Salpointe freshman Carlos Astiazaran leads the Lancers to the state playoffs

Carlos Astiazaran (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Salpointe closed out the regular season on Thursday with a win at Quarry Pines on the par-36 front nine. Freshman Carlos Astiazaran led the Lancers with a 1-under 35 and his teammates Danny McQuade and Max Krueger came in two shots back along with Sabino standout RayJ Ramirez.

Astiazaran finished his freshman season ranked No. 15 in Division II while Walden Grove junior Gabriel Escalera enters the state playoffs ranked No. 5 and Ironwood Ridge Jarrod Johnson is ranked No. 14. Ramirez is ranked No. 20.

As a team, the Lancers are ranked No. 5 and Ironwood Ridge is ranked No. 8. Salpointe won the Section I title and No. 21 Walden Grove won the Section II championship….


Salpointe 148 +4
Mountain View 200
Sabino DNS

1 Carlos Astiazaran, Salpointe 35 -1
2 Danny McQuade, Salpointe 37
2 RayJ Ramirez, Sabino 37
2 Max Krueger, Salpointe 37
5 Jake Myre, Sabino 39
5 Mateo McNew, Salpointe 39
7 Albert Quihuis, Salpointe 41
8 Devin Ackermann, Mountain View 42
9 Ryan Menendez, Mountain View 49
10 Kiran Glenn, Mountain View 53
11 Brandon Read, Mountain View 56
12 Micah Jimenez, Sabino 58
13 Kolby Banales Fretz, Mountain View 65


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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