Katelyn Marr has been chosen as our Athlete of the Month because she is an asset to our team. Katelyn is a sophomore and has been on our team for the past 2 years. She started her year with an injury and worked hard to get back in the water. Her hard work and dedication paid off and she was able to swim by mid-season. Her energetic personality is what helps motivate our team. She is always laughing, singing and cheering other on. She works hard and is a strong leader. Katelyn currently has a 3.9 GPA and is ranked 33rd in her class. She is a true joy to have on our Dysart swim team and we can't wait for another season with her. Her future plans include attending college and then going to medical school. Her dream job is to become an EMT and with her dedication, we know it will become a reality.
Sophomore Luis Acuna Esquivel was selected as the Dysart High School Male Athlete of the Month for his dedication, commitment to excellence, and leadership ability. Luis commitment himself to continuously improve as he trained the entire summer to improve upon his times from his freshman year. Due to his commitment to excellence, Luis was chosen as the captain of the Dysart Boys' Cross Country Team. He led the team thorough the year by being the number 1 runner through the season and running the fastest time for the team. In addition to Cross Country, Luis participates in Track and Field where he runs the mile and 2 mile. He is, also, part of the Army Junior ROTC program and participates as a member of the Color Guard. A huge part of ROTC is community service, which Luis is an active participant. After high school, Luis plans on joining the Navy and becoming a career sailor.
Isabel Quintero-Soria is a freshman on the varsity Cross Country team. Since joining the team she has moved from the 10th runner to the 2nd fastest runner; she has improved her 5000 meter time by 8 minutes. At the Desert Twilight Pre-Nike Invitational, which hosts schools from 18 states, Isabel placed 10th of 95 runners in the Small School Freshman Division. As a student-athlete Isabel is an A/B student who is committed and dedicated to educational success. Isabel has not decided upon a career but she would like to attend Grand Canyon University, as her sister attended GCU. She is still considering her future as a runner because she recognizes that this could be a vehicle for college finances.
Abraham Terry is currently in his junior year at DHS with a cumulative GPA of 4.6 and ranks 1st in his junior class. He is one of our best swimmers in the 50 and 100 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke. He started Swim his sophomore year, the coaches quickly recognized his talent in the Backstroke and have helped him become one of the fastest in the Freestyle. From that point forward, he has continuously worked to improve on his initial times with each meet and Invite. He has taken initiative with the new and former swimmers alike to help them work on all of their strokes. He is also seen as a leader to the entire team and an overwhelmingly positive influence on the team’s success. Abraham has many aspirations for life after High School from attending San Diego State University and joining the Navy through the ROTC program. It was a unanimous decision of Coaches Carleton, Goodwin, and Vazquez to nominate Abraham for Athlete of the Month. No matter what he decides, we know that he will make the best of it for his future.
Freshman Brittany Reyes is in her first season of Cross Country and has hit the ground running. She is currently the second runner on the Varsity team and has established personal best’s time in each race that she has run. At the Peaks Invitational in Flagstaff, September 2, she placed 3rd in the Novice Division. Determined in the classroom, Brittany currently has A’s and B’s in all of her classes. Her future goals as far as education and profession are undecided but surely she will enter them with the same zest and enthusiasm that she has attacked the cross country courses. We look forward to seeing what Brianna can accomplish in her high school career and are proud to have her as our choice for Female Athlete of the Month for September.
Tanner Thompson is currently in his junior year at DHS and is one of our best swimmers in the Breaststroke. Since his Freshmen year, the coaches quickly recognized how other sports have influenced him to naturally take on this event. From that point forward, he has continuously worked to improve on his initial times with each meet and Invite. He has taken initiative with the new and former swimmers, alike, to help them work on the Breaststroke. He is also seen as a leader to the entire team and a great positive influence that reiterates the Coaches' message of team success by acceptance, unity, and diligence. With aspirations of becoming a Marine Biologist, Tanner is looking to apply to Cal Poly and join the ranks of the Mustang after high school! It was a unanimous decision to nominate Tanner for Male Athlete of the Month for September.
This student is a three sport athlete, competing in Football, Basketball and Tennis. He played an instrumental role in Dysart reaching the State Tournament the last two years, and this year winning the 4A Black Canyon Region Championship for both Football and Basketball. He is a kind hearted multi-talented football player, who was able to play and impact the game both defensively and offensively. He was a match-up nightmare for every opponent and he was a leader on and off the field and courts. He was a four- year letterman for Basketball and a captain his senior year. He was chosen for the Demon award for the Varsity Basketball team for leadership and for his play during the season. He was one of the most coachable athletes on the tennis team this year. He demonstrated to our young freshmen that even in the face of adversity that he could triumph both academically and athletically. He has continued to work hard in the classroom and as a person he was a great example of a Dysart Demon. This year’s Male Athlete of the Year is awarded to Leon Chavez II.
This student has been a team leader on the three sports she has participated in for four years. In Cross Country she was a 4 Time Varsity Letter winner, 2- year Team Captain, 3 Time State Qualifier and she is ranked 7th All-Time at Dysart in the 5000 meter run. She was a captain for the Lady Demons Basketball team and was a great role model for the younger players because of her work ethic. She was awarded by the 4A Black Canyon All-Region Second Team Player even though she was injured for nearly half the season. She was a member of the Track team for 3 years. Her senior year she was not able to compete due to an automobile accident. She was a Team Captain and ranked 4th All-Time at Dysart High School in the 800 meters. She has persevered through this trying time by remaining positive and supporting her teams. She has continued to work hard in the classroom and as a person she embodies the true spirit of what it is to be a Dysart Demon. This year’s Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to Angelique Mendoza.
This student is a senior on the Football team, a manager for the Girls Soccer team and on the Boys Tennis team. He played with pure heart for the Varsity Football team. His technical ability in Football was nothing but pure excellence. He is a genuine leader on and off the field with a great heart. As manager of the Varsity Girls Soccer team, he had many responsibilities. His assisted in the setup, running and demonstrating of practice drills. He always made sure Coach knew when they got POINTS. On the Tennis courts, he demonstrated exemplar Dysart Demon Pride by modeling behavior to the underclassman. He has worked hard in the classroom for his 3.707 GPA. For his accomplishments in the classroom as well as in athletics, the Army Reserve National Male Scholar-Athlete is awarded to Zakurray Romero.
