Over the next week or so, we will be introducing our readers to all the local sports anchors responsible for making Friday Nights come alive in your living room.
Today: Paul Cicala
A true Tucson native, Paul Cicala’s enthusiasm for covering sports for KVOA-TV (NBC) is more than evident.
Valedictorian at Desert View, Cicala went on to USC where her graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Linguistics and Literature.
In his own words:
“As a Tucson native who grew up reading the local newspapers and watching evening sportscasts on TV, I’ve always gotten pumped up to see athletes from here in Southern Arizona excelling. It’s a sense of Sonoran Desert pride.
I look back at the days that I, too, would battle it out against the Salpointe’s … Sunnyside’s … Tucson High’s .. and Canyon Del Oro’s of the Old Pueblo. And, now as an adult, through covering teams from my own community, I still feel that connection to the ball field.
It’s such a tremendous satisfaction doing stories on teams in the community I grew up in. It’s a connection that reinvigorates my passion for sports and story-telling every time I see youngsters hustle out a ground ball .. or sprint for the endzone … or draw a charge on the basketball court. I never take for granted the blessing I’ve been given to report in my own community. It’ll never get old.”
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com