Aaliyah and Kiana Ortiz to play hoops for Culver-Stockton

Aaliyah Ortiz with Assistant Coach Pete Fajardo and Head Coach Todd Holthaus. (PIma Photo)

Sisters Aaliyah and Kiana Ortiz are taking their basketball skills to Canton, Missouri to play basketball for Culver-Stockton. Graduates of Palo Verde, Aaliyah (5-6) is transferring to the NAIA program after competing for Pima where she averaged over 5 points a game.

Kiana (5-6) graduated from Palo Verde this spring and she averaged over 10 points a game with the Titans.

The Wildcats play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and the 2021-22 season begins on Nov. 5 with the Oak Hill Inn & Suites Classic hosted by the school.


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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