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Chino Valley inducts 3 former players into athletic hall of fame today

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This photo of former Chino Valley catcher Nathan Zavos was taken April 6, 2010. (Courier file photo)

This photo of former Chino Valley catcher Nathan Zavos was taken April 6, 2010. (Courier file photo)

Nathan Zavos, Randy Jackson, Kyle Kensing, Chino Rentals get call in 2018

CHINO VALLEY — Chino Valley’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three former student-athletes and a longtime business for their contributions to the high school’s athletic department during a short ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria.

Cougars Athletic Director Marty Campitelli said three-sport standout Nathan Zavos, two-sport star Randy Jackson, school record-holding basketball player Kyle Kensing, and athletics supporter Chino Rentals will later be honored at halftime of tonight’s home game at 7 versus Arizona College Prep.

“If the inductees want to say a few words, they are more than welcome to,” Campitelli said.

Each inductee, including a rep from Chino Rentals, will attend the ceremony and the game, Campitelli added. He said that a small committee chose the 2018 inductees, as in recent prior years. The committee includes community members, two former coaches and the athletic director.

A hall of fame plaque for each inductee will hang on the south wall of the main gym, along with those of the inductees from the school’s previous hall of fame classes.

“Each of them [2018 inductees] will receive a smaller plaque that we present to them for them to keep,” Campitelli added.

What follows is information about each inductee in the Class of 2018.

• Nathan Zavos, 2010 graduate: Zavos, who played football, soccer and baseball, “played a pivotal role in helping Chino Valley win” the small-schools soccer state championship in 2008 as a First Team All-State Tournament goalkeeper, his plaque says.

“To this day, Nathan’s lasting legacy is deeply entrenched in the winning culture of the Chino Valley High School baseball program,” Zavos’ plaque adds.

Zavos was also known for his play at catcher for the Cougars’ baseball team, guiding Chino Valley to its first 3A state title in 2010. In the state tournament that spring, Zavos earned the co-MVP award and he later garnered First Team All-State honors.

Zavos moved on to play baseball at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

“As a program, we kept real close tabs as to all the kids that play at the next level, and his name was always brought up because he was one of the standards as far as catchers are concerned,” said Campitelli, who briefly coached the Cougars’ varsity baseball team, of Zavos. “That was nice to see him go in because it’s a name that I know well.”

• Randy Jackson, 1999 graduate: Jackson, a two-year varsity captain who quarterbacked the football team, led the Cougars’ program to its first home state playoff game in 1998. He was a First Team All-Conference QB and a First Team All-Conference kicker at the 3A level in 1999.

At QB, “he set school records in nearly all passing categories of Chino Valley High School’s young history,”

Jackson’s plaque says, referring to the school’s establishment in 1989.

In basketball, Jackson was a two-year captain whose “leadership played a significant role in winning the 3A West Regional Tournament and later progressing to the second round of the 3A State Playoffs,” the plaque adds. “Randy Jackson’s tenure as an athlete at Chino Valley High School has left a definitive mark on the school’s athletic history.”

• Kyle Kensing, 2001 graduate: Kensing, a First Team 3A West region guard in basketball his junior and senior seasons, also nabbed All-Courier honors and Arizona Coaches Association All-State Second Team accolades, among others, in those campaigns.

As a senior, Kensing was named to the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star team. By the time Kensing left Chino Valley, he had set program records for assists and 3-pointers made.

“During his high school career, Kyle defined himself as an elite basketball talent,” his plaque says.

• Chino Rentals: A renter and seller of heavy construction equipment and concrete to residential, commercial and industrial clients for more than 30 years, Chino Rentals gains induction into the Chino Valley Athletic Hall of Fame for its “dedication” to the high school’s athletic programs through the years.

“During these years, Chino Rentals has donated time, supplies and equipment to the Chino Valley High School Athletics department on countless projects,” the business’s plaque says. “Some early projects include the baseball and soccer fields that were built with the help of volunteers and donations from Chino Rentals.

“The relationship between Chino Valley High School Athletics and Chino Rentals has been harmonious and essential for the success of CVHS sports programs,” the plaque adds. “This recognition is a small gesture of appreciation for the years of support from a company that CVHS proudly calls their partner.”

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.