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Academic All-Star of the Week
School: Tempe Prep Academy
Sport: Track and Field
Has a 4.9 GPA … Hurdler and short relay runner … Broke school record in the 300-meter hurdles on March 4 in the first meet of the year with 48:67 … Close to breaking 16 seconds for the 100-meter hurdles school record … Took second in Division IV state meet in the 300 hurdles as a freshman … Earned the United States Congressional Award Bronze Medal for more than 100 hours of volunteer service … Volunteers at the Maricopa Animal Shelter … “With volunteering and sports, it builds a mentality to want to do more,” she said …. Peer mediator at Tempe Prep … Competes in extemporaneous category in Speech and Debate … French Club member … Plays soccer at Tempe Prep, club soccer with AZ Arsenal 01 … “I think she’s put herself in the position to be state champ in both her hurdles events,” coach Melissa Brittain said.
Male Athlete of the Week presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
School: Buckeye Verrado
Has a 4.2 GPA … Starting pitcher … Won three games as of March 24 … Threw five innings in the second game of a doubleheader against Lake Havasu, giving up three hits and two earned runs, on March 22 … Pitched five innings in a one-hit shutout against Surprise Valley Vista on Feb. 23, and a five-inning, two-hit shutout against Chaparral on March 7 … Current ERA is .930 on an 11-1 team, as of March 24 … “Baseball shows you who you are and how you can handle things,” he said … Junior Class President … National Honor Society member … Plays club with the Angels Scout Team baseball … Played catcher until his sophomore year … Would like to play college baseball … “With his experience, background and consistency, we see him as a constant in the program,” coach Mark Flatten said.
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Female Athlete of the Week presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
Sport: Phoenix Pinnacle
Has a 4.0 GPA … Pitcher and outfielder … At the Desert Mountain Tournament, she went 12 for 22, had a .545 batting average, 20 RBIs, five HRs, one stolen base and a perfect fielding percentage … Also pitched for 16 innings, struck out 38, gave up one unearned run and gave up two hits in three games, making a 3-0 record on the mound … “I just like to contribute to the team,” she said … No. 1 in state for .230 ERA … Second in state for 10 HRs, third with 40 RBIs and 12 wins, and fourth with 126 batters struck out, as of March 24 … Plays club softball with the Oro Valley Suncats … AZ Airtime Enthusiasts Club e-board member … Society of Women Scholars member … Verbally committed to Arizona … “Watching her pitch is like watching a movie, it’s perfection,” coach Bobby Pena said.