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 (1027 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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