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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

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

Salpointe’s Mele named to 2017 watch list

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Speed School athlete and University of Washington commit Matteo Mele was named to the watch list for the 2017 Ed Doherty Award. The award, which is in its 22nd year, honors the top high school football talent in Arizona and is awarded annually at season’s end. Full story…   (Photo credit: Kelly Presnell, Arizona … Read More

St. Augustine wins Wolfpack Invitational

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St. Augustine went undefeated during the Wolfpack Invitation last weekend aided by standouts – and Speed School athletes – Ariana and Anjolie Navarrette. The team is now 8-1 on the season. Full results…    

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

Foothills’ Flores competing in North American Cup

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One of the many Speed School athletes competing at the national level this summer was Catalina Foothills girls’ soccer star Faith Flores, who recently competed with her team SC Del Sol in the Elite Clubs National Tournament in Illinois. Full story…

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

27 Speed School athletes named Spring All-Stars

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27 Speed School athletes across five sports were recognized for their athletic performance this spring. The list of athletes honored also includes 9 Player of the Year selections from various media outlets. Athletes recognized include: Baseball Nick Gonzales, Cienega – AIA 5A Defensive Player of the Year, AIA Region Offensive … Read More

State Championship titles for four athletes

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Four Speed School athletes across three sports won individual or team state championships this spring. The softball state championships brought home two titles to Tucson teams, with Utah Valley College-commit Abby Doughty leading her Cienega Bobcats to a win over fellow Tucson powerhouse Sahuaro. Sahuaro’s runner-up team also featured two Speed … 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

Sahuaro’s Bradford commits to Colorado Mesa

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Speed School athlete Ashley Bradford, a junior shortstop for Sahuaro, recently committed to the Colorado Mesa softball program. Bradford is currently batting .353 with 12 RBI for the Cougars. Full story…   (Photo credit: Andy Morales)

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

Five Speed School athletes part of Salpointe state championship

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Avenging a year-old loss in the 2016 state title game, Salpointe was dominant in a 4-0 win in this year’s 4A state championship win over defending champion Notre Dame. Three out of Salpointe’s four goals in the title game were scored by Speed School athletes: Kate Connelly (17′), Catalina Alvarado (45′), Paloma Teran (60′). The trio … 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

Game-winning goal for Koppy

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Speed School athlete Kelly Koppy helped lift her Ironwood Ridge team to a 2-1 victory last week, advancing the Nighthawks to the semifinals of the 5A Girls Soccer state championship. Koppy scored the go-ahead to break a 1-1 tie in the 78th minute on a PK. Currently ranked #4 in state, … Read More

DCHS’ Radtke signs with Vanguard University

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Congratulations to Speed School athlete Taylor Radtke, who recently signed with Vanguard University (CA). The Desert Christian senior batted .524 with 12 RBI last season for the Eagles’ softball program. Full story…

Cienega’s Doughty commits to Utah Valley

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Speed School athlete and record-holder Abby Doughty recently committed to play collegiately for Utah Valley. A junior outfielder for the Bobcats, she hit .442 last season with 24 RBI. Full story… In addition to her numerous accomplishments on the field, Doughty also holds the all-time #1 Speed School score for the … 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

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

Timpf ties Bowl Game record

Speed School athlete and Sabino grad Jeremy Timpf was the defensive anchor for the Army football team throughout the 2016 season, and his performance in Army’s first bowl game since 1996 was no exception. Tying the Heart of Dallas Bowl record for tackles with 15 – including 3 for loss – the Army … 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)

Senior linebacker reflective on coach’s tenure

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Sabino will face #1 seed Show Low in the 3A semifinals on Saturday, and with the Sabercats focused on making it to the championship game November 26th, senior linebacker and Speed School athlete James Offerman spoke with Arizona Daily Star sports reporter Jon Gold on head coach Jay Campos’ leadership. Offerman is the … Read More

