Tucson High School Sports

Holthaus, Davis among Flowing Wells Hall of Fame inductees

Flowing Wells High School will be inducting their 16th class into its Sports Hall of Fame on Friday. The induction ceremony will be prior to the football game between the Caballeros and Paradise Valley High School.

The inductees for the class of 2018:

Alex Davis – A 2006 graduate of Flowing Wells, Davis earned two varsity letters in cross country, three varsity letters in track and four letters in soccer. She was All-Region, All-City and All-State in soccer from 2003 to 2005. She was a member of the 2004 cross country state championship team and her soccer teams won the Region Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She was also a member or the 2006 girls soccer runners-Up in state. Alex attended the University of Arizona on a soccer scholarship. She was the offensive MVP in 2009 and 2010 and was the team captain in 2010 and 2011. Alex is currently the head girls soccer coach at Flowing Wells guiding her team to Region championships in 2016 and 2017. She was named Region Coach of the year in 2016. She also received the honor of being named Centennial Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2017.

Former University of Arizona standout Alex Davis coached Flowing Wells to a section title (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Kirsten Leikem – A 2008 graduate of Flowing Wells, Leikem earned three varsity letters in cross country and four letters in tennis. She was a member of the 2004 girls state cross country champions and also a member or the 2005 and 2008 girls tennis team runner-ups in state. In cross country, she was selected as an All-Star in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In tennis, Kirsten was selected to the All-Star team all four years and was named the Tennis Player of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Along with her sister Tristany, they were the first players in state history to win four state doubles championships. After high school, Kirsten attended the University of Rhode Island on a tennis scholarship. She played in more than 200 tennis matches in her four-year career there. Kirsten is currently a federal policy and management analyst for the U.S Government Accountability Office. She is married to Aaron Briggs and resides in Washington D.C.

Tristany Leikem – A 2008 graduate of Flowing Wells, Tristany earned three varsity letters in cross country and four letters in tennis. She was a member of the 2004 girls state cross country champions and also a member or the 2005 and 2008 girls tennis team runner-ups in state. In cross country, she was selected as an All-Star in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In tennis, Tristany was selected to the All-Star team all four years and was named the Tennis Player of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Along with her twin sister Kirsten, they were the first players in state history to win four state doubles championships. After high school, Tristany attended the University of Rhode Island on a tennis scholarship. She played in more than 200 tennis matches in her four-year career there. Tristany is currently a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Officer. She is married to Drew Hanessian and lives in Washington D.C.

Todd Holthaus draws up a play for the Aztecs. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Todd Holthaus – Holthaus was a teacher and coach at Flowing Wells from 1998 to 2005. Todd coached a variety of sports at Flowing Wells, including track, volleyball, baseball, football and girls basketball. He was the head girls basketball coach for seven years and in that time was selected as Region Coach of the Year six times. His teams won the region title four times. Many of his athletes went on to play collegiate sports at the Division I level. After his time at Flowing Wells, Todd was selected as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona for two years and then went on to be the head basketball coach at Pima Community College. During his tenure at Pima, Todd’s teams have finished fifth, third (twice) and second in the nation at the junior college level. Holthaus continues to coach at Pima and is married to Jennifer and they have four children.

Mike Effing – A 1983 graduate of Flowing Wells, Mike earned a varsity letter in track, swimming and golf. He earned two letters in basketball and three varsity letters in Football. His football team won the division championship twice and he was a member of the 1982 state football runners-up. Effing was selected to the
All-Conference football team three times and was also a member of the All-State Team his junior and senior years. Mike currently holds four football school records of most touchdown receptions in a game (three), Most TD receptions in a career (28), most receptions in a career (152) and most receiving yards in a career (2,613). After high school, Mike has been a volunteer coach for the Flowing Wells Little League, Flowing Wells Jr. High Football and is currently the president of the Flowing Wells Athletic Booster Club. Mike is married to Wendy and they have three children.

Rich Griesser – A 1983 graduate of Flowing Wells, Rich earned two varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball and two Super Cab Awards. Griesser was a member of the 1982 state football runners-up and a member of the 1983 state champion baseball team defeating the Gilbert Tigers 6-5. Rich was the winning pitcher of the State title game. He led the team in batting (.465) his senior year and had 12 doubles that year as well. He made the All-City and All-State baseball teams his junior and senior years and was selected to play in the Arizona vs. California All-Star Game. After high school, Rich attended the University of Arizona. Rich has spent time volunteering as a softball coach for the Oro Valley Softball Association. Rich currently resides in Tucson.

Erik Moreno with his son (Moreno photo)

Erik Moreno – A 1988 graduate of Flowing Wells, Moreno earned two varsity letters in wrestling and three each in football and baseball and twp Super Cab Awards. Moreno was a member of two division championship teams in football and was selected to the All-State team in 1987. Moreno was also a two-time state champion in wrestling. He was the starting catcher on the varsity baseball team his sophomore year and was selected All-City his junior year in 1987. He played in the Big League World Series in 1987 and 1988. After high school, Erik attended Pima Community College on a baseball scholarship and earned All-Conference honors both years there. He then attended the University of Nevada and was selected to the All-Big West 1st Team. He then was drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization in 1993. Moreno has been a volunteer baseball coach in the Reno area for many years and is married to Julie and they have two children.

Matt Stanley – A 1974 graduate of Flowing Wells, Stanley earned two varsity letters in football and baseball and one letter in basketball. He was a member of two conference championship teams on football and one each in basketball and baseball. He was selected 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-State in football and participated in the North/South All-Star game in 1974. He was a member of the state runners-up Team in football in 1972 and 1973, He was a member of the state runners-up Team in basketball in 1973 and the state runners-up in baseball in both 1973 and 1974. After high School, Stanley attended Mount Senario College where he was selected as All-conference all four years. Entering the education field, Stanley coached several sports for many years and recently retired from teaching after 31 years. Stanley currently resides in Wisconsin and is married to Debra and they have two children.

1989 Girls Tennis Team
State Champions

Coach Paul Grissom, Michelle Haman, Michelle Hamilton, Ji-Sun Kim Burgess, Brooke Proctor, Jessica Snyder Curley, Tonya Swearingen, Shannon Woolridge and Tara Valdez

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