Preseason Basketball Tourney Schedules plus Top Scorers


Sahuaro's Sydney Harden will be the dominant senior forward this year (Andy Morales/

Sahuaro’s Sydney Harden will be the dominant senior forward this year (Andy Morales/

Basketball begins on Monday in Southern Arizona with the Salpointe Tipoff Classic. Cholla and Ironwood Ridge will kickoff the boy’s season at Salpointe. The Tipoff Classic is also taking place in Phoenix at Central High School at the same time.

The Girl’s Boyd Baker will start on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and the Buena Boy’s Safeway Classic will start on Friday, Nov. 27 under a round robin format. The Small School Boyd Baker Invitational also takes place next week at Immaculate Heart and The Gregory School.

Here is a sampling of the current top scorers from Southern Arizona. Tucson’s Alex Cortez is on pace to break 2,400 career points:


Alexis Cortez, Tucson (Sr.) 1,714
Sydney Harden, Sahuaro (Sr.) 1,315
Czarina Lorta, Nogales (Sr.) 848
Hailey Goley, Tanque Verde (Sr.) 658
Elena Arriaga, Sahuaro (Jr.) 501


Jacob Inclan, Sunnyside (Sr.) 1,206
Grant Plouck, Empire (Sr.) 1,092
Brendan Rumel, Rincon/UHS (Sr.) 792
Santino Duarte, Sunnyside (Jr.) 619
Junior Gamez, Valley Union (Sr.): 588
Spencer Schuller, Bisbee (Sr.): 557

*Only MaxPreps stats are official.


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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. 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, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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