FC Tucson Women Ranked No. 6 and FC Tucson hosts Military Appreciation and First Responders Night on Saturday; Kelsey Harshman and Rylie Crane make Softball Canada team; Nico Montanez USATF World Athletics Championships roster

The FC Tucson Women moved up to No. 6 in the WPSL West Rankings after beating SC del Sol of Phoenix 4-2 last Friday night to remain undefeated at 3-0-1. SC del Sol fell from No. 7 to No. 10 in the new power rankings released Tuesday morning. Tucson leads the Desert Conference and the team controls their own destiny but FC Tucson Women will be tested on a long road trip to El Paso this Saturday when the program faces El Paso Surf (0-5).

The FC Tucson Men face off Saturday night at Kino North Stadium against defending national champion, and Southwest Conference leader, Ventura County Fusion on Military Appreciation and First Responders Night. Military and First Responders receive a 15% discount. The men sit in third place with only one loss, just 2 points out of second and a playoff position. Match time is 7 p.m.

Softball Canada announced the 2023 WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Group Stage and 2023 Canada Cup Rosters on Tuesday and two players from Tucson made the cut.

Former Sabino and Wisconsin standout Kelsey Harshman returns to the team from the 2022 World Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where Canada brought home the Bronze Medal and former Catalina Foothills and current Wisconsin standout Rylie Crane joins the team. The first game at the WBSC is slated for July 22 vs. the Philippines. Harshman is also the head coach of the Cienega High School softball team.

The USATF announced the marathon roster for the 2023 World Athletics Championships Budapest and former St. Augustine and BYU standout Nico Montanez made the cut with a personal best of 2:09:55, set at Chicago in 2022 and he placed seventh at the Chicago Marathon in 2021. Montanez won the 2022 USATF 15km Championships in 43:10 and he holds a half marathon personal best of 1:01:13, set at the 2021 USATF Half Marathon Championships.

The World Athletics Championships are held in August.


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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