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Sahuaro’s Alyssa Brown named Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year

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Alyssa Brown earned Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year status on Friday morning. Brown, a 6-foot-1 forward, helped lead Sahuaro to the 4A state championship game and a 28-2 record while averaging 31.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals a game. Only a junior, Brown also set an Arizona single-season scoring record of 932 points and is currently 25th All-Time in Arizona with 2,094 career points.

Brown was named MaxPreps Player of the Year earlier this week, was an All-State selection last year as a sophomore and she is was also the AllSportsTucson.com Southern Arizona Player of the Year.

According to the release issued by Gatorade, Brown has volunteered locally on behalf of an animal rescue center and youth basketball programs. “Alyssa Brown was by far the most dominant player we saw all year,” said Catalina Foothills head coach Sue Darling in the release, “She can shoot, pass, dribble, rebound and play defense, and she never takes a play off.”

The Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March.

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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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