12 local standouts recognized by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation

CJ Franks (Andy Morales/

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF-CHOF) announced the dozen athletes listed below as the Scholar-Athlete Class of 2019:

Caden Wechsler, Sabino
Curtis Franks, Salpointe
Charles Mustain, Ironwood Ridge
Casey Way, Pusch Ridge
Ismael Ballesteros, Tucson
Thomas Lares, Salpointe
Thomas Webb, Jr, Cienega
Jimmy Hamilton, Sabino
Trenton Bourguet, Marana
Wyatt Jeffries, Empire
Dominick Rodriguez, Canyon Del Oro
Diego Miranda, Marana

According to a release, each Scholar-Athlete Honoree will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university they will be attending in the fall.

The selection of these twelve outstanding young men is based on stringent criteria focusing on academic scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement. One of the twelve Honorees, will be nominated for the National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete Award to be presented in December 2019 in conjunction with the 62nd Annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in New York City.

These Scholar-Athlete Honorees will be formally recognized at the 22nd Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet to be held at Noon on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at The Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park.

Former University of Arizona Wildcat defensive back and Denver Bronco NFL veteran, Randy Robbins, will be the keynote speaker. For more information and ticket prices for the dinner, please contact Rick Gonzales at

From news release.


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 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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