Class 6A Athletes of the Year finalists named

Athletes are, well, just that, athletes. Many have been gifted in more than one sport, with multiple talents, and some in the Valley excel at four or five sports along with bringing home good grades and volunteering in their community. There certainly hasn’t been a slowdown in college signings across the Valley for so many athletes.

Below are the finalists for the All Valley Class 6A Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Winners will be announced June 13 at the All Valley Sports Awards Banquet, co-presented by DHR Health and Lone Star National Bank. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

6A FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR

Ari Arceneaux, Brownsville Hanna:  Played volleyball, basketball and softball. Started in all those sports and was a leadoff hitter in softball. She was an all-metro and All-District 32-6A first-team volleyball player and was named to the RGVCA volleyball all-star game.  Started on Hanna’s first playoff girls basketball team in 10 seasons.

Andrea de la Rosa, Brownsville Rivera, Senior: De la Rosa qualified for state in the 3,200. Overall, the Rivera senior won a combined 15 races in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. Also qualified for the state meet in cross country and was undefeated in all RGV CC races. Placed 20th at state CC meet.

Lexi Gonzalez, McAllen High Lexi Gonzalez, Junior:  Gonzalez was a key cog once again on two Bulldogs teams. She started the year by verbally committing to her next stage: Oregon State for volleyball. In August, she was back in knee pads to lead McHi with her attack which netted 662 kills. Back on the pitch, where she led the Bulldogs to state as a sophomore, Gonzalez stood tall to fend off challengers and win another district championship in goal. She was also selected to the TASCO all-state first team for soccer.

6A MALE ATHLETE OF YEAR

Miguel Flores, PSJA High, Junior:  Flores was a huge part of the Bears’ potent offense on the football field with 1,116 yards and 14 touchdowns as Trey Guajardo’s top receiver. In the track season, he used that speed in the 400-meter dash where he surprised the field with his gold medal finish with a P.R. time of 48.18 seconds. Flores did all that as a junior and will be back for another season.

Trey Guajardo, PSJA High, Senior:  Guajardo had a season that will go down in history not just in his high school, but around the state. The senior gunslinger threw for 3,371 yards and 32 touchdowns, eclipsing his 2,919 and 29 touchdowns as a junior. He was instrumental in bringing the Bears their first district championship trophy in over a decade. Guajardo had a .427 batting average for the Bears in baseball and finished with 36 RBIs and 30 runs on the season, helping lead PSJA High to the 30-6A district title. Guajardo also stole 19 bases and had a slugging percentage of .615 and an on-base percentage of .535 in 33 games for PSJA High.

Seth Sanchez, Weslaco High, Senior:  Sanchez excelled on both the football field and baseball diamond for the Panthers. Sanchez, a defensive end, had 48 total tackles, 29 solo stops, 10.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. On the diamond, Sanchez boasted a .411 batting average and led Weslaco High to a 24-7-1 record with 32 RBIs and three home runs, while crossing the plate 21 times.

The banquet, hosted by RGVSports.com and AIM Media Texas in conjunction with the RGV Sports Hall of Fame, will see 33 awards presented to athletes, coaches and teams across all 12 UIL sports. The prestigious Tom Landry Award of Excellence will honor a student athlete for outstanding achievements.

Dallas Cowboys great Randy White, a Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Famer, will be the guest speaker.

The banquet, which will run approximately 6 to 8 p.m., returns to Mario’s for a second consecutive year. The venue has a seating capacity of more than 500 people.

Tickets are on sale for $40 per person. For sponsorship opportunities, call Marcia Kitten at (956) 683-4463 email mkitten@aimmediatx.com.