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APS Power Player Awards 2007

 

The APS Power Player award is given to select individuals who demonstrate exceptional character and sportsmanship as a participant in the Grand Canyon State Games. Select athletes who display extraordinary character as defined by the six pillars of Character - - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship – will be identified by Games officials for consideration.

Hispanic Games
Native Games
Summer Games
Winter Games

 

 

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Power Player of the Year Award

Gymnastics

Ashley Edwards

 

The 2007 APS Power Player Award winner for Gymnastics is Ashley Edwards of Tucson . Simply competing in the Games this year was a huge accomplishment for Ashley as she has had to overcome a battle with cancer! Throughout her ordeal, Ashley was able to persevere through her strong ties to her sport and her team. Just as she was able to draw strength from her teammates, so too were they able to gain inspiration from her mere presence in the gym. No matter how she was feeling, she was always there to give support and encouragement to her team. Her work ethic is unquestionable, but it’s her quiet strength and leadership that earned her this recognition. Congratulations Ashley!

Hispanic Games

Baseball

Adrian Ouintero

 

The APS Power Player Award for the International Hispanic Games Baseball tournament was presented to Adrian Ouintero.Adrian is 14 years old and has been playing baseball since he was 9 years old. He is well respected by his team-mates and coaches. He is always upbeat and enthusiastic and works very hard at improving. His team-mates respond to his leadership and look up to him as a leader.

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Boxing

Bradley Tsosie

 

The APS Power Player award for the Sport of Boxing as part of the International Hispanic Games was presented to Bradley Tsosie. Bradley is a Native American Boxer who displayed unusual sportsmanship for his age. He was respectful to all officials and his fellow competitors. He cares deeply for his sport and was encouraging and even teaching some of the younger boxer during the competition.

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Golf

Michael N. Hauri

 

Michael N. Hauri, born 26 Aug 95, of Tucson , AZ. Michael has been involved in golf since the age of 7. Michael is a member of the Southern AZ Junior Golf Association and also plays in the SWPGA Antigua Tour. He is also involved in the Young Servant program at The Door Christian Fellowship Church and participates in children’s ministry doing drama and puppeteering. Michael has also published some of his drawings and cartoons in 2 local publications. Michael is an excellent role model for children to follow.

Olympic-Style Weightlifting

Sonoran Team

 

The APS Power Player Award for the International Hispanic Olympic-Style Weightlifting goes out to the Sonoran Team from Mexico.  The entire team displayed the Six Pillars of Character through their support and participation in this inaugural event.  This team of outstanding competitors won the School Age Mexican National Championship prior to this event.  Congratulations to the first ever APS Power Player Award winners for Olympic-Style Weightlifting in the International Hispanic Games.

Soccer

Sheryl Copeland

 

The 2007 International Hispanic Games in the sport of Soccer has presented the APS Power Player Award to Sheryl Copeland. Sheryl is a tireless and dedicated ambassador for the sport of Soccer in Arizona , both Youth and adult players. She is well respected and encourages all teams to compete hard but play by the rules. She has organized Leagues and tournaments for several years for all age soccer players. She is a team player and contributed to the success of the recent International Hispanic Games with David Felix and Juan Carlos Tirador in Tucson .

Swimming

Willie Brock


The 2007 Power Player Award Winner for the Sport of Swimming in the International Hispanic Games is Willie Brock. Willie has been involved in the sport of amateur swimming for many years. Willie swam at Sunnyside HS in Tucson . He is a dedicated and conscientious volunteer for many organizations including SAAA , USA Swimming and the March of Dimes. Congratulations to the 1st 2007 International Hispanic Games APS Power Player Award Winner.

BMX

Lauren Mulitalo

 

The 2007 International Hispanic Games APS Power Player Award for BMX Bike Racing was given to Lauren Mulitalo. Lauren is a dedicated rider and always gives her best when racing. Lauren is gracious whether winning or losing. She is always encouraging young riders to do their best and to keep practicing. Lauren is a role model for young riders and they always look to her for help as they attempt to become better riders.

 

Native Games

Basketball

Byron Tso

 

The APS Power Player Award Winner for Basketball was presented to Byron Tso. Byron is Director of the Fort McDowell Recreation Complex on the Fort McDowell Reservation. He was instrumental in allowing the facilities for Basketball to be used by the National Native American Games. He is well respected by co-workers and those utilizing the beautiful facility at For McDowell Recreation Center. He cares very much for the programs offered to patrons and will continue the tradition of excellent recreational opportunities to Fort McDowell athletes.

