Star columnist Greg Hansen counts down the most prominent sports figures in Southern Arizona from 2017. Find out who makes the cut!
By Greg Hansen / Arizona Daily Star
100. Katrina Konopka
Emerging as the top swimmer at Arizona, Konopka won a bronze medal at the World University Games, and was on a Team USA relay team that won a silver medal.
99. Desiree Hong
Sahuaro High School grad won ACCAC Golfer of the Year award while at Pima College. She's now at Arizona.
98. Clint Matthews
The Tucson businessman, father of former UA starting linebacker Jake Matthews, won the national championship in the German Shorthair Pointer competition last month. His dog, Jett to the Moon, a 7-year-old, was awarded first place for a combination of bird-finding, athleticism, manners, boldness and endurance.
97. Shakir Smith
Tucson High and Pima College product is averaging 13.4 points per game for Akademik Bulgaria in the Eurobasket league after averaging 12 a year ago.
96. George Jiang
In another top year for Tucson prep tennis, Jiang, of Catalina Foothills, won the state Division II singles championship on a team that was 17-0.
95. Alex Robles
Robles led Austin Peay with a .348 batting average with 10 home runs, and was named an All-Ohio Valley first-team selection for the third consecutive season. The Tucson High grad also won six games as a pitcher.
94. Majok Deng
As a Salpointe Catholic sophomore basketball player, Deng averaged 13 points in leading the Lancers to the state championship game. He has received scholarship offers from, among others, Arizona and UCLA.
93. Mandy Lorenson
In a freshman season in which she went 17-11 as a Pima College pitcher, Lorenson, from Ironwood Ridge High School, pitched six no-hitters, including back-to-back no-hitters on March 14 and March 16.
92. Jim Michalczik
Arizona’s offensive line coach helped the Wildcats lead the Pac-12 in rushing even though the club didn’t have a first- or second-team all-conference lineman.
91. Kennedy Kurtz
Volleyball star led Sacramento State to a 26-10 record and the conference championship, and was named Big Sky Conference player of the year. She's an Ironwood Ridge grad.
90. Isaiah Murphy
In his freshman season at Pima College, Murphy, a Cienega grad, averaged 15.3 points per game as the Aztecs finished No. 7 in the nation. He is averaging 15.6 this season.
89. Jessie Ybarra, Manny Garcia and David Salazar
Three state champions for Sunnyside High’s wrestling team; Ybarra was 45-3 at 106 pounds; Garcia went 38-4 at 113 pounds; Salazar finished 48-3 at 145 pounds.
88. Christian Fischer
Fischer led the Tucson Roadrunners with 20 goals in the club’s first season, and now plays for the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.
87. Alexis Hernandez
Pima College’s first-team All-ACCAC soccer player scored a team-high 22 goals and was twice the league’s Player of the Week for a 15-4-1 club.
86. Alanna Duarte and Peyton Lewis
Volleyball players were the leading figures in Salpointe Catholic's burst to the girls state volleyball championship.
85. Isabel Pacho
In her junior softball season at Ironwood Ridge High School, Pacho hit .568 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI.
84. Becky Freeman
Salpointe won the girls state 4A soccer championship behind its young coach, who put a 19-3-2 season in the record books. She has since left coaching.
83. Cameron Crandall
Canyon del Oro High School's terrific high-jumper cleared 7 feet to win the state championship. He is now on Pima College’s track team.
82. Izzy Galindo and Ilyssa Galindo
The father-daughter combo of Pueblo High School's girls basketball team has been productive. The Warriors went 26-2 last season and opened 8-2 this year as Ilyssa, a senior, is averaging 13 points per game.
81. Jayce Cunha and Marcus Castillo
As Mountain View rolled to the state wrestling championship, Cunha and Castillo won individual state titles. Cunha went 28-4 at 120 pounds and Castillo was 38-2 at 132 pounds.