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Arvizu Signs With Mohave CC

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athlete Chris Arvizu of Tucson High was part of the school’s collegiate signing day. The senior midfielder for the Badgers signed with Mohave Community College.     Interview with Rubio, Arvizu, Hernandez and Yebra: https://t.co/ULbbzyw3BD pic.twitter.com/nZ61dvoiUz — Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) April … Read More

UA Softball Adds Martinez To Roster

As reported by The Arizona Daily Star, AZDesertSwarm, and KOLD news, University of Arizona softball has added Speed School athlete Krista Martinez to their roster as a walk-on. A three-time state champion and All-State player during her high school days at Salpointe, Martinez immediately got in the action for the Wildcats, being … Read More

Hotchkiss Clutch For TV In Extra Innings

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Tanque Verde softball got a big late-season win – and clutch hitting from Speed School athlete Chloe Hotchkiss – in a critical matchup against Pusch Ridge. As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, Hotchkiss, who went 2-for-4 on the day with 2RBI, got an extra-inning hit with two outs to put … Read More

Salpointe over Foothills in Extra Innings

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, Salpointe took on Catalina Foothills recently; as expected, it was an epic matchup between two of the top teams in 4A and 5A, respectively. In addition to being a battle between two of the top teams in the state, it was a matchup … Read More

Soccer All-Stars: 25 Players Recognized, 7 POYs

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Following a successful high school season by Desert Speed School athletes and their teams, 25 players received All-Star recognition at various levels – including seven Player of the Year awards. The list was highlighted by Salpointe’s Emma Veliz, who was named 4A State Defensive Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year, and Region … Read More

Gilbert Named Top Scholar-Athlete

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athlete and standout RB/LB Gavin Gilbert (Tanque Verde) was named the NFFSAC top scholar-athlete for the 2023-24 academic year. Gilbert led the state in tackles for the Hawks and was one of the top running backs in both yardage and touchdowns … Read More

Basketball All-Stars: 20 Players Honored, 12 POY Awards

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Following one of the most successful high school basketball seasons in recent years, 20 Desert Speed School athletes were recognized for their performance on the court during the 2023-24 season – including a record number of Player of the Year honors. The list is highlighted by 4A runner-up Sahuaro stars Cisco Llamas … Read More

Sahuaro Knocks Off 1-Seed, Finishes As Runner-Up

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The Desert Speed School-trained boys basketball team from Sahuaro High School completed their historic 2023-24 season with a strong run through the 4A state playoffs, reaching the title game following a win over #1-seed ALA-Gilbert in the semifinal game. As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, the Cougars used clutch fourth-quarter … Read More

Salpointe Boys Win State Title

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In what was a matchup between two local teams and six Desert Speed School athletes, the Salpointe and Mica Mountain boys’ soccer teams met last week for an all-Tucson 4A state championship soccer game. While Salpointe – with Speed School athletes Jamie Myer, Nico Soto, and Adrian Franks as part … Read More

Llamas Defense; Ponds’ Scoring Lead To Sahuaro Win

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, the Sahuaro boys’ basketball team won their first-round matchup against Paradise Honors on Wednesday night. The Cougars were led by “lightning-quick point guard” Cisco Llamas, whose on-ball defense led to transition points for Sahuaro, and fellow Speed School athletes Nick Ponds and Julian Yazon, who combined … Read More

All-Southern AZ 4A Title Games

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As reported by AllSportsTucson, both the boys’ and girls’ soocer 4A state championship games will be Southern-Arizona matchups, with #2 Mica Mountain taking on #4 Salpointe on the boys’ side, and #2 Walden Grove facing off against rival #4 Salpointe for the girls’ title. Both matchups will feature Desert Speed … Read More

Dobbins Hits 1,000 Points

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As reported by AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athlete Tyson Dobbins was recently honored for hitting the 1,000 point mark for his high school career. Only a sophomore, the Desert Christian guard is one of the area leaders in scoring with a 19.8/game average, good enough for 6th overall in Southern Arizona.

HS Basketball Top Scorers

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Five Desert Speed School athletes are among the area leaders in scoring as the high school basketball regular season nears the end, as reported by AllSportsTucson. Players include: GIRLS Leila O’Dowd, Rincon/UHS – 2nd (22.6/game) Clara-Mae Hrouch, Catalina Foothills – 6th (18.7/game) BOYS Tyson Dobbins, Desert Christian – 6th (19.8/game) … Read More

Knox Wins Puerto Rico; Callahan Named Player of the Week

Desert Speed School athlete and Knox College guard Kylee Callahan was named Midwest Conference Player of the Week earlier this month, following dominating performances in Puerto Rico for her Prairie Fire team. Callahan averaged a double-double with 42 points and 24 rebounds in wins over St. Mary’s and Manhattanville in the Puerto Rico … Read More

MLK Classic At McKale

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The 20th Annual MLK Classic took place earlier this week at McKale Center, with three Desert Speed School-led teams in action on the University of Arizona home court. Desert Christian sophomore guard Tyson Dobbins led his Eagles team with 16 points in a 53-39 win over Benson. DCHS is currently ranked #3 … Read More

Mele, Dreis In National Championship Games

A recent piece by Javier Morales on AllSportsTucson highlighted the Tucson-area lineman playing in the coming days in college football’s national championship games. Montana’s Colin Dreis and the Grizzlies take on South Dakota State this Sunday for the FCS national championship, while Matteo Mele will be with his Huskies team as … Read More

Hrouch Reaches 1,000 Point Mark

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Desert Speed School athlete and Catalina Foothills junior Clara-Mae Hrouch hit the 1,000 point mark recently, as reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. A 5′-5″ point guard for the Falcons, Hrouch joins fellow Speed School athlete Isaiah Berg (Mica Mountain) in hitting the milestone this season.

