanque Verde off to best start in history

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At 10-5, Tanque Verde is ranked #15 and off to their best start in the school’s young history – somewhat of a far cry from its 2008 first graduating class in which the school had 20 graduates. Key to their growth was former Speed School athlete (and current collegiate athlete) Marisol … Read More

“Comeback kid” featured on Channel 4 News

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Speed School athlete Chris Hupp – a nationally-ranked tennis player and basketball player for his middle school team – was recently featured on KVOA Channel 4 news after overcoming a serious illness that left him hospitalized for months. Full story and video…

22 Speed School athletes named Fall All-Stars

Congratulations to the 22 Speed School athletes named as high school Fall All-Stars by The Arizona Daily Star,, and The Arizona Republic. Players recognized were as follows: Football Kristian Becerra, IRHS – AllSportsTucson 1st-team Division, 3rd-team State, Arizona Daily Star 2nd-team State Ethan Eagerton, Empire – Blue-Grey All-American selection, AllSportsTucson 1st-team Division (offense), … Read More

Army-Navy game featured 5 from Tucson

Last Saturday’s Army-Navy game featured five athletes from the Tucson area, including Speed School athlete and Sabino grad Jeremy Timpf. The #21-ranked Navy Midshipmen ultimately prevailed 21-17 in a tight contest that eventually came down to the final play. Full article… Both academies have seen their share of Speed School athletes from … Read More

Volleyball Fab Five

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The Arizona Daily Star has released their updated “Fab Five” for volleyball, and it includes a number of Speed School athletes among the teams. Claire Dunn’s Salpointe Lancers are the current front-runners with the #1 ranking, while Madi Baity’s Sahuaro team is not far behind with the #2 spot. Rincon/UHS also made the list at … Read More

Cienega star joins Arizona roster

Speed School athlete and former Cienega Bobcat star Matt Aragon was offered a roster spot on the University of Arizona football team earlier this summer. Aragon was a two-time All-Division selection and one of the top punters in the state, and showed his athleticism in being recognized as an All-Division selection … Read More

Daily Star’s compilation highlights Speed School athletes

The Arizona Daily Star‘s recent compilation featured 37 athletes with local ties who are currently playing Division I collegiate football, and a number of athletes who had gone through our summer camps and off-season training programs were included. Speed School athletes highlighted included: Jeremy Timpf – Army (Sabino, 2013) Marcus Edwards … Read More

“Eagerton covers everyone’s best”

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All all-purpose player on both sides of the field, Empire wide receiver Ethan Eagerton has turned into a top cover corner for the Ravens – enough to earn him recognition as one of the Arizona Daily Star’s top high school players to watch for 2015. “He will be covering [the opponent’s] best … Read More

Swimmer named Top Performer

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Jared Shaw, an elite swimmer for St. Augustine high school and the Ford Aquatics program, was recently named Top Performer of the meet in the Pantano League Championships. Shaw garnered more points than any other swimmer, thanks to his 1st place finish in the butterfly along with 2nd place finishes … Read More

29 Speed School athletes named to Spring All-Star lists

A total of 29 high school track athletes and baseball, softball, and tennis players who have been part of the Speed School training program earned all-star recognition for their performance this past spring. Athletes recognized were as follows: Baseball Andrew Edwards – Arizona Daily Star 1st-team, AllSportsTucson 1st-team, D-IV Pitcher … Read More

DCHS completes three-peat

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One of the strongest teams at any level and certainly THE dominant team at Division IV for the last several years, the Desert Christian baseball seniors completed their season goal of winning a third-straight state championship. Led by Speed School athletes Andrew Edwards, Ryan Phillips, and brothers Zach and Jacob Rosson, … Read More

Five athletes sign national letters-of-intent

Five Speed School athletes representing four sports and three Tucson-area schools were among the many recent collegiate signings among high school seniors. These included:   Austin Goddard, Ironwood Ridge – Black Hills State (football) Dalton Pakkala, Ironwood Ridge – Hamline University (football) Alex Skidmore, Catalina Foothills – Lousiana-Monroe (soccer) Kirtana … Read More

“The ultimate underdog”

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Speed School athlete Daniel Robertson was recently profiled in a great Los Angeles Daily News piece during the MLB spring training on his unique – and persistent – path to the big leagues. Robertson, who had a strong rookie season at the MLB level in 2014 for the Texas Rangers, … Read More