Continuing our roundtable discussions of matters pertaining to Southern Arizona sports, Javier Morales, Troy Hutchison and myself had a lengthy and informative discussion on Tucson Treasures, Arizona Softball and local Youth & High School Sports Friday night.
Our discussions usually take place at Wings over Broadway at Camino Seco, with sponsorship from APS Digital, along occasional shows taking place at Frog and Firkin, but the COVID-19 Pandemic forced us to change things up a bit to comply with important local health measures.
In this segment, we tackled some important issues pertaining to Southern Arizona athletes, teams and milestones that were dramatically altered by the shutdown of high schools sports:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org