Female Athlete of the Month

Jet Sports Training Female Athlete of the Month: Pueblo basketball player America Cazares

Pueblo guard America Cazares is at 955 career points midway through her second varsity season as a sophomore (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Pueblo sophomore guard America Cazares is the second-leading scorer in the state averaging 27.5 points with 468 points through the first 17 games, a significant production that has her only five points away from 1,000 career points.

Cazares has a chance to reach the milestone in only her second season when the Warriors host CDO on Jan. 8.

She trails only Phoenix Central’s Lia Sims in scoring average. Sims is scoring 27.6 points a game.

During a six-game winning streak from Dec. 7 to Dec. 28, Cazares averaged 35 points.

She set a new Arizona big-school record of 59 points against Palo Verde in a 101-16 win on Dec. 13.

Former Pueblo standout Alicia Reyes had 57 points in 2015-16. Angela Lopez, another Warrior, scored 52 in a game in 2007-08 and Paula Pyers of Santa Rita scored 50 in 1982-83.

For her exploits in December, also leading Pueblo to an 11-6 record, Cazares is the Jet Sports Training Female Athlete of the Month.

January 2023: Sahuarita soccer player Samantha Wright
February 2023: Salpointe soccer player Rylen Bourguet
March 2023: Sabino distance thrower Emerald Kwinn
April 2023: Salpointe softball player Gianna Mares
May 2023: Sabino softball player Avery Nielson
June 2023: Rincon Little League 9-11 All-Stars baseball player Rae Tanori
July 2023: AZ Titans hurdler Michelle Rushing
August 2023: Pueblo wrestler Elizabeth Valenzuela Smith
September 2023: Marana quarterback Roxi Singer
October 2023: Rincon/University cross country runner Amelia North
November 2023: Walden Grove soccer player Vivien Villarreal
December 2023: Pueblo basketball player America Cazares


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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