Cholla Auxiliary Gym to be renamed to honor legendary coach Mike Argraves

The Auxiliary Gym at Cholla will be renamed on Monday, June 27 at 6 p.m. to reflect the many contributions former basketball coach Mike Argraves made to the Old Pueblo community, and more specifically, the proud Cholla family of athletes and students.

Argraves passed away on Dec. 23, 2016 but his 32 years of coaching will live on in the lives he touched on the many courts and fields where he passed on his knowledge and his work as an Adaptive Physical Education instructor during the day touched the lives of generations of families who benefited from his grace and expertise.


The group “Project Coach Mike” would also like to add signage on the outside of the gym and the group is seeking funds for this project. The goal is $6,000. Please consider donating, anything helps.


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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