This Week in Milford

January 28, 2023

Atazhoon Goes OTR

Shoni Schimmel‘s WNBA career started out promisingly. A 2014 first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Dream, she made the WNBA All-Star team each of her first two seasons. Surprisingly, she was traded at the beginning of the 2016 season to the New York Liberty for a second-round draft pick. She saw her playing time reduced in New York and suffered a mid-season concussion that caused her to miss the rest of the season. It would mark the beginning of her professional struggles, but she had overcome struggles before.

As a high school shooting guard, Shoni had college-level talent but little opportunity to showcase it to college scouts. Living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon had a way of keeping that from happening. Shoni’s mother – who was also her coach – took a coaching job in Portland and moved Shoni and her six siblings there. Though the family had to deal with separation, financial hardship and racial discrimination, the move paid off. Shoni became a first-team high school All-American and got a scholarship to Louisville, where she remains second on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Shoni and her family became the subject of a documentary. The film’s title, Off The Rez, derived from a derogatory term for behaving in a manner in a way deemed unacceptable by one’s peers. The term (abbreviated OTR) is also used by Native Americans to describe what many feel they have to do to escape a cycle of poverty and despair. It looks like what Leo Atazhoon has to do to play for the Mudlarks.

Seems that Barajas and Whigham have been hiding their hands this week. A quick search shows that Atazhoon is actually spelled A’ta’zhóón in Diné or, as it’s referred to in English, Navajo. Quinn A’ta’zhóón was a high school standout in New Mexico who now plays for Yakima Valley College. Kohanon A’ta’zhóón, Quinn’s brother, currently plays for Haskell Indian Nations University. I don’t think any of us ever knew Milford was close to a rez, much less a Navajo one.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Things seem sad at Leo’s apartment. Could be his mom or a sibling that he’s tucking in as he comes in from the game. Hopefully the situation isn’t as sad as that which has befallen Shoni Schimmel.



  1. Thanks for the Shoni story. I never heard any of that.

    Comment by MopMan — January 29, 2023 @ 7:50 am

  2. It’s ok that there’s a new character getting some press. I was getting tired of all Toby, all the time

    Comment by franku2016 — January 29, 2023 @ 8:10 am

  3. Before I begin, Go Chiefs and Go Eagles!!

    1. Hey I know Haskell!! Used to drive past it all the time when I was at KU….

    2. So my suspicious WERE correct and Milford rebooted it’s geographical location from the mythical state of “Pennsyl-hio-diana-tucky-nois-urri” to “Utah-zona-vada-rado!”

    3. Nice to see that Leo made the news for being a one-man crime wave, moving weight by defiling the local youth and flooding the region with cheap vapes of questionable origin and quality…

    4. At some point doesn’t Gilberto or someone have to get suspicious about all these vast monies Leo is raising for the athletic department? Or is he only donating a fraction of his earnings while pocketing the rest?

    5. Forgive me for point #4, because I forgot that Leo could roll into the Milford parking lot driving a 2023 Corvette convertible with the dealer sticker still in the windshield and some 20-something Instagram/OnlyFans hottie on his arm and Gilberto still wouldn’t think anything was amiss…

    Comment by Hitorque — January 29, 2023 @ 2:05 pm

  4. 6. Barajas really missed a trick here… Can you even imagine the pure awesomeness if Leo and Pranit the Greek teamed up and joined forces?! I might pay real American money to read that storyline…

    Comment by Hitorque — January 29, 2023 @ 2:12 pm

  5. […] the looks of him hoodie kid must be Leo A’ta’zhóón, back OTR and in the mood for carrots. We should soon be finding out more about the A’ta’zhóón home […]

    Pingback by The Opposite of “Live Long and Prosper” | This Week in Milford — March 8, 2023 @ 12:55 pm

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