Patagonia Middle School Girls Win Championship

The Patagonia Middle School Girls Basketball team won their championship game on March 6, beating Sacred Heart 40-38. (From left) Alexis Fimbres, Jayme Dodson, Lizzy Urias, Amaris Ochoa, Brianna Majalca, Janelle Valenzuela, Heaven Shadrick, Adalyn Thompson. The team was coached by Daniteza Valenzuela and assistant coach Francisco Valenzuela.

PRBC Youth Award Applications 

The Patagonia Regional Business Coalition (PRBC) is accepting applications or nominations for middle school and high school students that are residents in Eastern Santa Cruz County, 85624, 85611, 85637. 

Applicants/nominees must be a positive example to peers, demonstrate leadership in school/community, show exemplary character, a “can do” attitude, and show entrepreneurial skills/interest. Applicants must complete an application, essay, and a sealed letter of recommendation. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 20, 2019. For more information, please e-mail Denise Bowdon at Information will also be available at Patagonia School District, Elgin School, Patagonia Health & Fitness, or South32 Patagonia office.

Hayes Named Coach of the Year

Photo by Marion Vendituoli

PUHS basketball coach Kenny Hayes was named Coach of the Year for the 1A Conference Southern Region. The Lobos finished 9th in their conference, with a record of 16–10. 

Senior Victor Barajas was named Region Player of the Year, as well, and was named to the All-Region 1st Team and to the All-Conference 2nd Team. Barajas is ranked 1st in the state and 6th nationally in rebounding. 

Sophomore Lalo Aguilar was named to the All-region 2nd Team. 

Stradling Scholarships Available for Seniors

The Anne C. Stradling Equine Foundation will offer scholarships for students graduating in the class of 2019 who attend local public or parochial high school in Santa Cruz County or are home-schooled. County residents who attend high school in neighboring Pima or Cochise County are also eligible to apply. The number of scholarships varies depending on available funds and number of applications received. 

The awards are based on scholastic achievement, financial need and extracurricular activities. Enrollment in agricultural studies is encouraged, but not required. Students planning to attend a university, community college or trade/vocational school may apply. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 12, 2019 to be considered.

Applications may be obtained from the school counselor’s office or the Anne C. Stradling Equine Foundation, P.O. Box 248, Sonoita, AZ 85637.