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

Speed School athletes advance in playoffs

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A number of Speed School athletes have advanced another step closer to a state championship for football and volleyball, headlined by Salpointe football’s win over CDO. Linebacker Cameron Tober had 3 tackles and a sack for the Lancer defense, and Mario Padilla scored the only touchdown of the game to … 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

Sophomore running back makes Daily Star Top 10

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Speed School athlete and Salpointe running back Mario Padilla is only a sophomore, but has already been making a difference for the Lancers – and getting recognition to go along with it. Earlier in the season, Padilla had a play that was named KVOA’s “Play of the Week,” and more … Read More

Andrew Edwards commits to New Mexico State

Speed School athlete and former Desert Christian ace pitcher Andrew Edwards has committed to pitch for New Mexico State, following a year at Central Arizona in which he finished with 57 strikeouts on a 5-1 record. Edwards was a first-team All-State selection in 2015 after leading Desert Christian to a third … 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.

Speed School athletes: “Thunder and Lightning” for Salpointe

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Salpointe linebacker Cameron Tober and running back Mario Padilla – “thunder” and “lightning”, according to the Arizona Daily Star – were the key to a Salpointe victory over Mountain View in Week 2 of the football season. Tober picked up a sack and also returned a fumble 78 yards for a touchdown, … Read More

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…

Speed School athletes on pre-season watch lists

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With the school year underway and the fall sports season officially kicking off later tonight with a Sabino-Sahuaro football showdown, several Speed School athletes have been named to pre-season watch lists for the fall. Those to look out for include: Volleyball Hannah Parrish – UHS Imani Litz – Cienega   Football … Read More

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…

All-American honors for Ironwood senior

Speed School athlete Derek Daly recently garnered yet another honor in being named to Maxpreps’ High School All-American team. Boasting an impressive .596 average at the plate, Daly was responsible for 33 RBI for the Nighthawks. In addition to numerous local recognition, Daly earned state and regional honors in being named … Read More

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…    

Speed School athlete takes 6th nationally at “The Duel”

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Speed School athlete Ryan Fontaine recently traveled to Ohio for an invite-only camp with players from across the country. Competing with 35 other invited 7th-graders, he took 6th overall in the quarterback rankings. “The Duel,” as the camp is known, is put on by the National Football Academy.  

Speed School athletes on the beach – and the podium

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Speed School athlete Geena Kading and her Desert Sand partner recently traveled to Hermosa Beach for the prestigious BVCA beach volleyball tournament. Competing against some of the top teams from around the country, Kading and teammate Hannah Beskind took 2nd overall in the Bronze Division. The duo had also recently … Read More

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

Speed School athletes part of National Development Program

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Speed School athletes Nick Gonzales (Cienega) and Daniel Durazo (Salpointe) were both named to the USA Baseball Southwest teams. These teams will compete in August against other regional teams, with players then being selected for the national developmental team. Full story…

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)

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

All-Conference honors for Salpointe grad

Speed School athlete Allie Curtis, a right fielder for Central Michigan, was recently named Player of the Week for the Mid-American Conference. Her already-stellar play at the plate this season got a boost when she went on a three-game tear in which she finished with an impressive .636 batting average … 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

Gonzalez crucial at the plate in championship game

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Cienega topped Salpointe in a wild back-and-forth affair that was the championship game of the early-season Cowboy Up Classic, ultimately prevailing 10-9 thanks in large part to two triples from shortstop Nick Gonzalez. Full story…

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

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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

Pitre helps lead Sabino past Catalina

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Judging from her 22 points in Sabino’s early-season win, senior guard Brianna Pitre has successfully returned from an injury that kept her out of most of her junior season last year. See full story…

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

Pima’s Hunley named All-American

Following a phenomenal season in which she was named All-Region, MVP of the Region Tournament, and led her Pima Aztec team to the national tournament, former Speed School athlete and Sabino grad Devyn Hunley was named recently as an All-American. Hunley scored 15 goals and notched 10 assists on the … Read More

