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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have added a local player to the 2020 roster signing Edgar Poe, a football and track star from Cienega High School in Vail.

Poe, 6-foot-5, 208 pounds, appeared in 37 games in a four-year career at the U.S. Military Academy West Point. He caught 43 passes for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He earned three letters in football and four in track at Cienega High School and was voted to the All-Region football team during his senior year. He graduated in 2013.

Poe has two years of professional indoor football experience in the National Arena League where he played for the Maine Mammoths and the New York Streets.

Also joining the Sugar Skulls is Marvin Hart Jr., a 5’11, 182-pound defensive back from Stony Brook University in New York. Hart played in 25 games over three seasons at Stony Brook and recorded 43 tackles and four interceptions. He also returned kicks for the Seawolves.

Hart played his high school football at Lake Minneola High School in Minneola, Florida.

The Sugar Skulls now have 34 players signed for training camp. Players report to camp on March 3 and begin practice March 5 in preparation for the season opener on March 19 at the Cedar Rapids River Kings.

An open tryout for additional roster spots is set for Saturday, February 29, at Salpointe Catholic High School, 1545 E. Copper St. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the tryout will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The cost is $80 per player. Cash and money orders are the only acceptable forms of payment. All players intending to try out must register and sign a waiver to participate. The general public is invited to attend.

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena with the home opener on March 29 against the Duke City Gladiators. The regular season will go through June 27. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Single-game tickets go on sale on March 2.

The current 2020 roster is below:

Name Pos Ht Wt College
Brandon Bailey DB 6’1 185 Savannah State
Ryan Balentine WR 6'1 180 Southern Mississippi
Johnathan Banks QB 6'2 220 Tulane University
Linwood Banks DL 6’1 290 Grambling State
Adolphus Barnes OL 6'4 285 Eastern Illinois
Jermaine Berry WR 6'1 205 East Central University
Daniel Bowen PK 6'0 210 St. Bonaventure
Kordell Brewster OL 6'2 270 UL-Lafayette
BJ Butler DL 6’4 300 Louisville
Cory Butler DB/WR 5'9 180 Utah
Cam Gaddis DB 6'1 195 Pima Community College
Jajuan Harley DB 6'2 215 Middle Tennessee State
Jeremiah Harris WR 5'8 155 Webber International
Marvin Hart Jr. DB 5'11 182 Stony Brook University
Marquise Irvin WR 6’3 216 Mercer University
Randall Jackson-Clemons OL 6’4 301 Georgetown College
Mike Jones RB 5'11 210 Bethune-Cookman
TreQuan King RB 5'11 190 Texas Tech
DJ Loving OL 6’3 306 Grand View University
Tevin Madison DB 5’10 180 Texas Tech
Chris Martin DL 6’5 265 Florida
Kyle Martin DB 5’9 190 Arkansas State
Johnny McCrary QB 6'4 210 Vanderbilt 
Reggie McGee DL 6’1 240 Ball State
Warren Messer LB 5'11 227 Elon University
Robert Metz DL 6'4 240 Dixie State
Michael Minter Jr. DB 6,0 175 Middle Tennessee State
Daquan Neal QB 6'2 215 Elizabeth City State
Edgar Poe WR 6'5 208 U.S. Military Academy West Point
Koree Reed WR 6'0 185 Hartwick College
Antonio Rosales OL 6'4 300 San Diego State
Jeremy Schonbrunner OL 6’3 310 Temple University
Ryan Wood DB 6’1 200 Chadron State
Khalil Young DL 6’5 240 Mississippi Valley State

TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have re-signed offensive lineman Antonio Rosales, a proud member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, who spent the 2019 season with the Sugar Skulls.

The team also added a quarterback in a trade and signed a wide receiver and a kicker bringing the number of players signed to 32.

Rosales, a graduate of Tucson High School who grew up on the San Xavier Indian Reservation, appeared in 10 games with the Sugar Skulls last season on an offensive line that helped Tucson rank second in the league in rushing and had the IFL’s all-league running back in Mike Jones.