Fall All-Stars: 32 Athletes Selected

32 Speed School athletes were selected as Fall All-Stars this past season for their performances during the high school season. The list is highlighted by Tanque Verde seniors Hannah Haggard and Gavin Gilbert, who each received Player of the Year recognition for their sports following the volleyball and football seasons, respectively. Athletes recognized include: … Read More

Football All-Stars: 12 Players Recognized

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12 Desert Speed School athletes were recognized as Fall All-Stars for their performance on the field during the 2023 season, highlighted by Tanque Verde two-way standout Gavin Gilbert, who won multiple Player of the Year awards after leading his Hawks team to the best season in school history.   Players recognized include: … Read More

Volleyball All-Stars: 15 Players Recognized

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Fifteen Speed School athletes were recognized as Fall All-Stars following the 2023 season. Highlighting the list was Tanque Verde senior Hannah Haggard, who earned multiple Player of the Year awards for her play at the net for the Hawks. Players recognized include: Hannah Haggard, Tanque Verde – AllSportsTucson 1A-3A Player of the … Read More

Golf All-Stars: Pickering 1st-Team

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Chase Pickering was recently recognized as a Fall All-Star for golf by AllSportsTucson. Coming off a state championship match in which the Sabino junior placed 16th, Pickering was named 1st-team Southern Arizona and 1st-team DII by AllSportsTucson. Mica Mountain sophomore Hudson Parker, himself 47th at state, was named a 2nd-team Southern … Read More

Dreis, Montana In National Championship Game

Following an overtime thriller – their second in a row – Speed School athlete Colin Dreis and his University of Montana teammates will play in the upcoming FCS National Championship Game January 7th. As reported by Montana Sports, the Grizzlies defeated perennial powerhouse North Dakota State 31-29 in overtime to punch … Read More

Berg Reaches 1,000 Point Milestone For Mica

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As reported by AllSportsTucson sportswriter intern Addison Scott, Desert Speed School athlete and Mica Mountain power forward Isaiah Berg recently reached the 1,000 point milestone for his high school career. Berg, a senior, currently has his Thunderbolt team at 10-0 heading into the Holiday Break.

Silva Named All-District For UCLA

Desert Speed School athlete and UCLA defender Tommy Silva was recently named to the CSC Academic All-District Team, according to a university press release. Silva has been a standout on the field and in the classroom ever since arriving on campus. He’s been named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team in all four … Read More

Dreis, Montana Win Big Sky Championship

As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athlete and University of Montana offensive lineman Colin Dreis was part of the Grizzlies’ win over Montana State in the Big Sky Championship game recently, earning the team a #2 seed heading into the FCS playoffs. Former Salpointe standout lineman Colin … Read More

TV Advances To Quarters; Gilbert Arizona Bowl Player of the Week

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Tanque Verde continued their record-setting season with a 24-0 first-round win over 10th-ranked Parker last week, advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, the Hawks are just a few years removed from a challenging 0-15 stretch for the program … Read More

XC State Championship Podiums

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A number of cross-country state championship races took place last weekend, with the boys’ and girls’ high school races running their state meets at the annual Cave Creek location. The middle-school and elementary state races also took place, put on by 4Peaks Racing and held at Asante Community Park in … Read More

Mica, Salpointe, CatFoot In Playoffs

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The high school volleyball playoffs have arrived, and three local teams with Speed School athletes have qualified for the state tournament. Catalina Foothills (Molly Brunell, Tori Staples, Delaney Reuter), ranked #11 in 5A, won their play-in game to qualify for the tournament, although the Falcons lost a tough first-round matchup … Read More

Gardner #1; Brunell #2 As VB Playoffs Loom

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As reported by AllSportsTucson and MaxPreps, Desert Speed School athletes continue to rank among the area statistical leaders on the volleyball court. Empire standout Madison Gardner is currently ranked #1 in aces and #5 in assists, while Catalina Foothills outside hitter Molly Brunell (above) vaulted herself to the #2 slot for kills, following … Read More

Gilbert Earns Ed Doherty Nomination

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, Tanque Verde’s Gavin Gilbert was nominated for the prestigious Ed Doherty Medallion recently, following his standout performance for the Hawks in a 30-3 win over Glendale Prep. Gilbert, a two-way RB/LB had 2 touchdowns to go along with 206 yards rushing, and added 10 tackles … Read More

Lancer Invite: Portewig Top 20

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As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, Desert Speed School athlete and Tanque Verde standout runner Zoe Portewig had a Top 20 finish at the John Gleeson Lancer Invite recently. Finishing 18th overall with a time of 20:31 against a strong field, Portewig was the top finisher for her team … Read More

All-Tournament Honors For Gardner

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As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, Desert Speed School athlete and Empire setter received All-Tournament recognition recently, following her play for the Ravens in the Mountain View Invitational, where they went 3-3 over two days. Gardner, a sophomore, is one of the top young players in the state, and … Read More

Salpointe, UA Grad Hired At Vanderbilt

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Desert Speed School athlete, University of Arizona grad, and Salpointe volleyball standout Jenna Johnson was recently hired by Vanderbilt University. A communications major with a minor in sports management, Johnson was part of the 2016 and 2017 Salpointe teams that won back-to-back state championship, which at the time broke a … Read More

Salpointe Wins Lancer Classic; Haggard Named All-Tournament

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In a battle of Speed School athletes on opposing sides of the court, the Salpointe girls volleyball team won the Lancer Classic over the weekend, going 6-0 over two days to take the tournament win. The championship match featured Speed School athletes from both Salpointe (Iris Wheeler, Megan Muehlebach, Chloe … Read More

Hansen: “Two Teens Make A Mark At Pebble Beach”

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Desert Speed School athlete and Sabino standout golfer Chase Pickering received recognition in Arizona Daily Star longtime sportswriter Greg Hansen’s weekly Sunday Mailbag recently, following his 2-under performance at the PGA Tour Champions event, held at the famed Pebble Beach course. Tucson’s James Labukas, a senior at The Gregory School, and Chase Pickering, a junior … Read More

Gilbert, Bradshaw Top Performers

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athletes Gavin Gilbert and Grayson Bradshaw were named as Week 6 Top Performers following Tanque Verde’s dominating 58-0 win over Catalina. Bradshaw, a safety, was named a Top Performer after notching 5 tackles (2 for loss), while Gilbert earned the recognition – his … Read More

Volleyball Stat Leaders

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Three Desert Speed School athletes were recently listed among the stat leaders for the high school season, according to AllSportsTucson and MaxPreps. Players included: Addy Andrews, Mica Mountain – #1 in assists Hannah Haggard, Tanque Verde – #2 in kills, #3 in hitting percentage Madison Gardner, Empire – #5 in … Read More

Ratdke Lands Assistant Coaching Position

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Desert Speed School athlete Taylor Ratdke, a local softball standout for Desert Christian and later for Vanguard University, was recently named to the coaching staff for Angelo State University. As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Radtke is currently pursuing her graduate degree at Angelo State following her years playing collegiately.

