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April 1 is not only set aside for pranks and untruths, it also happens to signal “Opening Day” for professional baseball this spring. The first week of April is the typical starting point for the regular season but the MLB didn’t take the field until July 23 last spring due to COVID restrictions and the season was cut from 162 games to 60. Still, they got to play.
The world is celebrating the “first pitch” for the majors today but high schools across Arizona celebrated that day two weeks ago on March 12 and, for many reason, that date was much more important. If you recall, the AIA had hopes of starting the spring season in the second week of April last year but an executive order from the Governor’s office closed all schools, including athletics, for the remainder of the school year. Kids did not get to play….
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 firstname.lastname@example.org