Rosales, 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, played at San Diego State where he started 28 games over a five-year career before joining the Sugar Skulls.

The three other additions to the roster are:

Johnathan Banks, 6’2, 230 pounds, quarterback, Tulane University. Banks started seven games during his senior season at Tulane in 2018 and finished with 1,074 yards passing and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared in 11 games in 2017 and passed for 1,797 yards and 12 touchdowns. Banks was acquired in a trade with the Green Bay Blizzard for future considerations.

Jermaine Berry, 6’1’, 205 pounds, wide receiver, East Central University. Before attending East Central, Banks played at San Francisco City College. He was invited to training camp with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League before last season.

Daniel Bowen, 6’0, 210 pounds, St. Bonaventure University. Although Bowen didn’t play football in college, he did play soccer at St. Bonaventure, starting in 15 games in two years with the team before embarking on a professional career as a placekicker. He played in four games with the Cape Fear Heroes of the American Arena League in 2019.

The Sugar Skulls now have 32 players signed for training camp. Players report to camp on March 3 and begin practice March 5 in preparation for the season opener on March 19 at the Cedar Rapids River Kings.

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena with the home opener on March 29 against the Duke City Gladiators. The regular season will go through June 27. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The current 2020 roster is below:

Name                                          Pos            Ht         Wt        College

Brandon Bailey                           DB              6’1        185       Savannah State

Ryan Balentine                           WR             6'1        180       Southern Mississippi

Johnathan Banks                        DL              6'2        230       Tulane University

Linwood Banks                           DL              6’1        290       Grambling State

Adolphus Barnes                        OL              6'4        285       Eastern Illinois

Jermaine Berry                           WR             6'1        205       East Central University

Daniel Bowen                             K                6'0        210       St. Bonaventure

Kordell Brewster                         OL              6'2        270       UL-Lafayette

BJ Butler                                     DL              6’4        300       Louisville

Cory Butler                                  DB/WR      5'9        180       Utah

Cam Gaddis                                DB              6'1        195       Pima Community College

Jajuan Harley                             DB              6'2        215       Middle Tennessee State

Jeremiah Harris                          WR             5'8        155       Webber International

Marquise Irvin                             WR             6’3        216       Mercer University

Randall Jackson-Clemons         OL              6’4        301       Georgetown College

Mike Jones                                 RB              5'11      210       Bethune-Cookman

TreQuan King                             RB              5'11      190       Texas Tech

DJ Loving                                    OL              6’3        306       Grand View University

Tevin Madison                            DB              5’10      180       Texas Tech

Chris Martin                                DL              6’5        265       Florida

Kyle Martin                                 DB              5’9        190       Arkansas State

Johnny McCrary                         QB             6'4        210       Vanderbilt

Reggie McGee                           DL              6’1        240       Ball State

Warren Messer                           LB              5'11      227       Elon University

Robert Metz                                DL              6'4        240       Dixie State

Michael Minter Jr.                       DB              6’0        175       Middle Tennessee State

Daquan Neal                               QB             6'2        215       Elizabeth City State

Koree Reed                                WR             6'0        185       Hartwick College

Antonio Rosales                         OL              6'4        300       San Diego State

Jeremy Schonbrunner                OL              6’3        310       Temple University

Ryan Wood                                 DB              6’1        200       Chadron State

Khalil Young                               DL              6’5        240       Mississippi Valley State

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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have named Kristi Lopez director of the Sugar Dolls dance team, bringing a nationally recognized coach and dancer to head the program.

Lopez is currently on the faculty of Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita as a dance teacher and is the head coach and choreographer for the school’s PAC Dance Team. The dance team, formed in 2011, has been a viral sensation on YouTube with its elaborate dance routines and staging. The team’s YouTube videos have generated more than 100 million views for their themed performances of Disney’s Pixar, the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and the Marvel superheroes. Lopez will continue her duties at Walden Grove and the PAC Dance Team in addition to her role with the Sugar Dolls.

