Vikings honored at sports banquet, receive division and section awards

Carli Grantham accepts her varsity award. Jamie Donovan and Paola Belmontes display their junior varsity awards. Photos by Cindy Sutton

Carli Grantham accepts her varsity award. Jamie Donovan and Paola Belmontes display their junior varsity awards. Photos by Cindy Sutton

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams High School coaches honored their athletes May 19 at a spring sports awards banquet at the school.

Alex Galvan was awarded Most Valuable Player for the varsity baseball team. Ethan Johnson was named Offensive Player of the Year. Christian Ramirez was awarded Pitcher of the Year. Andrew Culbreth was honored as Viking Inspirational Player.

Ashton Johnson was awarded Most Valuable Player for the junior varsity baseball team. Tate Grantham was named Offensive Player of the Year. Joe Zabala was named Pitcher of the Year.

Carli Grantham was honored as the Most Valuable Player for the varsity softball team. Naylei Salceda was named Most Improved Player. Rylie Heap was awarded Viking Inspirational Player.

Paola Belmontes was named Most Valuable Player for the junior varsity softball team. Zoey Rizo was named Most Improved Player. Jamie Donovan was honored as the Viking Inspirational Player.

All-Division, All-Section Awards

The AIA announced their All-Section and All-Division teams which included several Williams, Ash Fork and Seligman athletes.

Jaden Alvarado of Seligman was selected as a 2016 Arizona All-Academic Honorable Mention. Alvarado had a 4.0 unweighted grade point average.

Kiana and Jaden Alvarado of Seligman were selected for the All-Division V 2nd team for softball.

Carli Grantham and Nayeli Salceda of Williams, Andrea Ullrich of Ash Fork, and Kiana and Jaden Alvarado of Selgiman were selected for the All-Section III 1st team. All-Section III 2nd team athletes included Frenchesca Pennington and Shelbie Lathim of Williams, and Tahne Siyuja and Falisha Johnson of Seligman.

Kiana Alvarado was selected as Section III Player of the Year. Gabriel Alvardo was selected as Section III Coach of the Year.

Ashton Atkinson of Ash Fork was selected as the Division V and the Section III Baseball Player of the Year. Sonny Martin was selected as Division V and Section III Coach of the Year.

Atkinson and Ethan Johnson of Williams were selected to the All-Division V 1st team for baseball. Sheldon Racher of Williams and Rian Gutierrez of Ash Fork were selected to the All-Division V 2nd team.

Cesar Acosta, Jose Cohen and Rian Gutierrez of Ash Fork, Ethan Johnson and Sheldon Racher of Williams, and Cole Johnston of Seligman were selected to the All-Section III 1st team for baseball. Christian Ramirez and Ashton Johnson of Williams, Juan Ayala, Lucas Escobedo and Kyle Howard of Ash Fork, and Cody Lest of Seligman were selected to the All-Section III 2nd team.

Karen Canela and Lauren Hume of Ash Fork, and Yoana Flores and Jenna Siyuja of Seligman were All-Section III Honorable Mentions.

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