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Tucson High basketball

Tucson High basketball

A halftime deficit and a coach’s rant lit a fire under the 1968-69 Tucson Badgers, and they became “a machine and would beat anyone.” They didn’t lose again.

February 28, 2014 4:22 pm
Joel Favara

Joel Favara

Joel Favara, whose nickname was “Warhorse,” led Tucson High to state titles in 1951 and 1952. Favara, who held a then-state record for TDs in a game (six), and 1960s RB Joe Petroshus will be inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
4. Bill Dawson, OT/DT, 1967

4. Bill Dawson, OT/DT, 1967

The 6-foot 3-inch, 235-pound Bill Dawson never made it to the NFL like his younger brother, but he was just as dominant on the line during his time at Tucson High. Dawson was an All-State offensive and defensive selection in 1965 and 1966 as he anchored the lines during the Badgers' back-to-…

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm
2. Joe Petroshus, RB/DB, 1969

2. Joe Petroshus, RB/DB, 1969

Of all the great running backs in Tucson High history, Joe Petroshus is the one with the records. After the 1968 All-American rushed for a city-best 1,418 yards in the regular season, averaging more than nine yards a carry, he left as the Badgers career rushing (2,718) leader. His 19 touchdo…

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm
3. Joel Favara, RB, 1953

3. Joel Favara, RB, 1953

Joel 'Warhorse' Favara holds an important designation in Badger football history — he was the school's first high school All-American. The 5-foot 10-inch, 165-pound Favara did just about everything for the back-to-back state championship Badgers, finishing off his career in 1952 with 17 stra…

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm
7. Lewis Cook, RB, 1966

7. Lewis Cook, RB, 1966

While Tucson High already had nine state championships to its name in 1965, the Badgers had yet to win a title since playoffs began in 1959 ... well, until senior running back Lewis Cook had his say about it. Cook, an All-American in 1965, scored two decisive touchdowns in the fourth quarter…

August 22, 2013 5:58 pm
10. Marvin Lewis, DE/LB, 1971

10. Marvin Lewis, DE/LB, 1971

Linebacker and defensive end Marvin "Moose" Lewis had one of the most celebrated careers at Tucson High, but unfortunately his playing days, and eventually life, were cut short by a freak accident. The 6-foor-2, 220-pound Lewis was a Parade All-American on the 1970 Badgers team that finished…

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm
5. Fred Batiste, RB/DB, 1944

5. Fred Batiste, RB/DB, 1944

The last name Batiste is synonymous with excellence at Tucson High. But while Joe Batiste was a world-class track star, Fred Batiste was the elite player on the gridiron. Fred was the star on the undefeated 1943 state championship squad, the first of three-straight undefeated seasons for the…

August 22, 2013 5:58 pm
6. Hayzel Daniels, RB, 1927

6. Hayzel Daniels, RB, 1927

Running back Hayzel Daniels not only was one of the best football players in Tucson High history, but he also broke through color barriers on both the gridiron and in life. As a junior in 1925, Daniels rushed for 1,632 yards to become the first black All-State player. He didn't stop there an…

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm
9. Pat Flood, QB, 1953

9. Pat Flood, QB, 1953

Running back Joel Favara wasn't the only great on Tucson's back-to-back state championships in 1951-52. Quarterback Pat Flood set the Tucson single-season record with 1,002 yards in 1952 for a team that ranked 10th in the nation. Badgers coach Jason "Red" Greer told the Arizona Daily Star th…

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm
1. Mike Dawson, OT/DT, 1972

1. Mike Dawson, OT/DT, 1972

The last of Tucson High's 13 championships produced the Badgers' best player, Mike Dawson. The 6-foot 4-inch, 240-pound Dawson was a Parade Magazine and Coach and Athlete's Sunkist prep All-American in 1971 after leading Tucson to its second straight state title, a 20-14 victory over Tempe U…

August 22, 2013 5:59 pm
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Tucson High School football player Mike Dawson (73), right, blocking during a game in 1971. Courtesy Tucson High School

August 22, 2013 5:33 pm
Ex-Badger a pioneer as state legislator, judge

Ex-Badger a pioneer as state legislator, judge

Hayzel B. Daniels

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