Basketball

Shawn Lytle

 

The 2007 APS Power Player Award in the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games was presented to Shawn Lytle. Shawn is Athletic Director as Salt River High in Scottsdale . Shawn was instrumental in allowing the Native American Games to use Salt River HS for the competition. Shawn is well respected and treats everyone with that same respect. He works with all ages at Salt River HS and is a role model and mentor for the kids in the Schools’ diversified programs. Shawn also had teams that he coached in the competition in addition to hosting the Games.

Cross Country

Tom Cooka

 

The APS Power Player Award for Native American Games Cross Country was awarded to Tom Cooka. Tom is 77 years old and runs virtually each day. He is an inspiration to younger runners and is very respectful of other runners and officials. Tom was the Native American Games oldest competitor in 2008 at 78 years of age. Tom is the perfect example of the Character Award.

Softball

City of Fountain Hills Softball Grounds Crew

 

The APS Power Player Winner in Native American Games Softball was given to the City of Fountain Hills Softball Grounds Crew . The Crew led by Anna Hershkowitz not only kept the Golden Eagle Park in Fountain Hills in beautiful shape but assisted the event in many ways and never complained. They saved the tournament after a downpour cancelled Saturday evening play. The crew worked on-site till midnight and was up again at 5am to successfully prepare the fields for play, which allowed the event to be completed. A very strong team effort.

Track

Nick Lewis


The APS Power Player Award for the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games was presented to Nick Lewis. Nick was continually encouraging all the younger athletes to fulfill their potential and to keep working hard. Nick was very respectful of the Games officials, other athletes and spectators. Nick optimized the spirit of the APS Power Player Award.

Volleyball

North Shore Team

 

The APS Power Player Award for the 2007 Lori Piestewa National Native Games Volleyball was awarded to the North Shore team. They were very respectful of all officials and other competitors. They were always will to help officiate and assist the tournament whenever possible. They also encouraged other teams and were gracious whether winning or losing throughout the tournament.

Summer Games

Badminton

Francis Hartojo

 

Francis Hartojo of Chandler, Arizona is our Summer Games 2007 Badminton APS Power Player Award recipient. Along with demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship for the seven years he has been a part of Arizona recreational and tournament badminton as a player, Francis has been an invaluable help behind the badminton scenes. For four years he has maintained and upgraded the Arizona Badminton Club's official website. Every year he assists in tournament operations at the GCSG's badminton event and other badminton tournaments. Francis first developed his interest in badminton in Jakarta , Indonesia at a young age. After moving to Arizona after high school about 18 years ago, he then re-discovered badminton here in 2000. He has been a great asset to our sport ever since.

Baseball

Andrew Roman

 

The 2007 APS Power Player Award in Baseball was presented to Andrew Roman from the Cesar Chavez High baseball team. Andrew is a very team oriented player and is well respected by his team-mates and coaches. He leads by example and is always encouraging his team to play its best. He is a role model to younger players and treats all umpires and officials with respect.

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Baton Twirling

Andrea Kurelowech

 

The APS Power Player for the Summer Games Baton Twirling is Andrea Kurelowech. Andrea is a senior in High School and an honor student. Andrea continually encourages competitors to do their best and work hard to reach their goals. She has become a mentor to other Baton Twirling athletes and is well respected by officials and coaches.

BMX

Gary Stone

 

The APS Power Paler Award Winner in the 2007 Summer Games BMX Bike racing was presented to Mr. Gary Stone. Gary has been a key official for many years. He races the older classes and knows the sport from a racer and race organizer. He is a role model and mentor to kids and many look to him for guidance. Gary is a good fit for the award as he posses many of the traits of the award represents.

Bowling

Travis Scott

 

The APS Power Player Award for Bowling was presented to Travis Scott. Travis displayed many of the traits of the 7 pillars of character during the Summer Games Bowling competition. Travis not only was very respectful to everyone involved and displayed great sportsmanship, but also volunteered to assist in the running of the event. Travis truly deserved this prestigious honor.

Diving

Goodyear Sharks Diving Team

 

The Summer Games APS Power Player award went to the Goodyear Sharks Diving Team from Goodyear. The entire team displayed great sportsmanship and respect for officials and other competitors throughout the competition. The team is lead by Coach Jerolyn Webb. She coaches nearly 40% of the Grand Canyon State Games division 2 Divers. The entire dive team is very deserving of this great honor.

