Arizona Republic to recognize fall HS athletes beginning Sunday

Each year, the Arizona Republic honors high school athletes in fall, winter, and spring sports, announcing the top boys and girls, as well as the top coaches, in articles published in the newspaper and on azcentral .com.

That tradition will continue this school year, even amid changes that have resulted in delays to the start of seasons and the cancellation of some games along the way.

One thing will be different: the timing of these stories.

Our series of stories honoring fall’s top athletes will begin on Sunday, as we profile Arizona’s top high school golfers for the fall season. On December 27, we’ll be honoring Arizona’s top female golfers.

From there, we’ll continue the stories honoring fall athletes in boys and girls swimming, boys and girls cross country, badminton, girls volleyball and soccer through a series of Sunday stories in January and February.

The stories are released as part of our annual Arizona High School Sports Awards event, held at the end of the school year to honor athletes in fall, winter and spring sports.

The Arizona High School Sports Awards are a nine-month student athlete recognition program that will culminate in an on-demand broadcast show featuring the biggest names in professional sports helping to honor top student athletes.

The awards show is scheduled to premiere at 5 p.m. MST on July 15. More information can be found at to sign up for show updates, winner selections, presenter announcements and more.

The Arizona High School Sports Awards, formerly known as the azcentral Sports Awards, are part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the nation’s largest high school sports recognition program. Event organizers had hoped to schedule an in-person event for 2021, but concern for the continued safety and health of students and their families with the continued spread of COVID-19, led to the decision to produce a streaming awards show.