Individual and group photos by professional photographer Orlando Ramos can be accessed by clicking here. The password is Jetsports.
The first assembly of the Jet Sports Training Southern Arizona Senior All-Stars took place Monday at owner Bobby Rodriguez’s facility on the southside of Tucson. The team was chosen based on All-Region selections made by local coaches for AZPreps365.
The idea to gather one team of all-stars was made by Rodriguez, who wanted to bring back the days of when The Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen published all-region teams with players wearing their uniforms.
Jet Sports Training is an appropriate place to gather some of the top talent in Southern Arizona.
Rodriguez, a former Sunnyside standout who walked on to Arizona’s program when Mike Stoops was the coach, has long been an advocate of youth sports development in Southern Arizona.
Many of the city’s top athletes train at his facility including former Mountain View standout Jeff Cotton (now with the Jacksonville Jaguars), Sunnyside wrestling great Roman Bravo-Young (a national champion and three-time All-American at Penn State) and former Arizona linebacker Anthony Pandy.
Former Salpointe standout running back Bijan Robinson (now a Heisman candidate at Texas), Cienega great Jamarye Joiner (an Arizona wide receiver who played quarterback this season) and Trenton and Coben Bourguet (now with Arizona State’s football program) have also trained there.
Open gyms and training sessions for adults are also conducted by the six coaches employed by Jet Sports Training.
In addition to the podcast above, I conducted these interviews with some of the standouts who came to the Jet Sports Training Facility:
Rushing’s younger brother Elijah, one of the best Class of 2024 defensive ends in the state, attended the photoshoot. He talked about his season and a look ahead to what’s in store for him going into next season.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District