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Baja Arizona Notes: Amanda Cunha, Bella Malovich, Taylor Hitchcock, Sydney Lenhart, Hayle Nilsen, Emilee Gustafson and Abigayle Dunn

(Amanda Cunha Photo)

University of Arizona Adaptive Athlete Amanda Cunha won her second straight national title at the 77th National Blind Golf Championship held in Saint Augustine, Florida this past week.

Salpointe senior forward Bella Malovich announced her commitment to play soccer for the Virginia Military Institute.

“I am so beyond excited and proud to announce my commitment to play DI soccer at Virginia Military Institute,” Malovich announced. “Thank you to all of my coaches and teammates that have shown their constant support throughout my soccer career. I would especially like to thank my family and my closest friends for always being there for me and pushing me to work hard every day. I could not have done this without you. I’m thrilled to continue my passion of playing soccer while perusing my dream of serving in the United States Navy.”

(Bella Malovich Photo)

Cienega standout Taylor Hitchcock announced her commitment to play basketball for University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis (UHSP).

“So excited to announce my commitment to UHSP,” Hitchcock announced. “Thank you Coach Reis and Coach Jill for this opportunity! And a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me get to where I am now!”

(Taylor Hitchcock Photo)

Former Salpointe and current FC Tucson Women standout Sydney Lenhart scored three consecutive goals for Brandeis University in a victory over Lesley University on Tuesday. This was her first collegiate hat trick.

(Brandeis Photo)

University of Arizona Wheelchair Basketball Team members Hayle Nilsen, Emilee Gustafson and Abigayle Dunn are in Thailand for the U25 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships as members of Team USA. Team USA plays Spain and Great Britain on Wednesday.

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.

(Team Photo)


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 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

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