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Team of the Decade: The Pitchers

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THE PITCHERS
Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro 2011-14 (26-9) 401 K
Alex Brown, Amphitheater: 2010
Keith Zuniga, Nogales: 2010
Mark Harris, Tanque Verde: 2010-11 (24-0) 206 K
Dan Slania, Salpointe: 2010 (11-3) 89 K
Jake Cole Sahuaro: 2010 (9-2) 79 K
Kyle Petty, Ironwood Ridge: 2010-12 (18-8) 153 K
David Novak, Tanque Verde: 2010-12 (20-8) 157 K
Preston Jamison, Catalina Foothills: 2010-11 (13-5) 147 K
Nicco Blank, Catalina: 2010-11 (16-4) 170 K
Indalecio Romo, Cienega: 2010-12 (13-3) 176 K
Trevor Beck, Desert Christian: 2010-12 (18-9) 165 K
Cole Plouck, Empire: 2010-12 (17-8) 209 K
Tyler Davis, Dt. David: 2010-12 (13-5) 179 K
Graham Spraker, Mountain View: 2010-13 (12-14) 139 K
Trey Higginbotham, Ironwood Ridge: 2011
Sam Hamlett, Canyon del Oro: 2011
Vinnie Tarantola, Sahuaro: 2011-14 (14-6) 125 K
Jake Repavich, Cienega: 2011-14 (15-12) 191 K
Colton Stoles, Empire: 2011-13 (15-4) 80 K
Justin Hammergren, Sahuaro 2011-14 (17-1) 130 K
Luis Gonzalez, Catalina Foothills: 2011-14 (9-4) 136 K
Zack Smutzer, Rincon/University: 2012
Jeremy Timpf, Sabino: 2012
Ben Scherer, Salpointe: 2012 (10-1) 82 K
Alex Robles, Tucson: 2012-13 (16-3) 109 K
Daniel Diaz, Willcox: 2012-15 (12-3) 163 K
Zach Malis, Desert Christian: 2012-15 (33-8) 240 K
Andrew Edwards, Desert Christian: 2012-15 (28-3) 316 K
Travis Regalado, Willcox: 2012-15 (16-6) 182 K
Jacob Frithsen, Pusch Ridge: 2012-14 (22-7) 173 K
Max Smith, Canyon del Oro: 2012-15 (13-2) 71 K
Mike Doty, Pusch Ridge: 2012-14 (15-4) 132 K
Donny Perdue, Pusch Ridge: 2012-13 (9-7) 93 K
Anthony Garcia, San Manuel: 2012-13 (11-3) 98 K
Jio Orozco, Salpointe: 2012-15 (23-10) 271 K
Spencer Wilson, Ironwood Ridge: 2013-14 (10-1) 41
Chris Granado, Willcox: 2013-15 (16-4) 100 K
Tyler Fallwell, Palo Verde: 2013-14 (14-3) 149 K
Sati Santa Cruz, Sahuarita: 2013-15 (19-7) 276 K
Danny Hunt, Palo Verde: 2013-14 (9-2) 62 K
Trevelle Hill, Tucson: 2013-15 (11-3) 146 K
Zach Rosson, Desert Christian: 2013-16 (12) 89 K
Ernesto Romero, Salpointe: 2013-15 (12-5) 139 K
Travis Howard, Marana: 2013-15 (11-3) 143 K
Troy Gutbub, Catalina Foothills: 2013-16 (13-3) 155 K
Nick Estrella, Ironwood Ridge: 2013-16 (16-7) 124 K
Dominic DeNiro, Catalina Foothills: 2013-15 (10-0) 64 K

Chris Kucko, Sahuarita: 2011-13 (20-9) 207 K
Jose Contreras, Tucson: 2014-16 (17-4) 152 K
Ryon Craig, Cienega: 2014-17 (14-4) 84 K
Brandon Alev, Salpointe: 2014-15 (8-1) 39 K
Austin Bryan, Sahuarita: 2014-16 (23-5) 246 K
Austin Stamback, Willcox: 2014-2017 (13-2) 93 K
Devon Pilgrim, Amphitheater: 2014-15 (11-10) 167 K
Ivan Murillo, Amphitheater: 2014-17 (17-11) 245 K

