Catalina Foothills standout Dante DeNiro commits to Grand Canyon

Dante DeNiro (Andy Morales/

Catalina foothills standout catcher Dante DeNiro announced his commitment to play for Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon. DeNiro is the third-ranked prospect from the class of 2018 and he batted. 471 last year with 15 RBIs, six doubles, a triple and two home runs. DeNiro also saw time on the mound and in the outfield for the Falcons.

“This is a very exciting time for me and my family,” DeNiro said. “This accomplishment shows all the hard work I’ve put into baseball. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my parents and the numerous coaches who have helped me along the way.”

DeNiro competed in the Junior Fall Classic All-Academic game in October, was named to the 17U PG World Series All-Tournament Team in July and was a 2016 All-Southern Arizona First-Team selection.

“This is an exciting time for Dante and we’re very proud of all the hard work he’s put in to achieve this goal,” his mother Nancy DeNiro added.

“We’re a big baseball family and we’ve tried to support all our sons and their individual baseball dreams. This is a great opportunity for Dante and we are looking forward to watching him play at the next level.”



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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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