Salpointe standout Gianna Mares named 2nd Team All-American, commits to BYU

(Gianna Mares Photo)

Salpointe standout Gianna Mares went 18-0 from the circle and she belted 15 home runs from the box to help lead the Lancers to their fourth straight state championship this past spring and the senior-to-be announced her commitment to play for BYU on social media.

Mares was named to the MaxPreps All-America Second Team this week and she was one of only three athletes from Arizona recognized. Mares was also the Southern Arizona Pitcher of the Year.


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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