Male Athlete of the Month

Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month: Ironwood Ridge’s Brasen Briones

State champ Brasen Briones still has two more years of golf at Ironwood Ridge (Andy Morales/

Ironwood Ridge sophomore golfer Brasen Briones put together an incredible 8-under 138 to become the Nighthawks' first boys state champion in school history on Oct. 26 at Omni National.

Briones is also the first boys champion from the Tucson area since 2016. He will be part a large contingent of golfers competing for the top sport next year with only three seniors finishing in the top 10.

He fired a 4-under 69 in each round to capture the championship.


January 2021: CDO golfer Beckett Carlson

February 2021: St. Augustine basketball player Thomas Reyna

March 2021: Sunnyside grad, Penn State wrestler Roman Bravo-Young

April 2021: Tucson High grad, Arizona track athlete Johnnie Blockburger

May 2021: Mountain View track and field athlete Sam Halaufia

June 2021: CDO grad, ASU track & field athlete Turner Washington

July 2021: Sabino baseball player Jacob Wiltshire

August 2021: Former Cienega baseball player Nick Gonzales

September 2021: Former Salpointe golfer Trevor Werbylo

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! 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, Bleacher Report, Lindy's Sports,, 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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