Tucson High School Sports

Park University signs four local softball standouts

(Diamonique Villa Photo)

Located in Gilbert, Arizona, Park University signed four Southern Arizona softball standouts as part of the programs 2021 recruiting class.

Former Canyon del Oro standout Haley Basye went on to play for Embry-Riddle where she became the all-time career home run leader (18) while graduating magna cum laude with her bachelor’s in forensic psychology as an Outstanding Graduate of the Forensic Psychology Program. She has two years of athletic eligibility as she studies for her masters at Park University.

Former Rio Rico standout pitcher Briana Garcilazo is transferring from Mesa Community College after missing last year due to the pandemic.

Former Rio Rico standout Abril Nerey started out as a pitcher with Pima College where she won eight games before transferring to Mesa Community College where she batted .396.

Former Sahuarita standout Diamonique Villa is transferring in from Chandler-Gilbert Community College. As a catcher, Villa helped lead Sahuarita to a state championship in 2018.

The Buccaneers compete in the NAIA California Pacific Conference.


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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