2016-2017 Centurion Athletics Year in Review

For the 2016-2017 School Year the St. John Paul II High School Centurion Athletic Department's overall growth was reflected by its well-represented presence in TAPPS District and State Honors.

STJPII developed...
All-State Team Members:
Academic All-State Team:
State Meet Qualifiers for Individual Sports:

Within TAPPS 5A - District 6, the Centurions announced
50 All-District Members, including...

1st Team All-District:
2nd Team All-District:
Honorable Mention:

And one Centurion Athlete, Shania Esquivel, who competed in Track, Cross-Country, and Basketball, earned a National Spotlight as she was accepted into Battles Won Academy

St. John Paul II High School also announced the construction of a new turf playing surface and appropriately naming the facility "Bishop Carmody Field".


Cross Country:

7 Boys and 4 Girls qualified to represent St. John Paul II High School at the TAPPS 5A State XC Meet at Baylor University in Waco, TX -Girls-

11th Grade Alexandria Serna
11th Grade Gabriella Ayarzagoitia
10th Grade Jeanette Rosario
12th Grade Alyssa Ayarzagoitia


10th Grade William Moore
12th Grade Ryan Trevino- Captain
10th Grade Augustine Nguyen
12th Grade Mauricio Banuelos
9th Grade Aaron Garcia
10th Grade Luc Foster
11th Grade Cesar Landa


The team earned 4 wins, which were the most wins since 2011. The 4 wins were also more that the 2012-2015 seasons-combined. [The Centurion Football Team also earned Week 6 KIIITV-3 Sports Blitz Play of the Week]( http://www.centurionpride.com/centurions-move-to-4-1-over-unbeaten-pettus-while-earning-3sports-blitz-play-of-the-week/)

And the team received honors for 2nd Team All-District Reciever Trey Mendoza (So)


Centurion V-ball earned its 1st District Win since 2014.

Senior Libero Alyssa Saenz received 1st Team All-District Honors

Senior Middle-Blocker Karley Hellums made the All-District 2nd Team Honors

and Junior Outside-Hitter Lexi Serna also received 2nd Team Honors

Sophomore Jeanette Rosario received a slot on the list for Honorable Mention.

Girls Basketball:

Was Ranked in the State Top 10 and hosted their 1st playoff game since 2010, beating Houston Lutheran South.

All-State Honorable Mention
Kyrsten Cooper

Academic All-State
Alexandria Serna
Alyssa Ayarzagoitia
Shania Esquivel
Karley Hellums

1st team All-District
Kyrsten Cooper
Karley Hellums
Alyssa Ayarzagoitia
Alexandria Serna

2nd Team All-District
Shania Esquivel
Lourdes Cortez
Melissa Rosario
Desirae Wright

Honorable Mention
Gabriella Ayarzagoitia
Jeanette Rosario

Boys Basketball:

2nd Team All-District:
Caleb Ybarra So
Jeremiah Ramirez Jr
Hayden Seidenberg So
Lucas De Leon Jr


Vivian Merrifield qualified for the TAPPS State Championship Swim Meet in the 100 Butterfly

Girls Soccer:

2nd Team All-District: Camille McCutchon Sr

Honorable Mention:
Erika Suniga Sr

Boys Soccer:

Qualified for the playoffs for the 1st time in School History

1st Team All District:
Offense - Mauricio Banuelos Sr
Midfield - David Lopez Sr
Defense - Juan Jimenez Sr

2nd Team:
Offense - Bosung Han So
Offense - Gerardo Contreras Jr
Midfield - Mauricio Banuelos Sr
Defense - Jordon Scott So
Keeper - Gerardo Contreras Jr

Honorable Mention:
Enrique Garcia Fr


Sophomore Amy Ayala earned 5th place in Girls singles which qualified her as a TAPPS 5A State alternate.


Earned the second spot in TAPPS Division II - District 6 and won the first round playoff game vs San Antonio Christian by a 10-run mercy rule

2nd Team All-State:
Hannah Chapa Fr

Honorable Mention All-State:
Hailey Avalos Jr
Kyrsten Cooper Jr

1st Team All-District:
Hannah Chapa Fr
Hailey Avalos Jr
Kyrsten Cooper Jr
Adame Victoria So
Camie Jimenez Fr

2nd Team All-District:
Alyssa Gonzalez Fr
Emily Ayala Jr
Gabrielle Lopez Jr
Kaitlin Owen So
Lourdes Cortez Sr
Anna Cisenros Sr

Honorable Mention:
Arriana Cavazos So
Madeline Thorud Jr
Ryleigh Gonzalez Jr

Track and Field:

Karley Hellums placed 2nd at Regionals in the Shot put with a throw of 36'4" earning a top spot for regionals while breaking the school record. Karley ultimately earned 2nd Place in State.

Shania Esquivel places 3rd in the Discus with a throw of 91'2.5", earning a Regional spot and placing 6th in State for Discus

Melissa Rosario also headed to regionals in the shot put placing 4th overall

Sophomore Tyler Edholm headed to Regionals as well and ultimately earned 7th place in State, in Pole Vault.


Was back to Arizona after a 6 year absence. The team finished 2nd in District and qualified for the playoffs. The Centurion Baseball Team had their most wins in a season since 2014.

Stephen Perales Jr. was elected to the TAPPS ALL-STATE 2ND TEAM and 1st Team in TAPPS 5A Division II-District 6

Chris Sanchez was elected to the All-District 1st Team and was elected to the Academic All-State Team

The only Junior to make the All-District First Team was Centurion Shortstop Ryan Mota.

The only Sophomore to make the All-District First-Team was Centurion Catcher Justin De Los Santos

Brandon Deeb was voted to the Academic All-State team and the All-District 2nd Team

Junior Pitcher/3rd Baseman Mark Castaneda was voted to the All-District 2nd Team

Sophomore and Outfielder Jonathyn Molinar was also voted to the 2nd Team

Also elected to the District's 2nd Team, was Sophomore Jackson Pullin