This student is a Swimmer, a Soccer player and a part of the Track team. She was the Girls Swim Captain, competing in Backstroke, Free-Style, Medley and Free-Style relays. She was a quiet leader and a positive role model for our underclassman. She was also a 2-year varsity member of the Girls Soccer team and the go-to player off the bench. She was voted the most improved player this season. She participated in Track as a Pole Vaulter, in which she broke the school record by jumping 8 feet and qualifying provisionally for the AIA Division II State Championship Meet. She puts forth her best effort in the classroom and achieved a 4.024 GPA while participating in these sports. She exemplifies what it means to be a scholar-athlete and a person of moral character. For her accomplishments in the classroom as well as in athletics, the Army Reserve National Female Scholar-Athlete is awarded to Lauryn Berry.
This student athlete is a two sport athlete and was instrumental in our Football Region Championship this year. He broke multiple DHS records both offensively (rushing yards in a season) and defensively (total tackles in a season) and according to Coaches, he had the heart of a lion. He was recognized by the 4A Black Canyon Region for Football: Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and also Player of the Year. He was a Wrestler as well, qualifying for State and placing 4th in his weight class. He was a positive influence on campus and a leader on the field. He is a hard worker in the classroom and plans to attend college after graduating. He leaves his teams and this school better off because of his strength of character. The Marine Corp is proud to present the Distinguished Male Athlete Award to Pacey Prettyman.
This student athlete has a GPA of 3.356 while being a three sport Athlete for 4 years. This season, she participated the Varsity Volleyball team; she was a force in the middle and a great team player. She was a key role player in winning the 4A Black Canyon Region Championship. On the Soccer team, she was an inspiration to her teammates and was vital to the team’s success of placing second in the Region. She was awarded All-Region Second Team as a Defender. She was also on the Beach Volleyball team this year and an epitome of a role model. She will be missed on the field and courts next year; the Marine Corp is proud to present the Female Distinguished Athlete Award to Melissa Villafana.
This student athlete has a GPA 4.34, ran Cross Country and played Boys Soccer, all four years. He also had participated in Track for 3 years. He was a team leader by leading by example in Cross Country. Although, he primarily ran to get in shape for soccer, but he never let that show. He gave 100% to the Cross Country team and always gave his best at practice and in meets. He also encouraged many of his soccer teammates to join Cross Country, and that was a tremendous benefit to the team. He was also a Varsity Soccer Captain for three years. His dedication to preparing for competition, putting the needs of the team first, competitive greatness and positive attitude is an example for others to emulate. He often drew the toughest defensive assignment and won. He was coachable and confident. He relished a challenge and understood how to work and lead with intention to meet the goals of the team. He scored several key goals during the season and was recognized by his peers and opponents as one of the best. We are proud to award the Dysart Male Athlete of the Year is Jorge Dominguez.
This person is an outstanding student athlete with a GPA of 4.075 and a three sport athlete. She is a 2 year letter winner in Girls Golf, a four year player in Girls Soccer, and a 3 year player in Girls Tennis. She was Captain of the Girls Soccer team. In soccer, she a determined individual, who pushes herself beyond what most would see as acceptable. Win or lose she will tell you what she wants to work on at the next practice. She led by example, always showing what it means to be a Captain and encouraging those around her to perform with intensity. When she spoke, the team listened and responded because she had earned their respect. The DHS Female Athlete of the Year is Kayla Fowler.
This student has made Athlete of the Month twice in high school. This student played Football, Basketball and Track. In football, he lettered in football 3 years. He holds several wide receiver records at DHS: he is number one in yards receiving in a career, touchdowns in a career, receptions in a career, and most 100 receiving-yards in a career. He was named 2nd team All Section, 2nd team All Section AIA, and was top 5 in every major receiving category for his section. He leaves as one of the most decorated players in DHS football history. In Basketball, he has been a part of Dysart Demon Basketball for his entire high school career, lettering in three of the four years. As a senior, his leadership qualities shined through naming him captain and he was our most improved player; both attitude and skill wise. At the end of his senior season, he received honors for the First Team All Section. He will be attending NAU next year to further his education. We are proud to award the Male Athlete of the Year for 2015 to Aulbrie Frazier.
This person is an outstanding student athlete with a GPA of 4.2 and a three sport athlete. She is a 4 year letter winner in Cross Country and Track. Captain of the Cross Country Team for two years, she lead the team to a state championship qualification. She participated in the Nike Southwest Region Championship, 3 years running. In soccer, she a determined individual, who pushes herself beyond what most would see as acceptable. Win or lose she will tell you what she wants to work on at the next practice. She led by example, always showing what it means to be a Captain and encouraging those around her to perform with intensity. When she spoke, the team listened and responded because she had earned their respect. DHS is proud to congratulate Amber Guiza as our Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Hector Gonzalez - Captain of the Track and Field Team, Hector is a dedicated student-athlete who is a stellar example of hard work and dedication. A 4 year letterman in Track and Field as well as Cross Country, Hector is also a passionate Soccer player who plays halfback on the varsity soccer team and has earned a varsity letter. Academically, Hector is an outstanding AVID Student with a GPA of 4.3 and he is an excellent example of a Scholar-Athlete. He has represented Dysart High School for four years both academically and in Athletics and we are proud to recognize him as the Male Athlete of the Year.
Jackie Cordova was selected for Athlete of the Year because she is a true example of what it is to be a student athlete. Jackie played 3 sports for all 4 years; she participated in Volleyball, Basketball and Softball. She has balanced sports, clubs, as well as outside volunteering in activities, while excelling in honors and AP classes. She has shown that hard work and dedication does pay off. Jackie is a great student with a 3.5 GPA; she has demonstrated outstanding perseverance, leadership skills and maintained a clear sense of purpose. Jackie is an excellent example of what a student-athlete should be.
