Tucson High School Sports

Santa Cruz Athletes Valerie Tarango and Emilio Gobea to Compete for Paradise Valley

Santa Cruz track and field athletes Valerie Tarango and Emilio Gobea will be competing for Paradise Valley CC according to their high school head coach Thomas Paredes.

Tarango competed in the Shot Put (32-0.5), Discus (94-0) and Javelin (93-7) in high school. Taranga’s personal records came right before the season was cancelled last spring.

Gobea is a mid-distance runner with personal bests in the 800 (2:28.93) and 1600 (5:50.29).


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 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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