On the 520th day, these T-Locs are making their hometown proud | National

Tucson is the only city that can claim Friday as a public holiday.

On 520 Day, we take a look at five Tucson athletes who are influencing their favorite sports. We will also list 20 that made the Old Pueblo proud. One caveat: Our list is limited to “T-Locs,” not Arizona Wildcats or local pro athletes who were born and raised elsewhere.

Here is our list, in no particular order:

the 5

Delaney Fast: The former Tucson High Diver won a silver medal in the 10-meter synchronized diving at the Summer Olympics. And last month, Schnell — an Arizona Wildcats standout — was named Pac-12 Diver of the Year for the second straight year. She was the platform of the conference and a meter champion in both 2021 and 22.


Texas running back Bijan Robinson, a former Salpointe Catholic High School star, is one of the favorites to win this fall’s Heisman Trophy.

Bijan Robinson: The former Salpointe Catholic High School running back, now a star for the Texas Longhorns, is one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy this season. Robinson is predicted by ESPN analyst Todd McShay to land in the first round of the 2023 draft. Robinson recently made news by agreeing to an endorsement deal with an Austin Lamborghini dealership.

Roman Bravo Young: “RBY,” a Sunnyside High School graduate now at Penn State, is a two-time national wrestling champion in the 133-pound weight class. The success is nothing new for the wrestling star, who recorded a perfect 182-0 in Sunnyside and is 80-9 in college. He has won 36 games in a row.

Audrey Jimenez: Jimenez, a 16-year-old who just finished her second season at Sunnyside, is one of the nation’s top wrestlers. Earlier this month, Jimenez was named Team USA Wrestler of the Week after her performance at the USMC Women’s Nationals in Texas, where she defeated three college contenders in the under-20 division. Jimenez is ranked as the top wrestler in her weight class; She will travel to Italy and Bulgaria for the World Championships this summer.

Alex Bowman: Driving the #48 car for the renowned Hendrick Motorsports, the Ironwood Ridge High School product won his seventh NASCAR race of his career in March when he placed first at the Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas.

The 20th

Abdi Abdirahman: Last summer, at the age of 44, the former star of Tucson High, Pima College and the Arizona Wildcats became the oldest American runner to ever run a marathon in the Olympics.

Blake Martinez: The former Canyon del Oro High School standout missed the 2021 NFL season with a cruciate ligament tear after signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the New York Giants.

Lathan Ransom: The Salpointe graduate earned snaps in Ohio State’s defensive secondary and finished the season with 38 tackles, a sack and five pass deflections before suffering a leg injury in the Rose Bowl.

Nick Gonzalez: The Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pick in the 2020 MLB draft shines for the Double-A Altoona Curve. MLB.com ranks Gonzales, a Cienega High School grad who played collegiately at New Mexico State, as the No. 1 in the Pirates’ system.

Kylie Wild: The Salpointe runner won a Division III state championship in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters and was part of a state championship relay team when the Lancers girls won a state title last weekend. In November, Wild won her second Division III cross-country state championship, beating the runner-up by more than 15 seconds.

Levi Wallace: The former Tucson High defenseman signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March after four seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Trevor Werbelo: The former Salpointe and UA standout won the Lake Charles Championship as part of the Korn Ferry Tour, a developmental tour for the PGA Tour.

Dominic Cruz: The product of Flowing Wells High School, a UFC fighter, won his bantamweight bout against Pedro Munhoz in December.

Ka’Deem Carey: Who says you have to play in the NFL to have a memorable pro football career? Carey, a former Canyon del Oro High School star and UA All-American running back, had 164 rushes for 869 yards and seven touchdowns for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders last season. Carey is back in Calgary for another year.

Trenton, Coben, Treyson and Rylen Bourguet: The Bourguet siblings are kings of sports. Trenton, a graduate of Marana High School, is applying for the job of Arizona State’s starting quarterback. Coben, a Salpointe graduate, is a walk-on wide receiver for the Sun Devils. Treyson Bourguet, a three-year starting quarterback at Salpointe, just signed to play football with Western Michigan. And Rylen, a junior at Salpointe, has won five combined state championships in girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball and beach volleyball.


Riley Nielson led Sabino to a Class 3A state softball championship last week.

Riley Nielson: With Nielson on the circuit, Sabino High School won another Class 3A state softball title last week. She finished that year with a 19-2 record as a starter.

Stanley Berry Hill: The ex-UA wide receiver from Tucson signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent.

Derick Busch: The former Salpointe defenseman signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent after a stellar career at Coastal Carolina.


Rincon/University’s Tanvi Narendran won the Division I girls’ singles tennis title earlier this month.

Tanvi Narendran: The standout tennis player from Rincon/University High School won the Division I girls’ singles title earlier this month. It was a banner spring for tennis in southern Arizona; Jared Perry of Catalina Foothills won the Division II boys’ singles title and the Falcons’ duo Austin Cohen and Grant Cohen won the Division II doubles title. Foothills won state team titles in both boys’ and girls’ tennis.

Carlie Scupin: The former Tucson High Badger hit 17 homers and a .368 batting average in her second season with the UA softball program.

Alex Verdugo: Fenway Park is a long way from Sahuaro High School, but it’s home to the Boston Red Sox’s left starting player.

Luis Gonzalez: The former Catalina Foothills High School baseball star hit his first major league home run in the San Francisco Giants’ 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers last month.

Kelsey Harshman: The former Sabino softball star won a bronze medal with Canada at the Tokyo Olympics.

Andre Jackson: The former Cienega pitcher made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

Elijah Rushing: The 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound Salpointe-based edge rusher is currently classified as a four-star contender in the 2024 class. He carries offerings from hometown Wildcats, as well as Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas, USC and Texas A&M.

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