Two more local standouts punched their ticket to the 1,000-point club Thursday night and there will be several more entering the club before the season is over.
Immaculate Heart senior standout Emily Haynes was recognized before her team took the court against Academy of Tucson and Academy of Tucson standout Devion Makres scored his 1,000th point against Immaculate Heart in the second game.
Haynes has played in every game for the Knights, over 120 in all, according to head coach Tom Danehy. Haynes will leave the program with the most wins and career points in school history and she’s not done yet with three regular season games remaining along with the 1A South Region tournament scheduled for Feb. 6-8 at ASDB.
The state playoffs start on Friday, Feb. 15 and the regular season champion and the region tournament champion will each receive an automatic playoff berth to the 16-team bracket. If the same team claims both titles, then the next highest ranked team in the South Region will claim the second automatic berth.
At this moment, No. 1 Baboquivari and No. 8 St. David are good bets for the two berths from the South Region with No. 11 Valley Union and No. 16 Immaculate Heart hoping to earn one of the six at-large playoff spots.
Makres came into the night needing 20 points to get to 1,000 and he finished with 22, with the main point coming at the free throw line late in the game. Unfortunately, both No. 36 Immaculate Heart and No. 38 Academy of Tucson appear to be too far out of contention for postseason play.
Sahuaro sophomore Alyssa Brown is 13 points away from 1,000 and she should get into the club at home on Tuesday, Jan. 29 against Vista Grande and Buena senior Grant Ward needs 17 and he might get it on the same night at Marana. Brown could be the next player from Southern Arizona to reach 2,000.
ACTIVE SEEKING 1,000
Alyssa Brown, So. Sahuaro: 987 (projected 1/29)
Grant Ward, Sr. Buena: 983 (projected 1/29)
Julian Molina, Sr. Mountain View: 920 (missing stats)
Evan Nelson, Jr. Mountain View/Salpointe 868 (projected playoffs)
Southern Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Boys
1 Terrell Stoglin, Santa Rita (2,901) 2007-10
2 Chuck Overton, Cholla (2,535) 1989-92
3 Sean Flannery, Salpointe (2,332) 1988-91
4 Nick Rosquist, The Gregory School (2,147) 2013-17
5 Deron Johnson, Sunnyside (2,108) 1984-89
6 Jermaine Watts, Sunnyside (2,055) 1990-94
7 Addison Mort, The Gregory School (2,024) 2014-18
8 Tim Derksen, Amphitheater (1,979) 2008-12
Immaculate Heart standout Emily Haynes is probably one of the nicest players I have ever had the honor to watch and talk to. This was important to me that she got the recognition she deserved. 1,000-point club pic.twitter.com/w6gCey7A8j
Southern Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls
1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
2 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
3 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
4 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
5 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990
6 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
7 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994
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