azcentral.com Sports Awards weekly honors for March 9-16

azcentral.com Sports Awards weekly honors for March 9-16

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azcentral.com Sports Awards weekly honors for March 9-16

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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.

Alexis Mee, from Chandler, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Academic All-Star of the Week, for March 9-16.

Alexis Mee, from Chandler, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Academic All-Star of the Week, for March 9-16.

Academic All-Star of the Week

Alexis Mee

School: Chandler

Class: Senior

Sport: Tennis

Has a 4.5 GPA … No. 6 in varsity tennis team … Third year in tennis … Won all three of her first matches of the season … Badminton team captain No. 1 varsity … Awarded Division and Section Player of the Year by the AIA her sophomore year … Plays the flute in band … National Hispanic Scholar … Student Council, Ping Pong Club and National Honor Society member … “I definitely go to bed each day tired, but a good, accomplished tired,” she said … Part of Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research … IB course candidate … Ranks 34 out of 674 in her senior class … Volunteer teacher for a badminton class at Arizona Badminton Center … Volunteers at Chandler Post Acute and Rehabilitation Center and with the State Music Festival … “She is very upbeat and happy,” coach Abe Olivas said … “But she made varsity because she persevered.”

Eddie McClendon, from Mesa, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for March 9-16.

Eddie McClendon, from Mesa, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for March 9-16.

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

Eddie McClendon

School: Mesa

Class: Sophomore

Sport: Track and field

Has a 3.5 GPA … High jumps and runs 4×400-meter relay … First year on track … Plays wide receiver and defensive back in football … Power forward in basketball … “I love the tradition at Mesa,” he said. “Bottom line is I love competing.” … Playing basketball and football since he was 6 years old … Hopes to reach 6 feet, 3 inches in high jump … Wants to work on speed and flexibility to improve his athleticism … Coach David Brockmeier was impressed by his courage and heart to play all three sports … “The main thing is that he realizes that changing up keeps you from getting stale,” Brockmeier 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

Calee Cortes, from Surprise Imagine Prep, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for March 9-16.

Calee Cortes, from Surprise Imagine Prep, is the azcentral.com Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Week, presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, for March 9-16.

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

Calee Cortes

School: Surprise Imagine Prep

Class: Senior

Sport: Softball

Has a 3.9 GPA … Center field … Also a basketball forward … Plays volleyball … Started playing all three sports in high school … Made Canyon Athletic Association’s All-State Top 10 for Division II in basketball this season … Finished basketball season with 11.6 rebounds, 17.4 points, five steals and 1.3 blocks per game … “I’m always a little nervous to do whatever I’m going to do,” she said. “But you’re just trying to win in the end.” … Plays all three sports with her younger sister … Committed to play basketball at NAU … “She never seems to be satisfied with being mediocre,” basketball and softball coach James Mould said. “She feels like she never does things enough.”

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