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Alyssa Brown, Julian Molina & Grant Ward set to break 1,000 career points Tuesday night

Tianna Carter is 10 points from 1,400 and the Canyon del Oro standout will be recognized on Tuesday night. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Having two players from Southern Arizona reach 1,000 career points on the same night is getting more and more common but three is certainly unheard of, but it might happen Tuesday night.

Mountain View senior Julian Molina has 992 career points heading into the Mountain Lions trip to Desert View, Buena senior Grant Ward has 990 career points and the Colts will be playing at Marana and Sahuaro sophomore Alyssa Brown has 987 career points and she should reach 1,000 career points with Vista Grande making an appearance.

Brown is on pace to reach 2,000 career points, which is a milestone only seven other players from Southern Arizona have ever seen, with Santa Rita standout Paula Pyers being the first to reach 2,082 career points in 1984. Pyers was also the first in the state of Arizona to break 2,000 career points and there are now a total of 30 athletes on that list.

On the boy’s side, the records aren’t as clean state-wide but it is believed seven players from Southern Arizona have scored over 2,000 career points with Sunnyside’s Deron Johnson ending with 2,108 in 1989. It is uncertain how many players state-wide have broken into the 2,000-point club but only seven have scored more than 2,500 with former Cholla standout Chuck Overton being the first (2,535) in 1992.

Salpointe junior Evan Nelson is on track to break 1,000 career points in the playoffs. Efforts are underway to try to collect the stats for The Gregory School senior Tomari Harris. It is believed he is very close to 1,000 also.

In addition, there will be two ceremonies this week with Canyon del Oro recognizing senior Tianna Carter on Tuesday night and Palo Verde recognizing senior Aaliyah Ortiz on Thursday for scoring over 1,400 at their schools.

University of Arizona commit Nico Mannion has 1,844 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.

ACTIVE SEEKING 1,000

GIRLS
Alyssa Brown, So. Sahuaro: 987 (projected 1/29)

BOYS
Grant Ward, Sr. Buena: 990 (projected 1/29)
Julian Molina, Sr. Mountain View: 992 (Projected 1/29)
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

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

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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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