Each week, the azcentral.com Sports Awards, presented by Arby’s, will honor two Athletes of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, and an Academic All-Star of the Week, presented by Fry’s.
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Academic All-Star of the Week, presented by Fry’s
School: Phoenix Christian
Has a 3.5 GPA … Shortstop and pitcher … Went 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 45 strikeouts his junior season … Pitched for the 3A state championship team … “I knew it was going to be a tough game, but I knew we could push through and play hard,” he said … Honors and AP student … National Honor Society member … Hopes to play college baseball … “He’s so respectful and has this quiet confidence in him,” coach Mark Band said. “He’s not so confident that he comes across as arrogant.”
Male Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
School: Anthem Boulder Creek
Has a 3.4 GPA … Outside hitter … Second in state for .471 hitting percentage, third in state for 414 kills and fifth in state for 59 serving aces … “I really like the teamwork aspect of (volleyball) and how competitive it can get,” he said … Used to play basketball until a coach recommended he try volleyball … Playing volleyball since seventh grade … Committed to McKendree University … “You could tell right off the bat that he was a natural athlete,” coach Taylor Stallman.
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Female Athlete of the Week presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
School: Chandler Hamilton
Has a 3.9 GPA … Outfield and pitcher … Has a .500 batting average and 37 RBIs for the season … Has a 2.20 ERA and a 10-3 record … Played outfield for the 6A state championship … “My mindset, whether I’m an outfielder or a pitcher, is ‘give me the ball’ because I want to be involved,” she said … Hamilton softball’s 2017 Husky Award recipient, for leadership … Plays club for AZ Cats with Bruce Bonstrom … Committed to ASU … “She’s the one dancing and pumping everyone up,” coach Rocky Parra said.