“Kristi’s resume as a dancer, choreographer and coach is unmatched in our community and we are ecstatic that she’s decided to join our organization,” said Sugar Skulls Owner Cathy Guy. “We are committed to giving fans the best experience when they come to our games and the Sugar Dolls are a big part of the show. Kristi will take our team to a much higher level at games and in the community.”

Lopez is originally from Southern California and grew up in Florida where she joined a professional ballet company at the age of 13. She moved to Arizona when her father, Andy Lopez, became the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats baseball team for the 2002 season.

She graduated from Sabino High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the UA School of Dance. In 2004, she won the Ms. Dance Arizona competition and competed for the national title of Ms. Dance USA. While in college, she performed with a number of dance companies and also taught ballet and technique classes at dance studios and high schools throughout the community. In addition to her dance degree, Lopez earned a degree in elementary education from the UA.

In 2009, Lopez joined her sister, Kerri Lopez-Howell, as a dance team coach at Sabino High School where they won back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011. She then started the dance program at Walden Grove and formed the PAC Dance Team which has grown from 60 students to 200.

Lopez was named Walden Grove Teacher of the Year in 2014, Sahuarita Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2014, Circle K Teacher of the Year in 2015, and Tucson Hip-Hop Teacher Honoree in 2017.

“I am extremely excited and humbled for the opportunity to coach and direct dance at the professional level,” Lopez said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of making the Sugar Dolls an integral part of the Sugar Skulls organization. I’m eager to work closely with the organization and the community of Tucson.”

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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have signed defensive lineman BJ Butler, a four-year veteran of the Indoor Football League who spent the last three years with the Iowa Barnstormers.

Butler, 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, has 119 career tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 17 passes broken up. He intercepted three passes as a rookie with the Billings Wolves in 2016.

He had a pair of tackles and broke up a pass when Iowa defeated the Sugar Skulls, 61-58, in Tucson last season.

Butler played four years at the University of Louisville where he became a starter on the defensive line as a true freshman. He also played tight end and fullback for the Cardinals. He is from Kissimmee, Fla., and played quarterback at Osceola High School.

The current roster is below:

Name Pos Ht Wt College
Brandon Bailey DB 6’1 185 Savannah State
Ryan Balentine WR 6'1 180 Southern Mississippi
Linwood Banks DL 6’1 290 Grambling State
Adolphus Barnes OL 6'4 285 Eastern Illinois
Kordell Brewster OL 6'2 270 UL-Lafayette
BJ Butler DL 6’4 300 Louisville
Cory Butler DB/WR 5'9 180 Utah
Cam Gaddis DB 6'1 195 Pima Community College
Jajuan Harley DB 6'2 215 Middle Tennessee State
Jeremiah Harris WR 5'8 155 Webber International
Marquise Irvin WR 6’3 216 Mercer University
Randall Jackson-Clemons OL 6’4 301 Georgetown College
Mike Jones RB 5'11 210 Bethune-Cookman
Lawrence Keys OL 6'2 300 UNC-Pembroke
TreQuan King RB 5'11 190 Texas Tech
DJ Loving OL 6’3 306 Grand View University
Kyle Martin DB 5’9 190 Arkansas State
Tevin Madison DB 5’10 180 Texas Tech
Chris Martin DL 6’5 265 Florida
Johnny McCrary QB 6'4 210 Vanderbilt
Reggie McGee DL 6’1 240 Ball State
Warren Messer LB 5'11 227 Elon University
Robert Metz DL 6'4 240 Dixie State
Michael Minter Jr. DB 6,0 175 Middle Tennessee State
Daquan Neal QB 6'2 215 Elizabeth City State
Koree Reed WR 6'0 185 Hartwick College
Jeremy Schonbrunner OL 6’3 310 Temple University
Kent Shelby WR 6'2 210 McNeese State
Ryan Wood DB 6’1 200 Chadron State
Khalil Young DL 6’5 240 Mississippi Valley State

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena with the home opener on March 29 versus the Duke City Gladiators. The regular season will go through June 27. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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