Week 5: Top Performers

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Three Desert Speed School players were among those recognized by AllSportsTucson for their performances on the field in Week 5 of the high school football season. On the offensive side of the ball, Catalina Foothills’ Henry Nentl had 103 yards receiving for the Falcons, while Tanque Verde’s Gavin Gilbert had 101 yards rushing … Read More

Pickering 4th At Tournament of Champions

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As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, Desert Speed School athlete and Sabino standout golfer Chase Pickering took 4th with a 2-under in the Flowing Wells Tournament of Champions recently. Held at Silverbell Golf Course, the tournament included five of the Top 10 ranked high school golfers in the state. Pickering, … Read More

Rincon/UHS Wins Los Mezquites

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, the Rincon/University cross-country teams had an impressive outing at the 31st annual Los Mezquites Invitational, hosted by Sunnyside High School. Both the boys’ and girls’ squads took first in the event, with impressively low scores of 24 and 25, respectively. In the JV … Read More

Regina Named Top Performer

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe linebacker Thomas Regina was named an AllSportsTucson Top Performer for Week 3 of the high school football season, as reported by the site. Regina had 8 tackles for the Lancers in a 48-24 win over Shadow Ridge. Salpointe is now 3-0 on the season … Read More

Mica Mountain Wins TUSD Invite

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As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athletes Addie Andrews and Sofia Bishop were part of the Mica Mountain volleyball team that won the TUSD Invite recently, going 6-0 in the tournament after a championship win over Tucson High.   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AllSportsTucson)

Salpointe v. Cienega In Battle of Powerhouses

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Traditional Southern Arizona volleyball powerhouses Salpointe and Cienega squared off this week in an early-season battle between the schools. Salpointe ultimately prevailed in a 3-0 win that was quite a bit closer than the score may have suggested. As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, the Lancers won the first … Read More

Foothills vs. Mica In Powerhouse Matchup

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Desert Speed School athletes Molly Brunell and Tori Staples (Catalina Foothills) and Addy Andrews and Sofia Bishop (Mica Mountain) squared off recently in an early-season matchup between two of the top teams in Southern Arizona. As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, Mica Mountain took the first set in convincing fashion, but strong … Read More

Pickering Shoots 5-Under; Wins Early Match

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As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Sabino junior Chase Pickering shot a 5-under-par 31 on the Randolph North front nine last week, finishing with the low score individually in a four-way match with CDO, Ironwood, and Salpointe. A clutch eagle on the 9th hole proved to be the deciding score … Read More

FC Tucson’s Teran Named All-Conference

As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Salpointe grad and FC Tucson Women’s midfielder Paloma Teran was named to the Western Region All-Conference team for the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Also a Division II All-Conference Selection (RMAC) for her Metro State University team, Teran finished her collegiate career for the Roadrunners … Read More

Nine Players on Volleyball Watch List

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The high school volleyball season is right around the corner and nine Desert Speed School athletes have been named to the Preseason Watch List by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. Players to look for this season include: Delaney Reuter, UHS Molly Brunell, Catalina Foothills Tori Staples, Catalina Foothills Addison Andrews, Mica … Read More

Cross-Country Watch List

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As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, the high school cross-country season is around the corner and this year brings a number of returning runners to keep an eye on this season. The watch list includes Aric Accetta (Salpointe), Andrew Smith (Tanque Verde), and Zoe Porteig (Tanque Verde). Accetta will be hoping to help lead his … Read More

Pickering Selected For Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Desert Speed School athlete Chase Pickering was recently selected as one of 80 First Tee participants from across the country for a PGA Tour Pro-Am event to be held this September at Pebble Beach. Participants are selected by a panel of judges for the annual event, televised on The Golf Channel. Full story…

Lowther, Cactus 2nd At Nationals

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Desert Speed School athlete Leila Lowther and her 17U Club Cactus teammates recently took home a silver medal at the USA Volleyball National Championships, finishing 2nd in the Patriot Division. The Tucson-based team defeated the #5, #4, and #1-ranked teams en route to the championship match.

Goerke, Castaneda Earn Academic Honors

Desert Speed School alumni and collegiate softball players Bela Goerke (Sahuaro HS) and Cassie Castaneda (Sabino HS) recently earned academic recognition for their performance in the classroom. Goerke, a catcher, was named Academic All-District following her season with the University of South Dakota. Goerke posted 3.62 grade-point average as a pre-nursing major. She garnered … Read More

Scupin Named All-Region, All-Academic

Desert Speed School alum and University of Arizona infielder Carlie Scupin received both athletic and academic recognition recently, according to a university press release. After leading the Wildcats in slugging percentage this season, Scupin was named 2nd-Team All-Region. In addition, she was named CSC All-Academic after finishing the year with a … Read More

CDO To Play For State Title

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athlete Jacob Charlson will look to help lead his CDO team to a repeat state championship today as the Dorados take on #2 Scottsdale Saguaro in Tempe for the 4A championship. CDO has won 10 of its last 11 games, including … Read More

Morris Earns Academic Honors

Chaminade University guard and Desert Speed School alum Emma Morris was recently honored with All-District Academic honors, according to the University. Chaminade University women’s basketball guard Emma Morris (Tucson, Ariz./Tanque Verde) was named Tuesday to the College Sports Communicators Academic (CSC) All-District Team. The junior averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest … Read More

Lancer Baseball Classic

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As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, the Salpointe Lancer Baseball Classic took place last week with Tucson-area teams competing along with teams from across the Southwest. Desert Speed School athletes Alex Reitz, Chase North, Rocco Haggard, and Beck Caballero are part of a Tanque Verde team that won their first-round matchup, and … Read More

Revis Commits To NAU

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Desert Speed School athlete and multi-sport athlete Cole Revis (Catalina Foothills) has committed to the Northern Arizona football team, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. As Morales noted, Revis – a wide receiver – led the Falcons last season with 30 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Also a volleyball and soccer standout, he … Read More

Signing Day: 4 Athletes Sign

Desert Speed School athletes Malachi Allen (Salpointe volleyball) and Sasha Ganem (Salpointe swim) signed their collegiate letter-of-intents earlier this week to continue competing at the college level. Allen, a front-row player for the Lancers, signed with Kentucky State. Meanwhile, Ganem – a 3x state champion in the pool earlier this fall – signed … Read More