Dodgeball

Tracie Fehringer

 

Tracie Fehringer was chosen as this year's APS Power Player in Dodgeball due to her great attitude and support of the game and its players. This year, Tracie was the most vocal person in the gym cheering for teams and encouraging everyone who played. She is one of the most supportive and positive individuals in the local dodgeball community and makes her presence known at every event she attends, the 2007 summer games was no exception. Tracie stepped up in a big way this year and helped officiate several games and volunteered several times throughout the day to help event staff.

Football

Next Level

 

The 2007 APS Power Player Award in the Fulton Homes Grand Canyon State Summer Games presented by APS for the sport of Flag Football is Next Level. The entire team Next Level Team showed a very high level of sportsmanship toward opponents, officials and event organizers. Next Level, as a team, displayed a lot of athleticism and loyalty to the State Games and Fast Action Football. They have played in all the State Games football events since 1999.

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Golf

Jared Carter

 

The APS Power Player award was presented to Jared Carter who was born November 17, 1977 with Down syndrome. He has been involved in Special Olympics golf since 1997. Jared loves the game and has learned a great deal throughout the years about good sportsmanship and getting along with his fellow athletes. He is the perfect example of what the power player award symbolizes. He is also an excellent bowler and has won many awards over the years.

Gymnastics

Ashley Edwards

 

The 2007 APS Power Player Award winner for Gymnastics is Ashley Edwards of Tucson . Simply competing in the Games this year was a huge accomplishment for Ashley as she has had to overcome a battle with cancer! Throughout her ordeal, Ashley was able to persevere through her strong ties to her sport and her team. Just as she was able to draw strength from her teammates, so too were they able to gain inspiration from her mere presence in the gym. No matter how she was feeling, she was always there to give support and encouragement to her team. Her work ethic is unquestionable, but it’s her quiet strength and leadership that earned her this recognition. Congratulations Ashley!

Judo

Josh Roman

 

The APS Power player award for Summer Games Judo was presented to Josh Roman. Josh is a hard working athlete who competed in 3 divisions in the Fulton Homes Grand Canyon State Games presented by APS. Josh is always encouraging young athletes to strive to be their best. He is always full of energy and has a strong competitive spirit. He is a good role model for young competitors and assists those athletes whenever possible during competitions.

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Karate

Jenny and Michael Szeto

 

The APS Power Player award winner for Karate is Michael and Jenny Szeto. Both have been training for several years and have demonstrated a great Karate spirit in their competitions. They both show great character and sportsmanship. They are always willing to move up to compete and are great role models for young athletes.

Mountain Bike

Fred Ivy

 

The 2007 Summer Games APS Power Player Winner in the sport of Mountain Biking is Fred Ivy. Fred’s positive, can do attitude is his strongest asset and made him standout form the other competitors. Mr. Ivy demonstrates his commitment to his own children by guiding them in a positive direction through sports lying the foundation for the six pillars of character.

Outdoor Volleyball

Down Dyrty

 

The APS Power Player award in Outdoor Sand Volleyball went to team Down Dyrty. Marco and Leslie exhibited great sportsmanship and character while competing in the 2-person co-ed A division. Both Marco and Leslie are long time supporters of the Grand Canyon State Games Sand Volleyball tournaments. Congratulations to Marco & Leslie

Power Player

Jessica Balistreri
Grand Canyon University

 

The APS Power Player Award for the 2007 Summer Games was presented to Jessica Balistreri from Grand Canyon University . Jessica played a large role in providing the great facilities available to the athletes of the Fulton Homes Grand Canyon State Summer Games presented by APS. Her crew was relentless in making sure the site was well maintained and safe for all competitors. Eight sports were played at Grand Canyon University during the Summer Games which included several hundred athletes, coaches and spectators. Job well done to Jessica and the crew at Grand Canyon University .

Shooting

Ricky Miller

 

The 2007 Fulton Homes Grand Canyon State Summer Games presented by APS awarded the APS Power Player Award to Ricky Miller. Ricky exemplifies the 6 pillars of Character that the APS award outlines. He displays exceptional sportsmanship and conduct during the various shooting competitions. He is a leader in the community and is well respected by his peers.

