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11 Local High School Standouts to be Recognized by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame

Salpointe’s Bruno Fina (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

11 local high school football standouts to be recognized by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF-CHOF) announced the Scholar-Athlete Class of 2020 for high schools:

Tanner Wengert, Marana
Bruno Fina, Salpointe
Damaggio Strevay, Cienega
Todd Stringfellow, Ft. Thomas
Trent Strong, Salpointe
Lucas Basteen, Duncan
Aidan Talucci, Marana
Austin Brooks, Canyon del Oro
Brian Castellanos, Sabino
Jaden Preston, Ft. Thomas
William Parker, Catalina Foothills

Scholar-Athlete honorees will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university they will be attending in the fall, according to released issued by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the NFF-CHOF.

The honorees will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet to be held at noon on Saturday, April 25 at The Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park. Former Sabino, University of Arizona Wildcat defensive lineman and current Arizona Cardinal NFL veteran, Brooks Reed, will be the guest Honoree.

“The selection of these eleven outstanding young men is based on stringent criteria focusing on academic scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement,” according to the release. “One of the Honorees, will be nominated for the National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete Award to be presented in December 2020 in conjunction with the 63rd Annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in New York City.”

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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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