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The Indian Wells Roadrunners had a very successful basketball season this year, bringing home the Nava-Hopi Area Junior High League (NHAJHL) Championship.
A total of 28 players were split between the A and the B teams, and each team experienced a tremendous amount of growth from the start of the season to the end.
Cory Hollins’ squad had a lot of youth on the team. Diyanii Yazzie, Shayne Halwood and Ronald Peters were returning players who led the team most of the way. Upcoming stars like Tristan Long and Ethan Bahe had a strong season. Coach Hollins’ boys finished with a 6-5 record, grabbing the fourth seed in tournament play, where they battled a tough Second Mesa team that ended their season.
Coach Daniel Orton’s group rolled through the conference unbeaten and grabbed the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Theron Olney, Tyler Paul, and Hadley Wilson came back strong this year. During the tournament several players filled significant roles to help the Roadrunners reach the championship game. Kevin Kanuho and Blayne Nelson played strong and shot the ball well in the tournament. Corbin Charley was a defense stopper with some game-changing blocks in the semi-final game against Second Mesa, proving to be the difference needed and pulling out a close game for his team. Jaren Yazzie and Jaken Todacheenie were everywhere they needed to be to help their team win the championship game against Little Singer.
On Feb. 13 the team celebrated a tournament day full of hard-fought wins. Coach Orton commented, “The commitment these kids make from the start of November through the month of February is remarkable. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you can only feel exuberant for these kids because they have reached a goal that is very difficult to do.”

Photo courtesy of Indian Wells Elementary School The Indian Wells Elementary School Roadrunners capped a perfect season by winning the Nava-Hopi Area Junior High League Tournament. The team includes (front row, left to right) Jeremiah Yazzie, Jaren Yazzie, (middle row) Duran Clark, Jonathan Keyonnie, Jaken Todacheenie, Tyrell Yazzie, Daylon Nez, Theron Olney, Tyler Paul, (back row) Coach Daniel Orton, Blayne Nelson, Corbin Charley, Hadley Wilson and Kevin Kanuho.

Photo courtesy of Indian Wells Elementary School
The Indian Wells Elementary School Roadrunners capped a perfect season by winning the Nava-Hopi Area Junior High League Tournament. The team includes (front row, left to right) Jeremiah Yazzie, Jaren Yazzie, (middle row) Duran Clark, Jonathan Keyonnie, Jaken Todacheenie, Tyrell Yazzie, Daylon Nez, Theron Olney, Tyler Paul, (back row) Coach Daniel Orton, Blayne Nelson, Corbin Charley, Hadley Wilson and Kevin Kanuho.