The 2017 azcentral.com Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Year is Chaparral swimmer Ryan Hoffer. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The 2017 azcentral.com Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year is Rio Rico runner Allie Schadler. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Larry Fitzgerald talks with azcentral sports reporter Paola Boivin about the transition from high school athlete to college athlete, and finding people to help you decide the course of your life.
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Meet the finalists for Female Athlete of the Year in the azcentral.com Sports Awards. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Meet the finalists for the 2017 azcentral.com Sports Awards male athlete of the year. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald talks with azcentral sports reporter Paola Boivin about working with Kurt Warner and building up his football career.
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2017 azcentral.com Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Year
2017 azcentral.com Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year
Larry Fitzgerald reflects on the transition from high school to college football
azcentral.com Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year finalists
azcentral.com Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Larry Fitzgerald talks about working with Kurt Warner
Allie Schadler walked up the steps at ASU Gammage Sunday to accept her award as the Female Athlete of the Year at the azcentral.com Sport Awards.
It was the hundreds of thousands of steps Schadler had taken over the previous four years that got her to that point, though. The senior from Rio Rico won her fourth cross country state championship in the fall and then finished second in the Nike Cross Southwest Regionals and seventh at the Nike Cross Nationals.
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Amazingly, Schadler, who will continue her career at the University of Washington, only placed outside the top 10 twice in her four years at Rio Rico.
“I wasn’t expecting this award,” Schadler said. “I love having nights like these because it’s proof of all the hard work we put in.”
As the night ended and Schadler got one last picture with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, she shook her head and smiled as she thought about everything she’s accomplished at Rio Rico.
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“This means a lot,” she said. “I’m going to miss high school and all the people I competed against.”
Asked if it’s hard to believe her high school career is nearly over, Schadler said, simply, “Yes, it is.”
But what a way to go out.