Angelique has been a vital part of the Girls Cross Country and Track and Field teams since her freshman year. She has consistently been the number one runner on the Girls Cross Country team for both years, and has medaled at every cross country invitational in which she has participated. She helped lead the Girls Cross Country team to a State Tournament berth this past fall. She is a leader through her no quit attitude at practice, through her desire to improve. This track season has seen much of the same from Angelique as she has medaled at many of the invitational that we have attended. This was highlighted by earning three individual medals at the Copper Classic Track Invitational in the high jump, 1600m run and 800m run. She is also a very hard working student who has challenged herself with taking the very difficult Cambridge Curriculum.
Taylor is a four year Varsity Baseball player, with a GPA of 4.5. He is senior who is enrolled in AP and Honors course as well. This season he has achieved a .302 Batting Average and .966 Fielding Percentage. Throughout his baseball career at Dysart High School Taylor has consistently exhibited skill, sportsmanship, a hard-working nature, and a perpetually positive attitude. As a result, he is a respected team leader and model student-athlete. Upon graduation, he will be attending the University of Nebraska studying actuarial science.
Nicole Ayala is a junior and our choice as Female Athlete of the Month for Softball. She is a leader on and off the field, which is evidenced by her teammates voting for her to be one of this season's captains. Her strength and athletic abilities make her an essential athlete on the varsity infield and in the starting lineup. Nicole has over a .900 fielding percentage for the varsity softball team. She also has scored 16 runs, earned 6 RBIs, and had 17 hits this season for the team. Nicole is a good student and plans to attend college after high school; she hopes to have the opportunity to continue playing sports.
Andrew Haggard is a junior pole vaulter with the Track and Field team. He competes in the sprint races and is also in his first year being competitive in pole vault. He has done a remarkable job in maintaining his training between his running events and vaulting. He has made great improvements in a very difficult event in track and field and is reaching new personal best every invitational that he competes in. Andrew is a model for other athletes with his work ethic, practice attendance, and academics in the classroom. He currently has a 3.833 GPA for this semester and is an example of a student-athlete. Andrew plans to attend college after high school to become an Athletic Trainer.
Freshman Mikaila Thomas is nominated as Dysart’s Female Athlete of the Month for her ‘never quit’ attitude and positive spirit for distance running. She is commended for her hard work and dedication which has resulted in her improving her 5k time by over 9 minutes during her first cross country season. The number three runner on the Demon’s State qualifying Cross Country Team during the season, Mikiala earned medals in 2 of 4 Invitational Cross Country Meets that she participated. Her performances helped the Lady Demons place high in several Invitational this season. Mikaila competed in the Nike Southwest Region Cross Country Championship Meet were she improved her personal best time by over 2 minutes running the fastest time of any Dysart female runners for the 2014 season. Her time of 21 minutes 42 seconds at the Meet place her 4th on the All-time Best 5000 meter times at by Dysart High School female runners. A hard working student in the classroom, Mikaila has not fully decided on her college future. However, running is certainly in her long term plans. Please congratulate, Mikaila Thomas.
Malik Ondigo has had a big year on the court so far for us. He has posted numerous double doubles this year helping establish him as one of top post player prospects in the class of 2016 in the state of AZ. He was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Judy Dixon Holiday tournament at Greenway HS over winter break. He is one of the captains on our team and is a big advocate of the culture change taking place in and around our basketball program. So far, he has picked up offers to play basketball and attend college at The University of Texas-El Paso and Cal Poly, while gaining heavy recruiting interest from many others. He is also a good student on campus. He is enrolled in many AP classes and carries a GPA of 3.4.
Ana Arellano is a sophomore leader on the girls’ varsity soccer team and with only a few games into the season, she has stepped up as the leading goal scorer for the Demon’s. She has grown up within the last year to a player that can be counted on by her teammates and her coaches. She is willing to help the team in any way that she can. Her presence and trust on the field gives the team confidence that they need. Ana always tries to do better for the team and wants to help out anyway she can to make them and herself better. Ana's work ethic has been nothing but outstanding on the field and in the classroom. She currently has a GPA of a 3.33 and strives to get even better grades.
Keith Kramer is a Senior and a leader on the Varsity basketball team. He is a captain and our starting point guard. He has accepted the role to play point guard this year because it's what is best for the team. He has become a vocal leader of our team while also leading by example. He sets the tone in practice as well as games. He is averaging 12 points a game and leads the team in assists and steals. In the classroom Keith currently has a cumulative GPA of 4.4 and is ranked 7th in his class. Keith plans on attending a university after high school and we are excited to see what the future holds for him.
Iris Resendiz is a senior leader on the Girls Varsity Soccer team. She was voted by her teammates to be the captain of the team. Iris has been a 3-year varsity starter in the midfield. Her ability to get the ball up and down the field is a key ability when playing soccer. When a game is happening you can be sure that Iris is playing due to the vocals you can hear throughout the stadium. Her ability to lead has grown drastically over these last years playing at Dysart. Her work ethic has grown as well; she is not only demanding of herself but also demanding of her team. She wants nothing but success on and off the field. In the classroom, Iris has been in AP and honors class with a cumulative 3.3 GPA. She decided not to move on with soccer after high school but she aspires to go into the Navy or into the Army to provide for this country.
Mikel Beyers is a senior on our Varsity Boys Basketball team. Mikel has been a leader on our team for the first part of our season. He leads by his actions, always being the first to practice or workouts. His teammates trust him and voted him a captain on our team. He has put in a tremendous amount of work in the off-season to improve his game. And it has showed so far this season. He is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds a game. His commitment to improving defensively has played a major role in our success this season. Mikel has a 3.0 GPA and plans on playing basketball at a college or university after high school. We are proud to nominate him for Male Athlete of the Month for Dysart High School.
