The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and U.S. Army have named Highland's Pete Wahlheim as the Cards "High School Coach-of-the-Week."
The Cards and U.S. Army "Coach-of-the-Week" award is selected by a local sports panel consisting of Cardinals Director of Community Relations Luis Zendejas, Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks, NBC-12 sports reporter Bruce Cooper, 16-year Arizona high school football official Bob Ferreira, AIA Director of Media Marketing Brian Bolitho, Channel 3 sports anchor Brad Cesmat, 1060 AM radio host Dan Manucci, and U.S. Army representative Sergeant Richard Meyer.
Wahlheim and his Hawks rallied from a late seven-point fourth quarter deficit to score a touchdown and then were successful on the game winning two-point conversion to defeat Desert Ridge High School 25-24 last Friday. Highland travels to take on Desert Mountain High School this Friday night.
The award will be presented to Wahlheim and the Highland High School football team on Thursday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the school's football field (4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert).
The Cardinals 16-year "Coach-of-the-Week" program presents a selected high school coach with a certificate signed by Cardinals President William V. Bidwill and Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. Cardinals Charities provides t-shirts for team members and awards the school $2,000 to support its football program.
A Cardinals player or alumnus, team mascot Big Red, and Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks will present the award.
Week 1: Chad DeGrenier, Cactus Shadows H.S.
Week 2: Eddy Zubey, St. Mary's H.S.
Week 3: Pete Wahlheim, Highland H.S.