Copper Corridor teams well represented in AIA rankings

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The AIA released its first rankings, or “seedings,” and statistical leaders of the season last week. Several teams and players from the Copper Corridor are among the state’s leaders.

San Manuel (1st ), Superior (2nd), and Ray (5th) occupy three of the top five spots in the Division IV softball state seedings.

In baseball, San Manuel (4th) and Ray (6th) take up two of the top six teams in Division IV. The top 24 teams qualify for the state playoffs. As of Apr. 7, Superior’s seeding was 21st. If the playoffs started today, the Panthers would qualify.

Several softball players are ranked at, or near, the top of several statistical categories and are broken down by school:

Ray – Stormee Galka (ERA, HR, Runs, Stolen Bases, K’s, and Wins), Savannah Willis (Catching and Stolen Bases), and Lucy Sainz (Stolen Bases).

Superior – Hunter Flanagan (Batting Avg.) and Ivie Lopez (Wins).

San Manuel – Lyana Waddell (ERA, K’s, and Wins), Alyssa Cuellar (HR), and Felicia Medina (RBI, Runs, and SLG Pct.).

The baseball players ranked at, or near, the top of statistical categories include:

Ray – Destry Yocum (Batting Avg., On-Base Pct., and SLG Pct.), Jacob Pace (ERA), Dominic Bravo (Stolen Bases).

Superior – Nicholas Cruz (Stolen Bases).

For a complete listing of the seedings and statistical categories, please visit www.aia365.com.

Andy Luberda (899 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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