10 local athletes honored by the National Football Foundation


Tristan Peterson (Andy Morales/

Tristan Peterson is a multi-sport standout for CDO (Andy Morales/

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF-CHOF) announced the 2016 Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients on Tuesday:

James Raica, Pusch Ridge
William Walker, Cienega
Andrew Filiberti, Sahuaro
Jake Ksiazek, Salpointe
Tristan Peterson, Canyon del Oro
DeAndre Williams, Tucson
Dionte Flores, Flowing Wells
Dylan Eickmeyer, Salpointe
David Ogas, Morenci
Cody Cropp, Pusch Ridge

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the NFF-CHOF also selected one University of Arizona graduating senior to be honored. This year’s honoree was Casey Skowron.

According to a news release, they were selected on the basis of stringent criteria focusing on academic scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement. One of the ten senior high school honorees, will be nominated for the National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete Award to be presented in December 2016 in conjunction with the 59th Annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

From news release.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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