PODCAST: Speed School Alum Wilson, Now Washington Assistant

Desert Speed School athlete and standout Pima/ACU men’s basketball standout Robby Wilson was recently featured on the AllSportsTucson podcast to talk about his athletic journey – a path that has recently led to him joining the University of Washington coaching staff for the women’s team. A state champion on the 2013 … Read More

Revis Among Top Offensive Players

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As reported by AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athlete and Catalina Foothills senior Cole Revis is among the local leaders on the soccer field. A forward, Revis currently ranks #7 in assists, #9 in goals scored, and #8 overall in points scored. His Falcons are currently undefeated in section play and sit atop … Read More

Greg Hansen’s Top 100: Seven Athletes Named

Seven Desert Speed School athletes and alumni were named to Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen’s Top 100 Sports Figures of 2022 list. Among those athletes recognized: #22 – Logan Cole, Salpointe/University of Arizona softball  Ranked as the No. 23 overall softball player in the country, the Salpointe Catholic High School infielder … Read More

Rustand Signs With BYU

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Desert Speed School athlete and Sabino senior Ella Rustand has signed collegiately with BYU, according to a university press release. A defender for the nationally-ranked SC de Sol club team, Rustand will be graduating high school early in order to enroll in January with the Cougars. From the University release, Rustand’s … Read More

Ganem Named DIII Swimmer of the Year

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Salpointe standout swimmer Sasha Ganem was named Southern Arizona DIII Swimmer of the Year recently by AllSportsTucson, following a 2022 season in which she won three golds at the State Championship meet. Ganem also earned All-Start recognition from the site in the following events: 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Medley … Read More

Navarrete Named All-Conference

Desert Speed School athlete and Cameron University outside hitter Arianna Navarrete was named as a Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention selection recently, following her senior season for the Aggies. From the university press release: Navarrete, a senior outside hitter from Tucson, Ariz., was selected to the LSC All-Conference Honorable Mention team after … Read More

XC All-Stars: Five Runners Recognized

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Five Desert Speed School athletes and cross-country runners were recognized recently as All-Stars for their performance during the 2022 season. The list is highlighted by Salpointe standouts Kylie Wild and Michael Urbanksi, who each were honored with Runner of the Year honors. Athletes recognized include: Kylie Wild, Salpointe – 2022 State Champion, … Read More

Volleyball All-Stars: 8 Players Recognized

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Eight Desert Speed School athletes were recognized as volleyball All-Stars following the fall season. The list is highlighted by Tanque Verde’s Jasmin Joseph and Hannah Haggard along with Salpointe libero Gabriella Monge – who each won Region and/or Division Player of the Year honors. Players recognized include: Jasmin Joseph, Tanque Verde – AZPreps365 … Read More

Tobin Named All-Conference

Hillsdale College defensive tackle and Speed School athlete Kendall Tobin was named All-Conference recently for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. From the team press release: Senior Kendall Tobin also earned third team honors after a mid-season position switch. A defensive end for virtually his entire career at Hillsdale, Tobin moved inside to … Read More

PRCA, Rafacz Advance To 3A Semis

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As reported by Andy Morales, Desert Speed School athlete and Pusch Ridge senior Cody Rafacz was instrumental in a resounding quarterfinal victory for 3rd-ranked Pusch Ridge football team in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Rafacz’ 74-yard touchdown reception gave the Lions a 28-0 lead near the end of the … Read More

3 Swim Golds For Ganem

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Desert Speed School athlete and multisport athlete Sasha Ganem finished the Arizona State Championship swim meet with three gold medals and a bronze. As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, the Salpointe senior won the 100 Back, too bronze in the 50 Free, and won gold along with her relay teammates … Read More

Golf Championships: Pickering 6th

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Desert Speed School athlete and Sabino golf standout Chase Pickering took 6th at the Division II State Championships recently, according to Andy Morales of AZPreps365. The sophomore shot 70 and 72 at Tucson National to help lead his Sabercat team to a 5th-place team finish. Full results…  

Salpointe Wins Lancer Fall Classic

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A number of Desert Speed School volleyball players competed recently in the Lancer Fall Classic, hosted by Salpointe. As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, the championship showdown featured #1 and #2 seeds Salpointe and Rincon/UHS going head-to-head in a three-set match, with the host Salpointe prevailing 15-6 in the third … Read More

Rafacz Among Leaders In Receiving

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Desert Speed School athlete and Pusch Ridge senior Cody Rafacz is among the local leaders in receiving, according to Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson. A two-way defensive back/wide receiver who is an anchor of the Lions’ defense, Rafacz is among several Pusch Ridge receivers leading the area in receiving – his … Read More

Academic All-Americans: Two Athletes Recognized

As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Sahuaro High School alums and Desert Speed School athletes Ashley Bradford (Colorado Mesa University) and Cassidy Morrow (Eastern Arizona College) were recently named as Easton Academic All-American Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. For her part, Bradford was also named a D2 … Read More

Three Golfers On 2022 Watch List

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Three Desert Speed School athletes were listed among the top returners for the upcoming 2022 golf season, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. On the girls’ side, Salpointe’s Akyra and Kalliyen Kay are among the top 20 returners, while fellow Lancer Chase Pickering, a Salpointe sophomore, is expected to contribute for the boys’ … Read More

Three Athletes Among XC Top Returners

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Three Desert Speed School athletes are among the top runners returning for the 2022 cross-country season, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. The list is highlighted by Salpointe senior Kylie Wild, the two-time defending state champion who is coming off three gold medals in the 2022 track state championship meet. Fellow Lancer Michael … Read More

Dreis Named Student-Athlete Finalist

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe football/volleyball standout Dylan Dreis was named a finalist for 2022 Student-Athlete of the Year, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. The award is a continuation of the longtime Tucson Citizen tradition of recognizing local student-athletes for their success in the classroom, in competition, and their contributions … Read More

Pac-12 and Academic All-American Honors

Six Desert Speed School athletes were awarded academic recognition following the spring 2022 season, according to Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson. These included Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll athletes Carlie Scupin (Arizona softball) and Miranda Erro (beach volleyball), along with Pima soccer’s Kortney Cahill, who was named an Academic All-American by the NJCAA. In addition, Ben Dow … Read More

