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Mar 152013
 

With the state championships nearly two weeks in the mirror, the majority of the post-season awards have been handed out for boys’ and girls’ basketball. With area teams playing deep into both state tournaments, several local players have been tabbed with post-season honors.
Three different entities select those receiving post-season awards. The first is the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), where players and coaching awards are nominated and voted on by section and division coaches. Second is The Arizona Republic which has its own voting systems including its writers and a few polled coaches. Finally is the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association, where players are nominated and voted on by coaches from around the state.
Several girls received post-season honors led by Shandiin Armao of Winslow who was chosen as The Republic’s Small Schools Player of the Year and named to the First Team All State. She was also named First Team All Section and First Team All Division, and was also chosen to play in the Division I-IV Underclassmen All Star Game on May 18.
Mattea Begaii, also of Winslow, was named to the Second Team All State, as well as First Team All Division and First Team All Section. She was also chosen to play in the Senior All Star Game in May.
Holbrook’s Jessica Paz was named to the AIA’s First Team All Division, as well as the First Team All Section Team, and was selected to play in the Senior All Star Game in May.
Marcella Joe and Halle Hayes of Winslow were selected to the Second Team All Division and Second Team All Section Team. Hayes was chosen as an alternate for the All Division Underclassmen All Star Team. Teammate Laylane Benslow was also selected as an alternate for the Senior All Star game in May.
Holbrook’s Kaynasa Curley and Teyah Goldtooth were selected to The Republic’s Honorable Mention All State Team.
For the Joseph City Wildcats, Searra Hansen was selected to the First Team All State, as well as First Team All Section and Co-Player of the Year for Section III of Division IV. Kristin Baldwin was named to the First Team All Division, First Team All Section and Second Team All State, as well as Co-Player of the Year for Section III of Division IV. Brooke Baldwin was named to the First Team All Section Team. Madison Fields was selected to the Second Team All Section Team. Taylor Hill was named to second Team All Division, First Team All Section and Second Team All State. Kristen Baldwin, Hansen and Hill were all selected to play in the All Star Games in May.
For coaching, Justin Smith of Page and Greg Perkins of Holbrook were named Co-Section Coaches of the Year, and Coach Perkins was selected as the Division III Coach of the Year.
On the boys’ side, Jacob Fields and Wyatt Johnson, both of Joseph City, were named to the First and Second Team All Section for Section III of Division IV. Fields was also named to the Honorable Mention All State Team by The Republic and was selected to play in the Division IV Senior All Star Game in May.
Snowflake’s Reggie Petersen was named First Team All Section and Honorable Mention All State. Chase Walden was selected for the Second Team All Section and Honorable Mention All State. Rick Shumway was named to the Honorable Mention All State Team.
Michael Goldtooth of Winslow, and Snowflake’s Peterson and Walden were selected to play in the Senior All Star Game, with Fields of Joseph City as an alternate.
Holbrook’s Kyle Chee was named to the Honorable Mention All State Team by The Republic.

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