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Rincon/University’s Loraya Rocha set to break 1,000 career points and she’s not alone

Loraya Rocha (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Several players have already broken into the 1,000-point club this year and Rincon/University standout Loraya Rocha looks to be next in line with 992 career points. Only a junior, Rocha should pass 1,000 career points on Tuesday.

University of Arizona commit Nico Mannion has 1,733 career points at Pinnacle High School. The reclassified senior might break 2,000 career points but it will be close. Had Mannion decided to play next year, there is little doubt her would have been the fourth player in Arizona history to break 3,000 career points.

Time is running short so here is the lost of athletes from Southern Arizona who might break 1,000 career points before the season ends:

ACTIVE PLAYERS SEEKING 1,000

GIRLS
Loraya Rocha, Jr. Rincon/UHS: 992
Angel Addleman, Jr. Pusch Ridge: 917
Alyssa Brown, So. Sahuaro: 856

BOYS
Devion Makres, Sr. Academy of Tucson: 897
Julian Molina, Sr. Mountain View: 888
Evan Nelson, Jr. Mountain View/Salpointe 811

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Boys
1 Corey Hawkins, Estrella Foothills (3,154) 2007-10
2 Robert Burries, Globe (3,032) 2015-present
3 Mike Bibby, Shadow Mountain (3,002) 1993-96
4 Terrell Stoglin, Santa Rita (2,901) 2007-10
5 Jerryd Bayless, St. Mary’s (2,888) 2004-07
6 Daniel Bejarano, North (2,642) 2007-10
7 Chuck Overton, Cholla (2,535) 1989-92

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls
1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
2 Kayla Pedersen, Red Mountain (2,611) 2003-2007
3 Christina Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,550) 2001-2005
4 Ashley Wirtzberger, Yuma Catholic/Gila Bend (2,505) 2006-2010
5 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
6 Nicole Powell, Mountain Pointe (2,478) 1996-2000
7 Shaylee Gonzales, Mesquite (2,385) 2014-2018
8 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
9 Alyssa Wahl, Cibola (2,366) 1999-2003
10 Wendy Woudenberg, Scottsdale Christian (2,295) 2001-2005
11 Marie Folsom, Corona del Sol (2,270) 1990-1994
12 Brooke Jackson, Mesa Mountain View (2,250) 2003-2007
13 Lindsey VanAllen, Mesquite (2,249) 2014-2018
14 Desirae Gonzalez, Kingman (2,242) 2012-2016
15 Janae Gonzales, Sierra Linda (2,204) 2014-2018
16 Dymond Simon, St. Mary’s (2,189) 2002-2006
17 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
18 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990
19 Amy Showers, Camp Verde (2,161) 2001-2005
20 Bryce Nixon, Arcadia (2,122) 2014-2018
21 Najiyyah Pack, South Mountain (2,119) 2012-16
22 Sonia Bribiescas, Superior (2,109) 1984-1988
23 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
24 Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,080) 2007-2010
25 Kalie Matthes, O’Connor (2,068) 2008-2012
26 Camille Zimmerman, Tempe Prep (2,054) 2010-2014
26 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994
27 Taylor Chavez, Valley Vista (2,012) 2014-2018
28 Haley Cavinder, Gilbert (2,000) 2016-present

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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 AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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