Baja Arizona Notes: Prep Volleyball All-America Watch List; Judith Monica Gramajo is UA Rugby Assistant; Nogales wins Mike Acevedo Memorial Tourney

Three local high school volleyball standouts named to All-America Watch List

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) placed 21 high school athletes from Arizona on the Girls’ All-American Watch List and three of those standouts are from the Tucson area.

Ironwood Ridge outside senior Kathryn Cherrington, Ironwood Ridge senior outside Melanie Merrill and Sabino senior outside Kailey Johnson all made the list. The All-America nominations close on Oct. 18 and the list of the top 50 athletes will be released on Nov. 9.

Former Catalina standout Judith Monica Gramajo is UA Rugby Assistant Coach

Former Catalina multi-sport standout and coach Judith Monica Gramajo is an assistant coach with the University of Arizona Women’s Rugby team. Gramajo played for the club team in college before joining the Women’s Premier League with the Colorado Gray Wolves.

The Wildcats beat New Mexico State 29-10 in a scrimmage match on Saturday at Sitton Field.

Nogales wins the Mike Acevedo Memorial Tournament and Derek Montijo to New Mexico

Nogales standout infielder and pitcher Derek Montijo announced his commitment to play for New Mexico. Nogales beat Walden Grove 11-2 to win the championship of the Mike Acevedo Memorial Tournament. Sunnyside beat Marana in the Silver Bracket and Vista Grande beat Empire to win the Bronze Bracket.

(Nogales Photo)


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 the Sunnyside School District and by Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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