Abby Russell combined with her Salpointe teammate Alex Parkhurst to win the first-ever Pairs Championship in high school history last spring. Parkhurst is now a freshman at Arizona.
Miranda Erro is a standout athlete for Walker Beach and she has been paired with several standouts including Cal freshman Madison Sundholm, Parkhurst, Arizona freshman Summer McDonough, MiraCosta freshman Malia Williams and Russell in AVP competition. Russell and Erro took second at the AVP America at Mesquite Beach this past May.
Abby Russell’s great uncle, Charlie Cook, was an All-State basketball standout at Pueblo and he held the career scoring record at the school until Randall Moore set a new mark in 1976.
Cook played for Bruce Larson at Arizona and he helped guide the Wildcats through the beginning of the WAC era before taking the basketball program over at Tucson High where he coached standouts such as Sean Harris, Bert Otero, Jinx Johnson and Ron Hassey. He hired Patsy Lee to coach the Badger freshman team. Lee was the first woman to coach a boys basketball team in Arizona.
Russell’s mother, Daphne Russell, played basketball, volleyball and softball at Flowing Wells where she earned all-state honors after the Flowing Wells team captured the 1984 state championship. She went on to play softball at Pima and finished up at Florida State.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org