Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Aug. 04

TC Junior High Girls 2006 Basketball Team posts 25-3 record
Angel Tacheene named to Arizona All-Star Team

Photo courtesy of Kim Williams
From March 17-19, these Tuba City  Junior  High students, Tessie Tallsalt, left, Angel Tacheene and Tanisha Tso attended the Arizona Junior High National Girls Basketball Try outs at ASU in Tempe.

Photo courtesy of Kim Williams From March 17-19, these Tuba City Junior High students, Tessie Tallsalt, left, Angel Tacheene and Tanisha Tso attended the Arizona Junior High National Girls Basketball Try outs at ASU in Tempe.

TUBA CITY -- TC Junior High Girls 2006Basketball Team won in a league where they defeated all the schools in their region, with a record of 9-0.

A final posting of their season record yielded a 25-3 record for TC Junior High Coach Kim Williams and her winning team, which featured Angel Tacheene as the only Native American and Navajo Nation member to be selected for the "Elite Team."

Of the 20 teams that competed, TC Junior High was the only reservation area team that placed in the Arizona Large School Basketball Tournament held in Phoenix.

Coach Williams, nominated three of her players to represent Arizona in the National Junior High Tournament that will be held in San Diego, California this coming August 2006.

This particular junior high tournament will be sponsored by clothing manufacture, ADIDAS.

All three of William's team members have already received such notable accolades as

Most Valuable Player and All Tournament Awards throughout the 2005-06 season.

From this three-member nomination, Angel Tacheene made the Tournament All-Star Team.

Tacheene is the only native and Navajo Nation representative on the Arizona All-Star Team.

Players who make this select team, will represent the state of Arizona in this tournament.

"As her coach, I had the opportunity to move Angel towards a more competitive but still humble recognition," Williams said. "Angel is well deserving of this special honor. She has worked hard in practice and in the games throughout the season."

Coach Williams also pointed out Angel has adhered to a practice regimen, maintained high grades and displayed positive character and attitude throughout this year.

"She has been on our junior high school A Honor Roll all year. Her greatest asset is her ability to get the ball to her team mates, being aggressive on offense and playing outstanding on defense." She averaged 8 assists per game, 6 points per game and 3 rebounds.

"I am certain that a large part of Angel's success in both school and basketball has come from the encouragement and involvement in her activities by her parents, Vernon and Daisy Tacheene," Coach Williams said. "I am proud and pleased with her recent selection to this All Star Team. She will represent Tuba City District, the Navajo Nation and Arizona very well."

For more information about Coach Kim Williams and her winning Junior High Basketball program call the Tuba City Junior High School at 928-283-1058 or the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)

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