Baja Arizona Notes: Local umpire Len Gerken to work Little League West Regionals; Three members of the UA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team make Team USA roster; Mario Bejarano is a fan favorite in the Alaska Baseball League

Len Gerken. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Local dentist, Dr. Len Gerken, is also a very accomplished umpire and he got the call to work the Little League West Regional in San Bernardino this coming week. His first game will be Saturday at 4 p.m. in a game that features Arizona (Canyon View) and Hawaii.

(Arizona Adaptive Athletics Photo)

Three members of the University of Arizona Wheelchair Basketball team were named to the Team USA Women’s Under 25 Team to compete at the IWBF Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship taking place in Thailand in October.

Abby Dunn, Hayle Nilsen and Emilee Gustafson got the nod after tryouts in Colorado Springs. Gustafson was named a NWBA Intercollegiate Division Second Team All-American this past season and Nilson was named to the NWBA Intercollegiate Division All-Rookie Team.

(Bejarano Family Photo)

Former Tucson High standout Mario Bejarano is finishing up his summer playing in the Alaska Baseball League for the Mat-Su Miners. The Central Arizona freshman closed out a victory for the Miners in the first game of the playoffs but the Peninsula Oilers tied up the series at 1-1 with the tiebreaker in the best-of-three series taking place Thursday night. The winner will face the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the championship series. Also a fan favorite, the crowd wore mustaches to honor Bejarano.


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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