Tucson High School Sports

Kellye Springstead, Derrick Calvillo & Rafael Padilla earn weekly collegiate awards

Kellye Springstead (WAC Graphic)

Kellye Springstead (Tanque Verde) was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Pitcher of the Week for California Baptist.

Springstead went 4-1 and threw four complete games in four starts and five appearances last week. She posted a 0.72 ERA and struck out 24 batters with just four walks. Springstead scattered 28 hits over 29.0 innings and allowed just three earned runs on the week. She threw an eight-inning shutout in a 3-0 win over North Dakota on Friday, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out 10. She did not give up more than one earned run in any one start.

Derrick Calvillo (Hibbing)

Derrick Calvillo (Canyon del Oro), a catcher at Hibbing Community College, hit for a .500 average in the opening week of the season, earning MCAC Northern Division Player of the Week honors.

In 14 at bats, Calvillo had seven hits, including three doubles for HCC. The freshman knocked in twelve RBI’s for Hibbing in their first six contests of 2019, including a 9-8 win over SUNY-Adirondack. Defensively, he had a 1.000 fielding percentage and has thrown out a pair of base-runners so far in his squad’s 2019 spring trip.

Rafael Padilla (Pima)

Pima standout Rafael Padilla (Nogales) earned his first ACCAC Division I Player of the Week honor for the week of Mar. 4-10.

Padilla, a sophomore outfielder, went 6-for-12 with two RBI, two runs scored and two walks against fellow ACCAC D-I opponents Central Arizona College and Yavapai College. He went 4-5 in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Roughriders. The Aztecs went 1-3 for the week.

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 164 athletes in 2018. We have 38 athletes recognized this year so far.

Kellye Springstead/Softball
Tanque Verde/Cal Baptist
WAC Pitcher of the Week (3/11)

Rafael Padilla/Baseball
ACCAC D-I Player of the Week (3/11)

Derrick Calvillo/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/Hibbing
MCAC Player of the Week (3/11)

Nic Conway/Softball
Catalina Foothills/Yale
Ivy League Honor Roll (3/11)

Carlos Villarreal/Track
Rio Rico/Arizona
NCAA Indoor First Team All-American (3/9)

Allie Schadler/Track
Rio Rico/Washington
NCAA Indoor First Team All-American (3/9)

Nick Gonzales/Baseball
Cienega/NM State
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/18)
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/25)
NCBWA National Player of the Month (3/7)

NaKeva Mack/Basketball
Cienega/Colorado Northwestern
All-Region 18 (2/28)

Abram Carrasco/Basketball
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (1/15)
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (2/6)
First Team All-ACCAC (2/27)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/27)
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (3/1)

Austin France/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/Nicholls State
Player of the Week (2/26)

Chloe Gavino/Tennis
Catalina Foothills/NM State
WAC Tennis Player of the Week (2/26)

Robert Wilson/Basketball
Second Team All-ACCAC (2/27)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/27)

Brian Romero/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/Pima
ACCAC D-I Player of the Week (2/26)

Kamryn Gastelum/Softball
ACCAC D-II Pitcher of the Week (1/29)

Brianna Hardy/Softball
Buena/Phoenix College
ACCAC D-II Pitcher of the Week (2/4)
ACCAC D-II Pitcher of the Week (2/20)

Bailey Thompson/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Seattle
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/18)

Brianna Aguilar/Softball
Salpointe/Grand Canyon
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)
WAC Pitcher of the Week nominee (2/18)

Kellye Springstead/Softball
Tanque Verde/California Baptist
WAC Pitcher of the Week nominee (2/11)

Lexy Coons/Softball
Sahuaro/Grand Canyon
WAC Pitcher of the Week nominee (2/11)

Max Smith/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/UNLV
MWC Preseason All-Conference Team (2/12)

Hannah Whetzel/Track
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
UA Student Athletes of the Month (2/4)

Austin Bryan/Baseball
ACCAC D- I Pitcher of the Week (2/4)

Kayla Green/Softball
Cienega/NM State
WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year (1/30)
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)

Andie Larkins/Softball
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)

Delaney Schnell/Diving
Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week (1/30)

Brooks Fail/Swim
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week Nominee (1/30)

Isabella Almazan/Soccer
Salpointe/Northern Colorado
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Allison Raniere/Soccer
Sahuaro/Eastern Washington
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Mykaela Hammer/Volleyball
Ironwood Ridge/Montana
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Victoria Cooper/Soccer
Ironwood Ridge/NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Chase Laurita/Football
Ironwood Ridge/NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Jake Casteel/Football
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Max Michalczik/Football
Catalina Foothills/ NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Maggie Morales/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Minnesota Crookston
NSIC All-Academic with Distinction Award (1/18)

Josh Herzog/Basketball
Catalina Foothills/MSOE
Raider of the Week (1/14)

Alexis Cortez/Basketball
Tucson High/Utah Valley
WAC Player of the Week (1/7)

Levi Wallace/Football
Tucson High/Buffalo Bills
PFF Top Graded Rookie Cornerback (1/2)

Portions from news release.


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