Kelsey Siemons earned RMAC Summit Award; Vanessa Brink, Summer Fox, Jazzy Hughes, Conner Verdugo, Chase Verdugo and Sierra Gaskill earn Collegiate Honors


Former Catalina Foothills basketball standout Kelsey Siemons was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) 2nd Team All-Conference playing for Colorado Mesa. Siemons earned two Defensive Player of the Week honors for the Mavericks.

Siemons also earned the RMAC Summit Award, presented to student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA that is also competing at the site of the finals for their respective sport’s championship. Siemons was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team with a 4.0 GPA in Biology and she earned a spot on the RMAC All-Academic Team.

Siemons scored over 1,000 career points in high school and in college.

Former Mountain View standout Jazzy Hughes also earned RMAC 2nd Team basketball honors playing for CSU Pueblo she was also named to the RMAC Academic Honor Roll.

Former Pueblo basketball standout Summer Fox was named to the RMAC Academic Honor Roll playing for Black Hills State.

Former Empire standout Vanessa Brink earned Cal Pac Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday. Brink was the winning pitcher in all three victories for Embry-Riddle last week, and the freshman was the key factor in holding Simpson off in the final game on Sunday according to the conference. Brink struck out 38 batters (12.09 per seven) and allowed just one earned run (0.32). She threw two complete games, including a 10-inning 1-0 win shut over SU.

Former Walden Grove standouts Conner and Chase Verdugo were named to the Cal Pac Winter All-Academic Team playing for Embry-Riddle. Conner, a junior, is studying Global Business Management and Chase, a sophomore, is studying Applied Biology.

Former Pueblo standout Sierra Gaskill was named Cal Pac Player of the Week Nominee for Benedictine-Mesa on Feb. 28.

This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but collegiate and professional recognitions. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know. amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

Portions from news release.

This is our 21st recognition for 2022 – we had 207 athletes recognized in 2021.

Kelsey Siemons/Basketball
Catalina Foothills/Colorado Mesa
RMAC Player of the Week (1/31)
RMAC All-Academic Team (1/31)
CoSIDA Academic All-District (2/17)
RMAC 2nd Team All-Conference (3/2)
RMAC Summit Award Winner (3/4)

Jazzy Hughes/Basketball
Mountain View/CSU Pueblo
RMAC Academic Honor Roll (1/31)
RMAC 2nd Team All-Conference (3/2)

Summer Fox/Basketball
Pueblo/Black Hills State
RMAC Academic Honor Roll (1/31)

Vanessa Brink/Softball
Cal Pac Pitcher of the Week (3/14)

Conner Verdugo/Basketball
Walden Grove/Embry-Riddle
Cal Pac All-Academic (3/4)

Chase Verdugo/Basketball
Walden Grove/Embry-Riddle
Cal Pac All-Academic (3/4)

Sierra Gaskill/Softball
Cal Pac Player of the Week Nominee (2/28)

Ana Rodriguez/Softball
Tucson/Central Arizona
ACCAC D-I Pitcher and Player of the Week (3/7)

Reece Gardner/Track and Field
NJCAA All-American: Heptathlon (3/5)
Aztecs Student-Athlete of the Week (3/8)

Joel Gardner/Track and Field
Ironwood Ridge/Pima
NJCAA All-American: 5,000 (3/5)

Lucy Chavez/Track and Field
NJCAA All-American: WT (3/5)

Jaida Olson/Track and Field
Pusch Ridge/Pima
NJCAA All-American: Pole Vault (3/5)

Tianna Carter/Basketball
Canyon del Oro/NC Central
MEAC Player of the Week (2/8)

Angel Addleman/Basketball
Palo Verde/Pima
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (1/5)
Second Team All-ACCAC (2/26)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/26)

Nikya Orange/Basketball
Tanque Verde/Pima
Third Team All-ACCAC (2/26)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/26)

Luisayde Chavez/Basketball
Rio Rico/Pima
Third Team All-ACCAC (2/26)
Second Team All-Region I, Division II (2/26)

Daniel Moody/Basketball
Walden Grove/Pima
All-ACCAC Honorable Mention (2/24)
Second Team All-Region I, Division II (2/24)

Mikayla Santa Cruz/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Creighton
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (2/14)
UTEP Invitational All-Tournament (2/14)

Max Hernandez/Volleyball
Golden Eagle Athlete of the Week (2/7)

Kevin Jimenez/Baseball
Nogales/New Mexico State
PG Preseason WAC Team (2/4)

Jack Langan/Baseball
NCAA D-III SAAC Member (1/27)

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