Best of Preps is designed to recognize the accomplishments and sportsmanship of high school prep athletes in Cochise County!
NOMINEES who have received official invites to the event are able to attend at no cost and should RSVP to email@example.com or call 520-515-4605
5225 East Buena School Boulevard
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Best of Preps inaugural awards ceremony will recognize the hundreds of outstanding high school athletes, coaches and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances and passions. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the year, Coach of the Year. A special Courage award will be present to an individual or team. A special sportsmanship and fan of the year award will also be presented.
Guest speaker for the inaugural Best of Preps awards ceremony is Willie Bloomquist. Mr. Bloomquist will be available after the event for a meet and greet and autographs.
Special Assistant to the President & CEO
Willie Bloomquist enters his third season as a Special Assistant to D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall after joining the front office in May 2016. In this role, Bloomquist assists Hall and other departments throughout the baseball and business side of the organization, including working on-field with Minor League players, attending community events, meeting with corporate partners, interacting with season ticket holders and visiting D-backs Minor League affiliates.
Bloomquist became the first Arizona State Sun Devil to play for the D-backs and spent 3 seasons with the franchise from 2011-13, serving a key role on the 2011 National League West Championship team. In 225 games for the D-backs, he hit .289 with 36 doubles, 8 triples, 4 homers, 63 RBI, 43 walks and 27 stolen bases. In the 2011 NL Division Series vs. Brewers, his lone trip to the postseason, he hit .318 with 1 RBI and 3 stolen bases in 5 games. In 2012, he set career highs with a .302 average and 21 doubles.
During his 14-year Major League career, which included time with the Mariners (2002-08, '14-15), Royals (2009-10) and Reds (2010), Bloomquist hit .269 with 778 hits, 110 doubles, 18 home runs, 225 RBI and 133 stolen bases in 1,055 games.
The Washington native played 3 seasons at ASU (1997-99) and earned 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as a junior. In 1998, he tied a College World Series single-game record with five hits in a game. He finished his college career with a .394 average before being drafted by the Mariners in the third round of the 1999 draft.
In December 2001, he graduated from ASU with a degree in management and in 2013, he was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame.
A fan favorite in both Seattle and Arizona, Bloomquist has long been involved in the communities in which he played and was the D-backs' 2012 Roberto Clemente nominee for his efforts with Phoenix Children's Hospital.
He and his wife, Lisa, have four daughters, Natalie, Ava, Layla and Sydney.