Arizona Sports Awards weekly honors for Aug. 27-Sept. 3

Arizona Sports Awards weekly honors for Aug. 27-Sept. 3

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Arizona Sports Awards weekly honors for Aug. 27-Sept. 3

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The azcentral.com Arizona Sports Awards will honor Athletes of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture, and a High Achiever of the Week.

The azcentral.com Arizona Sports Awards will honor Athletes of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture, and a High Achiever of the Week.

Each week, azcentral sports will honor the Arizona Sports Awards’ Athletes of the Week and a High Achiever of the Week. To learn more about the Arizona Sports Awards, visit hsawards.azcentral.com. To nominate an Athlete or High Achiever of the Week, visit nominations.azcentral.com.

Compiled by Arizona Sports Awards intern Samantha Incorvaia.

This story was originally published Sept. 5, 2015.

Scottsdale Desert Mountain football player Cole Achtzehn is azcentral sports' High Achiever of the Week.

Scottsdale Desert Mountain football player Cole Achtzehn is azcentral sports’ High Achiever of the Week.

High Achiever of the Week 

Cole Achtzehn

School: Scottsdale Desert Mountain

Class: Junior

Sport: Football

Has a 3.8 GPA … Was a Scholar Athlete for the 2014 season … Volunteers with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Arizona Basketball Club by teaching and coaching basketball to members … Plays OL in football and played on varsity as a sophomore … Played basketball for two years … “He’s a very intelligent, hard-working, diligent athlete,” founder and president of Arizona Basketball Club Pat Murray said. “He’s the definition of a student athlete.” … “He shows up everyday, ready to be a great player and teammate,” coach Mike Morrissey said.

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Maricopa football player Aaron Owens is azcentral sports' Male Athlete of the Week.

Maricopa football player Aaron Owens is azcentral sports’ Male Athlete of the Week.

Male Athlete of the Week presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture

Aaron Owens

School: Maricopa

Class: Senior

Sport: Football

Has a 2.5 GPA … Quarterback … Threw for 537 passing yards and six passing touchdowns in the first game of the season … Said he likes getting the chance to lead the team … After teammate Nate Ford died, Owens would motivate teammates by his actions and words of encouragement, Zachary Bachelder (WR/LB) said … Was involved in track for the 100- and 200- meter and 4×100 relay … “He’s a good all-around athlete,” coach Chris McDonald said. “He tries to do the right things all the time.”

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Female Athlete of the Week presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture

Sara Padilla

School: Phoenix Pinnacle

Class: Senior

Sport: Golf

Has a 4.18 GPA … Played golf all four years … Shot even-par (36) and 1-over (37) in her first two matches of the year … Part of Spanish Honors Society … Played at the State Junior Golf Championship in Flagstaff this summer and shot 78-75–153, one of her best finishes, she said … Hopes to play collegiate golf … Leader and mentor to peers, especially five freshmen on the team … “I couldn’t ask for a better leader,” coach Charlie Wilde said. “… She’s willing to do anything for anyone.” … “(By) teaching them strategies that have really helped me grow, I feel like it’s my responsibility to help in some way,” Padilla said of her leadership role.

Phoenix Pinnacle golfer Sara Padilla is azcentral sports' Female Athlete of the Week.

Phoenix Pinnacle golfer Sara Padilla is azcentral sports’ Female Athlete of the Week.

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