Baja Arizona Notes: Summer Avery, Jaclyn Inclan, Jesse Simpson, Alex Gamez, and Pabel Martinez

Summer Avery (Lemesos Volleyball)

Former Catalina Basketball Player Jesse Simpson Appointed University of Redlands Assistant

Former Highlight Catalina Jesse Simpson was named assistant coach at the University of Redlands this week. Simpson played at Fitchburg State University and Spain while serving as an assistant coach at Pusch Ridge until 2021. Simpson served as an assistant coach at Westminster College in Salt Lake City after Pusch Ridge.

Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division III level.

Former baseball players from St. Augustine, Alex Gamez and Pabel Martinez, are on the next level

Alex Gamez (New Mexico JC) was a utility player with St. Augustine, where he hit .408 with 21 RBI while collecting 59 strikeouts on the mound in 37 shifts as a senior. Gamez joins former Sunnyside game Geraldo Grijalva in the Thunderbird list.

Pabel Martinez (Adams State) hit .354 as a senior 12 RBI and 6 doubles. Martinez joins former Tucson player Orlando Romeroformer standout Rincon/UHS Vila Alfredo and the former Flowing Wells highlight Caleb Raney in the Grizzly roster.

Former Ironwood Ridge and Arizona player Jaclyn Inclan passes 2,000 career assists

Former Ironwood Ridge Point Guard Jaclyn Inclan managed over 1,000 career assists with Chicago State. Inclan started on the University of Arizona Beach team after high school before moving to New Mexico to play on court, where he recorded 1,182 assists. She now has 1,390 assists with the Cougars.

Summer Avery, Former Tucson High Standout, Retires From Professional Volleyball

Avery summer played indoor and beach volleyball for San Jose State and California Baptist after winning Southern Arizona Player of the Year with the Badgers in 2013. Avery went on to play for Lemesos Volleyball in Cyprus (2019-2022), where she also served as head coach. . Lemesos was elevated to the top flight under Avery’s leadership.


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