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PIMA GOLF: Desiree Hong, Samantha Hacker & Abby Miller earn conference honors

University of Arizona commit Desiree Hong (Pima)

Pima sophomore Desiree Hong (Sahuaro) was named ACCAC Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. She was also selected first team All-ACCAC conference and first team All-Region.

Hong averaged a 74.8 per round played as she shot a 72 or below in seven of the 12 rounds this season. She never finished below second place in any tournament. She won two tournaments and tied for first place in three of them. Hong has verbally committed to play for the University of Arizona next fall.

Samantha Hacker (Pima)

Sophomore Samantha Hacker (Sahuaro) was named second team All-ACCAC for the second straight year and first team All-Region. She shot on average an 85 per round.

Abby Miller (Pima)

Freshman Abby Miller (Ironwood Ridge) was named second team All-Region. Her best round came at the final round of the Pima Invitational after she shot a 76.

This list was updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who had gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but college and professional awards. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know.

Desiree Hong/Golf
Sahuaro (2015)/Pima
ACCAC Conference Player of the Year (4/20)
All-ACCAC First Team
First Team All-Region

Samantha Hacker/Golf
Sahuaro (2015)/Pima
Second Team All-ACCAC (4/20)
First Team All-Region

Abby Miller/Golf
Ironwood Ridge (2016)/Pima
Second Team All-Region (4/20)

Deion James/Basketball
Empire (2015)/Pima
ACCAC Co-Player of the Year (3/2)
ACCAC 1st Team (3/2)
First Team All-Region I, D-II (3/2)
Region-I, D-II championship MVP (3/9)
NJCAA Player of the Week (3/15)
NJCAA All-American First Team (4/13)
NJCAA D-II Player of the Year (4/20)

Mandy Lorenson/Softball
Ironwood Ridge (2016)/Pima
ACCAC D-I Pitcher of the Week (3/21)
NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Week (3/22)
ACCAC D-I Pitcher of the Week (4/18)
NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Week (4/19)

Sydni Stallworth/Basketball
Palo Verde (2015)/Pima
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (1/17)
National Player of the Week (1/20)
ACCAC 1st Team (3/1)
First Team All-Region I, D-II (3/1)
ACCAC D-II Player of the Year (3/1)
NJCAA All-American First Team (4/14)

Monique Castillo/Softball
Canyon del Oro (2015)/Phoenix
ACCAC D2 Player of the Week (4/11)

Jaime Garcia/Baseball
Sabino (2016)/Rainy River
MCAC Northern Division Pitcher of the Week (4/11)

Kayla Green/Softball
Cienega (2015)/New Mexico State
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/1)
WAC Pitcher of the Week (4/1)

Sarah Macdonald/Track
Pusch Ridge (2013)/Seattle Pacific
NCAA Indoor All-American (3/10)

Kellye Springstead/Softball
Tanque Verde (2015)/California Baptist
PacWest Pitcher of the Week (3/27)

Margarita Corona/Softball
Tucson/Pima
ACCAC D-I Player of the Week (3/21)

Shelby Kennedy/Softball
Cienega (2015)/Yale
Ivy League Honor Roll (3/20)

Justice Summerset/High Jump
Mountain View (2016)/Arizona
NCAA Indoor All-American (3/11)

Allison Curtis/Softball
Salpointe (2015)/Central Michigan
MAC Softball Player of the Week (3/13)

Matt Brase/Basketball
Catalina Foothills (2001)/Rio Grande Valley Vipers
NBA Development League Coach of the Month (3/2)

Emilio Acedo/Basketball
Salpointe (2011)/Pima
ACCAC 2nd Team (3/2)
First Team All-Region I, D-II (3/2)

Denesia Smith/Basketball
Buena (2014)/Pima
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (2/21)
ACCAC 2nd Team (3/1)
First Team All-Region I, D-II (3/1)

Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage/Softball
Salpointe (20160/Grand Canyon
WAC Pitcher of the Week (2/27)

Brooklyn Beardshear/Softball
Sahuaro (2013)/Dixie State
PacWest Pitcher of the Week (2/20)
PacWest Pitcher of the Week (2/27)

Franky Teran/Basketball
Pueblo (2011)/ Antelope Valley
Cal Pac Player of the Week (1/30)

Andrew Mike/Football
Sabino (2014)/Florida
2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll (2/8)

Dylan Greenberg/Football
Salpointe (2013)/Kentucky
2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll (2/8)

Madeline Bolin/Swimming
Ironwood Ridge (2014)/West Virginia
2017 Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2/21)

Nick Estrella/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge (2016)/Azusa Pacific
PacWest Freshman of the Week (2/14)

Trey Stine/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge (2013)/Pima/New Mexico State
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/8)

Zach Malis/Baseball
Desert Christian (2015)/Grand Canyon
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/8)

Kelsey Jenkins/Softball
Sabino (2014)/Wisconsin
Fastpitch News Preseason Top 50 College Hitters (1/23)
Fastpitch News Preseason All-American (1/25)
DI Softball News Preseason Top 50 Watch List (1/31)

Alex Verdugo/Baseball
Sahuaro (2014)/Oklahoma City Dodgers
Mlbpipeline.com Prospect Watch (1/29)

Tristan Peterson/Baseball
Canyon del Oro (2016)/Kansas State
Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (1/25)

Marc Matthews/Basketball
Buena (2012)/Montana State
GNAC Player of the Week (1/2)
D-II National Player of the Week (1/3)

Portions from news release.

D-I BEACH VOLLEYBALL

First Round: Wednesday, April 19
No. 3 Salpointe over No. 14 Boulder Creek, 5-0
No. 11 Mesquite over No. 6 Ironwood Ridge, 3-2

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, Apr. 25
No. 11 Mesquite at No. 3 Salpointe, 4:30 p.m.

D-I BOYS TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES

First Round: Friday, April 21 at Indian School Park

D-II BOYS TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES

First Round: Friday, April 21 at Indian School Park

LOCAL BYES
George Jiang, Catalina Foothills
Jesus Cordova, Walden Grove
Connor Oseran/Mason Lee, Catalina Foothills
Wilder Cooke/Jackson Hartenbach, Salpointe

D-III BOYS TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES

First Round: Friday, April 21 at Paseo Racquet Center

D-I GIRLS TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES

First Round: Friday, April 21 at Autry Sports Complex

D-II GIRLS TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES

First Round: Friday, April 21 at Phoenix Tennis Center

LOCAL BYES
Emily Lopez, Amphitheater
Halle Zadro, Catalina Foothills
Natalie Valcke, Salpointe

D-II GIRLS TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES

First Round: Friday, April 21 at Paseo Racquet Center

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

 

 

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