Soccer, Adult

Alan Anderson, Team Arsenal


Alan Anderson from Team Arsenal was awarded the APS Power Award in Adult Soccer. An incident which displayed exceptional sportsmanship & character occurred during the Arsenal & TSFC game that proved to all in attendance that Alan Anderson posses the traits of the pillars of character that this award exemplifies. He also demonstrated that winning the soccer game is not as important as fair play. It is our pleasure to present Alan Anderson with this honorable award.

Squash

Dave Foley

 

Dave received this trophy as he is a true ambassador to squash, loves the sport, wants to see it grow in our community as well as Nationally, but above all was always early (hours) to the matches, helped out when needed and volunteered to referee in excess of 20 matches over the week-end. Therefore our winner for the APS portsmanship award.

Swimming

Badalamenti Family

 

The 2008 Swimming APS Power Award was presented to the Badalamenti Family, all 4 childern. The family relocated from Wisconsin 4 years ago and started swimming as a hobby that turned in to 15 medals in the summer games. The family was very humble in their wins and continually encouraging to other swimmers throughout the event. They are all honor students and are excellent examples for other student athletes

Synchronized Swimming

Jeanne Struck


The APS Power Player award for the sport of Synchronized swimming went to Jeanne Struck. Jeanne has been a part of Synchronized Swimming since 1971. She symbolizes the true devotion and love of the sport. Jeanne competed in Synchronized Swimming in College and then went on to coaching. She coached her daughter's team from 1971 - 1988. Jeanne gives her support and guidance to every athlete and is always there to make sure that our athletes have a quality well run program to participate in.

Table Tennis

Wally Barber


Wally Barber, a veteran table tennis player, always with a smile, a handshake, and some kind words. He's not the best player in Arizona , but he is one of the nicest. Congratulations Wally, you deserve it!

Tennis

Suwen Chang

 

The 2007 APS Power Player Award Winner in the Summer Games for Tennis is Mr. Suwen Chang. Mr. Chang dealt with everyone associated with the tournament is a respectful and courteous manner throughout the event. He was encouraging opponents and was a true sportsmen weather he won or lost. He also treated the on-court officials respectfully, never arguing the calls from tournament officials.

Track and Field

Michael Sullivan

 

The APS Power Player Award for Summer Games Track & Field was given to Michael Sullivan. Won the 100m and 200m at the Summer Grand Canyon State Games held at Mesa Community College. He broke the USATF-AZ state record in the 100m and 200m at this meet and is the current 100m, 200m, and 400m Arizona State Record holder for 45 to 49 year age group. He is continually striving to improve his times and encourages others to put forth the same effort. Michael leads by example and is a role model for the younger athletes.

Wiffleball

Danny Rachin

 

The 2007 Summer Games APS Power Player for Wiffle Ball is Danny Rachin. Danny’s Power Player characteristics helped keep his team in focus and in good spirits throughout the day while playing a crucial role in help guide his team to a Gold medal. Danny, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Arizona currently pursuing a Math degree. Danny has been playing Wiffle Ball for 5 years now and since day one has displayed these fine Power Player qualities which will help him on and off the field in his quest for a happy and successful life.

 

Wrestling

Joseph Dudding

 

The APS Power Player award for the Summer Games Wrestling event was presented to Joseph Dudding. Joe is a 3.5 student / athlete and a team leader on the Chandler Wrestling team. He is very trustworthy and conducts himself with the utmost respect, which is how he treats everyone. Joe has a strong sense of compassion for others and is continually assisting other wrestlers to become better at their sport. Joe is a great role model for young competitors.

Winter Games

3D Archery

Richard Douville

 

The APS Power Player Award winner in the sport of 3D Archery was presented to Richard Douville. Richard is a long time supporter of the sport of 3D Archery and work tirelessly to inform other athletes of the sport. His sportsmanship and caring approach to other athletes are the traits that made him standout from the other competitors.

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Adventure Racing

Marianne and Clint Overton

 

The APS Power Player Award for Adventure Racing was presented to Marianne and Clint Overton on behalf of all the volunteers that day. The volunteers at the Desert Rage Roosevelt Adventure Race were the glue the held the event together. As temperatures shot up over 90 degrees, volunteers shopped for and distributed additional water along the course. When one particular team hadn't been seen for over 6 hours in the wilderness, volunteers quickly found them and guided them back in to the transition area. When issued a
severe wind warning, volunteers were there helping kayakers off the water and pinning down all the apparatus.