DHS Athletic Accomplishments 2013-14
Accomplishments by Sport:
Jacob Sonego (Running Back)- All Section 2nd Team
De'Andre Johnson (Linebacker- All Section 2nd Team
Desmond Passi (Defensive Back)- All Section 2nd Team
Paul Houk went to the State Golf Tournament
Karriem Simmons- All Section 1st Team
Dreax Thomas (Forward)- All Section 1st Team
Savanah Shaffer (Midfield)- All Section 2nd Team
Arielle Perez (Goalie)- All Section 2nd Team
Omar Camacho Saenz- 2nd in Section @ 220 lb. weight class and went to State
Davian Telon- 4th in Section @ 138 lb. weight class and went to State
Varsity Cheer and Varsity Pom went to State in the Co-Ed Division
Madison Fleming- Individual State
Mariah Fleming and Nicole Rosales- Doubles State
Madison Fleming- All Section 1st Team
Mariah Fleming and Nicole Rosales All Section 2nd Team
Jonathan Wan- Individual State
Moises Guzman & Leon Chavez- Doubles State
Freddy Bedolla- scholarship at GCU for Drumline
Other Athletic Awards:
Athletes of the Month:
9/2013 Niualama Leasau; Desmond Passi
10/2013 Angelique Mendoza; Matthew Rollins
11/2013 Amber Guiza; Sergio Pedrego
12/2013 Madison Butler, Devon Wilson
1/2014 Dreax Thomas; Aulbrie Frazier
2/2014 Savanah Shaffer; Omar Camacho Saenz
3/2014 Madison Fleming; Hector Gonzalez-Magno
4/2014 Jada Tomlin; Austin Peterson
5/2014 Markeshia Reece; Luis Cervantes
Athletes of the Year:
Ichauana (Isis) Johnson- Southeastern Illinois College for Girls Basketball
Savanah Shaffer- Victor Valley College for Girls Soccer
Dreax Thomas- University of Sioux Falls for Girls Soccer
Chris Boylan- Mount Ida College for Football
DHS Athletic Accomplishments 2014-15 by Sport
Football Division II Section I:
All-Division 2nd Team: Desmond Passi,
All-Section 1st Team: Francisco Alcala, Aulbrie Frazier, DeAndre Johnson, Alex Kuchinski, Desmond Passi
All-Section 2nd Team: Gionnie Colenburg, DeAndre Johnson, Aaron Nava, Kwasi Okafor, Tyree Taylor (DB), Michael Woods, Marcus Wrighton,
All-Section Honorable Mention: Ceasar Lopez, Gilbert Villalobos, Holden Holyoak
Honorable Mention: Fransicso Alcala, Holden Holyoak, Ceasar Lopez, Gilberto Villalobos
Super Section Playoffs
All-Section 2nd Team: Aaron Allen, Aulbrie Frazier, Malik Ondigo
2nd Team All-Section for Division II: Juan "Johnny" Martinez Cervantes
Honorable Mention: Julian Cervantes, Ruben Fabian, Christopher Morones
Wrestling Division II Section I:
Sectionals: Jacob Rios 2nd place
State: Jacob Rios 4th place
USA Regionals Large Co-Ed Show Cheer Advanced - 1st Place & qualified for Nationals
USA Regionals Small Pom Advanced - 1st Place & qualified for Nationals
USA Regionals Group Stunt A & B - qualified for Nationals
AIA Regionals - qualified for State in Pom & Partner Stunt (& technically Co-ed Show Cheer)
AIA State - 7th in CoEd Partner Stunt; 8th in CoEd Pom
USA Nationals - 12th in Group Stunt; 6th in Pom; 5th in Large Co-Ed Show Cheer Advanced
Lance and Vance Elliott were selected to be staff members for Universal Cheer Association.
State Playoffs Doubles: Mariah Fleming and Nicole Rosales
State Playoffs Individual: Indra Garcia
Other Athletic Accomplishments/Awards:
Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy Individual AIA Scholar-Athlete Awards by sport:
Varsity Boys Cross Country: Francisco Castillo, Luis Cervantes, Jorge Dominguez,
Varsity Girls Cross Country: Michelle Madai Flores Vega, Amber Guiza, Jessie Lebario Wall, Brianna Parshall, Edith Resendiz
Varsity Boys Golf: Malachi Berry, Matthew Bolis, Jacob Morse, Cristian Ortiz
Varsity Girls Golf: Alexis Black
Varsity Boys Swim: Malachi Berry, Brandon Hill
Varsity Girls Swim: Lauryn Berry, Bailey Honne, Jax Patterson Gentry, Alyssa Nicole Soto
Varsity Spiritline: Adrianna Beets, Madison Butler, Joseph Cantu, Amy Nicole Carter, Keara Dean, Lance Elliott, Caitlyn Kellis, Morgan Wagner
Varsity Football: Tiffany Grant- Mgr, Simeon Rivera, Adah Suarez Myrick- Mgr
Varsity Volleyball: Mariah Fleming, Rylee Halla, M'kaila Hill, Maya Terry,
Sydney Terry, Jada Tomlin, Alyssa Wong
Varsity Boys Basketball: Tiffany Grant, MGR, Alisha Kalsi, MGR, Keith Kramer
Varsity Girls Basketball: Jessie Lebario Wall, Markeshia Reece, Maya Terry
Varsity Boys Soccer: Jorge Dominguez, Juan Martinez Cervantes, Jefferey Valdespino Leal
Varsity Girls Soccer: Amber Guiza, Edith Resendiz, Alexandria Stewart
Varsity Wrestling: Bailey Honne. MGR
Varsity Baseball: John Banks, Fabian Colunga, Taylor Kauppila, Dalton Walker
Varsity Softball: Alexis Hancock, Bailey Honne, Jada Tomlin
Varsity Boys Tennis: Luis Brito, Moises Guzman, Zakurray Romero
Varsity Girls Tennis: Mariah Fleming, Nicole Rosales, Alyssa Wong
Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy Team AIA Scholar-Athlete Awards:
Varsity Volleyball: Mariah Fleming, Rylee Halla, M'kaila Hill, Maya Terry,
Sydney Terry, Jada Tomlin, Alyssa Wong
Varsity Boys Tennis: Luis Brito, Moises Guzman, Zakurray Romero
Varsity Girls Tennis: Mariah Fleming, Nicole Rosales, Alyssa Wong
Athletes of the Month for 2014-15:
9/2014 Female: Alyssa Wong Male: Joseph Castro
10/2014 Female: Sydney Terry Male: Gilbert Villalobos
11/2014 Female: Brianna Parshall Male: Luis Cervantes
12/2014 Female: Mikaila Thomas Male: Malik Ondigo
1/2015 Female: Edith Resendiz Male: Julian Cervantes Renya
2/2015 Female: Jessie Lebario Wall Male: Aaron Allen
3/2015 Female: Nicole Rosales Male: Vance Elliott
4/2015 Female: Angelique Mendoza Male: Taylor Kauppila
Athletes of the Year: Female: Amber Guiza Male: Aulbrie Frazier
Athletic Scholarships: Bailey Honne- Softball, Arielle Perez- Girls Soccer,
Gilbert Villalobos- Football
Dysart High School’s female athlete of the month features varsity basketball player Jessie Lebario Wall. Jessie is a senior and the team captain for the lady demons. This senior’s leadership is not only shown to the team by her positive attitude and encouraging words, but also displayed by her outstanding work ethic and pride in everything she does. Jessie is always going above and beyond in practice to perfect her skills and challenge herself and her teammates. Her sheer presence on the court helps make everyone around her better. Jessie does not only excel athletically, but her dedication to her academics is revealed by her outstanding GPA of 4.50. It has been a pleasure coaching and getting to know Jessie. I know she has a very bright future and will excel. After high school, she plans to continue her education at and in-state university, studying Business.
