TUBA CITY, Ariz. - It's an honor to be selected as the Athlete of the Year by one's high school but to be honored as an Academic Athlete of the Year as well doubles the prestige. The awards come from high school sports coaches and newspapers.
Tate Tsingine and Christian Begody, both graduating seniors from Tuba City High School, earned the female and male Athletes of the Year and were also honored with the male and female Academic Athletes of the Year awards for 2015 during a recent banquet at Warrior Pavilion.
A packed house of parents, extended family and sports supporters in the pavilion enjoyed a nice meal and and awards ceremony with the coaches of twelve different sports categories including wrestling, marine junior ROTC, fall-winter cheerleading, football, cross country, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, softball, track and field, baseball and chess.
Ten out of the twelve Tuba City High School sports qualified for the 2015 Arizona State high school finals this year.
Wrestling coach Brandon Williams was the Coach of the Year as well.
Tsingine, who recently signed with Central Arizona College (CAC) to play women's basketball, has been the Lady Warriors go to player. At 5 foot 10.5 inches tall, she used her height to reach up and take the ball for key rebounds.
As one of the top players in the state of Arizona, Tsingine is the lone Arizona high school senior CAC recruited this year. Tsingine played in 27 of Tuba City's 33 games. She averaged 17.5 points per game. The Tuba City High Lady Warriors completed their season with a 23-10 record as the Division III State runner up.
Tsingine is a three-time Arizona Republic All State Team member, including first team her junior and senior years. She was named to the Navajo Times All Stars three years in a row. She was selected to All Section and All Division for three years. Maxpreps named her to the All Arizona Academic Team.
As a senior, Tsingine was named to the Arizona Republic's First Team All State. As a junior she was named as the Arizona Republic honorable mention. She was also selected for the All American United Dairymen Award and as a sophomore she was a member of the Lady Warriors state championship squad.
Christian Begody, the son of Sophia and Jason Begody of Tuba City, is 18 years old and has a bright future ahead of him in the field of health care. He will attend Grand Canyon University this coming fall.
Begody, who took both Male Athlete of the Year and Male Academic Athlete of the Year for Tuba City High, was ecstatic to hear his name called by head basketball coach Ryan Brown at the end of the year banquet.
Begody was the Arizona Division III-Section I player of the year and made the All Section First Team and AZ Centrals All State 2nd Team and Arizona Division III Honorable Mention Team. There could not have been a better choice, according to Brown.
"Christian is a really bright kid," Brown said. "And his brightness was displayed not just in the classroom but on the basketball court as well. His strategy, his team focused skills, his ability to work with other players. Christian absolutely defines the title of student athlete because he's balanced his academics and his sports so well. He is the most hardworking student I've ever encountered as a coach. The amazing support he receives from his parents and family is really great and with their continued support, Christian will totally succeed as an adult. It's truly been an honor to know this young man and I just wish him the absolute best."
Tuba City Unified School District Governing Board President William Longreed said the year-end banquet for sports programs at Tuba City High is a celebration of the blending of successful academics with healthy sports activity.
"Most of these student athletes not just succeeded in their chosen sports areas but they are also members of the National Honor Society, and that makes us all so very proud," Longreed said.