Below are the Award winners from the 2017-2018 academic year.
Play It Forward Athlete of the Year
presented by Nike and Providence Health & Services
The Play it Forward Award recognizes high school and college athletes each year for the positive impact they are making in their communities across Oregon.
2017-2018 recipients: Javandre’ Cole, Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci
Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year
Johnny Carpenter was a pioneer sports broadcaster for KOIN from 1937 until his retirement in 1969. He helped found the Oregon Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association.
This award goes to the outstanding male and female Oregon 6A/5A and 4A/3A/2A/1A high school athletes in the calendar year 2017-18. Nominees in this category will be the finalists from the individual sport Prep Athletes categories.
6A/5A girls recipients: Cameron Brink and Kelly Makin
6A/5A boys recipient: Talanoa Huffanga
4A/3A/2A/1A girls recipient: Baylee Touey
4A/3A/2A/1A boys recipient: Travis Wittlake Jr.
Prep Basketball Player of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Cameron Brink
School: Southridge High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Marcus Tsohonis
School: Jefferson High
Prep Swimmer of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Kaitlyn Dobler
School: Aloha High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Casey McEuen
School: Lebanon High
Prep X-Country Runner of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Kelly Makin
School: Sunset High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Andrew Monroe
School: Crater High
Prep Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Shelby Moran
School: Sherwood High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Micah Williams
School: Benson High
Prep Tennis Player of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Elizabeth Stevens
School: Tigard High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Peter Murphy
School: Jesuit High
Prep Golfer of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Tya Smith
School: Lake Oswego High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Craig Ronne
School: Klamath Union High
Prep Lacrosse Player of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Ella Smith
School: Jesuit High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Sam Handley
School: Jesuit High
Prep Soccer Player of the Year
Girls recipient (2017-2018): Emma Treasure
School: Jesuit High
Boys recipient (2017-2018): Johnny Rodas
School: Lakeridge High
Prep Football Player of the Year
Prep Volleyball Player of the Year
Prep Softball Player of the Year
Prep Baseball Player of the Year
Prep Wrestler of the Year
Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year
Slats Gill attended and coached basketball at Oregon State from 1929 until 1964, when he became Portland Thorns FC athletic director. He won four Pacific Coast Conference championships and two of his teams reached the Final Four.
This award goes to the outstanding coach, administrator or organization from an Oregon-based team at any level of competition.
2017-2018 recipients: Rob Conner and Mark Parsons
Harry Glickman Professional Athlete of the Year
Harry Glickman's long and colorful history as a sports promoter dates to 1952. He is best known as the founder of the Portland Buckaroos hockey team in 1960 and the Portland Trail Blazers, whom he helped bring to the city in 1970.
This award goes to the outstanding male and female professional athlete with an Oregon background or on an Oregon team.
2017-2018 female recipients: Shalane Flanagan and Adriana Franch
2017-2018 male recipients: Damian Lillard and Diego Valeri
Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year
Bill Hayward was the track and field coach at the University of Oregon for 44 years until his death in 1947. Recognized as the Grand Old Man of Oregon athletics, he served on the coaching staff of six US Olympic teams and coached four world-record holders, six American record holders, four NCAA champions and nine US Olympians.
This award goes to the outstanding male and female amateur athletes with a state of Oregon background— high school, college or by residency— whose accomplishments brought credit to the state.
2017-2018 female recipient: Sabrina Ionescu
2017-2018 male recipients: Norman Xiong and Nick Madrigal
Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year
2017-2018 female recipient: Jessa Perkinson
Southern Oregon University
2017-2018 male recipient: David Ribich
Western Oregon University
Ad Rutschman guided Linfield College to four national championships, three in football and one in baseball, in 24 seasons. He is the only college coach at any level to win national titles in two different sports. A five-time Slats Gill Award winner, he is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
This award goes to the outstanding male and female student-athletes representing the state’s 14 NCAA Division II and III, NAIA-affiliated colleges and universities, and 10 community colleges.
Lou Burge Special Olympics Athlete of the Year
Known as Coach Lou to many athletes, Lou Burge touched countless lives through 19 years of service to Special Olympics. He coached track and field, roller skating, softball, basketball and bowling, and was a Coach of the Year for Special Olympics Oregon.
This award goes to the Special Olympics Oregon athlete who has inspired greatness in other athletes, volunteers and the community.
2017-2018 recipient: Shawn Hinz
Game Changer : Dedication to Prep Sports
This award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their lives to high school sports and made compelling changes in the schools and communities they serve. Championships, titles and victories earned are merely by-products of the passion of these individuals for sports and their willingness to educate young people through their participation in high school athletics. Recipients of this award include administrators, athletic directors and coaches.
2017-2018 recipient: Paula Toney
DNA : Dedication to Oregon Sports
This award recognizes individuals or organizations for their extraordinary passion and dedication to sports in Oregon. The recipients of this award are part of Oregon's sports DNA.
2017-2018 recipient: Drew Mahalac
George Pasero Teams of the Year
George Pasero was a sports writer, editor and columnist for The Oregon Journal and The Oregonian for nearly 45 years before his retirement in 1985.
This award goes to teams from Oregon, regardless of the level of competition, that have won a national championship and/or achieved national recognition for the 2017-2018 academic year.
2017-2018 recipients: George Fox University women’s track and field, University of Portland men’s cross country, Portland Thorns FC