Possibly the top girls distance runner in state history, Schadler was undefeated in the prep track and cross country seasons. The Rio Rico High senior won state championships in the 1,600, 3,200 and cross country finals and chose to sign with Pac-12 champion Washington over offers from Stanford and Harvard.
Winning his first Gold Glove in 11 MLB seasons, the CDO grad, a second baseman for the Detroit Tigers, produced one of his finest big-league seasons with 28 homers, 83 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and a .288 batting average.
The CDO, Pima College and FC Tucson standout has started 44 games for Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact the last two seasons, a key defender who played 1,365 minutes in 2016. He was taken first overall in this month's expansion draft by Atlanta and traded to Orlando City.
No one was more influential and active in the relocation of the American Hockey League's Tucson Roadrunners than McCusker, chairman of the Rio Nuevo Tax District. He spent $3.2 million to upgrade the Tucson Arena to accommodate Triple-A hockey.
A first-team NJCAA All-America point guard, Stallworth, from Palo Verde High School, averaged 16 points as the Aztecs went 28-8 and finished No. 3 in the nation; she is averaging 13.2 points for this season’s PCC team, which spent a month ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA.
Arizona’s top-of-the-order dynamos ranked 1-2 in the Pac-12 in hits, with 107 and 102, respectively. Gibbons, an outfielder, hit .385 and Ramer, a second baseman, hit .348, leading the Wildcats to the national championship finals. Both then hit .351 and .338, respectively for the Orem Owlz in their first summer of pro baseball.
The Salpointe Catholic grad rose through the ranks of the San Francisco Giants organization this year, starting at Single-A, moving up to Double-A and finishing the season at Triple-A Sacramento. The former fifth-round pick's combined stats: 119 innings pitched, 111 strikeouts and 11 victories even though he started just 16 games.
The Sunnyside junior is the fifth-ranked wrestler, all weight classes, from the high school Class of 2018 after extending his prep record to 83-0 with a second state title. He then won the U.S. Cadet championships in July, made the USA junior team in a September meet in Europe, and then won the “Who’s No. 1?’’ title in Pennsylvania in October.
Quite a freshman season at Arizona for the golfer from San Diego: she finished tied for second in the NCAA finals, was ninth in the Pac-12 and posted two top-3 finishes in Arizona’s fall season. She is ranked No. 12 nationally by Golfweek.
In his 10th year as Pima College’s women’s basketball coach, Holthaus led the Aztecs to third place in the NJCAA finals in the spring. In the fall/winter, he won his 200th game at PCC as the Aztecs rose to the NJCAA’s No. 1 ranking.
A freshman at Arizona, Summerset broke the state record in the high jump (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches), won the state title and matched that height by winning the Junior Olympics national championship in Sacramento in July.
An All-Pac-12 first-team pitcher, Arizona’s senior right-hander went 12-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 142 innings, leading the Pac-12 with 114 strikeouts and helping the Wildcats to the College World Series finals.
To cap his third season in pro baseball, the Sahuaro product was named to the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars game. The outfielder hit .273 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers and was named baseball’s No. 45 overall prospect by MLB.com.
In her sophomore season at Arizona, Quihuis won the Wildcat Invitational golf title, shooting 7 under par, and tied for fifth in the Pac-12 championships. The Salpointe Catholic grad has climbed to No. 26 in the NCAA individual rankings.
Husband/father Mark coached Catalina Foothills’ state championship softball team. Wife/mother Kristie coached the Falcons’ girls’ tennis team to No. 2 in the state finals. Daughter Natalie hit .317 as a regular for Foothills’ championship softball team.
In his third season as Ironwood Ridge’s softball coach, the former championship baseball coach at Pima College and New Mexico piloted the Nighthawks to a second state championship in three years, finishing 33-4.
Starting 10 times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, mostly as a replacement for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 23-year-old Ironwood Ridge High grad had a season’s best sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in November, after he won the pole position.
After winning the state title as a sophomore, the CDO discus thrower broke the state Class 4A record (set in 1993) with a distance of 202 feet as a junior. He then finished second in the North Carolina New Balance national championships before signing to compete for Arizona.
Needing to win the season’s final seven matches to win the state volleyball championship, Moore-Martin’s Salpointe Catholic team did just that, finishing 33-8 to capture the first state volleyball title for a Tucson girls team in more than 20 years.
Only 34, Brase coached the NBA D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 29-21 record, fifth best in the league, and to the playoffs. The former Catalina Foothills, Central Arizona College and UA basketball player is in his sixth year in the Houston Rockets system.
Now a senior at Arizona, Watson reached the semifinals in the 400 hurdles at the Rio Olympics for her native Canada. She also helped Canada finish fourth overall in the 4x400 relay. She was third in the NCAAs in the 400 hurdles finals.
