Receiver commits to Arizona

Canyon Springs wide receiver Juron Criner has committed to play at Arizona.

"Arizona is getting a major Division I-A football player," Pioneers coach Matt Jenkins said. "I truly believe he'll go in and not only compete for playing time but start as a freshman. There are a bunch of great high school athletes, but they aren't really ready to compete at that level. But Juron is physically strong enough to compete at that level as a freshman next year."

The 6-foot-4-inch, 205-pound Criner caught 58 passes for 1,631 yards and 25 touchdowns this fall. He is the second area player to commit to the Wildcats, joining Bishop Gorman running back Keola Antolin.

GATORADE AWARDS -- Canyon Springs' Devonte Christopher and Durango's Hayley Spelman have been honored as Gatorade Players of the Year for Nevada.

Christopher took the football award after completing 148 of 232 passes for 3,285 yards and 44 touchdowns this fall in leading the Pioneers to a 9-2 record.

The area's coaches also selected Christopher as the Sunrise Region Offensive Player of the Year, and he was a first-team All-Sunrise Region pick at quarterback.

Spelman took the volleyball honor. The 6-foot-6-inch junior hitter helped the Trailblazers win the Sunset Region title while amassing 714 kills.

SIGNING -- Sierra Vista softball player Amelia McIntosh has signed to play at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. McIntosh, who pitches for Sierra Vista, probably will be an outfielder and utility player at St. Mary's.


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