Athletes of the Year: Arizona


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Boys' Athlete of the Year

Palo Verde / Football
There is almost nothing that Hall hasn't done or been able to do on a football
field. The senior Arizona recruit has played wide receiver and running back,
returned kicks and punts and played cornerback, linebacker and safety. Over
the course of the season, Hall scored 38 touchdowns (25 rushing, five receiving,
three on INTs, one on a fumble recovery, three on kick returns and one on
a punt return). Hall was named the Gatorade Player of the Year as well as the
Large School Player of the Year by The Arizona Republic.


Safford / Wrestling
Rated one of the nation's best at 112 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News,
Finch finished 56-0 this season for Safford. The junior won the 3A state title
and competed for Team USA in the Junior Greco World Duals.

Brophy Prep / Swimming
Lendrum, named Boys' Swimmer of the Year by The Arizona Republic, tied the
200 IM state record and broke the 500 free record while helping Brophy Prep
win its 21st consecutive state title. Lendrum is a senior USC recruit.

Sinagua / Cross Country
After winning his second consecutive Class 4A, Division II state title, the junior
finished second at the Foot Locker West Regional, then 11th at the Foot
Locker Cross Country Championships in a time of 15:45.

Girls' Athlete of the Year

Sahuaro / Swimming
After finishing just one half-second behind her idol, Amanda Beard, in the
200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials last summer,
Levernez wasn't going to swim this season, opting instead to coach while she
worked on her own. But the allure of competition drove her back, and when
it did, the senior California recruit went right back to her winning ways. Levernez
broke the state record in the 200 IM to win the Class 4A, Division I state
title. She was just a half-second away from the national prep record.


Canyon Del Oro / Softball
The reigning Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year and an Under
Armour All-American, Fowler signed with Arizona this year before attempting
to lead the Dorados to a third consecutive 4A-I title.

McClintock / Basketball
Patton averaged more than 31 points and 14 rebounds per game this year,
helping McClintock reach its first-ever title game in Class 4A, Division I. The
senior guard/forward will play for Northern Arizona next season.

Xavier Prep / Cross Country
Tonn helped Xavier Prep win its second consecutive 5A-I state title while winning
the individual crown by more than a minute over senior teammate
Sarah Penney. The junior harrier also finished 10th at Foot Locker Nationals.