Baja Arizona Notes: Delaney Schnell earns spot on US Diving Team; Katie Call to play Beach Volleyball for UTEP; Julian Lopez to play Baseball for Rainy River; UA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball signs three players

(Delaney Schnell Photo)

Former Tucson High and University of Arizona standout Delaney Schnell won the national championship in the women’s 10-meter at the USA Diving National Championships held in Morgantown, West Virginia and she followed that up with a national title in the Synchronized Women Platform with Jessica Parratto. Schnell and Parratto won Silver at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Schnell made the Team USA roster for the World Diving Championships slated for Fukuoka, Japan in July.

(Katie Call Photo)

Former Canyon del Oro standout Katie Call announced her commitment to play Beach Volleyball for UTEP.  Call played previously at San Diego Christian but the program suspended athletics for the coming school year.

(St. Augustine Photo)

St. Augustine standout Julian Lopez announced his commitment to play baseball for Rainy River.

(Kidus Ali/AZ Adaptive)

The University of Arizona Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team took second place last year and the Wildcats added a few commitments for next year: Kidus Ali of Virginia, Mathew Simmons of Minnesota and Brandon Louie of the Bay Area.

“I chose the University of Arizona because it’s been my dream school since I was little, and I like the players and coaches there and I really like the school and overall seemed like a good fit for me,” Simmons said in a release.


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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