UHS’ Kenzie Rod signs with Embry-Riddle

From As a junior, Kenzie Rod batted .479 with two doubles, two home runs with 20 RBIs for Rincon/University. The infielder signed with Embry-Riddle last week. “We could not be prouder of Mackenzie,” her mother Amy said. “She worked extremely hard coming off an injury her sophomore season that … Read More

Reyna scores twice to lead Wildcats to City Championship

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Speed School athlete Jacob Reyna scored two extremely critical touchdowns – the only scoring for his Wildcat team, in fact – in helping lead them to the City Championship on November 21. The first came at the onset of the game – a 22-yard touchdown reception – and the second … Read More

Signing Day for Speed School athletes

With the fall signing day having come and gone, several Speed School athletes have made commitments to continue playing at the collegiate level. These include: Brianna Pitre (Sabino) – Texas Rio-Grande Valley basketball Alexis Ranieri (IRHS) – West Texas A&M softball Derek Daly (IRHS) – Colorado School of Mines baseball … Read More

Ironwood’s Daly signs letter-of-intent

Speed School athlete Derek Daly, coming off an impressive 2015 season in which he batted .329 along with 22 RBI, recently signed collegiately to play for Colorado School of Mines – recently ranked the #1 engineering school in the country. In addition to his strong hitting at the plate, Daly … Read More

Hunley earns honors as Pima enters nationals

Speed School athlete and former Sabino Sabercat Devyn Hunley, now a forward for the nationally-ranked Pima Aztecs, has had an impressive October in leading her team into the national championships. On October 20th Hunley was named conference Player of the Week for her play on the pitch, following a week … 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

2 scores for Eagerton in rare “Monday Night Football” game

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Speed School athlete Ethan Eagerton picked up two touchdowns in Empire’s dominating win – one on the ground and another receiving – as the Ravens played a rare Monday night game earlier this week following the lightning-induced postponement of their matchup with Douglas last week. The win keeps Empire mathematically alive … Read More

Anderson starring in goal for #3-ranked Pima

Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen had a chance to take in the soccer action last week when the #3 and #4 ranked teams in the country squared off at Kino Stadium. Starring at the back of the #3-ranked Aztec’s defense is Speed School athlete and Salpointe grad, goalkeeper Taylor Anderson. … 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

“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

Willingham earns national academic recognition

Speed School athlete Kayley Willingham, a local standout on the softball field for Sabino, was recently named to the D-II Academic Achievement List for her strong performance in the classroom. An accounting major with a 3.67 grade-point-average for the University of Arkansas-Monticello, she was also an Academic All-Conference award winner. … Read More

Trainer honored as Player of the Week

Most of our news updates typically honor Speed School athletes in the program who have earned recognition for their performance. This time, it’s one of our instructors who is deserving of the honor. Shaun Cooper, Head Performance Trainer for our Northwest and Southwest locations, was awarded earlier this summer as the … Read More

Three players named to Volleyball Pre-season All-star list

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Andy Morales has released his list of players to watch during the 2015 high school volleyball season, and it includes three Speed School athletes: Desert Christian’s Addy Vavala, University High’s Rachel Dveirin, and incoming freshman Tatiana LaRue from Sahuarita. See the full list here.

Rising star places 3rd in national competition

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Ryan Fontaine is one of the younger athletes in the Speed School program, but also one of the hardest working. Often training with much older athletes, he has no trouble matching their intensity level when training for speed and strength. This summer, his hard work was on full display at … 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

Empire Ravens finish season ranked #41st nationally

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The Empire Ravens softball team, fresh off a season in which they won the school’s first team state championship, made an appearance in the national rankings, coming in at 41st overall in the Maxpreps rankings. Sandra Day O’Connor, which won the D-I state title, was the only Arizona team listed … 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

