Alexis Cortez and Mikey Silva earn college hoops honors

Alexis Cortez (WAC)

Former Tucson standout and Utah Valley sophomore Alexis Cortez was named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 8-14.

According to a WAC release, Cortez averaged 13.5 points per game with 7.5 rebounds per game as the Wolverines won a pair on the road at Kansas City and Chicago State. On Thursday, she put up career-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in a 66-59 win against the Roos. She followed that up with 11 points and eight rebounds, also adding three steals, two assists and two blocks in a 68-30 blowout win at Chicago State. She was perfect on her free throws, going 7-for-7, and posted a 1.67 assist-to-turnover ratio on the week.

In the Wolverines’ first road win of the year at UMKC, Cortez helped the squad rack up a season-best 33 bench points in their come-from-behind victory. Just two days later, Cortez drained back-to-back three pointers in the first quarter at CSU that gave the Wolverines the lead for good after facing an early deficit.

Mikey Silva (SMCC)

Former Sunnyside standout Mikey Silva scored 31 points against Cochise this past week, earning him South Mountain Athlete of the Week honors.

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

We recognized 144 athletes in 2017.

Alexis Cortez/Basketball
Tucson High/Utah Valley
WAC Basketball Player of the Week (1/14)

Mikey Silva/Basketball
Sunnyside/South Mountain
SMCC Athlete of the Week (1/14)

Brian Peabody/Basketball
Sahuaro/Pima College (coach) Coach of the Week (1/7)

Portions from news release.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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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