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Former Lancer Ryan Grabosch to play for New Mexico State

Ryan Grabosch (CAC)

Former Salpointe standout Ryan Grabosch (6-3, 225) committed to New Mexico State on Tuesday. Grabosch is currently a catcher for Central Arizona. Grabosch earned a spot on the NJCAA All-Academic Team in 2020.

A first team All-Southern Arizona catcher for the Lancers, Grabosch helped lead Salpointe to a 16-2 record and a 4A state championship in 2019. The Lancers also took second place in 2017 when Grabosch was a sophomore.

Grabosch also played basketball for the Lancers, helping lead the team to three semifinal appearances and two state runner-up finishes.

Ryan’s father, Jason Grabosch, was drafted out of Rincon by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1989. Jason played for the University of Arizona, Central Arizona and Indiana State in college. Ryan’s grandfather, Gary Grabosch, coached at Rincon from 1970 to 1992, winning a state baseball championship in 1971.

Jason played for his father Gary at Rincon, as did former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi. Ryan’s aunt, Lisa Valentine, coached volleyball at Rincon and his older brother, Brett Grabosch, was a major force behind Desert Christian’s three state baseball championships.

Grabosch made the USA Baseball 16U NTIS roster and he was a member of the American Legion West Regional team, the Tucson Firebirds. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Former Sahuarita standout Chris Barraza and Nogales standout Kevin Jimenez are juniors for the Aggies this year. In addition, Sahuarita pitcher Ian Mejia transferred from Pima to New Mexico State along with former Flowing Wells and Pima standout Noah Estrella. Sabino standout Jacob Wiltshire will be an Aggie in 2021. Nogales junior standouts Demetrio Crisantes and Saul Soto have also committed to play for New Mexico State as did Canyon del Oro standout Marcus Delgado, Nogales senior Matthew Bachelier, Nogales standout Thomas Teel and Salpointe standout Jack Rogers. Former Sahuarita standout Brendon Rodriguez also joined the team from Scottsdale CC

The Aggies compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and former Nogales standout Keith Zuniga is an assistant coach.


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 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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