Tucson High School Sports

Green Fields leaves behind a rich sports legacy

Olivia Snyder scored 2,382 career points while at Green Fields (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Anthony Marshall, the President of the Green Fields Board of Trustees announced the closing of the school on Tuesday, July 9. The school was founded in 1933 with Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug being one of its most notable graduates.

The school was a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) and the athletic program brought home three team championships and at least five individual championships in track and field and swimming. Current Pima boys basketball coach Brian Peabody led the Griffins to a state championship in 1992.

Olivia Snyder scored 2,382 career points at Green Fields from 2009-2013. Her totals rank No. 8 in the history of Arizona and No. 3 for Southern Arizona behind Julie Brase (Catalina Foothills 2,913) and Alexis Cortez (Tucson 2,479).

“It was the last thing I expected to hear while I was at work yesterday and I’m sure everyone else who was part of the family was just as shocked as I was,” Snyder said.

“That place was something truly special and will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to be a part of the community. I feel fortunate to have had the time to create so many memories and meet so many incredible people. Green Fields was a place where everyone could feel comfortable, included, and welcomed with open arms and I will miss being able to visit and see all of the wonderful teachers, coaches, and staff who helped shape me into the person I am today.”

Jessica van Zijll was one of the best volleyball players in the state when she graduated in 2011. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2004: 1A runner-up (Vic Acuna)
1998: 1A State Champion (Frank Trujillo)

1992: 1A runner-up (Brian Peabody)
1991: 1A State Champion (Brian Peabody)
1990: 1A State Champion (Bill Ludeke)
1989: 1A runner-up (Dick Marvin)

2003: 1A runner-up (Angela Hunnicutt)
2000: 1A runner-up (Julie King)

Maya Holzman
2010: High Jump Champion
2012: High Jump Champion

Olivia McNally
2015: 50 Free Champion
2015: 100 Free Champion
2014: 50 Free Champion


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 AZPreps365.com. 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 amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com 

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