Aaron Allen is a 4 year varsity player for Dysart High School. This is Aaron's second year as the Demon's Point Guard and first year as the team captain. He averaged 14.7 points per game, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists this season to help his team to the Sectional Tournament. Aaron shows his leadership both on and off the court. Other coaches have commended Aaron for his demeanor especially after his last home game on senior night when Aaron entered the Sunrise Mountain bus to apologize for not lining up with his team to congratulate the winners. He then proceeded to shake every player and coaches hand. Aaron is a true representation of what a Dysart Demon should be. After high school Aaron hopes to attend community college to continue his education and basketball career.
Stephanie Ramirez Gutierrez is a sophomore leader on the Girls Varsity Soccer team. She finished the season with 7 goals and was the recipient of the MVP award this season. She is a very quiet person but her presence on the field was amazing and always a confidence-build for her teammates. She was a reliable and go-to person on the field. She doesn't give herself enough credit but her ability with ball and reading of the game never went unnoticed by her teammates or opposing teams. Whenever a player needed help or an assist in a play she was right there. Stephanie currently has a 3.0 GPA in the midst of her high school career. She continues to push herself not only on the field but in the classroom itself. Stephanie plans on going to college and pursuing her career in soccer.
Jacob is a team captain and MVP of DHS Wrestling. He leads by his work ethic both in the classroom, with a 3.36 GPA and on the mat, with a record of 54-3. Other accomplishments include: 21 Pins, 11 Technical Falls, 8 Major Decisions, 7 Wins by Decision, 255 team points, 3-time State Qualifier, 2-time State Placer and Section Champion. He treats everyone with utmost respect and is not above performing the menial but most important labors of preparing the room for practice; his teammates look to him as a leader of the program. In the off season, Jacob works hard to improve himself by competing in USA Wrestling where he has become widely known for his technical abilities and hard work ethic. Jacob would like to wrestle at the collegiate level while pursuing an education in Engineering or Accounting.
Callista Garcia is a Junior who has started for 2 years as the varsity team goalkeeper. Each year she has been gaining more and more confidence. This confidence can be seen when she plays; she listens to her coaches and teammates in order to better herself. She is demanding more for herself and has been stepping up as player. She has grown tremendously in the last two years as a player and as a person. Callista is a teacher’s dream student; her work ethic alone is phenomenal. She wants nothing but success on and off the field; others look up to her example and strive to follow. In the classroom, she has been in AP classes with a cumulative 3.4 GPA. She is not sure what the future holds for her but she is excited to see what she can come with it. We are proud to award Callista with Dysart’s Female Athlete of the Month for February.
We are proud to award Senior Juan Valles Romero as Dysart’s Male Athlete of the Month for February. He is a four-year starter for the Dysart Boys' Varsity soccer program. He has been a vital player in the turn-around for our program over the past three seasons; both in his leadership and his willingness to put the team first. After playing on an 0-13 team his freshman year, his contributions have resulted in 30 wins and 2 ties against only 11 losses (7 of those losses came during his sophomore year) since the Fall of 2014. Over his career he has willingly accepted different roles based on team needs. He was one of our two team captains this season and his lead by example style, coupled with his work ethic, academic achievement, and character earned him being selected as our Most Valuable Player by his coaches and peers. He had four goals on the season, including the crucial game tying free kick against Cortez that secured our spot in the playoffs. He was the consummate play maker as an attacking midfielder for most of this season and often drew the assignment of guarding the opposing teams’ best player. However, more importantly than his on field accomplishments are his personal traits that make him a Champion in the classroom with a 3.386 GPA and in the community as well. Juan plans on pursuing a college degree here locally to become an Ultrasound Tech/Sonographer.
Edith Resendiz is a senior defenseman and midfielder who has proven her commitment to the team time and time again. She is guaranteed to be at practice with a smile and no questions. Edith does what is asked of her and more. She is a role model to her teammates, especially her sister. It is expected she play soccer as it is a family affair and one which the Resendiz family takes great pride in. Beyond the game, Edith is an exceptional student with AP and Honor classes on her transcripts and a 3.97 cumulative GPA. Edith is poised to take on any challenge. After high school, she hopes to earn a scholarship to attend NAU to student Physical Therapy. A great teammate, a responsible and honorable daughter, and an infectious determination, is evidence why Edith has earned the title of student-athlete of the month.
