ABI NASH & AINSLEY MALIS HELP LEAD WEST TEXAS A&M TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Former Sahuaro standout Abi Nash and former Tanque Verde standout Ainsley Malis helped lead West Texas A&M to the NCAA Division II National Champions Saturday night after the No. 9 ranked team defeated No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul in four sets (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 28-26).
Nash earned All-Tournament honors with 15 kills in the final to go along with 11 digs. Malis averaged 23 assists a match at the national tournament and she added 7 digs in the final. Former Sahuaro standout Casey Shingler is an assistant coach on the team
CATALINA FOOTHILLS STANDOUT TAYLOR McCUE TO RUN FOR ALABAMA
Catalina Foothills standout distance runner Taylor McCue took third place at the 2021 Division II state meet but that was the last high school race for the senior after suffering an injury. McCue won the D-II 1600 and the 3200 in 2021. McCue announced her commitment to run for Alabama:
“After a slight intermission from running, I’m so excited and humbled to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Alabama.” Running in college has been a huge dream of my mine that I’m so excited to finally fulfill. I would like to thank coach Palmer and coach Sam for seeing my potential and giving me this opportunity, and of course my amazing family and friends for their constant support. I can’t wait to be a part of this legacy and see where this sport will take me!”
MARANA WINS NATE JOHNSON DUALS
Marana took first place overall at the Nate Johnson Duals hosted by Red Mountain in Mesa. Mesa Mountain View took second and Walden Grove came in third place. Brett Bates (Walden Grove 106) went 10-0, William Moore (Marana 113) went 9-1, Zachary Bates (Walden Grove 120) went 10-0, Enzo Spina (Ironwood Ridge 126) went 8-1, Pedro Mendoza (Walden Grove 132) went 10-0, Peyton Proper (Marana 150) went 10-0, Christian Gallardo (Walden Grove 157) went 10-0, Esteban Carrillo (Walden Grove 165) went 10-0 and Sal Nieves (Walden Grove 285) went 9-1.
FLOWING WELLS TAKES SECOND AT THE JERRY BENSON TOURNAMENT
Flowing Wells scored 436 points to take second place at the Jerry Benson Tournament held in Buckeye. Michael Corrow (106) and Adrian Parra (165) won individual championships. Second place finishers included Alani Chairez (100), Robert Hernandez (120) and Raymond Aragon (215).
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