Athletes honored with varsity letters, awards

Kingman coach Guy Hartnett isn't afraid to admit that he had a hard time selecting the winners for the season-ending awards in boys' golf.

After all, the Bulldogs won the Northwest Region Tournament, with three golfers finishing in the top five spots.

"I could have had three kids earn the most valuable player," Hartnett said Tuesday at the golf awards presentation at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course.

"That was a hard decision to make.

I have been dwelling over this thing since I knew that I had to pick it.

John Cantrell, Danny Wendt and Sean Lawson with their scores were all deserving of the award."

But Hartnett made the decision and two juniors and one senior walked away with the team's three awards.

Golf was just one of the three fall sports honoring its athletes Tuesday.

The cross country and volleyball teams held their awards ceremonies at KHS North.

The football awards will be given Monday at 6 p.m.

in the auditorium.

Cantrell, who placed second at the regional tournament was named the most valuable player.

"Our top five players were playing good the whole year and I don't think one person should have won," Cantrell said.

"I was happy with all five of the players.

We came together as a team and we just all played good."

Danny Wendt, who was fourth at the regional tournament, was named most inspirational.

Kyle Bergeson was named most improved.

He was also named to the region all-academic team.

Cantrell, Wendt and Lawson were named to the all-region team after finishing in the top five at the region tournament.

"We started out the year kind of slow," Hartnett said.

"We would go down and play well but we wouldn't win.

We had a trip to Flagstaff and we finally got our first win.

That gave the kids more confidant and I was just glad that we had a lot of seniors and juniors on the team.

Girls' golf

Senior Haley Bradley had an impressive season finishing second in the Northwest Regional Tournament and earning a berth to the state tournament in the Bulldogs' inaugural season.

For her efforts, she took home the most valuable player and most inspirational awards presented by coach Julie Maier.

"Haley inspired the other girls to play up to her level," Maier said.

"Haley was the No.

2 player in our region and that was a great finish with this being our first year having a program.

She had a great season for us and she did a great job."

Bradley was shocked to learn the news of the awards.

"I am surprised that I got both the awards," Bradley said.

"It's great but then again I kind of felt bad about it because I got two."

Senior Holly Mack was named the most improved player on the team.

"Holly kept on getting better as the year went on," Maier said.

Freshman Mackenzie Baker was the other Bulldog to qualify for state after finishing eighth in the regional tournament.

Baker was named to the all-academic team and the all-region team.

Cross Country

Young talent and experienced feet propelled the boys' and girls' cross country teams to successful seasons.

Both the young and the experienced were cited during the fall sports awards' night at KHS North.

There were only three seniors in the bunch — four-year letter winners Brandon Lopez and Lamai Krisintu and three-year letter winner Tina Ulman.

Krisintu was named most inspirational by coach Anne Bathauer, who selects the award-winners.

Krisintu was named to the region all-academic team.

"She was always a team leader," Bathauer said, "and always wanted the team to do its best."

Lopez earned the same honor on the boys' side and "will be missed for his attitude and everything," Bathauer said.

"This was his most outstanding of any season."

Receiving top honors as most valuable were sophomore Tyler Angle and freshman Pam Erickson, who paced the their respective teams as the No.

1 runners and consistently placed high in every meet.

Angle finished 29th in the Class 5A boys' state meet.

Erickson was 30th among the state girls' field.

"He ran before practice, after practice and was never satisfied with his performance," Bathauer said of Angle.

"He was consistently in the top five in every meet."

Sommer Ross was selected as most improved on the girls' team after improving "100 percent from last year to this year.

I can't wait to see what she does next year," Bathauer said.

Cory Benson, who was the Bulldogs' No.

2 runner, "dropped his times by two minutes from his freshman to sophomore years" and was named most improved on the boys' team.

Derrick Gibelyou was named to the Northwest Region all-academic boys' team.

Krystal Rowe was given the ironman award, presented to each runner who is at every practice and meet.

She was the only recipient.

Boys earning varsity letters were Angle, Lopez, Benson, Gibelyou, Paul Roberts, Kris Savagty and Nayan Patel.

Earning varsity letters on the girls' side were Krisintu, Ulman, Erickson, Ross, Iris Savagty, Daylene Roberts, Victoria Marino and Anna Stagner.

Volleyball

Six seniors walked away from the Bulldogs' volleyball program, but not before getting a proper send off from coach Amy Fillner.

Seniors Megan McGerty, Tricia Lucero, Sarah Snay, Stephanie Aaron, Raysenia James and Elisa Suminimo were joined on the team by juniors Heather Ureno, Jessica Hicks, Vicki Bracy and Trena Fraka and sophomore Tonya McDaniel.

Also honored was manager Clayton Ureno.

"This is one of the hardest years for me because I have six seniors and most have been with me for three or four years," Fillner said.

Fillner said is was hard to selected award-winners and left it up to the players to choose.

Hicks, a middle blocker who tore tendons in her ankle Sept.

23 and spent the rest of the season on the bench, was named most inspirational.

"She always stayed positive," Fillner said.

"She was a great help from the bench."

Lucero, who moved from defensive specialist to all-around threat, was voted most improved.

"She not only improved this season, but since she was a freshman.

She constantly worked hard," Fillner said.

Setter Snay was selected the team's most valuable player.

"It's neat that her teammates voted her this because it she's how much they relied on her," Fillner said.