Tucson High School Sports

Bailey Thompson, Kellye Springstead, Nic Conway, Andie Larkins, Erik Migueles, Brianna Hardy & Austin Bryan earn weekly honors

Bailey Thompson & Kelley Springstead (WAC Graphic)

Bailey Thompson (Canyon del Oro) was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Hitter of the Week for Seattle. Thompson hit .857 (6-of-7) with a 1.143 slugging percentage and a .900 on base percentage with a pair of doubles and four RBIs as the Redhawks went 3-0 on the road at Utah Valley last week. She also added two runs scored, two walks and a hit by pitch. Thompson opened the week with a 3-for-3 performance with a double and a pair of RBIs. In the first game on Saturday, she was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBIs.

This was Thompson’s second Hitter of the Week recognition.

Kellye Springstead (Tanque Verde) was named WAC Pitcher of the Week for Cal Baptist. Springstead appeared in four of the Lancers’ five games last week, making four starts with three complete games. She posted a 1.17 ERA and held opponents to a WAC-best .189 batting average. Springstead struck out a WAC-high 22 batters over 24.0 innings while allowing just four walks. In a 3-2 loss to UC Riverside to open the week, she allowed three unearned runs on five hits while striking out eight. In a 5-2 win against NM State on Friday, Springstead gave up just five hits, a walk and two runs while striking out seven. She then threw a shutout in a 2-0 win on Saturday with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed.

This was Springstead’s second Pitcher of the Week recognition.

Nic Conway (Yale)

Nic Conway (Catalina Foothills) earned on a spot on the Ivy League Softball Honor Roll for Yale for her performances last week.

This was Conway’s second Honor Roll recognition.

Brianna Hardy (PC)

Brianna Hardy (Buena) was named ACCAC Division 2 Pitcher of the Week for Phoenix College. Hardy went 5-0 on the week while striking out 51 batters. In addition to pitching, Hardy batted .588 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs.

This was Hardy’s third Pitcher of the Week recognition.

Austin Bryan (Pima)

Austin Bryan (Sahuarita) was named ACCAC Division I Pitcher of the Week for Pima. He pitched 10 innings giving up one run with 15 strikeouts and no walks. He started the week with a win in a relief appearance. He threw the final three innings giving up one hit with four strikeouts against the Vaqueros. He started against the Roughriders on Saturday and threw a complete-game giving up one run on four hits with 11 strikeouts.

This was Bryan’s second Pitcher of the Week recognition.

Andie Larkins (SU)

Andie Larkins (Sahuaro) went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and four strikeouts in one appearance last week to earn a WAC Pitcher of the Week nomination for Seattle.

This was Larkin’s second Pitcher of the Week nomination.

Erick Migueles (Utah)

Erick Migueles (Canyon del Oro) earned a Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week nomination this past week for Utah. He went 3-3, with three doubles and three RBI against USC.

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.

Portions from news release.

We recognized 164 athletes in 2018. We have 63 athletes recognized this year so far.

 





Erick Migueles/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/Utah
Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week nominee (4/15)
 
Bailey Thompson/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Seattle
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/18)
WAC Hitter of the Week (4/15)
 
Nic Conway/Softball
Catalina Foothills/Yale
Ivy League Honor Roll (3/11)
Ivy League Honor Roll (4/15)
 
Kellye Springstead/Softball
Tanque Verde/California Baptist
WAC Pitcher of the Week nominee (2/11)
WAC Pitcher of the Week (3/11)
WAC Pitcher of the Week Nominee (4/1)
WAC Pitcher of the Week Nominee (4/9)
WAC Pitcher of the Week (4/15)
 
Brianna Hardy/Softball
Buena/Phoenix College
ACCAC D-II Pitcher of the Week (2/4)
ACCAC D-II Pitcher of the Week (2/20)
ACCAC D-II Pitcher of the Week (4/11)
 
Austin Bryan/Baseball
Sahuarita/Pima
ACCAC D- I Pitcher of the Week (2/4)
ACCAC D- I Pitcher of the Week (4/15)
 
Andie Larkins/Softball
Sahuaro/Seattle
WAC Pitcher of the Week Nominee (3/25)
WAC Pitcher of the Week Nominee (4/15)
 
Karena Garcia/Basketball
Flowing Wells/Smith College
NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team (2/18)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team (2/15)
 
Brooks Fail/Swim
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week Nominee (1/30)
NCAA 800 Free Relay All-American Honorable Mention (3/27)
NCAA 800 Free All-American (3/28)
Pac-12 Swimming All-Academic First Team (4/9)
 
Matthew Lujan/Swim
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
Pac-12 Swimming All-Academic First Team (4/9)
 
