High School athletes from northern Arizona and New Mexico and southern Utah were honored in a well attended ceremony at Gallup, N.M. on Nov. 21. The event is sponsored annually by The Navajo Times newspaper. Athletes and coaches honored receive T-shirts, plaques and other awards.
Former Winslow High School Coach Emil Nasser was the keynote speaker and delivered an address on the virtues of athletic participation, good citizenship, good health practices and the appreciation of the efforts of others. His address was well received by the audience of at least several hundred athletes, coaches, parents and well-wishers.
Awards were given to athletes who participated in football, cross country and volleyball. Winslow was represented in the cross country awards by Arizona State 3A Champion Janeen Yazzie from the girls' team and Kyle Whitehair from the boys' team. The cross country runners were accompanied by Coach Sal Hernandez.
Winslow High School football players and coaches garnered a number of awards, but were not present to accept. The team was in training for its Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Game encounter with Coolidge. WHS Coach Adam Larsen was named the Region Football Coach of the Year. Bulldog quarterback Jordan Payne was selected as the Region Football Player of the Year. Mario Peralto was selected as the Region Defensive Player of the Year. Cory Dean, Justin Powell and Nick Anderson were honored as members of the All Region Defensive Team. Clint MacLean was honored as a member of the All Region Offensive Team.
The Navajo Times also sponsors a banquet in the spring in which athletes from the winter and spring sports are honored.