520h So Good

Readers Respond: Tucson’s Top Talent 520h So Good

On #520Day (May 20) a couple of weeks ago I put out a request on social media for Tucsonans to list who they believe is the top Tucson athlete who was raised and went to high school here.

The list of names returned from readers and suggestions from the AllSportsTucson.com staff numbered more than 100.

AllSportsTucson.com intends to do a series capsulizing these athletes including publishing where are they now with some quotes from them.

This list is long but it is only a fraction of the talent that has been produced in Tucson. To wit: a list of more than 100 former Tucson High School athletes can be featured alone going back to early last century.

Here is the list of the names (please let us know if we left anybody out worth mention):


Abdi Abdirahman, running

David Adams, football

George Arias, baseball

Jim Arneson, football

Mark Arneson, football

Barry Bacon, football

Don Bacon, baseball

Omar Bacon, football

Mario Bates, football

Michael Bates, football

Fred Batiste, football

Joe Batiste, track

Jerry Beasley, football

Alex Bowman, auto racing

Ka’Deem Carey, football

Mark Carreon, baseball

Mike Ciasca, football

Greg Cook, basketball

Bryce Cotton, basketball

Dominick Cruz, mixed martial arts

Pat Darcy, baseball

Mike Dawson, football

Jay Dobyns, football

George Duarte, football

Shelley Duncan, baseball

Sean Elliott, basketball

Riki Ellison, football

Dave Feitl, basketball

John Fina, football

Cole Ford, football

Frank Garcia, football

Garrett Gomez, horse racing

Nick Gonzales, baseball

James Grabb, Tennis

Rich Griffith, football

J.J. Hardy, baseball

Sean Harris, football

Ron Hassey, baseball

Jon Horton, football

Jack Howell, baseball

Mark Jacobs, football

Deron Johnson, basketball

Vance Johnson, football

Jeff Kiewel, football

Sam Khalifa, baseball

Ian Kinsler, baseball

Eric Larkin, wrestling

Eddie Leon, baseball

Lafayette Lever, basketball

Marvin Lewis, football

Osia Lewis, football

Ernie McCray, basketball

Steve McLaughlin, football

Seth Mejias-Brean, baseball

Blake Martinez, football

Jon McGee, football

John Mistler, football

Robbie Moen, baseball

Randall Moore, basketball

Willie Morales, baseball

Paul Moskau, baseball

Brian Murray, football

Michael Earle “King Kong” Nolan, football

Kris O’Dowd, football

Thom Ortiz, wrestling

Tom Pagnozzi, baseball

Rodney Peete, football

Brian Poli-Dixon, football

Don Pooley, golf

Glenn Posey, football

Jim Pyers, basketball

Lathan Ransom, football

Brooks Reed, football

Reggie Robertson, football

Cleo Robinson, track

Bijan Robinson, football

Paul Robinson, football

Adam Rodriguez, baseball

Mike Saffer, football

Philo Sanchez, football

Anthony Sanders, baseball

Mike Scurlock, football

Hoagie Simmons, basketball

Fred Sims, football

Justice Summerset, football/track and field

Greg Tellam, football

Ransom Terrell, football

Eddie Urbano, wrestling

Oscar Valdez, boxing

Alex Verdugo, baseball

Jon Volpe, football

Ed Vosberg, baseball

Levi Wallace, football

Turner Washington, track and field

Willie Wood, golf


Cristina Baena, golf

Heidi Bomberger, volleyball

Julie Brase-Hairgrove, basketball

Nadi Carey, basketball

Sherry Cervi, rodeo

Alexis Cortez, basketball

Sue Darling, basketball

Sybil Dosty, basketball

Whitney Dosty, basketball

Kenzie Fowler, softball

Tairia Mims-Flowers, softball

Stacey Iveson, softball

Rashida Jeffery, basketball

Molly Johnson-Belcher, softball

Bre Ladd, volleyball

Caitlyn Leverenz, swimming

Lacy Nymeyer-John, swimming

Kelly Pierce, soccer

Leticia Pineda-Boutte, softball

Paula Pyers, basketball

Cindy Rarick, golf

Allie Schadler, runner

Delaney Schnell, diving

Jaide Stepter, track and field

Kendra Strohm, tennis

Kerri Strug, gymnastics

Jamee Swan, basketball


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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