Julian Cervantes Renya is a sophomore at DHS and has earned a starting spot on the Boys’ Varsity Soccer squad. He is currently in the top 10% of his class, taking several Honors classes, while being a committed Varsity Soccer player. Julian has always been a leader on this team but when our Captain went down with a season-ending injury, Julian arose to the occasion to uphold a captain’s responsibility. He is currently tied for 5th in the state of Arizona for the most saves this season and he will have two more years on Varsity to rise in the ranks! Julian possesses a plethora of character attributes that make him a stand-up athlete. He is academically sound, he shares his motivation and determination for success with others, he sheds humor upon all within our program, and he is continually focused upon self-improvement. Julian plans to play another two years on the Varsity soccer program at DHS while he continues to take AP and Honors classes to help him gain dual credits for college. He hopes to receive a scholarship for both his academic and athletic talents. Congratulations Julian!
DHS Girls Basketball is proud to nominate Jo Balderas for Athlete of the Month for January. She is a senior and a team captain, who is always trying to help the younger players. She was injured early in the season and missed 12 games but missed very few practices. She was always there supporting the team and offering encouragement; she is a real team leader. She currently has a GPA of 2.9 and in just last two games since her return from injury, she averages 3.3 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. She plans on enlisting in the Army after graduating.
DHS January Male Athlete of the Month goes to Senior Boys soccer player Fernando Rangel. He is an excellent student and one of the stars on the boys’ soccer team. He is strong and creative in the midfield, is one of our top scorers, and an extremely dedicated team player. He is always at practice and pushing himself and his team mates to improve and become the best they can be. He works hard, but always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He has scored 4 goals (including the game winner that made us Section III Champions) and 4 assists on the season. He plans on attending Arizona State University and studying Aerospace Engineering. He would like to try-out and play for ASU's club soccer team as well. Fernando fully embraces and exemplifies what it means to be a champion of character, academics, and soccer by also maintaining a 3.750 GPA.
Melissa Villafana is a senior leader on the Girls Varsity Soccer team and a captain as well. Melissa has been a 3-year varsity starter, as forward on offense and an essential defensive player. When she was asked to move positions her junior year, she made the most of it and became a leader for our defensive team. She has earned the respect of her teammates through her leadership ability. She coaches her teammates through-out practice and guides them as well. Her work ethic has grown; she is not only demanding of herself but also demanding of her team. She wants nothing but success on and off the field. In the classroom, Melissa has been in honors classes with a cumulative 3.4 GPA. She has decided not to move on with soccer after high school but she aspires to get her degree as an Ultrasound Technician.
Elijah Childs is a Junior and has been the starting point guard on the Boys Varsity Basketball team for two years. He has averaged 8 points, 9 assists, and 4 steals for us so far this season. For the last two years Eli has been our best defensive player, often matched up against the best ball handlers. He was chosen as a team captain for his leadership on and off the court. Eli is a Scholar-Athlete, maintaining a 4.5 GPA, enrolled in AP classes. After high school, he plans on attending a four year college, where he hopes to play basketball and get a degree in Physical Therapy. DHS is proud to congratulate Eli Childs as our Male Athlete of the Month.
Nicole Rosales is an exceptional student and leader, both in the classroom and on the tennis courts. She is truly the example of a tough, dedicated student athlete. She became a member of the varsity girl’s tennis team as a sophomore, making her a 3-year letter recipient. She would like to compete at state with her awesome doubles partner and make it past the 3rd round; a feat they are fully capable of attaining considering their current record is 7-0 in doubles matches. Nicole also moved into the #1 position before the regular season and has a solid record of 5-2 in singles. In addition to her skills on the court, Nicole maintains a 4.5 GPA, taking honors and AP courses in order to push herself academically. On top of all that, she is also a member of the National Honor Society and HOSA. She plans to attend Arizona State to pursue a career in nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner or Anesthetist. Congratulations on your outstanding efforts Nicole!
Vance Elliott is a senior this year. In the past two years since Vance has joined the DHS Spiritline, he has become an extremely important part of the team. He has also become a well-known partner stunter in the state of Arizona, recently placing 2nd at the AZ State Cheer and Pom Tournament. He plans to continue cheering through college, possibly with an All Star team, and recently tried out to be an instructor for the Universal Cheer Association. Vance played football for three years, and was also a part of the DHS track team for one year. Vance maintains a 3.8 grade point average and has been a part of NHS and the ROTC program as well. Vance will attend Arizona State University next year.
Alexis Wallen is a junior on the Varsity Softball team and has been an integral part of it since her sophomore year. Alexis has a GPA of 3.533. Alexis is a key player for the lady Demon's softball team and continues to show leadership both verbally and non-verbally. She is vocal on the field and continues to demonstrate hard work and determination. Alexis wants to attend a University and major in pediatric nursing. I nominated this athlete because of the qualities she exhibits on the field and in the classroom.
Joaquin Flores is a senior at DHS and a captain of the Varsity Baseball team. Joaquin has exhibited leadership since the end of his junior year by working tirelessly in the off-season in preparation for his senior season. As a result, Joaquin has been a true ace on the mound opening the season with a complete game shutout win over Carl Hayden, throwing a strong outing against Willow Canyon, and scoring a second complete game win against Phoenix Country Day. His current stats are 3-2 record, 3.00 ERA with 2 complete games, 1 shutout, and 18 strikeouts in 24 innings of work. His teammates respect and acknowledge Joaquin as the team's leader. Joaquin has a GPA of 3.0 abd will be attending college upon graduation from Dysart High School.
Kiara Anderson is a sophomore and our choice as female athlete of the month for Track & Field. She is a multi-sport athlete, as she also participates in Basketball. Her strength and athletic abilities made her an essential athlete on both the JV and Varsity Girls Basketball teams. These abilities carry over into Track and Field as she participates in Shot Put and Discs. She placed 3rd in a recent invitational meet and we expect great things from her this season, including qualifying for state. Kiara’s goals including getting an athletic scholarship and graduating from college. She is unsure of what she wants to be but her 3.556 GPA has shown she will be successful in her life’s pursuit.
