Former Catalina basketball standout Jesse Simpson named University of Redlands assistant
Former Catalina standout Jesse Simpson was named assistant coach of the University of Redlands this week. Simpson played at Fitchburg State University and in Spain while serving as an assistant coach at Pusch Ridge until 2021. Simpson served as an assistant coach at Westminster College in Salt Lake City after Pusch Ridge.
The Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division III level.
Former St. Augustine baseball standouts Alex Gamez and Pabel Martinez are at the next level
Alex Gamez (New Mexico JC) was a utility player with St. Augustine where he batted .408 with 21 RBI while collecting 59 strikeouts on the mound in 37 innings of work as a senior. Gamez joins former Sunnyside standout Gerardo Grijalva on the Thunderbird roster.
Pabel Martinez (Adams State) batted .354 as a senior 12 RBI and 6 doubles. Martinez joins former Tucson standout Orlando Romero, former Rincon/UHS standout Alfredo Villa and former Flowing Wells standout Caleb Raney on the Grizzly roster.
Former Ironwood Ridge and Arizona standout Jaclyn Inclan passes 2,000 career assists
Former Ironwood Ridge setter Jaclyn Inclan picked up over 1,000 career assists with Chicago State. Inclan started out on the University of Arizona Beach team after high school before moving to New Mexico to play indoor where she posted 1,182 assists. She now has 1,390 assists with the Cougars.
Former Tucson High standout Summer Avery retires from professional volleyball
Summer Avery played indoor and beach volleyball at San Jose State and California Baptist after earning Southern Arizona Player of the Year with the Badgers in 2013. Avery went on to play for Lemesos Volleyball in Cyprus (2019-2022) where she also served as a coach. Lemesos was elevated to the first division under Avery’s leadership.
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