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Jake Engel named Preseason Baseball All-American; Nick Gonzales, Tristan Peterson, Kevin Jimenez, Bailey Thompson, Brianna Aguilar & Abby Doughty earn Preseason WAC honors

(NM State Graphic)

Former Canyon del Oro softball standout Bailey Thompson (Seattle U) was named to the Preseason All-WAC Team along with former Salpointe standout Brianna Aguilar (GCU) and former Cienega standout Abby Doughty (Utah Valley)

Former Cienega standout Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) was named to the WAC Preseason Team and he also earned Preseason Player of the Year honors. Former Canyon del Oro standout Tristan Peterson (New Mexico State) was named to the WAC Preseason Team as a first baseman.

Former Nogales standout Kevin Jimenez (New Mexico State) was named to the WAC Preseason Team as a utility player/DH.

Former Ironwood Ridge baseball standout Jake Engel was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers (NCBW) D-II Preseason First Team All-America Team from Dixie State as a DH. Engel was the only player from Arizona selected.

Jake Engel (Dixie State)

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’ve recognized 14 athletes so far this year. We recognized 195 athletes in 2019.

Bailey Thompson/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Seattle
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/4)

Abby Doughty/Softball
Cienega/Utah Valley
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/4)

Brianna Aguilar/Softball
Salpointe/Grand Canyon
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/4)

Jake Engel/Baseball
Ironwood Ridge/Dixie State
NCBW Preseason All-American (1/30)

Kevin Jimenez/Baseball
Nogales/New Mexico State
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/5)

Nick Gonzales/Baseball
Cienega/New Mexico State
Perfect Game Preseason All-American (1/7)
NCAA Baseball Player of the Year Contender (1/15)
D1Baseball Preseason First Team All-American (1/21)
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/5)
Preseason WAC Player of the Year (2/5)

Tristan Peterson/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/New Mexico State
Perfect Game Preseason All-American (1/7)
Preseason All-WAC Team (2/5)

Spencer Packard/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/Campbell
Big South Preseason All-Conference (1/27)
Perfect Game Preseason Big South Player of the Year (1/27)

Mandy Lorenson/Softball
Ironwood Ridge/Fort Lewis
RMAC Players to Watch (1/27)

Luis Aguilar/Football
Nogales/NAU
Athlon Sports FCS Postseason All-American (1/15)

Abram Carrasco/Basketball
Cholla/Westmont
GSAC Player of the Week (1/7)
GSAC Player of the Week (1/14)

Alex Robles/Baseball
Tucson/Naranjeros de Hermosillo
Liga Mexicana del Pacifico Rookie of the Year (1/8)

Brooks Fail/Swim
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week (1/8)

Jamee Swan/Basketball
Marana/Colorado
Colorado All-Decade Team (1/2)

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