FALL ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Clark sophomore praised for leadership, steadiness, humility

Clark boys tennis coach Clarence Chun described Miko Pasimio as focused, determined and hardworking.

“And I’m not even talking about tennis,” Chun said.

Pasimio, a sophomore, won the Division I-A state singles title in October and also helped the Chargers successfully defend their state team title.

For his efforts, Pasimio has been named the small-school Boys Tennis Player of the Year as part of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Fall Athletes of the Year.

“He’s like the steady force,” Chun said. “He definitely has a lot of humility. You see tennis players on the court with a lot of ego because they know they’re great. He’s more like a (Rafael) Nadal or a (Roger) Federer type. He knows he’s good, but he doesn’t have to advertise it.”

As a freshman, Pasimio played a key role on the team that captured Clark’s first state team title since 1979. This season, he went undefeated at No. 1 singles for the Chargers, who finished 17-0 and are riding a 35-match winning streak.

In the Division I-A Southern Region singles final, Pasimio won the final nine games to notch a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Tech junior Christian Valle. In the state singles final, Pasimio overcame a lower back injury to dominate Valle 6-0, 6-2.

Pasimio lost three games in four singles matches at the Southern Region tournament and dropped only six games in the state tournament.

“Although he’s a sophomore, a lot of players look to him as inspiration because he’s so consistent and steady,” Chun said. “He could play second or third (singles), and he wouldn’t care. That’s the kind of individual he is.”

The Chargers relied on Pasimio for victories at the top of their lineup this season, but his leadership was even more vital to the Chargers’ success, according to Chun.

Pasimio was known for his dry sense of humor at practice — “He would be serious and quiet and, all of a sudden, make you laugh,” Chun said — in addition to the way he interacted with teammates.

Chun said Pasimio would hit balls with younger, less- talented players whenever they asked.

“He is a leader by action,” Chun said. “He created more of a team spirit by his action. He was very instrumental in the cohesiveness of the team. Just by talking to players, he would raise the level of other players.”

Chun said Pasimio’s greatest strength on the court is his consistency, and the Chargers’ coach expects that attribute to serve Pasimio well for the rest of his high school career.

“All the players look to him,” Chun said. “He’s definitely a great team player.”

Contact reporter David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidSchoenLVRJ.


DIVISION I: Tyler Newman, Liberty: The senior quarterback threw for a state-best 3,988 yards and 42 touchdowns, leading the Patriots to their fourth straight Sunrise Region title.

OTHERS: Justin Hughes, Moapa Valley: The Division I-A state Defensive Player of the Year finished with 127 tackles and had a team-best five interceptions from his linebacker spot.


DI: Cali Thompson, Coronado: The sophomore setter was the Sunrise Region Player of the Year, averaging 10 assists as the Cougars won their first state championship.

OTHERS: Cayla Nikodemus, Faith Lutheran: The junior outside hitter was the Division I-A Southern Region Most Valuable Player and a first-team all-state pick.


DI: Danny Musovski, Liberty: The Southeast League Most Valuable Player broke his own state record with 58 goals and finished as the state’s large-school all-time leading scorer with 139.

OTHERS: Gerardo Skewes, Chaparral: The junior goalkeeper was named the MVP of the Division I-A All-Southern Region team after recording eight shutouts for the Cowboys.


DI: Kimberly Olivares, Eldorado: The senior midfielder posted 31 goals and 11 assists on the way to earning All-Southern Nevada and Southeast League MVP honors.

OTHERS: Sydney Sladek, Pahrump Valley: The state’s all-time leading scorer had 75 goals as a senior and was named to the Division I-A all-state first team. She signed with Southern California.


DI: Dylan Levitt, Bishop Gorman: The freshman won the Sunset Region and Division I state singles titles and helped the Gaels reach the state semifinals as a team for the first time in 10 years.


DI: McKay Novak, Centennial: The senior won two consecutive three-set matches to become the first athlete in school history to take home the Division I-A state singles crown.

OTHERS: Abbigail Klein, The Meadows: The freshman bounced back from a loss in the Division I-A Southern Region final to win the state singles title in straight sets.


DI: Mercedes Khumnark, Green Valley: The junior was the top local at the Division I-A state tournament, finishing third with a two-round total of 5-over-par 149.

OTHERS: Julia Becker, Faith Lutheran: The junior coasted to the Division I-A state title by nine strokes and led the Crusaders to their second straight team championship.


DI: Eddie Esquivel, Eldorado: Was the top local finisher at the Division I-A state meet, taking second place in a time of 16:28. It was his second consecutive state runner-up finish.

OTHERS: Chase Wood, Faith Lutheran: The top area runner at the Division I-A state meet, Wood finished third in 17:03. He was second in the Southern Region race.


DI: Sydney Badger, Centennial: The senior captured her first individual Division I-A state title, pulling away from two runners in the final mile to win by almost 20 seconds.

OTHERS: Jeneke Heerema, The Meadows: The Division III Southern Region champ was second at the state meet after a photo finish and helped the Mustangs win the state team title.