By Kerensa Uyeta-Buckley
Given her participation in three of the Galt Warriors’ athletic programs, it is tough to find a time when Haley Sanchez wasn’t flying across a court or field in Galt over the past four years.
Sanchez played volleyball, basketball and softball, and last month she earned one of the highest recognitions from Galt High School after being voted its Female Athlete of the Year.
Athletes qualified for Athlete of the Year by being nominated by their varsity coaches. Coaches then voted from the nominees.
With an all-around level of success, Sanchez fits the role of Athlete of the Year to a T, said her softball coach Mikka Alvarez.
“Statistically she was great, just by the numbers. Also just her presence and her contribution to the program,” Alvarez said. ‘She’s that kid that comes to practice ready to work. She doesn’t complain.”
In her senior year, Sanchez averaged 5.6 points per game during the basketball season, 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.2 steals per game.
One of her best games this season could have been in the Warriors’ win over Union Mine in February, which was also their first time defeating Union Mine since the 2010-11 season.
The Warriors beat the Diamondbacks 60-52 that night and Sanchez’s 13 points was the second highest total among her team and the third-leading total of the night; Sanchez added five rebounds, two blocks and an assist.
Sanchez is known not only for her athletic skills but for her academics as well.
Also nominated for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, Sanchez is an honor roll student and participated in AVID among other activities, Alvarez noted.
Having caught the eye of Cosumnes River College’s volleyball program while competing in her junior year, Sanchez will be playing for the Hawks in her freshman year at CRC.
With the Warriors’ volleyball team as an outside hitter and middle blocker, Sanchez was a captain in 2019. In addition to prep volleyball, she played competitive volleyball.
While her contributions have made her a highly visible part of Warrior games, Sanchez also struck a chord with her dedication to her team during a time when she was injured.
When asked about some of Sanchez’s top qualities during her time as a Warrior, Alvarez noted, “Her character is definitely one of them. Last year she actually was injured for a portion of the season when she had broken her wrist but she came to practice every day. I think that just speaks volumes as to who she is as an athlete.”
Sanchez played just four games of the 2020 softball season due to the COVID-19 shutdown of Sacramento County schools and had five RBI, three hits and scored four runs. In her junior year, however, the first baseman/outfielder/right-handed pitcher had 10 RBI, 10 hits and scored 10 runs and had a .312 batting average.
Inheriting her mother’s athletic passion (her mother was also a three-sport athlete at GHS), Sanchez will play for the Hawks after sports open up and she’ll have some fans from her old school cheering for her to continue her passion.
“I’m excited to see her and see how things turn out for her,” Alvarez said.