Softball All-Stars: 17 Players, 5 POY Selections

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Seventeen Desert Speed School athletes were recognized following the 2022 spring softball season, headlined by three players who garnered five Player of the Year honors. After pitching a shutout in the state title game to lead Sabino to the 3A state championship, Southern Utah commit Riley Nielson was named AZPreps365 … Read More

Pusch Ridge’s Axen Named Spring All-Star

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Pusch Ridge’s Bailey Axen was named an 3A All-Southern Arizona selection recently, following a senior golf season in which he helped lead his PRCA team to the state playoffs. Axen was a 1st-team selection for the Lions, according to AllSportsTucson.   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AllSportsTucson)

Baseball All-Stars: 6 Athletes Recognized

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Six Desert Speed School athletes earned postseason recognition following the high school season. The list is highlighted by CDO infielder Jacob Charlson, who was a 2022 State Champion as part of the CDO state title-winning team. Complete list of players recognized include: Jacob Charlson, CDO – AZPreps365 2nd-team, AllSportsTucson 2nd-team Ryan … Read More

Muehlebach, Monge Named Beach All-Stars

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Following a dominant season in which their Salpointe beach volleyball team went undefeated and won the 2022 State Championship, Desert Speed School athletes Megan Muehlebach and Gabriella Monge were recognized as spring All-Stars by AllSportsTucson. Muehlebach was recognized as a 1st-team selection, while Monge was named to the 2nd-team.   (Photo credits: … Read More

Track All-Stars: Seven Athletes Recognized

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Seven Desert Speed School athletes were recognized as All-Stars following the spring track & field season, according to AllSportsTucson. The list is highlighted by distance standout Kyle Wild of Salpointe, who was named Runner of the Year following a state championship meet in which she won the 1600m, 3200m, 4×800, and finished … Read More

T&F Results: Wild Wins 3 State Titles

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Desert Speed School athlete and defending state champion Kylie Wild had a dominating performance in the state meet recently, picking up three gold metals and helping lead her Salpointe girls team to the team title. Wild won the 1600m and 3200m events for her individual titles, added a runner-up finish in … Read More

Nielson Pitches Title-Game Shutout

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As reported by the Arizona Daily Star, Desert Speed School athlete Riley Nielson pitched a complete-game shutout – surrendering just two hits – to lead her Sabino team to the 3A State Championship, defeating #2 Winslow 8-0 for the third-consecutive state title for Sabino. Desert Speed School athletes on the Sabercats roster … Read More

Bradford, Wedman Earn Collegiate Honors

Desert Speed School athletes and Colorado Mesa University teammates Ashley Bradford and Lauren Wedman both picked up postseason recognition following their 2022 softball seasons for the Mavericks. Bradford earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors along with 1st-team All-Conference and 2nd-team All-Region. Bradford, a Tucson, Arizona native, had a … Read More

State Champion Callahan Signs With Knox University

As reported by Brittany Bowyer of AllSportsTucson, Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe senior point guard Kylee Callahan has signed collegiately with Knox University (Illinois). Callahan was a crucial part of the Lancers’ 2022 State Championship team, and was named 4A Player of the Year by AllSportsTucson and Region Player of … Read More

State T&F Meet: 10 Athletes Qualify

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The AIA State Championship Track Meet continues with prelims this week, and a total of 10 Desert Speed School athletes have qualified for the meet. The list is headlined by Salpointe junior Kylie Wild, the defending 1600m and 3200m champion. Those competing for a state title include: Kylie Wild, Salpointe – … Read More

Pima’s Clifford Named All-Conference, All-Region

Desert Speed School athlete and Pima College infielder Preston Clifford was named first-team All-ACCAC and first-team Region. From the Pima Aztecs press release: Sophomore infielder Preston Clifford (Sabino HS) was named first team All-ACCAC and first team All-Region I, Division I. He batted .379 in 54 games played with 177 at-bats. He tied … Read More

Salpointe Wins State Title; Finishes Undefeated

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As reported by the Arizona Daily Star, the Salpointe beach volleyball has completed their 15-0 undefeated season with a 4A State Championship, winning 5-0 over #2 Flagstaff on Wednesday night. Desert Speed School athletes Gabriella Monge and Megan Muehlebach both won their respective matches to help secure the win for the Lancers. Full story… … Read More

Track & Field: Southern Arizona Championships

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Seen as a precursor to the State Championships in just over a week, the Southern Arizona Championships brought out some of the top track & field talent in the area, with Speed School athletes among some of the top performers. Individual meet champions included Kyle Wild in the 1600m, Emarie Sooter in the … Read More

Dreis, Almazan, Scupin Earn Collegiate Honors

As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, three Desert Speed School athletes have received collegiate honors recently. Athletes receiving recognition include Salpointe grads Colin Dreis (University of Montana) and Isabella Almazan (University of Northern Colorado), who both received Big Sky Academic All-Conference honors. Meanwhile, Tucson High grad and University of Arizona softball standout Carlie … Read More

Volleyball Stats Leaders

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As the volleyball state playoffs are quickly approaching, three Speed School athletes are among the statistical leaders statewide. Salpointe’s Malachi Allen is #3 in blocks and #5 in hitting, followed immediately by teammate Dylan Dreis at #6. Meanwhile, Sabino’s Gabe Marshall is #6 in serving with 46 aces. Full leaderboards     (Photo credit: Andy … Read More

Track Top Performers

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With the championship season approaching, a number of Speed School athletes have notched top track and field times and marks. Heading into the Southern Arizona Championships this weekend with the state meet just around the corner in May, current top performers include: Kylie Wild, Salpointe – #1 (1600m), #1 (3200m), … Read More

Geile Among Area Leaders In HRs

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe centerfielder Gunner Geile is among the Southern Arizona leaders in home runs, according to MaxPreps stats. Geile’s 3 home runs midway through the season put him in 10th place among all players.

