Today the Star honors 823 of the Southern Arizona's best athletes in baseball, softball, tennis, track and boys volleyball. Depicted in the gallery below are the seven athletes and coaches of the year along with our team selections. You can also find blog entries by high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona on how he and his staff decided each athlete of the year.

The Old Pueblo Trolley Motor Bus Division was the backdrop for the portraits of the seven athletes of the year. Volunteers help to restore buses from the 1920's through the 1970's. The bus division is always on the lookout for more volunteers. Visit oldpueblotrolley.org or call 360-0268 for more information or to arrange a tour of the North Park Avenue restoration shop.

Photos by Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star

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Player of the Year: Tyler Fallwell, Palo Verde

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Player of the Year: Emily Robinson, Ironwood Ridge

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Player of the Year: Yash Parikh, Salpointe Catholic

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Player of the Year: Kirtana Bhat, Catalina Foothills

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Athlete of the Year: Carlos Villarreal, Rio Rico

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Athlete of the Year: Katie Izzo, Catalina Foothills

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Player of the Year: Arthur Gibson, Sahuaro