Maricopa High School Basketball star lands Full Scholarship
June 2, 2023
Gila River Indian News
Sapphira Reyes, a senior at Maricopa High School from District 3, signed a letter of intent on May 23 to play basketball for Benedictine University in Mesa as her family, friends and teammates gathered in the school library for the event. She’ll receive a full scholarship and has plans to become an entrepreneur and open a dog grooming business.
Reyes began playing basketball at age five with three generations of family who played recreationally. As she grew, she played co-ed recreational basketball, becoming so good that many opposing teams would place their best male defendant against her.
From the fifth to eighth grade, Reyes played in city-organized club basketball with the Arizona Team Lady Hawks. She began her freshman year at Basha High School as a varsity player and later transferred to Maricopa High School, where she played varsity basketball during her sophomore, junior and senior years for the Rams.
“My coach who was here my sophomore year, who coaches at Benedictine University, reached out to me senior year asking if I wanted to go to open gyms,” Reyes said. “After the second open gym, I decided I wanted to sign with her. Just because all the teammates, they were so nice and made me want to join their family and compete.”
Reyes father, Rob Reyes from the Tohono O’odham Nation, said her dedication to basketball was unmatched by many other players. She would continuously dedicate her time on the court—not just at practice, but even on the days when she needed rest, he said. In addition, her player’s regimen incorporated skills from kickboxing and regular boxing to help with her footwork.
Reyes mother, Kristan Enos, said, “She’s overcome a lot. It’s just a pleasure to watch her grow and develop as a lady and as a player.”
“Sapphira is the prototype player for a Maricopa High School athlete and someone that everyone should really look up to,” said Roamie Williams, the head basketball coach at Maricopa High School. He added that her hard work and dedication made her a great leader as a captain.
In addition to earning a scholarship, Reyes also was named the most valuable player on her team this year and nominated for second-team all-conference.