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Nard Cazzell

Cazzell was one of the founding fathers of competitive gymnastics and watched happily as the sport experienced a boom in popularity in recent years. Starting just after World War II, Cazzell founded Nard's Gymnastics School in Amarillo and trained hundreds of future collegiate, national, and youth champions. He was one of the first to train girls in the sport. In 1994, the United States Gymnastics Federation honored him with the organization's lifetime achievement award. Cazzell was just the fifth person so honored by the national federation. Cazzell graduated from Amarillo High in 1933. Cazzell had an interest in swimming and diving as a child. When he joined the Navy, he discovered a trampoline the Navy used in training and fell in love with tumbling and acrobatics. After the war, Cazzell discovered children could get scholarships for tumbling and gymnastics and decided to coach. He soon developed a thriving school and coached many national trampoline and all-around gymnastics champions.

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nard and Leslie cazzell memorial "big play" award winners

The Nard and Leslie Cazzell "Big Play" Memorial Award goes to an athlete who made an outstanding or crucial play during the year.

1980
Lisa Wright
Panhandle Basketball

1981
Ronald Baston
Clovis Football

1982
Phil King
Dimmitt Basketball

1983
Paula Dotson
Clarendon College

1984
Dwight McDonald
Dimmitt Basketball

1985
Scott Brown and Hayden Flowers
Amarillo High Football

1986
Mark Artho
Hereford Football

1987
Sam Zepeda
Wheeler Football
Darin Booth
Guymon Football

1988
Jamie Jesko
Clayton Basketball
T.W. Lowe and Teammates
White Deer Football

1989
Jason Lynch and Marty Melton
Amarillo High Football

1990
Cody Walker
Vega Basketball

1991
Doug Cavanaugh
Clovis Football

1992
Sandi Stevens
Canyon Basketball

1993
Ryan Loveless
Randall Football

1994
Rob Bass
Plainview Basketball

1995
Michael Bohensky
Angelo State and Caprock Decathlete

1996
Rayford Young
Pampa Basketball

1997
Denise Lee
Canadian Track and Field

1998
Michael Montgomery
Wheeler Football

1999
Rafael Compos
Hereford Football

2000
Tyler Dongen
West Texas A&M Soccer

2001
Perryton Football Team

2002
Austin Sherman
Dimmitt Basketball

2003
Chase Schulte
Nazareth Basketball

2004
Brendan Baker
Perryton Baseball

2005
Jacob Felton, Dale Davis, T.A. Quinonez
West Texas A&M Football

2006
Dustin Schulte
Nazareth Basketball

2007
Parker Petty
White Deer

2008
Ashlee Jefferies
Tascosa Soccer

2009
Nicky Rowland
Nazareth

2010
Braden Hudson and Jacob Ramirez
Canadian High

2011
Dreagon Patterson
Bushland Baseball

2012
Ethan Westbrooks
West Texas A&M Football

2013
Alex Watson and DonTa Bright
Amarillo Venom

2014
Brittany Gehle
West Texas A&M Softball

2015
Caitlyn Cunyis
Canyon Basketball

2016
Matthew Lynch
Canadian Basketball

2017
Zach Garza
Dumas Wrestler

2018
Madison Stokes
Amarillo High Girls Basketball

2019
Taylor Trammell
Amarillo Sod Poodles

2021
Josh Culwell & Reagan Cochran
Canadian High Football

2022
LaMarcus Penigar
Clarendon High School

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