Josh Smutzer, Rincon/UHS: 2014
Andres Hackman, Empire: 2015
Adam Moraga, Sunnyside: 2015-16 (14-3) 109 K
Brandon Hance, Salpointe: 2015-16 (14-4) 100 K
Drew Hill, Ironwood Ridge: 2015-17 (8-2) 93 K
Ian Mejia, Sahuarita: 2015-18 (19-4) 143 K
Alex Phillips, Catalina: 2015-18 (15-11) 135 K
Cole Altherr, Catalina Foothills: 2015-18 (10-5) 117 K
George Arias, Tucson: 2015-18 (10-4) 160 K
Barrett Greene, Desert Christian: 2015-16 (11-3) 72 K
Gabriel Benavides, Canyon del Oro: 2015-18 (11-3) 101 K
Zachary Jose, Baboquivari:2016-19 (15-8) 168 K
Treyjen Meza, Sahuarita: 2016-19 (10-5) 115 K
Eduardo Vasquez, Bisbee: 2016-19 (25-3) 225 K
Diego Iturrios, Tanque Verde/Sabino: 2016-19 (13-3) 102 K
Gio Romo, Sunnyside: 2016-17 (10-3) 86 K
Mark Lopez, Nogales: 2016-17 (11-1) 90 K
Eddie Alvarez, Bisbee: 2016-19 (16-9) 131 K
Tyler Wiltshire, Sabino: 2016-18 (17-7) 158 K

Cody Treatch, Mountain View: 2016 81 K
Max Navarette, St. Augustine: 2017
Mason Myhre, Canyon Del Oro: 2017
Isaias Lucero, Pueblo: 2017

Denin Parson, Mountain View: 2015-17 109 K
Jose Dicochea, Sahuarita: 2017-19 (15-3) 186 K
Gerardo Martinez, Nogales: 2017-19 (14-1) 81 K
German Fajardo, Nogales: 2017-19 (10-2) 104 K
Zach Vincent, Pusch Ridge: 2017-19 (10-5) 115 K
Jerry Lerma, Sahuarita: 2017 (9-0) 54 K
Mikey Villa, Salpointe: 2017-19 (10-5) 53 K
Andrew Calloway, Sabino: 2017-19 (13-1) 96 K
Alec Acevedo, Nogales: 2017-19 (13-1) 94 K
Simon Boggie, Flowing Wells: 2018
Noah Estrella, Flowing Wells: 2018
Ariel Ochoa, Amphitheater: 2018
Angel Ochoa, Canyon del Oro: 2018
Mike Snyder, Sabino: 2018-19 (11-0) 94 K
Preston Clifford, Sabino: 2018-19 (11-2) 151 K
Ray Aguilar, Salpointe: 2018-19 (8-1) 41 K
Mario Bejarano, Tucson: 2019
Nathan Martinez, Canyon del Oro: 2019
Dante Schindler, Canyon Del Oro: 2019
Christian Pavlovich, St. Augustine: 2019 (8-0) 87 K
Jaeden Swanberg, Salpointe: 2019 (7-3) 73 K
Enrique Romero, Canyon del Oro: 2019-19 (7-0) 34 K

STATE CHAMPIONS (12)
2019: Salpointe 4A: Danny Preble
2019: Sabino 3A: Shane Folsom
2018: Nogales 4A: OJ Favela
2017: Nogales 4A: OJ Favela
2015: Canyon del Oro D-II: Keith Francis
2015: Desert Christian D-IV Grant Hopkins
2014: Palo Verde D-III: Jim Mentz
2014: Desert Christian D-IV Grant Hopkins
2013: Desert Christian D-IV Grant Hopkins
2012: St. David D-IV: Ron Goodman
2011: Catalina D-II: Tony Gabusi
2011: Tanque Verde 1A: James Lawwill

RUNNER-UPS (17)
2019: Nogales 5A: OJ Favela
2019: Sahuarita 3A: Sam Gelardi
2018: Catalina Foothills 4A: Jim Baldwin
2019: Sahuarita 3A: Sam Gelardi
2017: Salpointe 4A: Danny Preble
2017: Willcox 2A: Clint Sanborn
2017: Valley Union 1A: Brian Heath
2016: Tucson D-II: Oscar Romero
2015: Tucson D-II: Oscar Romero
2015: Walden Grove D-III: Rene Valdez
2014: Nogales D-II: OJ Favela
2014: Pusch Ridge D-IV: Mark Frithsen
2013: Empire D-III: Tom Belter
2011: St. David 1A: Ron Goodman
2010: Catalina Foothills 4A-I: Lance Robertson
2010: Empire 3A: Tom Belter
2010: Tanque Verde 1A: James Lawwill

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES
(3) Grant Hopkins: Desert Christian
(2) OJ Favela: Nogales

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES COACHES
(4) OJ Favela: Nogales
(3) Grant Hopkins: Desert Christian

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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. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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