Northland Prep’s Mia Blair took home the player of the year honor and teammate Kiarra Hovis won offensive player of the year just a year after she missed the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL.
Blair garnered her third 2A player of the year recognition as she caps off a decorated high school career with even more hardware. Five Spartans made it on the All-Conference First Team in Blair, Hovis, Rylee Reed, Ellie Karren and Payten Schmidt — who allowed just one goal all season in the net for the Spartans.
The Spartans had two land on the All-Conference Second Team as Anna Kellar and Sydney Sventek represented their team.
A player from the Spartans has now won the 2A offensive player of the year award for four straight seasons and Blair’s third player of the year award was her second straight as well.
Swim and dive
Local teams had solid showings over the weekend at the state championship meet in the Valley at Brophy College Prep.
Division II Flagstaff took eighth as a team on the girls side while the boys landed in 13th. Pearl Himelick led the Eagles girls squad with a solid Saturday with a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley 2:14.38 and led the Eagles 200-yard freestyle relay team to an eighth-place finish.
Himelick also finished 15th in the 100 breaststroke.