Archery

Jim Cantillo

 

The APS Power Player award was presented to Jim Cantillo in the sport of Target Archery. Jim has been shooting archery for more then 20 years. Jim shoots all types of bows and is always a great help at the tournament. He was at the range early to set up and then took down the range at the end of the day. He always keeps a positive upbeat attitude and is a role model for young archers.

Arm Wrestling

Mike Slaughter

 

The APS Power Player Award for the sport of Arm Wrestling was presented to Mickael Slaughter. Mike is an avid competitor in several sports and is past Grand Canyon State Games athlete of the year. His attitude, sportsmanship and gentle nature is an inspiration to athletes of all ages. Michael Slaughter is the epitome of what the APS Power Player Award stands for.

Baseball - Adult

Ernie Barten

 

The APS Power Player award for the sport of Adult Baseball was awarded to Ernie Barten. Ernie is an avid player and was instrumental in bringing & developing this Baseball event for the State Games athletes. Ernie is well respected in the baseball community and is a dedicated & tireless volunteer as an ambassador of his sport and to the Grand Canyon State Games.

Basketball - Boys

Andres Mayberry


The 2007 Winter Games Boys Basketball APS Power Player is 8 year old Andres Mayberry. Andres played for Team Magic in the 9u Division in the Winter Games. A straight-A second grader at Harris Elementary School in Mesa, it was in the Semi-final game on March 4th, 2007 that Andres scored his first points of the season (and ever with a tournament team). Following his made basket, Andres then stold the ball, was fouled, and made his free-throw as well. In attendance that day was his mother Felicia and other family members (sister & grand parents), but unable to attend was his father, Glen Mayberry, who was referring in the NBA-DL that weekend. Andres joined Team Magic in December 2006 under Coach Tindal; who said "It has been more than a pleasure to see him improve game after game."

Basketball - Girls

AZ Hype

 

In an APS Player Player Award first, the award for the Girls Basketball Winter 2007 Games was presented to an entire organization; the AZ Hype. Great organizations bread quality teams as was evident at the Girls Basketball Winter 2007 Games. The AZ Hype - Red team faced the AZ Hype - White team for the Championship game (AZ Hype - Red won out, but only by 2 points). The organization is a premier example of good sportsmanship and the real qualities outlined by the APS Power Player's 6 pillars of Character.

Baton Twirling

Songeee Barker


The APS Power Player winner from the Sport of Baton Twirling is 13 year old Songeee Barker. She was presented this honor for her excellent sportsmanship toward everyone involved in the sport of Baton Twirling, She is a very hard worker and always has a pleasant and positive attitude. An excellent example of the APS Power Player.

Curling

Jason Wilson


The APS Power Player Award winner in the sport of Curling was presented to Jason Wilson. Jason is from Canada and has been involved in the Sport of Curling for many years. He s a true sportsmen on the ice thru his endless encouragement and praise to other athletes. He is just as congenial off the ice to officials and event directors at each competition he attends.

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Desert Challenge

Kelly Borchard

 

The APS Power Player Award was presented to Kelly Borchard in the Desert Challenge Competition. Kelly, from California is a very dedicated athlete and who competes in every track meet he can find. He is a role model to other competitions thru his regimented training schedule and strong work ethic. He is also very respectful of other competitors and displays the sportsmanship worthy of this award.

Dodgeball

Candice Perez


The 2007 Winter Games Dodgeball APS Power Player is Candice Perez. Candice, a 24 year old who golfs and plays basketball, was encouraged by her uncle to play on his dodgeball team for the winter games. Although she had never played dodgeball before, she displayed a great attitude and helped her team close out several games. Her positive encouragement and support of her team earned her this years Winter Dodgeball APS Power Player Award.

Equestrian

Alison Jones

 

The 2007 APS Power Player Award is awarded to Alison Jones in the sport of Equestrian. She is an amateur rider that rode as a child and young adult in California. She is fulfilling her dream of showing along with her daughter, Taylor. Alison is always giving other children rides to the barn, helps the trainers when it's needed, and is a team supporter for everyone. She has never lost her cool or her temper and always gives her best. She has sportsmanship, pride, integrity, horsemanship, and courage. She certainly fulfills the standards for the APS Power Player Award.

Equestrian

Four-on-four Flag Football

Willie Ruiz Jr.

