Tucson High School Sports

Cienega standout golfer Marley Moncada to play for New Mexico State

Marley Moncada. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Cienega standout Marley Moncada shot a 1-under-par 140 to take second place at the AIA Division II state playoffs held Monday and Tuesday at the Omni Tucson National and her finish was the highest for a Bobcat since Jordan Carter won a state title in 2010.

“I’m just really excited to go, honestly, to play and it’s always been one of my biggest schools and I just kept getting stronger with my game to make it possible,” Moncada explained. “This is my senior year. I wanted to go out and shoot well and have a chance and I wanted to end it on a good note,”

Moncada announced her commitment to play for New Mexico State and her coaches were in attendance at the state tournament but were unable to comment on Moncada due to NCAA regulations. The signing date for sports other than football is Nov. 10. (Football is Dec. 15).

Moncada will be joining former Salpointe standout Alex Quihuis in Las Cruces and the Aggies compete in the WAC.


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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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