NTUA recognizes students with sportsmanship awards
FORT DEFIANCE- The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) recently handed out sportsmanship awards to regional high school basketball players. Each year, NTUA presents the awards to basketball players who have demonstrated overall academic performance and team leadership.
"The students are nominated by their athletic directors, counselors, and coaches," said Bill Johnson, who coordinates the District AA and AAA awards for northwestern New Mexico, and works as a Master Systems Operator for the NTUA Crownpoint office.
"The selections are based on grade point averages, school attendance, coachability, and general positive attitudes, both on and off the basketball courts," Johnson said. "So it's a balance between athletic ability and academic achievement. These are qualities that we believe set the foundation of sportsmanship."
A majority of the presentations in Arizona and New Mexico were made during the regional and district playoffs before thousands of Navajo area basketball fans.
"We wanted to highlight and recognize sportsmanship," said NTUA Interim General Manager Kenneth L. Craig.
"At NTUA, our core values are teamwork and respect, and sportsmanship falls under those categories," Mr. Craig said. "These awards honor students who work hard on and off the basketball court, demonstrating that academics is just as important as athletics."
The 2007 NTUA Sportsmanship Team for New Mexico and Arizona are as follows:
New Mexico-Fort Wingate Bears (Johnathon Easley, Amber Arviso); Tohatchi Cougars (Casey Begay, Andrea Jackson); Bloomfield Bobcats (Shea Valdez, Lindsay Candelaria); Crownpoint Eagles (Revis Delgarito, Samantha Enrico); Newcomb Skyhawks (Tyrel Jim, Shundiin Jones); Zuni Thunderbirds (Brandon Tsethlikai, Druanne Yuselew); Navajo Pine Warriors (Pernell Begaye, Stacy Etsitty); Navajo Prep Eagles (Gerard Lameman, Antonina Dee); Pinehill Warriors (Aaron Celorio, Vanessa Frank); Ramah Mustangs (Joe Jordan, Shawna Woody); and Rehoboth Lynx (Shane James, Rebecca Ortega).
Arizona-Hopi Bruins (Micheal Lomatewama, Amanda Clark); Chinle Wildcats (Beau Natay, Eltasha James); Window Rock Scouts (Darren Damon, Lataja Johnson); Ganado Hornets (Ryan Roanhorse, Gabrielle Curtis); Greyhills Knights (William Bejolie, Taryn Yazzie); Tuba City Warriors (Darin Dugi, LaShona Martin); Winslow Bulldogs (Pete Armenta, Elisha Billie); and Monument Valley Mustangs (Questin Tootsie, Ingrique Salt).
Student athletes received award jackets and certificates, and a "well done" message from NTUA. NTUA also congratulates family members and coaches who guided and supported their athletes throughout the 2006-2007 regional high school basketball season.
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