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Mackenzie Morales loves to cheer for Nick Johnson and would like to swing for the fences for Arizona softball

Mackenzie and Wilbur the Wildcat before a basketball game a couple of years ago.

Mackenzie and Wilbur the Wildcat before a basketball game a couple of years ago.

Name: Mackenzie Morales

Age: 8 (born Oct. 2, 2004).

Notable Arizona events on Oct. 2: The UA football team defeated USC 38-7 at Arizona Stadium as part of its 10-2 season in 1993. The Wildcats’ No. 1-ranked defense dominated the Trojans. It was the worst loss in John Robinson’s career as head coach. USC quarterback Rob Johnson was sacked six times, three times by All-American nose guard Rob Waldrop.

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada

Residence: Henderson, Nevada

Arizona sophomore guard Nick Johnson is Mackenzie's favorite Wildc

Arizona sophomore guard Nick Johnson is Mackenzie’s favorite Wildcat

Favorite Arizona athlete: Nick Johnson

Favorite Arizona coach: Sean Miller

Favorite Arizona athlete/coach you have personally met: Nick Johnson

Mackenzie with Rob Gronkowski before the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl.

Mackenzie with Rob Gronkowski before the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl.

Favorite Arizona sports memories: Wearing a UA cheerleader outfit to my first football game when the Wildcats beat California at Arizona Stadium in 2008. … Meeting Willie Tuitama, Rob Gronkowski and Mike Thomas before Arizona played in the Las Vegas Bowl here in 2008. They were all nice guys and took a picture with me. … Watching the women’s team play at UNLV last month was fun. I was able to meet the coach (Niya Butts) and the players and get autographs.

Why I love Arizona athletics: My daddy and my uncles love the Wildcats. I like the colors and the mascot. I got the chance to meet Wilbur when the Wildcats played in Las Vegas in 2010. The cheerleaders gave me a hug and I was able to take a picture with them. I also got the chance to meet Nick Johnson when he played here for Findlay Prep. He was very nice to me.

What does “Bear Down” mean to you?: I think it means to never give up no matter how bad things might be.

If you could play at Arizona, what sport would it be and why?: Softball because I can hit things and run.

What do you wish the most for the Wildcats?: That they could go to the Rose Bowl. Maybe I can watch the parade there and see the game.

My favorite YouTube video: Halloween four years ago when I dressed as Hannah Montana and sang in front of about 200 people in Las Vegas.

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner

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