Hayden High School announces athletic awards recipients

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  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in the Copper Area are continuing their end-of-year ceremonies and recognitions in some manner or another. This includes Hayden High School, which recently released its list of student-athletes who were recognized for their prowess in their respective sports. 

  Hayden-Winkelman Unified School District athletic director Lydia Martinez is a 1980 graduate of Hayden High School who just completed her 34th year as an educator, all at Hayden. She takes great pride in raising her family in the community and that includes her “family” of Lobos’ student-athletes.

  “The amount of pride I have for my student-athletes goes beyond measure,” Martinez wrote in an email response. “The importance here, lies within the student-athletes’ determination, work ethic, confidence, and overall drive to overcome challenges, setbacks, and obstacles to show forth their successes.

  “Not only does the student-athlete excel above expectations but being from our small town of Hayden, I am fueled by their commitment to succeed and their well-deserved recognition to become that positive influence on the younger generation and have an everlasting impact on our community.”

  According to Martinez, Hayden had 77 out of 95 students participate in athletics this academic school year.

  “That goes to show you that there is a lot of pride and commitment here at Hayden High School,” she said.

  Martinez was asked what attributes she expects a student-athlete at Hayden to possess.

  “I feel our successful students possess, discipline, commitment, work ethic, and self-confidence,” she answered. 

  The following student-athletes displayed those attributes this recently concluded school year.


MVP – Jorge Rodriguez

1A East Region 1st Team 

Josiel Rodriguez – Linebacker & Offensive Lineman

Jorge Rodriguez – Linebacker & Running Backs 

Vince Gallegos – Defensive Backs & Receivers/Tight Ends

Gilberto Carmelo – Defensive Lineman & Punter

1A East Region 2nd Team

Peter Kame – Offensive Lineman

Gilberto Carmelo – Offensive Utility/Flex Player

Vince Gallego – Punt Returner

1A East Region Honorable Mention

Arthur Castillo III – Quarterbacks

Mory Cruz – Defensive Utility/Flex Player

Moses Gonzalez – Defensive Lineman/Offensive Lineman


MVP – Julianna Hong

Team Award – Clarissa Gonzalez

1A East Region 2nd Team

Amariz Ochoa – Hitter/Middle Blocker

1A East Region Honorable Mention 

Julianna Hong


MVP – Brandon Garner

Most Improved – Isaac Castillo

Defensive Player – Javier Lopez

1A East Region 1st Team

Brandon Garner

1A East Region 2nd Team 

Isaac Castillo

1A East Region Honorable Mention 

Arthur Castillo III

Javier Lopez


MVP – Sarrah Perez

Exceptional Leader – Clarissa Gonzalez

Defensive Player – Julianna Hong

Most Improved – Sonia Urias Gallego

1A East Region Offensive Player of the Year

Sarrah Perez

1A East Region Coach of the Year 

Helene Martinez

1A East Region 2nd Team

Julianna Hong

Clarissa Gonzalez


MVP – Pablo Acuna


FOOTBALL – Lyana Romero

BASKETBALL – Raquela Westrope


Ahleah Arbizo


Manuel Guillen

Sarrah Perez


Jorge Rodriguez


Clarissa Gonzalez

Julianna Hong

Andy Luberda (1142 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.

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