azcentral.com Sports Awards weekly honors for Feb. 16-23

azcentral.com Sports Awards weekly honors for Feb. 16-23

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azcentral.com Sports Awards weekly honors for Feb. 16-23

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The 2016-17 azcentral.com Sports Awards, presented by Arby's, will honor the best student-athletes and those who support them.

The 2016-17 azcentral.com Sports Awards, presented by Arby’s, will honor the best student-athletes and those who support them.

Each week, the azcentral.com Sports Awards, presented by Arby’s, will honor two Athletes of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, and an Academic All-Star of the Week.

To learn more about the azcentral.com Sports Awards, visit hsawards.azcentral.com.

To nominate an Athlete or Academic All-Star of the Week, visit nominations.azcentral.com.

Vanessa Venjohn, from Gilbert Higley, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Academic All-Star of the Week for Feb. 16-23.

Vanessa Venjohn, from Gilbert Higley, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Academic All-Star of the Week for Feb. 16-23.

Academic All-Star of the Week

Vanessa Venjohn

School: Gilbert Higley

Class: Sophomore

Sport: Basketball

Has a 4.1 GPA … Point guard and captain … First year on varsity, second year in basketball program … Also plays third base in softball … Scored a season-high 22 points against Apache Junction on Dec. 15 … “I want to improve on the highest level of expectations I can,” she said … National Honor Society member … Involved in the Best Buddies program and Higley’s Unified Sports … Started playing basketball in seventh grade … Wants to play in college … “She exemplifies everything you want in a student-athlete,” coach Brandon Large said.

Trayvin Cato, from Paradise Valley, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for Feb. 16-23.

Trayvin Cato, from Paradise Valley, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for Feb. 16-23.

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

Trayvin Cato

School: Paradise Valley

Class: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Wrestles at 170 pounds … Finished his 52-0 season with a Division II state championship, the first for Paradise Valley since 1988 … Broke school records in most career wins in a season (52), career wins (112) and pins in a season (32) … “I learned how to work hard,” he said … Wrestles club with Grindhouse … Spent his summer traveling to tournaments … Up 12-2 in the third period when he pinned his opponent … Had 32 pins, and has had 94 wins total in the last two seasons … Looks up to Jason Nolf, a 157-pounder from Penn State … Hopes to continue his wrestling career for a college program … “Every time he steps on the mat, he’s ready to go,” coach Michael Butterfield said.

AZCENTRAL.COM SPORTS AWARDS: List of azcentral.com Sports Awards Athletes of the Week, Month

ALL-STARS: List of all azcentral.com Sports Awards Academic All-Stars

Erika Yost, from Fountain Hills, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for Feb. 16-23

Erika Yost, from Fountain Hills, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for Feb. 16-23

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

Erika Yost

School: Fountain HIlls

Class: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Has a 4.1 GPA … Forward and two-time captain … Had 54 goals, 20 assists, 11 hat tricks and 128 points this season … Set the Fountain Hills goals scored in a single season record … “You can do anything you put your mind to,” she said … Plays club at SC Del Sol … Earned azcentral sports’ All-Division III first-team forward last year … Scholar athlete every season for every sport played in four-year high school career … Also competes in track and field … Committed to play soccer at University of Oklahoma … “She’s such a determined player … she’s so composed with the ball,” coach Alison Mabery said.

Congratulations to the azcentral.com Sports Awards Athletes of the Week, Trayvin Cato and Erika Yost, and the Academic All-Star of the Week, Vanessa Venjohn, for Feb. 16-23.

Congratulations to the azcentral.com Sports Awards Athletes of the Week, Trayvin Cato and Erika Yost, and the Academic All-Star of the Week, Vanessa Venjohn, for Feb. 16-23.

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