21 Speed School athletes honored as Winter All-Stars

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A total of 21 Speed School athletes were recognized for their strong performances in the 2014-15 Winter season, headlined by Salpointe keeper Taylor Anderson and Empire’s Deion James, each of whom earned Player of the Year recognition for their respective sports. Anderson, who was named AllSportsTucson’s co-Player of the Year for … Read More

Star’s tennis players to watch in 2015

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Three familiar names to our Speed School news feed – Yash Parikh, Kirtana Bhat, and Caroline Amos – are all listed on the Arizona Daily Star as players to watch in 2015. Both Parikh and Bhat come into the season looking to defend their respective individual and team state titles. See the … Read More

Desert Christian looking to three-peat

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Speed School athlete Andrew Edwards will take the mound this season as the Eagles’ ace with one goal in mind – a third consecutive state championship. Coming off a junior season in which he carried a 1.12 ERA along with a .494 average at the plate, the senior pitcher also … Read More

Empire’s Woolridge competitive on the mound

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Speed School athlete Brittany Woolridge – known for her fast working pace on the mound along with her competitive fire when facing opposing batters – was recently profiled in the Arizona Daily Star as the 2015 softball season kicks off. Full article Woolridge, a senior, is considered one of the top pitchers … Read More

Five memorable winter performances

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Speed School athlete Deion James was recently listed by the Arizona Daily Star as having turned in one of the top five performances of the winter sports season. His offensive explosion led his Empire team to a near-upset of heavily favored Cienega in the last game of the regular season. See the … Read More

National Signing Day; 7 Speed School athletes commit

With National Signing Day having come and gone, seven Speed School athletes have signed national letters of intent to continue at the collegiate level, with more certain to come. These include: Brianna Pitre, basketball (Sabino) – Texas Pan-American Marcus Edwards, football (Sabino) – Naval Academy Seth Doser, football (Buena) – Mesa … Read More

National age-group titles for young athlete

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Already having won the 800m title in his age group, Derrick Silva recently added a second national championship in the 11-12 age group in winning the 2014 Junior Cross Country Championships. In what was described as one of the closest – and certainly most exciting – races of the day, … Read More

Record for James and near-upset for Empire

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Empire was led by senior Deion James’ 31 points in a near-upset of neighboring Cienega in the boys’ basketball playoffs, ultimately falling 66-63. The 31 points scored by James give him 1,650 for his career, an Empire school record. See Andy Morales’ fantastic full game recap…

Preseason wins for Speed School athletes

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The top 16 tennis players in Southern Arizona met up for a sort of “preseason state championship” earlier this month, with strong showings from three Speed School athletes. On both the boys’ and girls’ side of the bracket, it was a case of the Lancers over the Falcons, with Salpointe’s … Read More

15 Athletes and Coaches to watch in 2015

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Three Speed School athletes made the Arizona Daily Star’s list of players to watch in this upcoming wear: Sabino point guard Brianna Pitre along with tennis stars Yash Parikh (Salpointe) and Kirtana Bhat (Foothills). Both Parikh and Bhat are expected to be the players to beat for the individual boys and girls … Read More

Young high school stars lift teams to first-round wins

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Catalina Foothills sophomore Payton Maxwell’s hat trick helped her girls’ team cruise to a comfortable 5-0 first round win  over #12 Independence. In an interview with The Arizona Daily Star, her coach describes her as “high-octane…she flies around the field.”  Her Foothills team will now face Agua Fria – the winner … Read More

Fall All-Stars: Football

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We are proud to recognize 14 athletes from our summer camps and off-season programs who were named to All-Star lists for their performance during the 2014 football season. Athletes include: Austin Goddard, Ironwood Ridge (above left) – Arizona Daily Star first-team, Tucson Coaches Association first-team, AllSportsTucson first-team defense, AllSportsTucson first-team offense Matt … Read More

Fall All-Stars: Volleyball, Soccer, and Cross Country

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Congratulations to the following Speed School athletes who were recognized for their 2014 seasons: Volleyball Addi Vavala, Desert Christian (above) – Arizona Daily Star 2nd-team, AllSportsTucson 1st-team Rachel Dveirin, University High – Arizona Daily Star honorable mention, AllSportsTucson 2nd-team Sierra Winkle, Sabino – Arizona Daily Star honorable mention Brookley Matthews, … Read More

