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The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) became the first entity in the country to offer Beach Volleyball as a high school sport in 2012 and Hawaii followed in 2013. Initially called “Sand Volleyball” in Arizona, the sport started out with a handful of programs in one division to the 80 teams playing in two divisions we have now. Marana started competing in 2019 and Tempe McClintock is opening up its inaugural season this spring and the two programs met Thursday at Crossroads Park in Marana.
Marana beat McClintock 5-0 in move to 1-0 on the year and the Chargers are now 1-3 with the first victory in program history coming over Mountain Pointe last week. Marana went 2-10 in 2019, 0-2 in 2020 and 5-6 last year but none of those 25 matches were played on a “home” court until McClintock made a visit on Thursday…
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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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org