Winslow High althletes, coaches honored

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Winslow High School held its annual athletics assembly and reception on Wednesday and presented letters to 150 individual athletes. A majority of the athletes honored got awards for more than one sport or athletic accomplishment with many getting multiple awards.

Winslow High School won a state championship in support forces, was runners-up in girls' basketball and softball and collected a plethora of 3A North Region titles.

Among the primary awards given was the Emil Nasser Award which goes to the outstanding male senior athlete. The recipient of the Nasser Award was Stacey Berg who was outstanding in football, basketball and track. He has received a scholarship to play football and track at Dakota State and many expect him to also play basketball at that school.

The Carl Weatherton Award goes to the outstanding female senior athlete. That award went to Kiraly Kinlecheenie. She was outstanding in volleyball, girls' basketball and track.

Special awards were presented by coaches in each sport. Football coach Rusty Robertson gave the Offensive Player of the Year Award to Kraig Shirley, the Defensive Player of the Year Award to Wyatt DeWitt, the Bulldog Award to Stacey Berg and the Most Improved Award to Wendell Carter.

Cross country coach Sal Hernandez gave the Team Leader Award to Cedric Yazzie, the Most Improved Boy Award to Shylin Singer and the Most Improved Girl Award to Bernice Gover.

Volleyball coach Julie Thomas gave the Team Spirit Award to Shawna Nelson, the Best Offensive Player Award to Paige Shirley and the Most Valuable Player Awards to Jennifer Yazzie and Kiraly Kinlecheenie.

Boys' basketball coach Ricky Greer gave the Isaac Bonds Leadership Award to Stacey Berg, the Maroon and White Award to Matt Begay, the Bulldog Award to Jevon Estelle and the Most Improved Award to Sean Pugh.

Girls' basketball coach Don Petranovich was the master of ceremonies so assistant coach Becky Barris gave the Offensive Player of the Year Award to Kourtney Shirley, the Defensive Player of the Year Award to Cassandria Jackson, the Hustle Award to Shernise Ward, the Patty Benham Award to Samantha Sam and the Most Valuable Player Award to Kourtney Shirley.

It was also announced that Petranovich has been elected to the National Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Wrestling coach Lawrence Watson gave the Outstanding Lower Weight Award to Eddie Montano, the Outstanding Middle Weight Award to Keifer Gilbert, the Outstanding Upper Weight Award to Wyatt DeWitt and the Newcomer Award to Paul Jaramillo.

Baseball coach Art Griffith gave the Vargas Award to Roman Guzman, the Offensive Players of the Year Awards to Ty Hancock and Anthony Huerta, the Defensive Player of the Year Award to Levi Smith and the Rookie of the Year Award to Wendell Carter.

Softball coach Becky Barris gave the Offensive Player of the Year Award to Felicia Nagle, the Defensive Player of the Year Award to Gabby Stacey, the Rookie of the Year Award to Arianna Huerta, the Hustle Award to Bernice Gover and the Most Valuable Player Award to Jennifer Yazzie. It was also acknowledged that Barris had coached her 200th softball win this season.

Track coach Sal Hernandez gave the Male Runner of the Year Award to Stacey Berg, the Track Athlete of the Year Award to Cassandra Jackson, the Most Inspirational Award to Kiraly Kinlecheenie and the Most Dedicated Award to Johnny Montoya.

Golf coach Ted Pate gave the Low Stroke Average Award to David Aberle.

Support forces coach Tamie Ramsey gave the Captains Awards to Taylor Conatser, Amber Garner and Lyndsay Sheets. She also awarded state championship rings to the support forces team.

Elks awards went to Zach Zufelt for football, Melissa Jacobs for volleyball, April Belone and Jared Dickson for cross country, Kraig Shirley for boys' basketball, Gabby Stacey for girls' basketball, Zach Young for wrestling, Tommy Gomez for baseball, Mireya Ulibarri for softball, Tevin Renfro fro boys' track, Mystri Jodie for girls' track, Ashiq Haripershad for golf, Jessica Pipkins for cheer and Anna Ricks for pom line.

Pursuing Victory with Honor Awards went to Ty Hancock for football, Chelsea Goldtooth for volleyball, Janelle Fuson and Kyle Harvey for cross country, Dale Dixon for boys' basketball, Raquel Singer for girls' basketball, Pat Lomeli for wrestling, Jevon Estelle for baseball, Melissa Jacobs for softball, Melody Gonzales for girls' track, Cedric Yazzie for boys' track, David Aberle for golf, Amber Garner for support forces, R.C. Brown for captains council and Byron Shorty for student council.

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