Salpointe Volleyball Wins Home Invitational

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Desert Speed School athletes Dylan Dreis and Malachi Allen were part of the #1-ranked Salpointe volleyball team that won its home Invitational recently, defeating Catalina Foothills in the title game. As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, the championship back was a thriller that went down to the wire. Fellow Speed School … Read More

Lancer Invite Results

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With teams from across the state competing, Salpointe’s Lancer Invitational is tends to bring out some of the top mid-season competition from around Arizona, and this year’s meet was no exception – with strong performances from Speed School athletes. Sabino’s Ava and Emarie Sooter had some of the top performances in the field … Read More

Salpointe’s Cole Among Hitting Leaders

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe shortstop Logan Cole is among the Southern Arizona leaders in hitting, according to Javier Morales/Maxpreps. A senior, Cole has her defending state champion Lancer team off to a 6-0 start with her .548 average at the plate – ranking #8 among all area players.   … Read More

Salpointe Wins Invite

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As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Salpointe won the Mountain View Invitational recently, going undefeated in six matches throughout the tournament. Desert Speed School athletes Malachi Allen and Dylan Dreis are part of the winning Lancer team.   (Photo credit: Andy Morales, AllSportsTucson)

School Record For Wild, DMR Team

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Desert Speed School athlete and two-time defending state cross-country champion Kylie Wild was a part of the Salpointe Distance Medley Relay team setting a school record recently at the 18th Annual Mario Castro Invitational. As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Wild and her DMR teammates secured the relay win – … Read More

Soccer All-Stars: 10 Players Selected

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Ten Desert Speed School athletes were recognized as Winter All-Stars for their performance on the field during the 2021-2022 high school season. The list was highlighted by Salpointe midfielder Trinity Morales, a state champion as part of the Lancer team, who was named AZPreps365 Region Player of the Year along … Read More

Basketball All-Stars: 7 Athletes Selected

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Seven Desert Speed School athletes were recognized as Winter All-Stars following the 2021-2022 season. The list is headlined by Salpointe point guard and 4A state champion Kylee Callahan, who was named 4A Player of the Year by AZPreps365 and AllSportsTucson. Complete list of players receiving recognition include: Kylee Callahan, Salpointe – … Read More

#12 Pima On A Roll

The inside presence of Desert Speed School athlete Nikya Orange has her Pima women’s team on a four-game win streak following a win over Chandler-Gilbert recently. As reported by Nate Martinez of AllSportsTucson, the Aztec women have won those four games by a convincing average margin of 29 points, and head … Read More

Pyle’s Shooting, Leadership Has Sabino Atop 3A South

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As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, Sabino senior and Desert Speed School athlete Luke Pyle has been a crucial part of Sabino basketball’s early success this season. Already 10-7 with an undefeated 4-0 region record, Sabino defeated Palo Verde recently, with 18 points coming from Pyle’s outside shooting. .@Sabino_Hoops guard Luke … Read More

Deck’s Mizuno Team Wins Cactus Classic

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Desert Speed School athlete and Western New Mexico University-commit Carley Deck was part of a Club Cactus team that went 9-0 throughout the Cactus Classic Invitational, winning the 18U title. An outside hitter/middle blocker throughout her high school career at Tanque Verde, Deck was a 1st-team AllSportsTucson selection in 2021.

Clausen An All-Boys’ MLK Selection

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Tanque Verde player and Desert Speed School athlete Eli Clausen was named a MLK Classic All-Boys’ selection by AllSportsTucson recently. The sophomore forward (#30, above) added a game-high 16 points for the Hawks in a 62-53 win over Safford at McKale Center. MLK Classic recap… .@TanqVerdeHS 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Eli Clausen … Read More

Six Athletes Among Top 100 Sports Figures

An annual Southern Arizona sports tradition is the Top 100 Sports Figures of the Year, as put together by veteran Arizona Daily Star sportswriter Greg Hansen. As usual, Desert Speed School athletes featured prominently in his compilation, with six athletes from the high school, collegiate, and professional level named to his … Read More

Callahan A Nike Tournament of Champions Selection

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Salpointe point guard and Desert Speed School athlete Kylee Callahan was named to the All-Tournament team for the Nike Tournament of Champions, according to Brittany Bowyer of AllSportsTucson. Callahan’s efforts on the court were recognized over the weekend, as she was named to the Nike Tournament of Champions’ All-Tournament team for the … Read More

Volleyball All-Stars: 16 Players Recognized

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16 Desert Speed School athletes were recognized for their performance on the volleyball court throughout the 2021 high school season, highlighted by Cienega senior Zoe Winstryg (Top Performer; Region Player of the Year), Empire’s Gisselle Vergara (Region Defensive Player of the Year), UHS’ Sophia Lee (Region Defensive Player of the Year), and … Read More

CDO Reverses Course; Off To Strong Start

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Desert Speed School athlete Will Dixion is part of a CDO squad that has done a near one-eighty following a challenging 2020-21 season. As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, the Dorados are now 5-2 heading into the Winter Break, a far cry from the 0-12 record from last season. Dixion, … Read More

Speed School Athletes Atop 2021 Statistical Categories

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Desert Speed School athletes Jake Lambert (Empire), Ryan Fontaine (Pusch Ridge), and Cole Revis (Catalina Foothills) finished the 2021 football season among the top players in statistical output. Lambert, a two-way running back/linebacker for the Ravens, rarely left the field for Empire this season. He finished as the #1 Southern Arizona player defensively, … Read More

Callahan Scores 21 For Undefeated Lancers

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Desert Speed School athlete and Salpointe point guard Kylie Callahan is among the Lancer stars who have their team off to a hot start this season. As reported by Andy Morales, Salpointe is averaging 77 points/game thus far, and are 5-0 after a win over 5A Catalina Foothills – with 21 points … Read More

Bourguet-Dreis Connection Key For Lancers

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The Arizona Daily Star recently highlighted the unique connection that Salpointe receiver and Desert Speed School athlete Dylan Dreis has with his quarterback Treyson Bourguet. “We’ve got some really strong seniors on that defense and the underclassmen do everything they can,” quarterback Treyson Bourguet said. “Everybody works together, putting together a … Read More

Speed School Athlete In Macy’s Parade

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As reported by KVOA News Tucson, Desert Speed School athlete Karah Mayer was recently part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mayer, a cross-country runner and elite competitive jump-roper, has competed in the World Championships for jump rope, and trained throughout the fall to prepare for a continuous performance throughout the full … Read More

Dreis’ 2 TD Lead Salpointe To Semifinals

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Desert Speed School athlete Dylan Dreis helped his Salpointe team advance to the 5A State Semifinals with a quarterfinal performance in which he tallied 94 yards receiving on 4 receptions – two for scores. The last remaining Tucson-area team in the state playoffs, the Lancers defeated Notre Dame Prep in a thrilling … Read More

