KINGMAN - It just takes a couple of minutes of watching White Cliffs Middle School graduates Paul Giglio and Sadie Snay to realize they are a couple of special athletes. Both have chosen to attend Lee Williams High School, and the Volunteers will undoubtedly be better because they are there.
Giglio expects to play football and baseball, but baseball is where his heart lies. His talents are on display this week during the Arizona Little League Junior State Championship tournament at Southside Park, and the ballfield is where he always wants to be.
"I've loved it all my life. I've played baseball since I was a child," he said.
Three years ago during another District 9 Little League All-Star championship, Giglio came to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning and Kingman North trailing, 7-5. Giglio hit a walk-off triple, something the fans of LWHS can be looking forward to when he plays for the Vols.
"That was probably the best moment of my life," Giglio said.
This summer, during 16 games in Little League's juniors (ages 13-16), Giglio hit .520 on 50 at bats. He scored 31 runs and stole 12 bases without being caught. On the mound, Giglio had a 2.69 earned run average over 13 innings pitched in five appearances. Twenty-nine of the 39 outs he recorded were by strikeout.
If there is one area where the shortstop may need improvement, the graceful fielder with impeccable footwork would like to cut down on his errors. His fielding percentage was .825, committing seven errors on 40 chances.
Even so, the incoming freshman could very well be a four-year starter at shortstop for the Volunteers. Giglio expects he's going to be forced to put in a lot of hard work to make that happen.
"There are going to be bigger kids. That'll make it more competitive and more of challenge," he said. "It's going to be pretty fun."
Snay already grabbing attention
When the Lee Williams volleyball team scrimmaged Kingman Academy two weeks ago, KAHS coach Bryant Morrison came away very impressed with the incoming freshman from WCMS.
"I thought she was a junior," Morrison said. "She's going to be really good."
Though Snay picks volleyball as her favorite sport - her older sister played college - she'll be as difficult for opponents in basketball and track. On the basketball court, she brings size, the ability to get up and down the floor, and once she gets her groove going, a sweet, left-handed outside jumper.
Working with the Lady Vols on the volleyball court, coach Traci Rosenbach has her eyes on both the present and the future thanks to Snay.
"Sadie has the potential to be a great setter and hitter," the coach said. "She's a great athlete who has been working extremely hard this summer to get better each day."
It's that hard work that makes Rosenbach think Snay can have a bright future if she continues to work as she has been.
"Sadie is one of the last girls to leave the gym," Rosenbach said. "She wants to stay and work on her skills."
Snay left WCMS with two consecutive Mohave County volleyball championships. Those endings to her previous seasons are conclusions the Lady Vols are working for, but Snay understands it's not going to be easy.
"It's going to be very challenging," she said. "The competition is going to be a lot better."