Basketball

WINTER SPORT PREVIEW PART V

Nick Rosquist has 961 career points. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Nick Rosquist has 961 career points. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

We will be previewing the winter sport season over the next couple of weeks or so and the responses you see below come directly from the coaches who returned a questionnaire. As you will see, the winter season is comprised of soccer, wrestling and basketball. All three sports deserve equal attention.

We are proud that our site is the only one in Southern Arizona that covered (and is still covering) cross country, swim and dive, small-school soccer, golf, volleyball and football during the fall season. We’ve been covering both boys and girls in programs from the 6A Conference to the 1A Conference.

ST. DAVID BOYS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Jonathan Watts
2015-16 record: 12–13
Finish: Sectionals

Top returning players:
Austin Bryant, Sr.
Ryan Trejo, Sr.
James Mayberry, Jr.
Logan Brubaker, Sr.

Top new players:
James Brogan, Jr.
Travis Davis, Sr.
Kaleb Watts, Soph.
Curtis Mayberry, Sr.
Dawson Meador, Jr.
Christian McGrath, Jr.

“If we work hard and are disciplined we could do really well. We have depth, height, speed and several returning, experienced players. We have the potential to be one of the better teams in the state this year. I’m very excited to work with this talented and athletic team.”

MARANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Camron Dozier
2015-16 finish: 13-15
Finish: D-II first round

Top returning players:
Alyssa Perez – Junior PG
Janae Wengert -Senior Guard
Baylee Slaughter – Junior Guard/Post
Quinnesha Mitchell – Senior Post
Mele Hala’ufia – Senior Guard/Post
Grace Hala’ufia – Sophomore Post

Top new players:
Ayanna Valles – Sophomore Guard
Marissa Rivas – Sophomore Guard
Sarah Chapman – Junior Post

“This year we return eight players from last season’s team, including all 5 starters and our top six scores. They’re a very talented and deep group. We’re very excited for this team and this season – these girls are hardworking; team chemistry is great and they’re so much fun to coach.”

CATALINA BOYS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Obie Tann
2015-16 finish: 6-19

Top returning players:
Geraldo Assan Sr. Guard
Angel Flores Sr. F
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Top new players:
Phillp Ajang, Sr. 6’4 G
Jose Lugo 6’3 Soph. G,
Phillp Akina 6’2 Soph. 6’1 G,
Max Falbe 6’2 Jr. G,
Sebastian Morales 5″10 Jr. G

“Being from Chicago, the basketball culture is so much different. The scariest thing for us as a team if learning our identity. We have very good pieces on the board but I have to find a way to put the puzzle together for them. It’s scary to see flashes of how good we can be, then to see how bad we can be as well, our season will depend on how quick we can change our culture with more toughness and learn how to win.”

THE GREGORY SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Albert Albritton
2015-16 record: 25-6
Finish: Division V second round

Top returning players:
Nick Rosquist
Addison Mort

Top new players:
Jacob Rosquist
Anderson Mort
Akash Sanan

“We return everybody from a team that went 25-6 with the retuning Division Player of the Year. This team will be playing a more exciting faster brand of basketball than last year. High scoring will be fun to watch. Hopefully we will be peaking in January.”

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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 and on AZPreps365.com. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

 

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