Angie Andreas is member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the daughter of Anita and John Andreas. Andreas is a sophomore at Valley Christian High School and an all-star on the basketball court as a starting player on the Valley Christian varsity girls team.
Currently, Andreas and the Valley Christian Lady Trojans are 23-0 and on their way to the Arizona Interscholastic Associations state playoffs, where the team is focused on winning the Division III state title.
Growing up on the Fort Apache Reservation, Andreas began playing basketball when she was 4 years old. “When I first started playing basketball I didn’t like it, but when I got older and started playing more and got better, and watching my older brother and sister play, I came to love the sport,” stated Andreas.
As a starting member of the Valley Christian girls varsity team, Andreas credits her older brother L.J. Andreas and sister Niomi Andreas as her role models and inspiration for the love of the game. As a young girl, Andreas spent weekends and evenings watching both her older siblings play varsity basketball for the Alchesay Falcons. Over the years they taught her respect of the game, team work, dedication and have always been supportive of Andreas, often times offering advice on how to improve her skills and develop her game.
Andreas says, “Basketball is my passion. I am White Mountain Apache, and I feel that even though I play at an off-reservation school, I bring great pride to my tribe. My parents wanted what was best for me with the most opportunity for my future and in third grade we moved to Phoenix Christian before going onto play at Valley Christian School. Sharing my story and success in basketball, I would tell all young Apache athletes that everyone makes mistakes, but learn from your mistakes on the court and use those mistakes to improve your game. Always have a positive attitude, and don’t worry about what anyone says, stay focused and play your game.”
While Andreas is still in her sophomore year, her future is focused and reflects goals, as she hopes to attend and play for Arizona State University or the University of Arizona. While her long-term goals remain a few years away, her immediate goal is to represent the White Mountain Apache Tribe on the court, win a state title, not only in basketball but also in the shot-put and discus throw.
The Valley Christian Lady Trojans remain the only undefeated team in Divison III girls field with a 23-0 record including Championships in their own tournament and the Pepsi Holiday Tournament at Flagstaff High School. Lady Trojans had a successful year in 2013-2014 a team that included no seniors and went onto the State Championship game where they lost to the Fountain Hills Lady Falcons for the title. This year Valley Christian has dominated the regular season game against Fountain Hills winning big 79-15 at home over the defending State Champions. In the rematch with Fountain Hills Andreas had 21-points, six 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
With only (4) four games remaining on the regular season schedule the Lady Trojans look to finish as the top team in Division III, Section III. Valley Christian will play at Division II powerhouse the Flagstaff Lady Eagles on Saturday, January 31. The Valley Christian vs. Flagstaff girls game is a rematch of the Pepsi Holiday Tournament Championship game where Andreas and the Lady Trojans defated the Lady Eagles 52-46. The post-season playoffs will begin February 10 with the Section Tournament where the top four teams in the Section will go onto play and earn power ranking points going into the State Tournament.
Andreas is a rising star in the sport of basketball and a young athlete that Indian country should pay particular attention to as she continues to grow both on and off the court. However, Andreas embodies many traits that make her a wholesome inspiration to young Apache youth including her dedication, commitment, academics and focus on her passion for basketball, family and more importantly, Andreas reminds each of us, that no matter where you are at in life, you can and will always represent your heritage of Apache roots.