Ironwood Ridge Hoops Standout Benny Felix to Play for Pima

Benny Felix on defense (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Benny Felix (6-5) was a senior standout who helped lead Ironwood Ridge to the playoffs last winter where the Nighthawks knocked off Flowing Wells in the play-in game before falling to state power Buena in the playoffs. The No. 13 ranking was the highest finish the Nighthawks experienced in his four years with the program.

When we last caught up with the small forward, Felix already had plans to attend Pima for his education regardless, but Aztec head coach Brian Peabody made his commitment a bit more sweeter, especially with the death of his father, Bill Felix, in 2019.

“Benny had a great career at Ironwood Ridge and it was fun to watch him grow and mature as a person and player,” Peabody said in a release. “He is a really good teammate and will be a nice addition to the locker room.”

Benny Felix, 6-2 Guard/Forward – (Ironwood Ridge)
Kolby Lathrop, 6-5 Forward – (Ironwood Ridge)
Khalid Whitaker, 5-10 Guard – (Flowing Wells)
Quinn Atazhoon, 6-4 Guard/Forward – (Gallup, NM)
Cooper Burbank, 6-3 Guard – (Chinle)
Luke Grawer, 6-0 Guard – (Pinnacle)
Jalen Johnson, 6-8 Forward – (Bella Vista Prep)
Pierce Sterling, 6-2 Guard – (Notre Dame/Veritas Prep)
Chris Lee, 6-2 Guard – (Ketchikan, Alaska)
Dylan Sullivan, 6-5 Guard – (Walla Walla, Washington)
Josh Ursery, 6-1 Guard – (Liberty/Hutchinson CC)
Leland Wallace, 6-6 Forward – (Centennial, Nevada)

(Blake Wilson State Graphic)


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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