The Interviews: Ironwood Ridge standout defender Shana Brown commits to Midland University

Shana Brown (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Ranked No. 10, Ironwood Ridge made it to the 5A state championship match where the Nighthawks fell to top-seeded Casteel 3-0. The quarterfinal round went to overtime and the semifinal went to PKs. We asked Ironwood Ridge standout Shana Brown about soccer, missing senior milestones and playing for Midland University:

Q: When did you start playing soccer and what other sports did you play growing up and what positions have you played?

A: I started playing soccer around 3-4 years old. I played baseball growing up because I refused to play softball with girls and wear a tank top. I don’t really remember when I first realized I was “good” at soccer. I just work hard and think everything I do in a game could always be improved.

Who are your role models?

My role model is my mom because she knows what she wants and always works her hardest to achieve things.

Tell us about playing for Midland University.

I’m super excited to play for Midland University. My co-captain from my club team is also playing there and I’m excited to have a familiar face when I get there. I know the competition level will be intense and I’m looking forward to competing.

Your team pretty much came out of nowhere and had an incredible run in the playoffs – actually the last few years. Tell me a bit about the chemistry of your team.

The chemistry of my high school team was like nothing I’ve had before. We had so many team bonding activities and we all grew so close. We joked around off the field and knew what we had to get done on the field. I’m so beyond thankful to have gotten the chance to play with the girls because they were like a second family

Tell us your emotions about prom and possibly graduation being canceled this year.

I’m completely heartbroken about missing things. I was looking forward to prom, my last assembly, my friends sports games, powder-puff football and so many more things. I’ve watched five years of graduations from my cousins and brothers and I was excited to have my own, which I may not get. All I can say is I’m blessed to have gotten to play my last high school season and make it to the State Championships.


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. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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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