 

The APS Power Player award in the sport of Flag Football was presented to Willie Ruiz Jr. Willie was selected for his outstanding sportsmanship and positive attitude on and off the field. He is very polite and respectful with team-mates, opponents and officials and expects his team to treat others that way as well. He organized the Arsenal teams that played in the Grand Canyon State Games.

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Golf

Marissa & Lorenzo Delgado

 

For the first time, the APS Power Player award Winner was presented to a brother & sister in the Sport of Golf. The prestigious award went to Marissa & Lorenzo Delgado. Both Marissa & Lorenzo were nominated by their classmates as "student of the Year" at Kyrene de la Paloma middle school . Marissa is a multi-sport athlete at Desert Vista and Lorenzo is also very active in activities at Desert Vista as a Special Olympics athlete since the age of 8. They both are role models within their peer groups and are perfect examples of the spirit of the APS Power Player Award and the 6 pillars of Character.

Ice Hockey

Mike & Paula Fishenik

 

The APS Power Player Award for Ice Hockey was presented to Mike & Paula Fishenik from Flagstaff. Mike & Paula worked tirelessly to keep the Flagstaff Hockey program afloat during the past year. They even coached and worked behind the scenes to insure the kids had a positive competitive experience. They are true role models for the athletes and parents both on and off the Ice.

Jump Rope

Hseth Burch

 

The APS Power Player Award for the sport of Jump Rope was presented to Hseth Burch of the Tucson Twist-Its Jump Rope team. Hseth has been involved in the sport of Jump Rope for many years as a competitior and now as a coach. His positive attitude and enthusiasm are great attributes in the high energy sport of Jump Rope. He is truly deserving of the charcter based APS Power Player Award.

Karate

Simeon Ekrissin & Tim McCellan

 

For the 1st time, the APS Award was presented to two equally deserving participants in one compeitition - Karate. Simeon is a instructor for the Traditional Martial Arts Center - Shotokan Karate of Arizona. He is very respectful and was chosen for his sportsmenship. He has won the Grand Canyon Games several times and many other tournaments. Tim McClellan was selected for the same positive attitude and is an excellent representitive for his sport. Tim has been training and competing in marital arts for over 15 years & has earned black belt ranks in four different martial arts.

Outdoor Volleyball

Extreme Angles team

 

The APS Power Player award for Outdoor Volleyball was presented to the Extreme Angles Volleyball team. They were chosen for the award for agreeing to move up to the A division to play with the other A level teams. They never complained about having to play "up" in the event and actually were very competitive. The team exhibited great sportsmanship both on & off the court and showed a great attitude toward the other players and the tournament officials.

Rock Climbing

Luke Cross

 

The 2007 APS Power Player for the sport of Rock Climbing is Luke Cross . Luke was born in Ft. Collins, CO and has been climbing recreationally for over 4 years. During the past 7 months he has pursued indoor and outdoor bouldering. His favorite places to boulder are Beardsley, the McDowells, Priest Draw and indoor at AZR. Luke was selected for his sportsmenship toward other climbers and positive attitude

Skiing

Lars Thompson

 

The APS Power Player Award for Skiing goes to Lars Thompson of Flagstaff. Lars Thompson, 14 enjoys skiing Durango, Wolf Creek, Telluride, and especially Good Old Arizona Snowbowl. Lars wants to be an oceanographer when he grows up and go to school in Flagstaff at NAU.

Shooting
Hannah Virga

 

The APS Power Player Award winner in the sport of shooting is Hannah Virga . Hannah is a lively 10 year old who started shooting .22 caliber smallbore as soon as she turned 10. She has a very positive attitude and is an excellent student who strongly believes in fair play. Hannah is an excellent example to others and even at her young age is looked up to by older athletes.

Soccer - Adult

Boris Vidovic

 

The APS Power Player award winner in Adult soccer is Boris Vidovic of the St. Nickolas Church Soccer team.  Boris, just 16 years old, from Serbia organized the team from church members, all from Serbia and all refugees from that country.  They are very grateful & respectful for the opportunity to play an organized sport and showed great Sportsmanship during play.   

Soccer - Youth

The Tucson Crush

 

The Youth Soccer APS Power Player Award Winner – The Boys 12U youth Soccer team from Tucson, Arizona “the Tucson Crush”.  The players were very respectful of the other players and event officials throughout the competition.  They displayed excellent sportsmanship at all times during play and between games.  They exemplified the true definition of exceptional character as outlined by the 6 pillars of Character.