XC All-Stars: 3 Athletes Recognized

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Three Desert Speed School athletes were named Fall All-Stars following their successful cross-country seasons. Runners recognized: Kylie Wild, Salpointe – Div. 3 State Champion, Div. 3 Team Runner-Up, AllSportsTucson Runner of the Year, “The State Seven,” 1st-team Southern-AZ, 1st-team Division Michael Urbanski, Salpointe – Div. 3 6th-place overall, Div. 3 … Read More

Brown Commits To CCU

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Desert Speed School athlete – and three-time state champion as part of the powerhouse Ironwood Ridge girls’ golf program – Makenna Brown has committed to play collegiately for the Colorado Christian University golf program. As reported by the university: With the continued upward trajectory in the program, the Colorado Christian women’s golf … Read More

Navarrete Named All-Conference For Cameron University

Desert Speed School athlete Arianna Navarrete was recently named an All-Conference selection for Cameron University. As reported by the University: For the second-straight year Cameron volleyball student-athlete Arianna Navarrete was named to the Lone Star Conference All-Academic team as the league handed out the end-of-season awards on Wednesday night. Navarrete, a third-year player … Read More

All-Stars: Girls’ Swim

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Desert Speed School athletes Sasha Ganem (Salpointe) and Avery Howayeck (Catalina Foothills) were both named AllSportsTucson All-Stars for their respective seasons in the pool. Ganem was named an All-Star for the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 50 Free, and 100 Back; Howayeck, meanwhile, was recognized for her performance in the 200 IM, 200 … Read More

Fall All-Stars: Boys’ Golf

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Desert Speed School athletes Zander Los and Chase Pickering were AllSportsTucson All-Star selections following their respective golf seasons. Los, an Ironwood Ridge senior, was a 2nd-Team selection. A newcomer on the high school golf scene, Pickering (Salpointe) was named to the 3rd-team along with being named 1st-team All-Freshman selection.   (Photo credit: … Read More

Gonzales In All-Star Game

Desert Speed School alum and Pittsburgh Pirate Nick Gonzales played in the AFL East-West All-Star Game recently. As reported by PiratesProspect.com, the second-baseman went 1-3 including an RBI and run scored. Quintessential Nick Gonzales; staying short to the ball, and using the entire field. Here's his single in the first inning of … Read More

Fontaine, Lambert Remain Among Stat Leaders

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With the regular season complete for high school football, two Desert Speed School athletes remain among the top local offensive performers on the field. Pusch Ridge’s Ryan Fontaine finishes the season at the #3 passer with 1,967 yards and 19 TDs through the air. Meanwhile, two-way RB/LB Jake Lambert (Empire) finishes the … Read More

Golf All-Stars: Brown, Sooter Recognized

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Desert Speed School athletes Makenna Brown (Ironwood Ridge) and Emarie Sooter (Sabino) were named 2021 Girls’ Golf All-Stars recently by AllSportsTucson. Sooter – who also happens to be one of the top pole-vaulters in the state when competing for the Sabino track team – was named as a 3rd-team selection. Brown – a … Read More

Lambert Earns Ed Doherty Nomination

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Desert Speed School athlete Jake Lambert was recently awarded nomination for the Ed Doherty Award, the highest high school football honor a player can receive in the state of Arizona. Lambert received the recognition following a Week 11 performance for his Empire Ravens in which he rushed for 216 yards – including … Read More

Empire Volleyball Advances To Semis

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Desert Speed School athletes Gisselle Vergara and Sophia Vera are both part of an Empire volleyball squad that has advanced to the state semifinals. The Ravens defeated #3 Thatcher in a tight five-set win on Saturday, and advance to face #2 Valley Christian later this week, with a spot to the state title game … Read More

AZ State Swim Championships

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Desert Speed School athletes Sasha Ganem (Salpointe) and Avery Howayeck (Catalina Foothills) each represented their schools at the State Championships recently. Ganem took 5th in the 50 Free and 9th in the 100 backstroke, while she and her teammates took 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay and 4th in the 200 Free Relay. … Read More

Lambert Named Player of the Week

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Empire’s Jake Lambert was named the APS Digital/Frog & Firkin Player of the Week by AllSportsTucson, following a Week 9 performance in which he rarely left the field. Lambert rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown and also added 17 tackles on the defensive side of the ball in helping lead … Read More

Brown; IRHS Win Third State Championship

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Desert Speed School athlete Makenna Brown and her Ironwood Ridge girls’ golf team won the state championship title on Tuesday, playing locally at the Omni Tucson National. As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, Brown shot 151 to finish 10th overall. The championship is the 3rd consecutive title for the Nighthawks. Full … Read More

Brown, IRHS Girls Remain Undefeated

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As reported by Andy Morales of AZPreps365, Desert Speed School athlete Makenna Brown and her Ironwood Ridge golf teammates remain undefeated with the State Playoffs approaching. Currently 39-0 on the season, the Nighthawks girls are the defending state champions. For her part, Brown is ranked as the #6 golfer on the season … Read More

Gleeson XC Invite

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As reported by Andy Morales, Desert Speed School athlete and defending cross-country state champion Kylie Wild was the girls’ overall winner in the recent John Gleeson XC Invitational, finishing the 5k course in 18:06. Rising distance-running star Michael Urbanski was the 5th-place finisher on the boys’ side with a 16:25 finish. … Read More

Fontaine “The Real Deal”

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Pusch Ridge improved to 5-1 on the season with a win over Catalina Foothills, in part thanks to a performance by senior quarterback Ryan Fontaine that had opposing coach Daniel Sainz calling Fontaine “the real deal.” From The Arizona Daily Star: Fontaine feeling it Pusch Ridge likes to switch between its senior … Read More

Wild, Urbanski Winners At Mt. Carmel

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Salpointe runners and Desert Speed School athletes Kylie Wild and Michael Urbanski were winners recently at the Mt. Carmel XC Invite held in San Diego, as reported by MileSplit. Wild is the defending cross-country state champion, and was named AllSportsTucson Female Athlete of the Month for her performance.  

