For the second consecutive year, Douglas’ Madison Green has landed player of the year honors for the Gila Region.
Last year, as a junior, Green was named the Gila Region’s Defensive Player of the Year. This year she was awarded the Offensive Player of the Year.
She was also placed on the Gila Region’s First Team along with Victoria Valenzuela. Isabel Tanabe and Deyanira Victor both received Second Team honors, while Honorable Mention honors went to Myrna Davalos, Dianey Grijalva and Alyssa Linden.
At their postseason awards banquet on Nov. 12, the Bulldogs were honored for their performance this past season which saw them end the year on a six-game winning streak.
Coach Carlos Chavez presented Valenzuela with an award for having the most digs; Tanabe, the most aces; Davalos, the most assists; Victor, the most blocks and Green, the most kills.
Prior to the banquet Green said it’s an honor being name the Gila Region’s Offensive Player of the Year.
“I love being able to represent Douglas,” she said. “It’s a nice feeling knowing all my hard work paid off.”
Green said she really enjoyed her volleyball career at DHS and being able to play for Coach Chavez as well as coach Lorena and Alonso Tapia.
“I remember her walking into our gym as a freshman and me asking her if she wanted to play volleyball,” he said. “She told me ‘I can only do one pushup.’ From that day to her standing here right now, it has been an awesome feeling. She’s been the best middle blocker in volleyball for Douglas High School. It’s been a pleasure to see her play and grow.”
Volleyball season got off to a rough start this past season for the Bulldogs who at one point were 4-8 before going on their six-game winning streak, which included handing region champion Walden Grove its lone conference loss.
She said it was a 3-2 loss to Amphi at home that seemed to be the turning point because afterwards she broke into tears and also became a little more vocal as a team captain.
“To sweep Walden Grove the way we did in Douglas felt so good,” she said. “It was the best game I have played in my entire career. They were so embarrassed they had lost to Douglas. They had girls taller than me and I got blocked just once that entire match. It felt so good.”
Upon graduation in May, Green plans on attending Northern Arizona University, where she hopes to study to become a doctor.
“I plan on playing intramurals up there and I might even try out for the university team,” she said. “School is now my future.”
Green said she’s going to miss wearing the black and gold uniform and playing for coach Chavez.
“Being on this team has taught me that hard work does pay off,” she said. “And that I need to keep doing that in other aspects of my life in order to succeed.”
“Maddie is leaving some big shoes to fill,” the coach said. “We need to keep searching and hopefully we can find somebody else to step in. I wish Maddie nothing but the best. She has her goals set and I’m hoping down the road she meets it.”
The coach added, Valenzuela also has an incredible year, as did several other of his players.
“It was a fun season,” the coach said. “Some good memories for these girls.”