Neysia Howard, Alex Robles, Bria Medina, Kylee Callahan, Aaliyah Ortiz and Dylan Dreis earn honors

(Neysia Howard Photo)

Former Salpointe standouts Bria Medina and Kylee Callahan were named All-Midwest Conference playing for Knox College. Media was also named Newcomer of the Year.

Former Palo Verde and Pima standout Aaliyah Ortiz played in all 28 games for Culver-Stockton this season, starting 26 of them. She averaged 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. In addition, Ortiz led the Heart in assists (5.96/game). Ortiz scored in double figures in 14 games this season, including three 20-point games during the year. Ortiz also registered two double-doubles and had 17 games where she recorded at least five assists in a game, including three games with 10 assists or better. She was named to the All-Heart of America Conference Team.

Former Tucson High and Arizona standout Neysia Howard earned the WAC High Point Award by winning the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.37 seconds, following that with a win in the 200 (23.46) set a school and WAC record. Howard anchored the second place 4×400 relay to clinch the WAC Indoor title for the team. At the end of the day, Howard was responsible for 32 points over the weekend.

Former Tucson High baseball standout Alex Robles was inducted into the Austin Peay Hall of Fame. Some of his accomplishments include throwing a a shutout one day and then delivering a walk-off home run the next against Jacksonville State. He became the first player in Ohio Valley Conference history to earn two first-team All-OVC honors – one for pitching, one as a utility player – in the same season, the only player in OVC history to be named All-OVC five times in a four-year career.

Former Salpointe football standout Dylan Dreis was named the Barstool Sports Intern of the Year. Dreis made the Dean’s List for the Eller College of Management.

This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to win either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but collegiate and professional recognitions. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know. amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

Portions from news release.

19 athletes have been recognized for 2024 – we had 307 athletes recognized in 2023.

Bria Medina/Basketball
Midwest Conference Newcomer of the Year (2/27)
Midwest Conference First Team (2/27)

Kylee Callahan/Basketball
Midwest Player of the Week (1/3)
Midwest Conference First Team (2/27)

Aaliyah Ortiz/Basketball
Palo Verde/Culver-Stockton
All-Heart of America Team (3/1)

Neysia Howard/Track
WAC High Point Award (2/20)

Dylan Dreis/Football
Arizona Bow Intern of the Year (2/29)

Jazmyne Waddell/Softball
San Manuel/Pima
ACCAC D-I Player of the Week (2/28)

Isaiah Miller/Wrestling
GPAC Freshman of the Year
GPAC First Team (2/21)

Rumur Rouille/Volleyball
Ironwood Ridge/Long Island
NEC Scholar Athlete (2/7)
NEC Academic Honor Roll (2/7)

Bryce Cotton/Basketball
Palo Verde/Perth
NBL Most Valuable Player (2/19)

Mason White/Baseball
Bobby Bragan Award Watch List (2/16)
Pac-12 Preseason Team (2/8)

Spencer Packard/Baseball
Canyon del Oro/Arkansas Travelers
MLB Prospect (2/7)

Devyn Netz/Softball
Ironwood Ridge/Arizona
D-I Softball Preseason Top 100-94 (1/19)
Pac-12 Preseason Team (2/1)

Mariah Lopez/Softball
D-I Softball Preseason Top 100-23 (1/19)
Pac-12 Preseason Team (2/1)

Allie Skaggs/Softball
Ironwood Ridge/Arizona
D-I Softball Preseason Top 100-18 (1/19)
Pac-12 Preseason Team (2/1)

Carlie Scupin/Softball
D-I Softball Preseason Top 100-37 (1/19)
Pac-12 Preseason Team (2/1)

Aquarina Thomas/Volleyball
Tucson/Des Moines Area CC
Fall Academic All-Region (1/16)

Dillan Baker/Basketball
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/2)
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/9)

Alyssa Brown/Basketball
Mountain West Player of the Week (1/8)

Dominique Acosta/Basketball
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/2)

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