Sunnyside standouts Mikey Silva & Santino Duarte sign with South Mountain

Mikey Silva & Santino Duarte sign with South Mountain (Courtesy Photo)

South Mountain assistant coach Matt Bjorklund was on hand Wednesday afternoon to collect the signatures of two of the top players in Tucson, point guard Mikey Silva and center Santino Duarte. The standouts signed with the Cougars at a ceremony held at Sunnyside High School.

“I committed a week ago and my parents are extremely excited,” Duarte said. “This will be an important step for me to get an education and get my life started.”

The duo will be joining former Blue Devil Jacob Inclan next year. The Southern Arizona Player of the Year last season, Inclan was named the ACCAC Player of the Week for South Mountain in November.

“It will be great to join Jacob again,” Silva added. “For me, I will be the first in my family to go to college and it’s a good opportunity.”

No. 16 Sunnyside won the 6A Southern Region and will host No. 17 Mesa on Friday night in the Play-In tournament.


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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