The married rodeo couple from Marana had a banner year with both qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo. In 2016, Cervi was No. 4 in the world in barrel racing with $248,000 and Petska was No. 8 among tie-down roping heelers with $190,000.
A junior at NAU, the Salpointe Catholic grad was a valuable part of the Lumberjacks’ compelling NCAA cross country championship team, finishing 37th overall and fifth in the Big Sky finals. He was also 19th in the NCAA 1,500-meter finals in June after winning the Big Sky championship.
For the first time, the Rincon High grad officiated the Pac-12 basketball tournament championship game. Rastatter then worked his seventh consecutive NCAA tournament, reaching the Elite Eight, working the Kansas-Villanova game.
At the state track meet, the Sahuaro junior won the 100 hurdles, finished second in the long jump at 18-4¾, and was fourth in the 400 hurdles. In the volleyball season, she was an all-state caliber player for the 25-3 Cougars.
Drafted in the eighth round, 2015, as a third baseman out of Salpointe Catholic, Sands was turned into a catcher this year by the New York Yankees. He hit .286 in three Rookie League assignments and was named one of the Yankees’ Top 30 prospects by MLB.com.
The senior golfer at Catalina Foothills, who has signed to play at Arizona, participated in a double triumph: He shot 71-71 to win the individual state championship, helping his team, the Falcons, capture the state title.
As a baseball coach, Gleeson coached a state championship baseball teams at Flowing Wells but his work as the executive director at the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame has been exemplary. Gleeson retired after the Class of 2016 was inducted.
In his first season at Pima College, the Mountain View High grad led the Western States Football League with an average of 93 receiving yards per game and 19.5 yards per catch. He was a first-team All-WSFL choice.
In perhaps the greatest year of sports in Pima College’s 45-year history, Soto, the athletic director, guided the Aztecs to No. 5 in the NJCAA rankings that determine the nation’s top overall JC athletic department.
The Pac-12’s men’s Diver of the Year finished second in the NCAA platform and 1-meter events for Arizona, then finished seventh in the Rio Olympics 10-meter diving competition for his native Puerto Rico.
Farhang, the founder of the Arizona Bowl, and Feder, a first-year executive director, led a push that resulted in getting the 9-3 Air Force Falcons for the 2016 game, after the bowl’s first year returned more than $90,000 to Tucson youth charities.
After their on-field football officiating careers in the Pac-12 ended, Fogltance and Robinson became TV replays officials. They advanced through the league’s merit system to work the Colorado-Washington league championship game.
One of the top all-around athletes in Tucson football history, Sabino’s quarterback/receiver/defensive back accounted for 1,177 passing yards, 901 rushing yards and 564 receiving yards as the Sabercats reached the Class 3A state championship game.
Navy’s defensive football captain made 23 tackles before being injured (foot) in October, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. The Cienega grad, a three-year starter, was second in tackles for the Midshipmen and has been commissioned a second lieutenant to the Marines.
After playing for the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies in 2015-16, the Palo Verde grad played in the Chinese pro league before signing for 2016-17 with Anadolu Efes of Turkey in the EuroLeague, where he averages 10.4 points.
Averaging a double-double at Sunnyside, 19 points and 11 rebounds a game, Inclan led the Blue Devils to a 23-6 record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He then registered five consecutive double-doubles for South Mountain Community College.
In her final year at Colorado, the Marana High grad averaged 13.5 points and seven rebounds, boosting her career scoring total to 1,245 points. She then signed to play for a Luxembourg EuroLeague team.
A sophomore gymnast at Sabino, Mariani won five all-around championships in 2016 and was 12th in all-around competition at the U.S. Junior Olympics. She was invited to join the USA Olympic team’s tour on a stop in Phoenix.
A former basketball standout at Tucson High and Pima College, Smith averaged 20.8 points for Adams State, was an All-RMAC first-team selection and is averaging 15.4 points for the Akademik Bulteks of Bulgaria’s EuroLeague.
One of the leading sophomore football players in Arizona, Padilla, a running back, gained 1,427 yards for Salpointe Catholic, scoring 18 touchdowns, and gaining 212 yards in a state quarterfinal game against Tempe Marcos de Niza.
In her final home game after four years as Baylor’s starting catcher, Landrith, an Ironwood Ridge grad, hit a walk-off home run and caught a no-hitter. She helped Baylor win 45 games and reach the NCAA regionals.
After the Tucson High defensive back earned a place on No. 1 Alabama’s football roster, he was awarded with a scholarship. Wallace has 11 tackles for the Crimson Tide as a nickel back and special teams player.
In 34 starts for Baylor’s 22-win, NCAA tournament team, the Amphitheater High grad averaged 8.9 points and 6.5 assists as the Bears’ starting point guard. He is averaging 18 points for Falco KC in Hungary’s EuroLeague.