We are proud to award Senior Moises Guzman Lopez as male athlete of the month. He has been a part of the boys' varsity tennis team all 4 years! During the time, Moises has shown great moral character and embraced the role of an exemplar Dysart Demon! Moises is our number 1 singles tennis player and team captain with an undefeated record thus far. Moises is currently ranked #7 out of 335 senior students academically with a weighted GPA of 4.4. Moises is a member of the National Honors' Society and currently works another job to help not only himself, but his family financially. Moises plans to attend a ASU and pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Freshman Brianna Parshall nominated as Dysart’s Female Athlete of the Month for her relentless courage and tenacity during workouts and competition. Her work ethic and commitment has allowed her to improve her 5k time by over 6 minutes during her first cross country season. The number two on Dysart High School’s State qualifying Cross Country Team; Brianna has earned medals in 3 of 5 Invitational Cross Country Meets that she participated. Her performances helped the Lady Demons place third at the Rancho Solano Prep Invitational, third at the Glendale Showcase, fourth at the Crusader Invitational, and 2nd at the Dysart District Championship. Brianna’s next challenge is competing in the Nike Southwest Region Cross Country Championship Meet, November 22, in Casa Grande. In the classroom, Brianna is an excellent student with a current GPA of 3.8. She has not fully decided on her college future being a freshman however, running is certainly in her long term plans. Please congratulate, Brianna Parshall.
Luis Cervantes is a senior leader on the Dysart Boys Cross Country Team. He placed fourth at the Dysart District Cross Country meet, and he narrowly missed qualifying for the AIA Division II State Cross Country Meet. He is an AVID student who has pushed himself in all areas of his high school career. That includes earning a 4.583 GPA, and he is also currently taking three Advanced Placement classes. Luis is one of the team captains, and always pushes and encourages his teammates to be the best that they can be. He plans on attending an University, and is leaning towards ASU. He hopes to run in college whether that means walking onto the team or earning a scholarship during track season.
DHS Volleyball nominated Maya Terry because she has such a wonderful attitude on and off the court. She is the type of person you can count on to always get the job done! She works diligently at everything she does and puts her best effort forward no matter what the circumstance. In addition, she is always the first to volunteer and take a leadership position whether it is in regards to volleyball, academics, or community relations. Maya also is a very hard working student and can be considered an academic leader on the team, earning a 4.64 weighted GPA, ranking her number 1 in her junior class. Maya is our choice for Female Athlete of the Month.
Derrick Lenhardt is our choice for Male Athlete of the Month due to his work ethic on the field and in the classroom. Derrick currently holds a weighted GPA of 4.083 which places him 19th out of 311 students in the Junior Class. He has pushed himself to take the most challenging courses possible. Derrick also pushes himself on the athletic field in running track and Cross Country. Derrick started running track last year, and this year in his first ever Cross Country season, qualified for the State Cross Country meet by placing 22nd out of 123 athletes. Derrick is the first boy’s state qualifier for Dysart High School on Cross Country in the last 7 years. He stepped up to be the team leader while also balancing his commitment to his grades and the JROTC rifle team.
Tionna Hood is a Sophomore Middle Blocker/Hitter for the Lady Demons volleyball team. This is her 2nd year on Varsity and she emerged this season as both an offensive and defensive tool for the team. On offense, she was second on the team in Kills with 123. On defense, she contributed with 60 total blocks (56 solo) which led her team as well as put her first in the Black Canyon Region and 21st in the 4A Conference. In addition to her statistics, Tionna was selected to the 4A Black Canyon All-Region First Team. Her attitude on and off the court make her a very coachable player in every way. Off the court, Tionna maintains a 4.0 weighted GPA. She is very involved on campus as a member of Student Council where she has improved the campus atmosphere for all students at DHS. She also competes as a sprinter and jumper for the DHS Track and Field team in the Spring. After high school, Tionna hopes to attend UCLA and pursue a career in the medical field in nursing. Overall, her commitment to excellence on and off the court are what make Tionna a great representation of Dysart High School and an easy choice for November’s Athlete of the Month.
Elston Cadle is a Junior football player and a team captain this season. He has become a corner stone for our football program since he began three years ago. Elston has received several recognitions from our Region and Section the past two years. He was selected to 2nd team All Region Offensive Linemen in 2015 as a Sophmore. This year, Elston has been selected as a 1st team All Region Offensive Linemen as a Junior, being only one of two underclassmen to receive this recognition for the 4A Black Canyon Region. Elston helped produce two 1,000 -yard Running Backs this season because of his abilities to open running lanes with his blocks. Elston also excels on that baseball diamond as well. He leads by example through his hard work ethic on the field and in the classroom. He also volunteers with the city of El Mirage in neighborhood clean ups and helping those who need help moving homes in the cities of Surprise and El Mirage. Elston is a great kid and an even better human being. We are proud to nominate him as our choice for November Athlete of the Month.
Dysart High School’s female athlete for the month of October features varsity volleyball player Sydney Terry. Sydney has been a part of the DHS volleyball team all 4 years of high school; playing on varsity for her junior and senior year. Sydney is an all-around player who can play both front row and back row for the team, but she specializes as one of the team’s middle hitters. Her consistent hard hitting and smart decision making on the court is what makes this senior stand out. She is a quiet leader, but she is heard loud and clear through her actions and work ethic because Sydney gives nothing but her all in every drill, volley, and game. She not only gets the job done on the court, but also in the classroom. Sydney’s dedication to academics is revealed by her 4.5 GPA, which ranks her in the top 3% of her class. She is a member of stucco, NHS, and NTHS (National Technical Honors Society). Sydney’s future plans are to attend the University of Arizona to become an anesthesiologist.
Gilbert Villalobos has exceeded all of our expectations this year for DHS Football. He has lead our football team to more wins in the past 4 years by throwing for over 2,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has broken many school records, while still maintaining a 3.95 GPA. Gilbert is an example of how a true scholar athlete is meant to be. We are all very proud of him for his accomplishments that he has achieved thus far. Gilbert plans on attending a Christian College, where he plans to play football, while earning his degree in biblical studies. After high school, Gilbert is strong in faith and believes that he can do anything through his beliefs and he has shown this all four years at Dysart High School!
