Kayla Green named WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year; Delaney Schnell Pac-12 Diver of the Week

Kayla Green (WAC Graphic)

New Mexico State pitcher Kayla Green (Cienega) was selected WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday. Grand Canyon pitcher Brianna Aguilar (Salpointe) earned a spot on the WAC Preseason Team as did Seattle pitcher Andie Larkins (Sahuaro).

University of Arizona diver Delaney Schnell (Tucson) was named Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week on Wednesday. Brooks Fail (Catalina Foothills) was the Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week Nominee from Arizona.

Delaney Schnell (UA)

According to the conference, Schnell won all four events she competed in last week as Arizona competed against Stanford and California. The sophomore swept the women’s diving events versus the Cardinal with 314.33 points in the 1-meter and then claimed the 3-meter with a score of 369.23, which is just two points shy of the school record and a personal best. Schnell demonstrated her consistency against the Golden Bears, topping the podium in the 1-meter and 3-meter by scores of 342.45 and 317.10, respectively.

This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but collegiate and professional recognitions. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know.

We recognized 164 athletes in 2018. We have 17athletes recognized this year so far.

Kayla Green/Softball
Cienega/NM State
WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year (1/30)
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)

Andie Larkins/Softball
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)

Brianna Aguilar/Softball
Salpointe/Grand Canyon
WAC Preseason Team (1/30)

Delaney Schnell/Diving
Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week (1/30)

Brooks Fail/Swim
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week Nominee (1/30)

Isabella Almazan/Soccer
Salpointe/Northern Colorado
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Allison Raniere/Soccer
Sahuaro/Eastern Washington
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Mykaela Hammer/Volleyball
Ironwood Ridge/Montana
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Victoria Cooper/Soccer
Ironwood Ridge/NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Chase Laurita/Football
Ironwood Ridge/NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Jake Casteel/Football
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Max Michalczik/Football
Catalina Foothills/ NAU
Big Sky All-Academic (1/24)

Maggie Morales/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Minnesota Crookston
NSIC All-Academic with Distinction Award (1/18)

Abram Carrasco/Basketball
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (1/15)

Josh Herzog/Basketball
Catalina Foothills/MSOE
Raider of the Week (1/14)

Alexis Cortez/Basketball
Tucson High/Utah Valley
WAC Player of the Week (1/7)

Levi Wallace/Football
Tucson High/Buffalo Bills
PFF Top Graded Rookie Cornerback (1/2)

Portions from news release.


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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