National Signing Day in quotes & photos

“This has been a dream and it’s actually coming true for me,” Tucson standout Neysia Howard said on signing with Arizona. “The coaches told me I would be a great asset to the team and this has been what I have wanted since I was a little girl.”
Howard will run sprints for the Wildcats, following in the footsteps of her father, former Cholla and Arizona standout Tambotka Howard. (Andy Morales/


Devin Rottweiler, Basketball; Central Wyoming
Khalil Gardley, Football: Western New Mexico

Canyon del Oro
Tyler Porter, Baseball: Long Beach State
Angel Ochoa, Baseball: Pima
Jack Call, Golf: Fort Lewis
Elijah Carey, Football: Glendale
Turner Kahn, Golf: Paradise Valley
Jack Picton, Golf: Valparaiso
Kristina Kish, Softball: Trinity
Briana Tovar, Volleyball: Springfield

Canyon del Oro (Andy Morales/

Alexander Payne, Football: Hamline
Jack MacDonald, Baseball: Southwestern
Vincent Rifici, Baseball: Rainy River
Alex Phillips, Baseball: Concordia Ann Arbor
Cameron Musser, Baseball: Kansas Wesleyan

“It’s really great to be able to do what we are doing,” said Alex Phillips on the success of the Trojans. “We aren’t even close to being done. We are working even harder because we have more to prove.” (Andy Morales/

Catalina Foothills
Cole Altherr, Baseball: Angelo State
Sam Beskind, Basketball: Stanford
Connor Cosgrove, Soccer: Pima
Chloe Gavino, Tennis: New Mexico State
John Greener, Swim: Lewis and Clark
Gaylen Lopez, Football: Pima
Sam Mulay, Swim: Eastern Illinois
Richelle Sandin, Cross Country: New Mexico State
Devin Smith, Football: Ripon
Abby Watson, Tennis: Trinity

“Stanford came out and watched me this past winter and they felt I could help out their program,” Sam Beskind said. ‘It all fell in line last Friday and this is the best school possible for me.” (Andy Morales/

Luke Morrison, Baseball: University of the Ozarks

Luke Morrison (Courtesy Photo)

Desert Christian
Samuel Baker, Basketball: Ohio Christian
Johnny Gleason, Golf: Colorado Christian

Samuel Baker & Johnny Gleason are cousins (Courtesy Photo)

Ironwood Ridge
Noah Becerra, Football: Pima
Freddie Frazier, Football: Concordia
Clayton Daly, Baseball: Colorado School of Mines
Kamden Kautz, Baseball: Washington & Jefferson
John Dormanen, Baseball: Minnesota at Crookston
Isaac Montano, Baseball: Jamestown
Angel Ballesteros, Soccer: Pima

Kamden Kautz (Courtesy Photo)

Baylee Slaughter, Basketball: Arizona Christian
Angel Ledezma, Football: Concordia
Alyssa Perez, Basketball: Pima
Trever Andresen, Basketball, La Verne
Maya Alexander, Dance Team: NAU
Kiera Lamoreaux, Swim: Dixie State

(Courtesy Photo)

Marcel Bachelier, Baseball: Arizona

Marcel “Hop” Bachelier Jr. played for the University of Arizona in the 1950s, his brother Luis played for the Wildcats in the 1960s and his son Marcel Bachelier, III played for Arizona in the 1980s and, now, his grandson Marcel Bachelier will be the fourth member of the Bachelier clan to wear Red and Blue. (Courtesy Photo)

Martin Cardenas, Soccer: Pima
Maggie Oliver, Swim: St. Cloud State

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to swim with St Cloud State next year,” Maggie Oliver said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my family and coaches. I can’t wait to see what the next four years bring, Go Huskies!” (Courtesy Photo)

Palo Verde
Solomon Fernander, Basketball; Arizona Western

Solomon Fernander. (Courtesy Photo)

Melissa Mange, Softball: Pima

“I’m Excited to be part of the Pima softball team,” Melissa Mange said. “I can’t wait to hit the field with a new group of teammates. I’m excited to be able to continue playing softball at a college level.” (Courtesy Photo)

Jacob Phillips, Baseball: Williston State
Nikki Hacker, Golf: Pima
Danielle Jamieson, Softball: Embry Riddle
Ashley Bradford, Softball: Colorado Mesa
Lauren Wedman, Softball: Colorado Mesa
Madisyn Arechederra, Softball: Iowa Lakes
Alec Nguyen, Soccer: Pima
Alexis Tapia, Soccer: Pima
Shay McNelly, Soccer: Pima

Sahuaro softball standouts (Courtesy Photo)

St. Augustine
Angel Leon, Gymnastics: Ohio State
Osvaldo Miranda, Soccer: Pima
Damon Moore, Baseball: Presentation College

“I contacted over 150 schools and Presentation showed the most interest,” Damon Moore said. “They are really recruiting Arizona hard and I know I will fit in.” (Andy Morales/

“This has been a dream come true for my family,” Angel Leon said. “I will be the first to go to a D-I college and I’m really thankful for my parents and coaches.”
Leon feels he is most comfortable in the High Bar and he will compete as an all-around gymnast for Ohio State. (Andy Morales/

Sarah Dudas, Cheer: Arizona
Analisa Calderon, Cheer: Arizona
John Dunn, Volleyball: Belmont Abbey College
Andy Ference, Track & Field: Tennessee
Peyton Lewis, Volleyball: Pepperdine
Rodrigo Nieto, Football: Hamline

Salpointe athletes (Courtesy Photo)

Tanque Verde
Anthony Gaxiola, Basketball: San Diego City

Anthony Gaxiola (Courtesy Photo)


Analeisa Bejarano, Softball: Tabor
Amaya Turner, Softball; Pima
Neysia Howard, Track: Arizona
Amani Cruz, Football: Pima
Kyauna Luna, Basketball: Arizona Western
Robert Quintana, Cheer: Eastern Arizona
Melina Lopez, Cheer: Eastern Arizona

Amaya Turner (Andy Morales/


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 and on 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. Contact Andy Morales at


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