Valley Christian OH Cara Braun voted the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Valley Christian girls volleyball OH Cara Braun for being voted SBLive’s WaFd Bank Arizona High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 8-14!

The senior’s 15 kills, 10 digs and two aces led the way for Valley Christian in the 3-0 win over Snowflake in the 3A championship match.

Braun received 36.68% of the vote, beating out Desert Vista’s Antonio Delgado who finished second with 32.22%. Hamilton’s Tatum Thomas finished third with 12.6% and Sandra Day O’Connor’s Brian Dominguez finished fourth with 2.48%. There were over 15,000 votes tallied this week!

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Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Nov. 8-14:


Devin Bowling, Senior, Benson – In the first half of the playoff game against St. Johns, Bowling had 267 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. Benson went on to defeat St. Johns 48-6, with Bowling closing the night with a phenomenal stat line. Rushing for just under 420 yards on 18 carries, he finished with five touchdowns. His 419 rushing yards were good for a new school record. 

Antonio Delgado, Junior, Desert Vista – Delgado’s sack in OT secured a 28-21 win against Mountain Pointe in the 25th annual “Tukee Bowl.”

Brian Dominguez, Senior, Sandra Day O’Connor – Helping the Eagles defeat their rivals at Mountain Ridge, Dominguez had two touchdowns on the ground, one for nearly 50 yards. O’Connor won the game 28-3. 

Kyri Jamison, Junior, Williams Field – Coming up with a huge interception at the 2-yard line, Jamison was able to stop Brophy from scoring while essentially sealing a win for the Blackhawks. 

Nicco Marchiol, Senior, Hamilton – Helping Hamilton get its first win in the Battle of Arizona Avenue since 2013, he broke the school record for season touchdown passes with 33 in the 21-14 victory over Chandler. 

Adam Mohammed, Sophomore, Apollo – He finished the night with 199 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in the 61-38 rout of Camelback on Friday. 

Brayton Silbor, Senior, Chaparral – Passing for 298 yards and four touchdowns, Silbor set a Chaparral record for passing yards in a season with 3,067 in the win over Pinnacle. 

Richard Stallworth, Junior, Yuma Catholic – In the 68-13 rout of Round Valley in the 3A quarterfinals, Stallworth set a state record. On his eighth touchdown pass of the night, he surpassed the previous record for passing touchdowns in a single season, making it 65. Stallworth will have the potential to continue adding to this number in this week’s semifinal game against ALA-Gilbert North. 

Braden Wells, Senior, Notre Dame Prep – Completing 24 of his 28 pass attempts for 255 yards and three touchdowns, Wells helped Notre Dame Prep knock off the Horizon Huskies 31-28 to close the regular season. 


Jordan Middleton, Senior, Hamilton – Middleton had a match-high 25 kills, 12 digs and two aces to lead Hamilton to a 3-1 win over O’Connor in the 6A final.

Tatum Thomas, Senior, Hamilton – Thomas recorded 35 digs in Hamilton’s 6A title-clinching 3-1 win over O’Connor.

Taylor Johnson, Senior, Horizon – Johnson had 14 kills in Horizon’s 3-0 win over Millennium in the 5A final.

Kendal Murphy, Junior, Horizon – Murphy had 14 kills and six digs in Horizon’s 3-0 win over Millennium in the 5A final.

Evan Hendrix, Sophomore, Notre Dame Prep – Hendrix’s 22 kills, 11 digs and five aces helped lead Notre Dame Prep to the 4A championship with a 3-0 sweep of Canyon del Oro.


Lauren Ping, Junior, Desert Vista – At the Division 1 championships, Ping won her third consecutive individual title, with a time of 17:39.4.

Mia Hall, Junior, Flagstaff – Hall won the Division 2 race at the state championships with a time of 18:06.2.

Kylie Wild, Junior, Salpointe Catholic – Wild won the Division 3 crown with a time of 18:41.0.

Jessica Madrid, Senior, Round Valley – Madrid finished with a time of 19:52.7 to claim the Division 4 state championship.


Noah Judon, Senior, Desert Vista – Judon won the Division 1 title with a time of 16:09.4.

Terrence Keyes, Senior, Gilbert – Keyes ran to victory in the Division 2 championship race, crossing the finish line in 15:43.9.

Cesar Diaz, Junior, Mingus Union – With a time of 16:20.0, Diaz won the Division 3 race at the state championships.

Jon Barney, Senior, Veritas Prep – Barney ran the Division 4 championship race in 16:20.0 to take first place.

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