Basketball Awards: Top Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors


Aaliyah Ortiz (Andy Morales/

Aaliyah Ortiz (Andy Morales/

Girl’s Freshman of the Year
Aaliyah Ortiz, Palo Verde

Boy’s Freshman of the Year
Majok Deng, Salpointe

Girl’s All-Freshmen Team
Aaliyah Ortiz, Palo Verde
Emily Shreves, Empire
Makenzie Elkins, Empire
Tianna Carter, Mountain View
Summer Fox, Sabino
Cassie Rourke, Bowie/San Simon
Grace Hala’ufia, Marana
Caroline Finster, Ironwood Ridge

Boy’s All-Freshmen Team
Ryan Grabosch, Desert Christian
Kino Bellinger, Buena
Tomari Harris, Flowing Wells
Chase Verdugo, Walden Grove
Majok Deng, Salpointe
Cristian Rivera, St. Augustine
Grant Ward, Buena
Anderson Mort, The Gregory School


Girl’s Super Sophomores
Natalie Bartle, Ironwood Ridge
Alicia Reyes, Pueblo
Ilyssa Galindo, Pueblo
Daisia Fox, Santa Rita
Alyssa Perez, Marana
Daisy Cornidez, Sunnyside
Nic Conway, Catalina Foothills
Alba Urena, Pueblo
Carina Mendoza, Sahuaro
Angelica Chavez, Tucson
Lauren Green, Cienega
Tatiana Nzeukou, Rincon/UHS

Boy’s Super Sophomores
Sam Beskind, Catalina Foothills
Spencer Lewis, Catalina Foothills
Anthony Gaxiola, Tanque Verde
Hunter Paddelty, Catalina
Addison Mort, The Gregory School
Robert Taylor, Pueblo
Conner Verdugo, Walden Grove
Andrew Reyna, St. Augustine
Drew Cotton, Mountain View
Jack Plouck, Empire
Jordan Green, Cienega
Marcel Dean, Cholla
Rylan O’Brien, Salpointe

Girl Juniors Ready to Take Over
Leila El-Ali, Canyon del Oro
Taylor Thompson, The Gregory School
Alize McCormick, Tucson
Araceli, Loya, Pueblo
Kelsey Siemons, Catalina Foothills
Jazzy Hughes, Mountain View
Elena Arriaga, Sahuaro
Nyamoye Sylla, Catalina
Ava Rauschen, Tanque Verde
Bree Olson, Pusch Ridge
Bridget Spooner, Tanque Verde
NaKeva Mack, Cienega
Larissa Rocha, Rincon/UHS

Boy Juniors Ready to Take Over
Nick Rosquist, The Gregory School
Alex Arizpe, Rio Rico
Jordan Robinson, Tucson
Danny Gonzales, Santa Rita
Cedric Cotton, Pueblo
Jacob Dybas, St. Augustine
Cameron Miller, Salpointe
Andrew Leonard, Cienega
Jared Irwin, Catalina Foothills
Mikey Silva, Sunnyside
Aaron Noller, Pusch Ridge
Brendan Gary, Sahuaro
Mikey Lord, Desert Christian

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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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