Basketball

WINTER SPORT PREVIEW PART VIII

Lucas Elliott towering on defense (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Lucas Elliott towering on defense (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.

FLOWING WELLS GIRLS BASKETBALL

Head Coach: Michael Perkins
2015-16 Record: 7-21

Top returning athletes:
Karena Garcia Sr. (Valedictorian of her class) 9 pts & 4 rbs per game last season
Kendra Barillas Sr. (has rehabbed and returned from two ACL surgeries, one on each knee, that has cost her the last two seasons.)
Brianna McGinnis Sr
Amanda Miguel Sr
Natalia Miranda Sr.
Kamila Munoz Jr.
Katie Daily Sr.
Teylar Larkin Sr.
Ana Galaviz Sr.
Angelique Hill Sr.

Top New Players:
Cynthia Cardenas Jr
Trynitee Patterson So
Anayelli Flores So.

DESERT VIEW WRESTLING

Head coach: Diego Lozano
Finish: D-III 11th place

Top returners:
Jacob Frias (JR) 2016 AZ State Wrestling Champ Division III 113lbs
Kevin Ramos (SR) 2016 State Qualifier 126lbs
Gabriel Lopez (JR) 160lbs
Kevin Corella (JR) 220 lbs

Top newcomers:
Rogelio Heredia (SO) 106 lbs
Sergio Ochotorena (SO) 113 lbs
Carlos Hernandez (SO) 126 lbs

“The team loses only two wrestlers to graduation. While the Jaguars appear to be young they are ready to improve on the 11th place finish at last year’s state tournament.”

WALDEN GROVE BOYS SOCCER

Head coach: Ryan Atkinson
2015-16 record: 8-6-2

Top returners:
Aamahn Murvin
Matthew Parks
Luis Avilla
Ryan Dees
Cesar Cruz
Carlos Serino

Top new players:
Kenzo (Brazillian exchange student)
Luis Rodriguez

“We have a large number of upperclassmen who look to do well this season. We are changing sections and we firmly believe that anything is possible. We are looking forward to challenging ourselves and our play.”

PUSCH RIDGE BOYS BASKETBALL

Head coach: David Thomas
2015-16 record: 20-9
Finish: D-IV first round

Top Returning:
PG – Kyle Eggers – Senior
SG – Aaron Nolar – Senior
C – Lucas Elliott – Sophomore

Top New Players:
SG – Ben Katsel – Junior
PG – Landon Jacuay – Sophomore
C – Scott Bumb – Freshman

“We’re looking to continue to build on last season’s success where we matched the most wins for boy’s basketball in a season at PRCA. I’m looking forward to the growth and development of our underclassman who will play a big role on this year’s team. Our seniors should lead a pretty competitive team.”

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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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