Nine Collegiate Athletes Earning 2020 Honors

As reported by AllSportsTucson, a number of local high school alums have gone on to success at the collegiate level, and were honored with athletic or academic recognition in 2020. Among the list are nine Desert Speed School athletes who received recognition this past year – all the more impressive, of course, given the challenges of 2020. Athletes recognized included:

Nick Gonzales/Baseball
Cienega/New Mexico State
Perfect Game Preseason All-American (1/7)
NCAA Baseball Player of the Year Contender (1/15)
D1Baseball Preseason First Team All-American (1/21)
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/5)
Preseason WAC Player of the Year (2/5)
USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List (2/13)
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/16)
Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (2/17)
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/24)
CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team (5/14)
Collegiate Baseball First Team (5/26)
Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year (5/26)
CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team (6/11)
MLB Top 100 Prospect (8/24)
Pirates Top Prospect (8/24)

Arianna Navarrete/Volleyball
St. Augustine/Cameron
LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll (7/14)

John Dormanen/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge/Pima
1st Team NJCAA All-Academic (7/10)

Efrain Cervantes/Baseball
Salpointe/South Mountain
1st Team NJCAA All-Academic (6/15)

Nikya Orange/Basketball
Tanque Verde/Cochise
3rd Team NJCAA All-Academic (7/10)

Lauren Wedman/Softball
Sahuaro/Colorado Mesa
RMAC All-Academic Team (4/15)

Derek Daly/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge/Colorado School of Mines
RMAC All-Academic Team (4/15)

Noelle Kerr/Softball
Empire/Puget Sound
Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week (3/9)
Logger of the Week (3/9)

Abby Doughty/Softball
Cienega/Utah Valley
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/4)
WAC Hitter of the Week (3/9)

Full list here.