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Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Though Pusch Ridge’s Missy Gifford is honored to win the 2008 Arizona Interscholastic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, she’s a bit baffled by all the attention.

“It’s been a really good year. I’m just so thankful,” Gifford said. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming — it’s like, ‘How come I’m getting all these awards and everyone else is getting shafted?’”

On top of being a four-year varsity volleyball and basketball player — with a quartet of hoops titles — Giffords ran two seasons of varsity track, earning last year’s regional long jump win. She’s also a three-year National Honor Society member, and graduated third in her class this year.

Gifford’s academic drive landed her a Presidential Scholarship to the University of Arizona, where she plans to study pharmacy. Still, she values teamwork-oriented awards the most.

“Getting accomplishments isn’t any fun unless you can share it with someone,” Gifford said.

Gifford wasn’t born with a stunning jump shot, but instead spent long hours dialing in her technique. That effort, along with her will to share the limelight, is what makes her an example for future standouts, said coach Lonnie Tvrdy.

“She’s probably the hardest worker, the most diligent we’ve had around here,” Tvrdy said.  “It’s just rewarding to see that good people do finish first sometimes.”

Missy

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HS Schedule

High School Basketball

(G) = Girl's game

Monday, Dec. 1

Mountain View vs. Boulder Creek 7 p.m.

@Marana vs. Palo Verde 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

(G) Pusch Ridge vs. Marana 6 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Amphi 7 p.m.

@Pusch Ridge vs. Marana 8 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Nogales 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

(G) Pusch Ridge vs. Pueblo 6:30 p.m.

(G) Marana vs. Nogales 7 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Nogales 7 p.m.

Pusch Ridge vs. Pueblo 8 p.m.

@Marana vs. Nogales 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

(G) @Marana vs. Cienega 7:30 p.m.

Canyon del Oro vs. Empire 7 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Basha 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

@Ironwood Ridge vs. Saguaro 7 p.m.

Marana vs. Catalina 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

(G) @Canyon del Oro vs. Sabino 7 p.m.

(G) @Marana vs. Empire 7:30 p.m.

Canyon del Oro vs. Sabino 7 p.m.

@Pusch Ridge vs. Douglas 7 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Buena 7:30 p.m.

Mountain View vs. St. Mary's

Marana vs. Empire 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12

(G) @Marana vs. Catalina 7:30 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Rincon 7 p.m.

Pusch Ridge vs. Sahuarita 8 p.m.

@Ironwood Ridge vs. Cienega 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13

@Ironwood Ridge vs. Mountain Pointe 5 p.m.

Mountain View vs. Moreau Catholic 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Mountain View vs. Valley Vista 7 p.m.

@Marana vs. Santa Rita 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Canyon del Oro vs. Walden Grove 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

(G) Canyon Del Oro vs. Marana 7:30 p.m.

(G) @Mountain View vs. Flowing Wells 7 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Marana 7 p.m.

@Pusch Ridge vs. Miami 7 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Vista Grande 7 p.m.

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