16 inch Softball

Pete Graf

 

The Winter Games APS Award winner in the sport of 16 inch softball is Pete Graf. Pete is very active in organizing softball in Phoenix and has for several years. He is very respectful of other players and the game officials. Pete organized the DHL team which was runner-up to the Crush from Chicago in the Avnet / Grand Canyon State Games competition.

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Squash

Ricardo Ruiz


This was a hard decision this year as we had 3 candidates. One player had to overcome major age differential to get to the semi finals where he only just lost to the eventual winner. The combined age of the 3 other semi-finalists equaled his! Another player forgot that it was his wedding anniversary and still came out to participate. Eventually the trophy was awarded to Ricardo Ruiz for total sportsmanship. Never a bad word to say, always obliging, first to arrive for matches, never complains if asked to have match delayed or brought forward but what really summed up SPORTSMANSHIP is match ball up a dubious call was made. The audience was unsure some thought the ball was good others thought it was down, the correct thing to do would be replay point but Ricardo chose to give his partner the point and ended up losing the match.

Table Tennis

Andrew Manginelli

 

Andrew Manginelli, 18 years old, is one of the top rated players in Arizona. He has great poise in his game. Andrew plays with determination and gusto. Even at his young age, his sportsmanship is one of a kind. Win or lose, he is always a gentleman. Congratulations, Andrew.

Taekwondo

Geoff Clark

 

The APS Power Player Award winner in the sport of Taekwondo was presented to Geoff Clark. Geoff is a great competitor but also is very respectful of other athletes and all event officials. Geoff is a good student and is a role model to young Taekwondo athletes and other students.

Tennis

Michael Durward

 

The sport of Tennis has chosen Mr. Michael Durward as it's APS Power Player Award Winner in the 2007 Winter Games. Mr. Durward is an avid player and plays often as the Village Racquet Club in Phoenix. Mr., Durward was chosen for his great sportsmanship and polite and encouraging attitude on and off the court. Mr. Durward is also very respectful of other players and officials.

Track - Adult

Rachel Guest

 

The APS Power Player Award winner in the Sport of Adult Track is Rachel Guest Rachel competed for Scottsdale Community College and then went on to Idaho State University.  In 1995, Rachel was named All-American in the Heptathlon. Rachel runs for the love of the sport, the satisfaction of reaching goals, to feed her competitive spirit and for the friendships gained.  She received this award for exceptional sportsmanship shown as part of the Grand Canyon State Games competition. 

Track - Youth

Hannah Carson

 

Youth Track awarded the APS Power Player Award to Hannah Carson of Chandler. Hannah is a member of the Cheetahs Track club. She is always encouraging
youth Track members to give it their best and is an very good role model. The APS Power player in the sport of Track is 14 year old Hannah Carson.

Weightlifting

Bob Perry

 

The APS Power Player Award winner in Weightlifting is Bob Perry a 16 yr old Highland High School student.  Bob started weightlifting back in Kills Devil Hill, North Carolina when I was 13 & after only his 3rd competition, he qualified for Nationals Schoolage Weightlifting Championships.  Bob’s Coach Joe Micela recommended Bob for the award because of Bob’s constant never say die effort on and off the competition platform.  “I never have had an athlete with more heart and fight in him than Bob Perry, he is an inspiration to everyone on the team and to the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.”  

Wiffleball

Cactus League

 

The APS Power Player Award winner for Wiffleball is team Cactus League. They displayed many qualities on and off the field and were a first time APS Power Team! Even after starting out with two quick losses, the “Cactus League”, a first time team in the Wiffle Ball event, would continue to display all the APS Power Player qualities one should aim for. With those qualities and the desire to compete, the Cactus League railed back to win a Bronze medal against some quality competition. Congratulations Cactus League for your awards and examples demonstrated.

Pictured from left (Carl Fuller, Jason Fuller, Dan Fuller, and Pace Barker)

Wrestling

Kenneth Knight


The 2007 APS Award Winner in the Sport of Wrestling is Kenneth Knight.  Currently a sophomore at Mesa High School, Kenneth has been wrestling since 7th grade.  He was selected for his sportsmanship and positive attitude toward other competitors and officials. A strong role model for all young athletes. 

 

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