Ironwood Ridge pitcher Karagan Knowles to play for Emerson College

Karagan Knowles (Andy Morales/

Ironwood Ridge pitcher Karagan Knowles announced her commitment to play for Emerson College on Saturday night.

“She has officially verballed to Emerson College, which for the last two years has been ranked number one for journalism,” her mother Yolanda Reyes Knowles explained.

“Since she was 8-9 years old she had always wanted to become a novelist. She has written a multitude of articles personally and through her high school. She has been supported by many teachers, especially Mary Phillips and Mrs. Halbach.

“Her practicing pitching and hitting, six days a week in the backyard, with her wonderful devoted Daddy, who has been there every step of the way. For her past and present coaches, I wish to say thank you to Joseph Michael Eiserman, Chris Laplante and Ramon De La Ossa. You have been very supportive.

“I especially want to thank Mark Blair. You are an amazing pitching coach. Your upbeat attitude, devotion and instruction has made all of this possible.

“Good luck Baby!! The world is at your fingertips.”


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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