Baja Arizona Notes: Tucson Rugby to Super Regionals; Jeanne Redondo Bass; Kelsey Harshman; Arizona Adaptive signs three

(Tucson Rugby Photo)


The Tucson Rugby Magpies Club won the Southwest Rugby Union Men’s D3 Championship by defeating Santa Fe Santos 65-19 at the Scottsdale Sports Complex last Saturday. The club also beat Camelback 53-10 on Friday to set up the championship.

The club is now one of 16 competing at the USA Club Rugby Pacific Super Regional slated for May 12-12 in Las Vegas.

“We’re all excited to win the SW Championship but we’re not satisfied yet,” Club president Jeremy Hazen said. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win a National Championship. The next step in the process is to win at Super Regionals in Las Vegas. In order to win in Vegas we have to continue to execute our game plan that has been working for us all season.”

Donations to help the club travel can be made HERE.


The celebration of the life ceremonies for former Cholla and University of Arizona softball standout Stacy Redondo-Santa Cruz were held on Friday and her sister, former ASU and Arizona softball player, Jeanne Redondo Bass, gave the eulogy. Jeanne is still mentioned in several areas of the ASU record book including No. 11 in at bats with 209 in 1994, No. 2 in triples with five in 1994 and No. 18 in stolen base percentage with .929 in 1993. Jeanne transferred to Arizona in 1995.

As a youth, Jeanne played on the Tucson Mountain Little League softball team that went to the World Series and she won a state championship playing for Scottsdale Chaparral in 1989 with former Wildcat Susie Parra pitching.

Jeanne was awarded a tryout for the affiliate of the National Volleyball Association in 1996 with the tryouts taking place at Pima under the direction of former Aztec and Arizona Flames assistant Heather-Moore Martin. Current Arizona volleyball coach Charita Johnson Stubbs was a member of the Flames and former Arizona and Team USA standout Caren Kemner was one of the owners of the franchise.

Like her sister, Jeanne coached high school softball, leading La Costa Canyon to a Carlsbad championship and an Avocado West League title in 2015.


Former Sabino and Wisconsin standout Kelsey Jenkins Harshman re-signed with Athletes Unlimited Softball for season four. Harshman helped Softball Canada win a Bronze Medal in the Tokyo Olympics. More recently, Kelsey coached Cienega to the 5A Sonoran title and a victory in the 5A Play-In Tournament.


The University of Arizona Women’s team signed several players after the program finished ranked No. 4 in the nation last season: Sam Fraser (Atlanta), Jah’kyra Daniels (Alabama) and Kenzie Haag (Indiana).


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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