Alyssa Brown named Mountain West Tourney MVP and Sydney Gray named Big Ten Player of the Week again


Former Sahuaro standout Alyssa Brown scored 11 points, collected nine rebounds and added four assists to help UNLV defeat San Diego State 66-49 to capture the regular season and Mountain West Tournament championships for a record third time in a row. Brown was named the tournament MVP for her efforts.

Former Sabino standout Sydney Gray was honored with the third Big Ten Player of the Week honor of her career following an impressive performance in four games at the Razorback Rumble in Arkansas last week. Gray went 5 for 16 (.385) in Arkansas with one double, three home runs and five RBI. In the four games, she averaged more than a hit, a run and an RBI per game while averaging an extra-base hit per game.

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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.

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

Alyssa Brown/Basketball
Mountain West Player of the Week (1/8)
Mountain West Tourney MVP (3/13)

Sydney Gray/Softball
Big Ten Player of the Week (2/19)
Big Ten Player of the Week (2/21)
Big Ten Player of the Week (3/11)

Neysia Howard/Track
WAC High Point Award (2/20)
WAC Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year (3/5)

Dillan Baker/Basketball
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/2)
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/9)
All-ACCAC DII First Team (3/6)
All-Region DII First Team (3/6)

Lual Lual/Basketball
Catalina Foothills/Mesa
All-ACCAC DII Second Team (3/6)
All-Region DII Second Team (3/6)

Gabriella Lopez/Basketball
DII Defensive Player of the Year (3/6)
All-ACCAC DII Second Team (3/6)
All-Region DII Second Team (3/6)

Dominique Acosta/Basketball
ACCAC Player of the Week (1/2)
All-ACCAC DII First Team (3/6)
All-Region DII Second Team (3/6)

Mason White/Baseball
Bobby Bragan Award Watch List (2/16)
Pac-12 Preseason Team (2/8)
Frisco Classic All-Tournament Team (3/6)

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)

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)

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)

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