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Vikings rack up regional awards for basketball

Four Vikings made regional basketball teams for the 2019-2020 season, these include David Lozano, Zain Grantham, Maegan Ford and Sydnee Mortensen.  (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

Four Vikings made regional basketball teams for the 2019-2020 season, these include David Lozano, Zain Grantham, Maegan Ford and Sydnee Mortensen. (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has announced the 1A Central Region awards for basketball.

The AIA recognizes student-athletes and coaches in a statewide recognition process with input from coaches.

Several Williams High School Vikings were recognized for their basketball talents.

Topping the list, Vikings junior Sydnee Mortensen was selected as the 1A Central Region Defensive Player of the Year.

Mortensen averaged 3.2 steals and 1.7 assists per game in the 2019-20 season. She placed third in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game. She placed second in field goals, making 171 field goals over the season. She also place dsecond in free throws with 91 and fourth in 3-point shots with 38.

Viking Maegan Ford made the All-Region First Team. She placed fourth in scoring in the 1A Central region, averaging 15.5 points per game. She was also fourth in field goals with 160 and second in 3-point shots with 38. She was second in free throws with 91.

Madi Olson and Shaelee Echeverria made the All-Region Second Team. Aaliyah Alvarado, Jazlyn Romero and Mikayla Sanders received honorable mention.

For the Vikings boys, Zain Grantham and David Lozano made the All-Region First Team.

Lozano placed seventh in field goals with 128 field goals in the season. He was seventh in free throws with 65. He was fourth for assists, with three per game and averaged 2.2 steals per game.

Grantham placed fifth in the region for 3-point shots, finishing with 34 in the season. He was 10th in free throws with 50. He was third in the region for assists with 3.7 per game, and sixth for steals averaging 2.1 per game.

Ceaser Santana and Caleb Betz made the All-Region Second Team. Preston Ford, Luis Lara and Oryn Orozco were honorable mention.

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