BLAKE MARTINEZ RETIRES FROM THE NFL
Former Canyon del Oro standout Blake Martinez announced his retirement from the NFL after seven years in the league. Martinez was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2016 after playing in Stanford. He also played for the Giants and he most recently played for the Raiders:
“I’m announcing my retirement from the game of football! I had an amazing journey with some incredible franchises and made lifelong friendships. I have chosen to step away from this career at this time to focus on my family and future passions! I am excited for this new journey and appreciate all the fans and organizations that have supported me throughout the years!”
HANNAH LEITNER SHINES FOR ASU SOCCER
Former Rincon/University standout Hannah Leitner transferred from New Mexico State to ASU this past year. She played in 12 matches so far with two starts. Leitner has one goal and two assist for the Sun Devils. ASU is taking on Portland on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
RUMUR ROUILLE IS ONE OF THE TOP BLOCKERS IN THE NCAA
Former Ironwood Ridge standout Rumur Rouille is currently No. 12 in the country (NCAA D-I) in Blocks Per Set with 84 combined blocks in 60 sets played for Long Island.
GARY HARRISON REELECTED TO CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
Former University of Arizona basketball standout Gary Harrison won his second term as the Pima County Clerk of Superior Court, collecting 212,257 votes in an unopposed race. Harrison played for Fred Snowden and he was a member of the 1976 Elite Eight team.
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