Baja Arizona Notes: Nick Gonzales records first home run for the Pirates; Luz Duarte signs professional soccer contract; Daniel Henely to play golf for Pacific; Brett Fera named Arizona Daily Star Sports Editor

(Pirates Photo)

Former Cienega standout Nick Gonzales was recently called up to the Pittsburgh Pirates and he picked up seven total bases on his first home run and his first triple in a 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres Tuesday night. Gonzales became the fifth Pirates player since 1947 to record 7+ total bases in a game within his first four career games, and the first since 2014.

Former Catalina and Pueblo soccer standout Luz Duarte signed a professional contract with Atlético de San Luis. Los Atléticos (Athletics) compete in Liga MX, the top level in Mexico. Duarte scored 12 goals for FC Tucson Women in 2021 to help lead the club to an undefeated 7-0-1 record and a Desert Conference Championship.

(Luz Duarte Photo)

Former Cienega and Pima standout golfer Daniel Henely committed to play for Pacific. Located in Stockton, the Tigers compete in the West Coast Conference. Henely was a two-time Division I Southern Arizona Golfer of the Year for the Bobcats and he became an All-American with the Aztecs.

(Pima Photo)

Brett Fera was recently named Sports Editor for the Arizona Daily Star. Fera, a University of Arizona graduate, has previous experience with Ahwatukee Foothills News, Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, East Valley Tribune and Arizona Student Media. Former Star Sports Editor Michael Lev is now the senior writer and columnist for the daily newspaper.


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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