Collegiate athletes excel on the field this fall

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Football players collect honors; major bowl trips Speed School athletes Jeremy Timpf (above) and Jason Sweet are both standout linebackers with excellent speed and each have had strong 2014 seasons on the field. Timpf, a Sabino grad playing for the Army football team, was named national FBS Defensive Player of … Read More

Speed School athletes off to strong starts in winter sports

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With the soccer and basketball seasons having kicked off, Speed School athletes are already making headlines. Desert Christian’s Addi Vavala, a Fall All-Star in volleyball, was named to AllSportsTucson’s watch list as one of the top returning players at the D-IV level. Meanwhile, Sabino’s Brianna Pitre (above) was named by … Read More

Tennis stars playing at a high level

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Three of the Desert Speed School’s tennis players have recently had strong showings at regional tournaments. Yash Parikh, the reigning boys’ state champion, won the USTA Junior Regionals with a straight-sets win. Meanwhile, the reigning girls’ state champion Kirtana Bhat completed the Western States Junior Open with a straight-sets win … Read More

Speed School athlete named Player of the Week

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For the second time this season, Sabino grad and Pima Aztecs’ star Brandi Park was named ACCAC Player of the Week. Park has dominated on ball for the last half of the season, scoring or assisting in 3 of the last 4 games for the Aztecs. Four regular-season games remain … Read More

Sabino grad named collegiate Player of the Week

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Speed School athletes – and graduates of the Sabino high school girls soccer program – have factored significantly into the Pima Aztecs strong start to the 2014.  Defender Brandi Park was part of a Pima back line that allowed just two shots on goal against Chandler CC, and also assisted … Read More

Speed School athletes drafted; called up to MLB

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Former Tucson Toros and Padres outfielder Daniel Robertson, a Speed School athlete while in the Padres organization, was recently traded to the Texas Rangers organization. Robertson was immediately called up to the majors, where he has been the starting left fielder and at times, lead-off hitter for the Rangers. Meanwhile, … Read More

Tucson-area athletes on 2014-2015 watch lists

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Cienega’s Matt Aragon, arguably the best punter in the state, was listed on AllSportsTucson’s 2014 Preseason All-Star football team. Just down the road, Empire’s Deion James was named by Arizona Central and Arizona Varsity as the #3 Tucson prospect (#21 statewide) in the 2015 basketball class. Good luck to both … Read More

Winter All-Stars: 22 Speed School athletes recognized

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Congratulations to the many Speed School athletes who were recognized this winter with all-star selections. Athletes recognized included: Girls soccer Amber Measley, Foothills – AZ Daily Star 1st-team, AllSportsTucson 1st-team overall and D-II 1st team Jenna Cray, Desert Christian – AZ Daily Star 2nd-team, AllSportsTucson 3rd-team overall and D-IV Player … Read More

Academics matter – just ask Colby Wilson

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Salpointe baseball player Colby Wilson was recently featured in a video explaining how academics played a role in his decision to commit to John Hopkins University. A committed, hard-worker both in the classroom and on the field, we wish Colby the best of luck at the next level!

Pusch Ridge alum named Pitcher of the Week

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Speed School athlete Aaron Vaughn, a Pusch Ridge product, was named Greater NW Conference Pitcher of the Week earlier this season. Vaughn, who takes the mound for Northwest Nazarene College, won the award February 17th for his dominant, two-run performance in an early-season game for NW Nazarene.

Winter Honor Roll: 25 Speed School athletes recognized

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March 21, 2013 – The winter season was a success for a number of Speed School athletes, with six athletes winning team or individual state titles, and a number of teams making deep runs into their respective postseason playoffs. Those Speed School athletes who were honored individually were: Amber Measley, … Read More