Tucson High School Sports

Ironwood Ridge hoops standout Makayla Holthaus signs with Ottawa

(Holthaus family photo)

Makayla Holthaus made it official by signing with Ottawa on Saturday. The daughter of Pima head coach Todd Holthaus, Makayla was an All-Southern Arizona selection in her senior year with Ironwood Ridge.

“Being her dad and being a basketball coach, I couldn’t be more proud of how she made her dreams a reality,” Holthaus said. “It wasn’t Jen and I pushing her to do it. It was her own drive on the court and in the classroom that made this possible. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

The Holthaus family was also joined by Ironwood Ridge football standout Ryan Drescher who signed with Simpson College.

Makayla Holthaus and Ryan Drescher (family Photo)


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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