Teams of the Year: Arizona

Updated: May 18, 2009, 7:41 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

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Boys' Team of the Year

SAGUARO FOOTBALL
Saguaro dominated the Class 4A, Division I title game with a 38-0 win over Chaparral to claim the team's third consecutive 4A-I title. Five seniors earned recognition on the 2008 Coaches Association All-State team -- linebacker Ben Bisgard, defensive back Erik Brown, defensive end Justin Jungblut, offensive lineman Kody Koebensky and tight end Max Smith. Senior defensive end Corey Adams, rated the nation's No. 53 recruit in the ESPNU 150, earned 4A All- State first team defensive honors from The Arizona Republic.

OTHER FINALISTS

HAMILTON GOLF
The Huskies topped Salpointe by 20 strokes to claim the 5A-I state title. State champion junior C.J. Kim was named Golfer of the Year by The Arizona Republic, while senior Andrew Yun joined Kim on the All-Arizona team.

HIGHLAND SOCCER
The Hawks, the No. 4 seed in the 5A-I state tournament, outscored opponents 12-3 en route to winning the state title. Senior midfielder A.J. Goshinska led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists.

PHOENIX NORTH BASKETBALL

Led by junior All-State first team pick Daniel Bejarano, North edged Ironwood Ridge, 42-39, to claim the Class 5A, Division II state title. Fellow juniors Robert Arvizu and Shabaz Lewis earned All-State honorable mention nods.

Girls' Team of the Year

XAVIER PREP GOLF
The Gators placed their top three golfers first, second and third at the Class 5A, Division I state championship. Junior Katerina Ruzickova, named Girls' Golfer of the Year by The Arizona Republic, earned medalist honors after shooting consecutive under-par rounds. Ruzickova also competed for her home country -- the Czech Republic -- in the World Amateur Golf Championships. Sophomore Kaira Martin and senior Kimberly Kim, who is rated the nation's No. 4 prep golfer by Golfweek, finished second and third, respectively.

OTHER FINALISTS

CENTENNIAL VOLLEYBALL
The Coyotes lived up to their billing as No. 1 seed in the Class 5A, Division II tournament, winning the state title. Senior outside hitter Mackenzie Willneff and junior outside hitter Brook Pottle earned All-State nods.

FLOWING WELLS SOCCER
The 4A-I state champs were led by All-State senior Skye Schultz, who was named Player of the Year by The Arizona Republic, and junior Brooke Anderson, a 4A-I first team goaltender.

HIGHLAND BASKETBALL
Led by seniors Morgan Wohltman and Malia Magazzeni, Highland won its second consecutive 5A-I state championship, edging St. Mary's, 51-48. Wohltman was the All-East Valley Tribune Player of the Year.

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