Football Watch List: Ironwood’s Fanelli

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Desert Speed School athlete and Ironwood Ridge wide receiver/defensive back Luke Fanelli is among the key returners for the Nighthawks, according to Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson. At 6′-2″ and 185, Fanelli brings size to the cornerback position along with a reliable set of hands as a receiver. His Ironwood team … Read More

Fontaine; PRCA With Dramatic Season-Opener

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Desert Speed School athlete and Pusch Ridge quarterback Ryan Fontaine helped lead his Lions’ team to a dramatic come-from-behind win against 2A powerhouse Benson on Friday night. As reported by Javier Morales, Pusch found themselves in a hole after a lackluster start to the game, but key plays at critical moments … Read More

IRHS Wins One-Off Tournament

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Desert Speed School athlete and Ironwood golfer Mackenna Brown was part of the Nighthawks team that recently won the One-Off Tournament in Phoenix, solidifying their place as a state championship favorite. As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Brown took 7th overall at Papago Golf Course as Ironwood won by 14 … Read More

Key Contributors: Empire Standout Lambert

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Desert Speed School athlete Jake Lambert is a physical two-way star for Empire football, and looks to have a strong senior season following the disappointing cancellation of the 2020 season. “I’m really looking forward to playing all the games,” he told AllSportsTucson sports reporter Javier Morales. Full interview below. (Photo credit: Javier … Read More

Salpointe’s Muehlebach, Rucker Bring Youth To Lancers Roster

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Desert Speed School athletes Megan Muehlebach and Fiona Rucker were among the Salpointe players singled out by head coach Heather Moore-Martin as expected contributors for the defending champions. As reported by Britanny Bowyer for AllSportsTucson, the sophomore Muehlebach and freshman Rucker bring youth to an otherwise senior-laden varsity Lancer team. Sophomore Megan Muehlebach, … Read More

Brown; Ironwood Off To Strong Start

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Desert Speed School athlete and Ironwood Ridge golfer Mackenna Brown has been part of the Lady Nighthawks state championship-winning team for the last two years, bringing home the title in 2019 and 2020. Ironwood again looks to be an early favorite this season, as Brown and her teammates picked up a … Read More

Dreis, Cahill Earn All-Academic Honors

Desert Speed School athletes Colin Dreis and Kortney Cahill recently earned All-Academic honors for the past year. Dreis, a Business Administration major at the University of Montana, received his recognition from the Big Sky Conference. Cahill, a freshman at Pima College who was instrumental in the Aztec women’s strong season, earned honors from … Read More

Pickering, Bell Win Junior Championships

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Desert Speed School athletes and junior golfers Chase Pickering and Jensen Bell were among the age-group winners of the Oro Valley Junior Championships, as reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson. The tournament, part of the Ricki Rarick Junior Program, was held at Oro Valley Country Club and The Views Golf Club … Read More

Kishbaugh In Search Of Another State Title

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Desert Speed School athlete Brandy Kishbaugh, having won two state championships already as part of the Salpointe state title-winning teams for both indoor and beach, goes for another championship in the beach pairs state tournament. As reported by Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson, Kishbaugh and her partner Andrea Owens will face CDO’s … Read More

Nielson Pitching, Game-Winner Put Sabino In Title Game

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As reported by Kevin Murphy of AllSportsTucson, Sabino’s Riley Nielson struck out 26 Empire batters en route to an epic 15-inning semifinal win to put the Sabercats in the state championship game. The game was scoreless through 15 until Nielson’s game-winning RBI gave Sabino the 1-0 win. “Riley’s everything; there’s a reason … Read More

Three Teams Win State Cup Titles

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Three local club soccer teams with Desert Speed School connections won elite State Cup championships recently. As reported by Javier Morales of AllSportsTucson, the RSL 15U girls, with Ironwood freshman standout Emma Beach, took the title with a 3-0 championship game win. Meanwhile, the FC Tucson 19U and 17U girls’ teams … Read More

Cahill Assist Advances Pima

Pima College got a needed assist from Speed School athlete Kortney Cahill in the 60th minute to help advance her Aztecs squad past Scottsdale College. As reported by Kevin Murphy of AllSportsTucson, the Aztecs had previously lost in both regular-season meetings against Scottsdale, but Tuesday’s win puts Pima in the Region Finals, … Read More

Track & Field State Championships

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Seven Desert Speed School athletes will be competing for track & field state titles this week. On the boys’ side, Catalina Foothills standout sprinters Connor Cagno (400m, 200m) and Paden Hall (200m) represent their Falcons’ team, while Foothills teammate Alexis Saffer will compete in the 100m hurdles on the girls’ side. Salpointe’s distance … Read More

Sabino’s Draper 5th In Batting

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Desert Speed School athlete and Sabino middle infielder Ryan Draper is 5th among all Southern Arizona players in batting percentage, according to The Arizona Daily Star. The right-handed sophomore currently boasts a .533 average at the plate for the Sabercats. Full story…

Scupin Again Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Arizona freshman and Desert Speed School alum Carlie Scupin was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, as announced by the University of Arizona. According to the release: Arizona freshman first baseman Carlie Scupin has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season, the conference announced on Monday. … Read More

Sabino’s Nielson Leading In Strikeouts

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Desert Speed School athlete Riley Nielson, a right-handed pitcher for Sabino, is currently leading all Southern Arizona players in strikeouts, according to The Arizona Daily Star. A talented two-sport athlete who also excels on the volleyball court for the Sabercats, Nielson also boasts the second-lowest ERA among area pitchers as well. Full … Read More

IRHS Grad De Alva Named Player of the Week

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

Wedman Named RMAC Player of the Week

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

Salpointe Wins 1-0 On Morales Goal

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

School Record 12 Treys For Wyble

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

Morris Named Player of the Week

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

Speed School Athletes Battle To 1-1 Draw

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

MLB Pipeline: Gonzales 2nd Overall

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

Arizona Signee Feltman Named to All-American List

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Ironwood beach and indoor player Alyssa Feltman, a University of Arizona beach volleyball commit, was recently honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. As reported by Andy Morales, Feltman was named to the AVCA All-American Watch List. Full story… Alyssa Feltman ⁦@AmphiSchools⁩ ⁦@nighthawkvb⁩ talks playing with Arizona Beach ⁦@ArizonaBVB⁩ pic.twitter.com/ej2R2nzSeF — Andy … Read More

Wild and Urbanski Named XC All-Stars

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

Fall All-Stars: 4 Golfers Recognized

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

Swim All-Stars: Ganem, Howayek Honored

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