Baja Arizona Notes: Arizona takes 2nd at Wheelchair National Championships; Hope Hisey signs with Kansas City; Girls Wrestling Camp

Arizona head coach Mike Beardsley during the championship game. (Abigail Hoisington Photo)


The University of Arizona Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team took second place at the National Wheelchair Basketball Championship held at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from March 14-16. Arizona was the top seed and the team lost to No. 2 seed Whitewater 74-67 in the championship game.

Arizona beat No. 9 Edinboro 82-25 in the first round on Thursday, Blaise Mutware scored 23 points to lead Arizona, Tyrone Griner scored 16, Benjamin Thornton added 14 and Justyn Newman scored 12.

Arizona beat Illinois 71-58 in the semifinal round on Friday. Newman scored 20, Griner added 17 and Thornton scored 16.

The championship game on Saturday, Griner scored 23, Thornton had 14, Mutware had 13 and Newman scored 12.

Thornton and Mutware were named First Team All-Americans and Nick Deyo was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Kerwin Haake earned First Team Academic All-American status, Mutware and Hunter Pinke earned Second Team recognition and Thornton was Honorable Mention.

The University of Arizona Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team took fourth place at the National Wheelchair Basketball Championship held at Alabama from March 8-9.

No. 4 Arizona beat No. 5 Whitewater 64-29 in the first round but then came up against No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals and the Crimson Tide won the game 65-33. Arizona lost to No. 3 Illinois 67-48 in the Consolation Game.

Abigail Coffin, Emilee Gustafson and Lily Lautenschlager earned Second Team Academic All-American status and Alma Velasquez and Hayley Nilsen earned Honorable Mention recognition.


Selected third by the Kansas City Current in the NWSL Draft, former Canyon del Oro, University of Arizona and FC Tucson standout Hope Hisey signed her first professional contract. She will be one of three keepers on the list of 24 players.

Hope Hisey. (KC Current Photo)


Pueblo standout state and national champion Elizabeth Valenzuela-Smith and Sahuarita state champion Miyah Palacios are hoisting a wrestling camp for girls at Sahuarita High School on March 29 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Information at 520 743-6562.

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