Zuniga, Cheney named to All-State team

Virgin Valley High seniors Katie Zuniga and Madison Cheney were named to the Nevada All-State flag football team.

Zuniga, who rushed for 1,558 yards and scored 42 touchdowns, was named first team All-State while Cheney, who had 1,030 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns on offense and totaled 87 tackles and seven sacks on defense, was a second-team selection.

Sophomore Nikita Eskelsen, who rushed for 1,317 yards and 10 touchdowns, received honorable mention.

The Nevada All-State team combined both 4A and 3A classifications in the state.

In the 3A voting, Zuniga was named the Sunrise League Offensive Player of the Year while senior Makenzie Leishman, who recorded 88 tackles and eight sacks, was voted Co-Sunrise League Defensive Player of the Year. Cheney was also voted to the 3A team as a wide receiver.

Senior quarterback Kallie Graves, who passed for 2,559 yards and 23 TDs and rushed for 1.062 yards and 14 scores, was voted to the 3A team along with Lady Bulldog teammates Alyson Cook (offensive tackle); Leishman and Markell Ludvigson (linebackers) and Macee Bundy and Julia Ramirez (cornerbacks).

Virgin Valley went 17-4 overall this season and reached the state 3A title game for the second consecutive season. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Cheyenne, 20-6, in the championship contest. Zuniga suffered a foot injury on the fourth play of the game and spent the remainder of the contest on crutches.

Eskelsen, Bundy and Ramirez will return for the Lady Bulldogs next year.

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