Vanessa is a sophomore on the Varsity Swim team and the girls Cross Country team as well. She swims the 100 Butterfly and Freestyle. She works hard during practices and has a drive to succeed. As a member of the Cross Country Team, Vanessa can always be counted upon to work arduously while adding spirit and humor to the workouts and competitions. Her infectiously positive attitude has influence the perspective of the other members such that performances have improve tremendously. Vanessa 5k time has improved 5 minutes since the start of the season. She is a pleasure to have on the cross country team. She carries a 3.5 weighted GPA and is always a positive role model for our teams. She can put a smile on any ones face. Vanessa is our choice for Female Athlete of the Month.
Mackie Halla is our choice for Male Athlete of the Month; he is in 11th grade and has a GPA of 3.667. Mackie is an awesome kid who is a varsity player who has played an intricate part on our Varsity football team. Mackie has played 3 positions this year and has started as linebacker for our football team. He has also rushed for over a 100 yards and scored twice. He is also a member of the DHS JROTC program, a great role model for underclassman as a student athlete.
Haley Carter is a senior defensive leader for the DHS varsity volleyball team. She has been a starter all season and her presence in the lineup always helps the defensive effort. On the court, Haley ranks 2nd on the team in digs with 131 on the season which translates to just about 2 digs per set; she is one of the most consistent servers on the team with 93%. In addition to her stats, Haley serves as a great role model for her team as she holds other players accountable and knows what is expected and required to be successful on and off the court. In addition to volleyball, Haley currently has a 3.899 weighted GPA, which places her in the top 10%. She is a member of the school POM team. After graduating, Haley plans to attend community college and further her volleyball career. After that, she hopes to attend university where she wants to pursue a career in occupational therapy in order to work with special needs children. All of these traits on and off the court are what sets Haley apart and makes her a great choice for our Female Athlete of the Month.
Leon Chavez is a senior Varsity Football player who plays wide receiver and linebacker for Dysart High School. Leon has been a big part of the Football program’s turnaround in the last 2 years. This season Leon has had over 40 tackles, 3 interceptions, and a game winning TD- that helped us beat Casa Grande. Leon has led on the field as well as in the classroom by maintaining a GPA of 2.861. He also plays basketball for DHS and is a proven leader on the court as well. Leon is a positive role model on campus and exhibits hard work to underclassman. He hopes to continue his football career, as many colleges have shown interest in him and we are excited to see him play at the next level! He would like to pursue a career in Criminology, and eventually Homicide Detective. Leon has helped build our success on the field, on the court and at Dysart High, which is why we chose him for our Male Athlete of the Month.
Dysart High School’s female athlete for the month of September features varsity volleyball player Alyssa Wong. Alyssa is the ideal scholar athlete participating in volleyball and basketball while maintaining an outstanding 4.6 GPA. Alyssa is a second year starting setter and captain for the lady demons. She is a natural leader on the court by always communicating to her teammates and leading by example. Alyssa not only excels in athletics, but she also demonstrates what it means to be an extraordinary student. She is currently ranked number one in her class, is in NHS, and is the president of Student Council. Alyssa’s future plans are to attend ASU to pursue a degree in accounting and, in her spare time, she wants to explore and travel the world.
Joseph Castro is a junior who is the Boys Swim Captain and was nominated by both the boy's and girl's coach for swim because he has made great strides as a leader of the team. His focus has been to put the team's needs first and this has shown in everything he does this season. The rest of the team, both new and former, see him as a guide to their athletic and team needs. He is an effective communicator and respectful of all teammates. His future plans are to join the army and specialize as a Frontline/Airborne Infantry Medic.
DHS received the following email: “Hello! My name is Tatum Tignor and I run with Liberty High School Cross Country. I wanted to let you know about how amazing one of your runners, Tessa Judd, is... Today, we ran at Estrella Mountain Park in Goodyear where the terrain is extremely hilly. I fell TWICE while we were running and both times Tessa was right there encouraging me to keep running, telling me that I've got this and that we're almost done. I'm 100% positive that she could've ran past me and improved her time, but she didn't, and I honestly appreciated it so much... You guys should all be extremely proud of her. It meant a lot to me that she stopped and cared when I fell. Then, after our race, she came up and hugged me and told me how proud she was that I finished, nicknaming me "woman of steel." Seriously, you all should be so proud. I'd really appreciate it if you recognized her somehow or someway for what she did. It truly touched me. Thank you so much! & Mrs. Judd, you raised her well.” Tessa is currently participating in Cross Country and Swim and is our choice for Female Athlete of the Month.
Luke Kingston is our choice for Male Athlete of the Month; he is a 4th year veteran of the swim team this year, and maintains a cumulative 3.8 GPA. As his coach, I have seen him mature over the years and take on personal ownership of the team. He has developed a camaraderie amongst his peers that focuses on team building, sportsmanship, and having an awesome time. This is truly his year to shine with the respect and admiration of his coaches and fellow swimmers.
DHS is proud to present freshman, Gabrielle Gomez as our female athlete of the month for September. Gabrielle is an Honors’ Student with a current GPA of 3.8 unweighted. As the number 1 runner on the Girls’ Cross Country Team, she has run a season best time of 2:06.6 in the 5000 meters. She is ranked 6th in Division 4, Section III. Gabrielle is also ranked 6th on the Dysart High School all-time performances list for girls in 5000 meters. Although she is still learning the sport, Gabrielle is one of the fastest freshman that I have coached at DHS. She is running times that the school record holder for the 5000 meters ran in her sophomore and junior years. Each meet she runs faster and faster, focusing on continuously improving. She is undecided about her future plans but, Gabrielle does plan to participate in Track to complete her freshman sports year.
Pacey Prettyman is a senior Varsity Football player who plays running back for Dysart High School and our choice for Male Athlete of the Month. He is also the captain of the football team. Pacey ranks in the top 10 for rushing yards and tackles in 4A football division. He also ranks first in scoring in all of 4A football division. He is a major reason why we are 4-0 at this time. Pacey is a great kid and a positive role model for our younger players in the football program. He leads by example on the field and in the classroom. He has helped volunteer with the city of El Mirage cleaning yards of homes of the less fortunate families. He dedicates himself in the classroom and would like to play football in college and major in the medical field.