Galvez, Marquez named Sanger High Athletes of the Year

Cross country-track standout and record-setting pole vault-sprint star and golfer receive their honors at Night of Champions Event on June 3

Sanger High’s Atianna Marquez, right, runs the anchor leg of the girls 4x100 relay team en route to a state-qualifying second place finish at the Central Section Masters Track and Field meet in Clovis on May 18. Marquez, part of the record-holding girls 4x100 and sprint medley relay teams as well as Division I section champ in the girls pole vault (holding the school record of 12 feet, 3 inches), was honored as the school's Female Athlete of the Year during the Night of Champions Awards ceremony at Sanger High on June 3. She also competed for the champion Apaches girls golf team. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published June 7, 2024  • 
3:00 pm

SANGER – A pair of multi-sports standouts with considerable feats in running are this year’s Athlete of the Year recipients for Sanger High School.

Cross country-track standout Daniel Galvez and track-golf star Atianna Marquez were honored as male and female top athletes during the Night of Champions awards ceremony at the school’s Multi-Purpose Room on June 3. Voting was done by all the school’s varsity coaches.

Both Galvez and Marquez hold records on the track during their careers, and plan to compete at the university level this fall. Galvez, an eight-letter winner in track and field and cross country, will attend Fresno Pacific University; Marquez has a piece of three school records for SHS  girls track, and will be part of the Cal State Fullerton track and field program.

Galvez earned eight varsity letters for the Apaches, and was a key contributor on two County Metro Athletic Conference championships in both track and cross country. That included a Central Section team cross country title his sophomore season, and CMAC individual crown in 2023 followed by a 13th place Division 1 section finish.

Galvez was part of this year’s SHS boys’ school record-setting distance medley relay team, and also holds sophomore class records in the 800 and 1600 meters.

Marquez starred in both track and golf for Sanger’s girls, playing a major role in three CMAC track championships and one conference and Central Section golf crown. She’s a CMAC track champion in four different individual events, highlighted by a school record 12 feet, 3 inches in the pole vault. Marquez first set the school record as a sophomore and has increased the record height five additional times.

In addition to the pole vault, Marquez is part of school record-holding 4×100 and sprint medley relay teams. She ranks number two all time in the SHS girls 100 meter dash and fourth all-time in the 100 meter hurdles.

Marquez was part of another major award, the Scholar Champions for 2023-24 along with fellow senior Jaxon Hoover (water polo, swimming). Hoover had a cumulative grade points average of 4.50 and Marquez 4.46, ranking second and third overall in the class. Top scholar athletes also were honored in each sport for carrying the top GPA for the team during their respective season.

Dave Dodson, who was head coach for the Sanger High track and field program for 48 years, presented the Dave Dodson Sportsmanship Awards to two senior athletes displaying standout character traits. Basketball players Adaylius Jackson and Kirstin Cockrell received the awards, and both members plan to enter the military this fall.

All varsity sports also had Arrowhead Character Award winners nominated and honored.

School officials also awarded S Pins to all senior athletes who earned enough letters and award points over their four years. A total of 48 senior athletes were honored.

Sanger High’s athletics accomplishments during 2023-24 was highlighted by the school claiming overall CMAC athletic supremacy for the sixth time in seven years. All told, 18 Apaches teams qualified for Central Section Division I postseason playoffs or championship meets; with a school-record 15 teams capturing CMAC titles.

Special Sanger High record-setting and milestone achievements came from Krista Sheaffer (career girls basketball points leader and first 2,000 point scorer overall) and Yvette Garcia (girls wrestling’s first state meet placewinner).

Other CMAC Player of the Year/MVP honors went to Bryson Baker (football), Israel Robles (football-offense), Marquis Cropper (football-defense), Jonathan Ybarra (football-lineman), Nathan Velasquez (football-lineman), Hoover (water polo, boys swim), Catherine Sheaffer (girls water polo-goalkeeper), Haley Delgado (girls tennis), Andrea Alvarenga (girls soccer), Trent Navo (boys volleyball), Marjorie Krueger (girls swim) and Michael Bedrosian (boys tennis).

Jon Earnest