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2011-12 Canyon High Male Athlete of the Year: Coley Apsay

Posted: June 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Canyon High senior boys basketball and football player Coley Apsay is the school's 2012 Male Athlete of the Year.

You could throw out as many statistics or honors or even in-game moments as you want to define Coley Apsay.

Or you could simply ask longtime Canyon boys basketball head coach Chad Phillips, who repeatedly expressed one of the reasons he finished coaching through the 2011-12 season was so he could finish coaching Apsay.

“The last four years, his finger prints are all over Canyon High School,” Phillips says. “From his role as a campus leader to Cowboy receiver to All-CIF point guard, Coley was a true example of what a Canyon Cowboy should be.”

And what should that be?

Of course, Apsay was an All-Everything point guard who averaged 18 points and three assists, raking in both All-Santa Clarita Valley and Foothill League player of the year honors. He was also an all-league wide receiver who caught 39 balls for 497 yards and eight scores.

But Apsay’s career spoke to something much more meaningful than numbers. Never did you hear an unkind word from his mouth, whether speaking to coaches or teammates or fans or media members.

Never did Apsay collapse under the weight of the moment during competition. Indeed, his ice-cold resolve reflected his ice-cold blood in big moments during football and basketball season.

Never did Apsay turn a blind eye to anything that could make him better, whether in sports or in the classroom. He always demonstrated a strong work ethic and embraced the process of becoming better.

It helped make him, in Canyon High School’s eyes, the best male athlete of the 2011-12 school year.

Knowing Apsay, he’ll remain humble about it.

“He wore the patches of determination and dedication,” Phillips says, “and ultimately his greatest gift to Canyon during those precious years was his leadership qualities.”


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