Largest Winter All-Star class recognized at Times ceremony

Largest Winter All-Star class recognized at Times ceremony

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Flagstaff junior Wyatt Nez receives a handshake from keynote speaker Rainy Crisp during the 2014-2015 Navajo Times Winter All-Star ceremony on Monday. Nez placed third in the 132-pound weight class at the Arizona Division III state wrestling tournament. (Times photo - Donovan Quintero)

Flagstaff junior Wyatt Nez receives a handshake from keynote speaker Rainy Crisp during the 2014-2015 Navajo Times Winter All-Star ceremony on Monday. Nez placed third in the 132-pound weight class at the Arizona Division III state wrestling tournament. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

After four years of ups and downs, Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitosi was given another reminder that coming back home to coach was the best decision she made.

On Monday, at the Navajo Times 2014-2015 Winter All-Star awards ceremony held at the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, Bitsoi was named the Times’ coach of the year for girl’s basketball.

She said it was nothing short of a surprise.

“Although the coaching award was an honor and was surprising, I coach because I love those kids in Tohatchi and I want the best for them,” she said. “I just don’t envision things like this.”

Bitsoi was recognized in front of dozens of athletes, parents, coaches and spectators during the award ceremony.

Navajo Preparatory School head girl’s basketball and volleyball coach Rainy Crisp gave the keynote speech at the event.

The Navajo Times recognized over 60 wrestling all-stars with six of them being named wrestlers of the year.

Holbrook High School’s Theron Johns was named wrestler of the year in the lower weight division along with Aiden Cockrell from Kirtland Central High School.

Cockrell, a junior, earned the 132-pound individual New Mexico state wrestling title in February after missing nearly half the season to an injury.

After successful seasons, Tuba City’s Brandon Williams and Piedra Vista’s Michael Bejar were awarded our coaches of the year.


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About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.

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