Isaac Stump/Swim
Ironwood Ridge/Arizona
Pac-12 Swimming All-Academic Second Team (4/9)
 
Taylor Nations/Swim
Sabino/Arizona
Pac-12 Swimming All-Academic First Team (4/9)
 
Delaney Schnell/Diving
Tucson/Arizona
Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week (1/30)
NCAA 1-Meter All-American (3/21)
NCAA 3-Meter All-American (3/22)
NCAA All-American Platform (3/23)
Pac-12 Dive All-Academic Second Team (4/9)
 
Lexy Ram/Basketball
Ironwood Ridge/Cal Baptist
Academic All-WAC (4/10)
 
Erik Orr/Swim
Rincon/UHS/Air Force
Academic All-WAC (4/10)
 
Drew Hill/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge/Colorado School of Mines
RMAC Pitcher of the Week (4/9)
 
Jake Engel/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge/Dixie State
RMAC Player of the Week (4/2)
D2 Baseball Team of the Month (4/8)
 
Maggie Morales/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Minnesota Crookston
NSIC All-Academic with Distinction Award (1/18)
UMC Student-Athlete of the Month (4/8)
 
Rhett Rodriguez/Football
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
Arizona Student-Athlete of the Month (4/8)
 
Abram Carrasco/Basketball
Cholla/Pima
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)
ACCAC Player of the Year Runner-up (4/8)
NJCAA First Team All-American (4/8)
 
Tim Derksen/Basketball
Amphitheater/Fribourg
Swiss SBL Interperformances Player of the Week (4/2)
 
Heather O’Connor/Cheer
Ironwood Ridge/Dallas Cowboys
Veteran of the Year (4/5)
 
Travis Cole/Baseball
Sahuaro/Christian Brothers
GSC Freshman of the Week (4/5)
 
Mia Trejo/Softball
Tucson/UNLV
Mountain West Player of the Week (4/2)
 
Abby Doughty/Softball
Cienega/Utah Valley
WAC Hitter of the Week (4/1)
 
Tristan Peterson/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/New Mexico State
WAC Hitter of the Week (3/25)
College Baseball National Player of the Week (3/25)
WAC Hitter of the Week Nominee (4/1)
 
Brianna Aguilar/Softball
Salpointe/Grand Canyon
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)
WAC Pitcher of the Week Nominee (2/18)
WAC Pitcher of the Week Nominee (4/1)
 
Hannah Orbach-Mandel/Swim
Catalina Foothills/Kenyon
NCAA 500 Free All-American (3/23)
NCAA 200 Free Relay All-American (3/23)
NCAA 200 Free All-American (3/23)
NCAA 400 Medley Relay All-American (3/23)
NCAA 800 Free Relay All-American (3/23)
NCAA 100 Free Real All-American (3/23)
NCAA 400 Free Relay All-American (3/23)
 
Nick Gonzales/Baseball
Cienega/NM State
Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List (2/13)
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/18)
USA Golden Spikes Award (2/18)
WAC Hitter of the Week (2/25)
NCBWA National Player of the Month (3/7)
 
Derrick Calvillo/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/Hibbing
MCAC Player of the Week (3/11)
NJCAA D-III National Player of the Week (3/14)
MCAC Player of the Week (3/26)
 
Roman Bravo Young/Wrestling
Sunnyside/Penn State
NCAA Freshman All-American (3/22)
 
Sierra Rodriguez/Track & Field
Flowing Wells/Air Force
Athlete of the Week (3/20)
 
Brendan Gary/Basketball
Sahuaro/Buena Vista
ARC All-Academic Team (3/19)
 
Brian Peabody/Basketball
Sahuaro/Pima Coach
District I, D-II Coach of the Year (3/18)
 
Shelby Kennedy/Softball
Cienega/Yale
Senior CLASS Award Nominee (3/15)
 
Rafael Padilla/Baseball
Nogales/Pima
ACCAC D-I Player of the Week (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)
 
NaKeva Mack/Basketball
Cienega/Colorado Northwestern
All-Region 18 (2/28)
 
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
Salpointe/Pima
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
Pueblo/Gateway
ACCAC D-II Pitcher of the Week (1/29)
 
Bryce Cotton/Basketball
Palo Verde/Perth Wildcats
All-NBL First Team (2/17)
 
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)
 
Derek Daly/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge/Colorado School of Mines
RMAC Player of the Week (2/5)
 
Hannah Whetzel/Track
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
UA Student Athletes of the Month (2/4)
 
Kayla Green/Softball
Cienega/NM State
WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year (1/30)
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)
 
Andie Larkins/Softball
Sahuaro/Seattle
WAC Preseason Team (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
Salpointe/NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)
 
Max Michalczik/Football
Catalina Foothills/ NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)
 
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)

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