Female Athlete of the Month

Jet Sports Training Female Athlete of the Month: Sunnyside wrestler Audrey Jimenez

Sunnyside junior Audrey Jimenez is on track to graduate after only three years and plans on attending an Ivy League school while training for a potential spot on the U.S. Olympics team for the 2024 Games (Jimenez photo)

Sunnyside junior wrestler Audrey Jimenez won her second consecutive Mile High Challenge championship at 106 pounds, going against male competition, to earn the Jet Sports Training Female Athlete of the Month honor for December.

Jimenez completed her 5-0 run through the Mile High Challenge competition on Saturday night at the Findlay Toyota Center at Prescott Valley.

Her path to the championship on Friday and Saturday to improve to 20-4 this season:

  • Round 1 – Jimenez won by major decision over Jovany Gomez (Gila Ridge) 2-1 (MD 11-2)
  • Round 2 – Jimenez won by fall over Lyric Brooks (Chino Valley) 8-7 (Fall 3:47)
  • Quarterfinal – Jimenez won by fall over Cayden Ray (Williams Field) 10-4 (Fall 1:50)
  • Semifinal – Jimenez won by fall over Merrik Williams (Morenci) 17-4 (Fall 3:09)
  • Final – Jimenez won by major decision over Christyian Owens (Mohave) 16-1 (MD 16-5)

Earlier in the month at the Reno (Nevada) Tournament of Champions, Jimenez won her first three matches in the 106-pound class against male competition before losing in the quarterfinals.

She is a two-time state champion who will try to make it three straight when the state championship matches are held Feb. 16-18 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

January 2022: Salpointe basketball player Kylee Callahan
February 2022: Salpointe soccer player Trinity Morales
March 2022: Sabino softball player Riley Nielson
April 2022: Rincon/University tennis player Tanvi Narendran
May 2022: Sabino track athlete Azariah Foster
June 2022: Salpointe track athlete/basketball player Taliyah Henderson
July 2022: Willcox Little League 8-10 softball pitcher Hattie Macumber
August 2022: Pima soccer player Juliana Valdez
September 2022: Salpointe volleyball player Francesca Pieroni
October 2022: CDO volleyball player Alina Nuñez
November 2022: Bisbee basketball player Gabby Lopez
December 2022: Sunnyside wrestler Audrey Jimenez


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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