Tucson High School Sports

Baja Arizona Notes: Gabriel Escalera wins back-to-back collegiate golf outings; Taylor Powell is now a linebacker coach; 2023 Pima County Sports Hall of Fame Class

Former Walden Grove standout Gabe Escalera won his second straight golf outing for Hastings College when he shot a 4-under-par 212 at the Blue River Classic Event to force a playoff where he made a 15-foot birdie putt for the victory in Lincoln, Nebraska. Escalera won the Maverick Invitational with a 7-under 137 in Minnesota last week.

Former Salpointe standout Taylor Powell is a linebacker coach for Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. Powell helped lead the Lancers to a state championship in 2013 and he played at NAU and he helped lead Sacramento State to a Big Sky championship as a grad student in 2021.

The 2023 Pima County Sports Hal of Fame Class includes Tyler DeBerry, Carla Garrett, Rich Hall, Dan Hicks, Todd Holthaus, Jeff Kiewel, Ashley Monceaux-Valenzuela, Heather Moore-Martin, Willie Morales, Marty Parker, Stacy Redondo Santa Cruz, Tom Wiedenbauer, 1991 Salpointe Girls Soccer Team and the 1973 Cactus Little League All-Stars. The induction banquet is slated for Sunday, November 12 at 12:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park.


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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