Area prep stars named best in state
Local athletes earn honors at Oregon Sports Awards
The whos who of Beavertons prep athletic landscape was on full display at the 62nd annual Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday.
Jesuit senior boys soccer player Christo Michaelson earned his second consecutive Prep Soccer Player of the Year award after he became the first player to be named the states Class 6A Player of the Year in consecutive seasons since Westviews Erik Hurtado in 2007 and 2008. Michaelson recorded 13 goals with nine assists as a senior to lead the Crusaders to a 17-1-1 record and a second consecutive state title. An ultra-versatile defender who could play virtually any position on the field, Michaelson was a mainstay on the Crusaders varsity squad, helping Jesuit win back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior. Michaelson was an All-American selection and will suit up for Gonzaga University in the fall.
Former Westview High standout and current University of San Diego competitor Nick Baines was picked as the Male Prep Golfer of the Year. Baines capped his senior season by firing a 5-under 67 in the closing round of the Class 6A state championships at Trysting Tree. He claimed the individual title by five shots over three other golfers. On a cloudy but dry and windless Tuesday afternoon in Corvallis, the Wildcat senior won the tournament by shooting an itty-bitty 67 to bring his two-day total to 138. His final tally was six shots under par and five shots ahead of Lake Oswegos Cole and Clayton Madey and Lakeridges Jeff Reiff. Baines piled up seven birdies and zero bogies on the first 15 holes. The University of San Diego commit hit 16 greens and made just about every putt Trysting Tree could offer on his way to a miniscule 67, which was five under par.
Beaverton High junior Gigi Stoll earned the award for Female Prep Golfer of the Year after she was named the PNGAs 2013 Junior Girls Player of the Year. She took top honors at the Oregon Junior Girls Amateur, the Oregon Junior Girls Stroke Play Championships and the Oregon Junior Girls Tournament of Champions. Last year, at the age of 15, Stoll won the U.S. Womens Open qualifier in Half Moon Bay, Calif., with a 142 over two days to advance to the U.S. Open in Kohler, Wis. She beat players from the LPGA tour and a number of future Pac-12 competitors on her way to becoming one of the youngest players ever to compete in a U.S. Open. Stoll committed to the University of Arizona in December.
Erin Larner of Jesuit High School earned Prep Tennis Player of the Year. Last season, she won her third consecutive Class 6A state singles title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over teammate Bess Waldram. When Waldrams serve arrived in Larners wheelhouse, the state champ showed no mercy, blistering cannonball endeavors into the back of the court. Larner said she reminded herself to stay positive, keep going and keep remembering the little things like shuffling her feet and following through on her hits. She became the first player to win three consecutive big-school titles since Jesuits Erryn Weggenman (1994-96).
Cameron Stitt was named Male Prep Swimmer of the Year after the Michigan-bound senior earned All-American consideration at the Class 6A state championships. He set a state meet record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:25.21 in the preliminaries, trimming more than two seconds off the record that had stood since 1984.
Former Westview girls swimming star Michelle Cefal, Female Prep Swimmer of the Year, was a member of the 2012-13 USA Swimming Junior National Team who capped her prep career by eclipsing All-America standards and setting state meet records of 53.13 seconds in the Class 6A 100-yard butterfly and 54.81 in the 100-yard backstroke. Cefal is now a freshman at the University of Tennessee.
Oregon-bred Neil Everett of ESPN SportsCenter fame served as host of the stage show at Nikes Tiger Woods Center in Beaverton. He introduced a bevy of celebrity presenters as well as many of the 41 winners.
It all took place before a packed house of some 900 people and a live-stream audience, as Nike and its co-sponsors paid homage to the states top performers and accomplishments in 2013.
The multitalented Brenner continued as a fixture in the show. The volleyball/basketball/track and field/softball Oregon Duck from Jesuit High took bows this year with her second consecutive Bill Hayward Female Amateur Athlete of the Year honor. She beat fellow finalists English Gardner, UOs national champion sprinter, and Portland Pilots soccer star Amanda Frisbie.
The Oregon Sports Awards saved the bulk of its awards for high school athletes 23 of them, covering every Oregon School Activities Association-sanctioned sport.
Individual prep sport winners included repeat picks in boys soccer (Michaelson), boys swimming (Stitt), boys and girls basketball (Calvin Hermanson, Lake Oswego; Springfields Russell), girls golf (Stoll), girls track and field (Haley Crouser, Gresham) and boys and girls tennis (Goutham Sundaram, Lincoln; Larner).
Of the 19 individual prep sport awards, 17 went to 6A athletes, with the Metro League earning six trophies.
Summit cross-country runner Matthew Maton was a 5A winner, and Crook County wrestling champion Tyler Berger came from the 4A ranks.
Other Oregon Sports Awards honors went to the annual Lou Burge Special Olympics Athlete of the Year (16-year-old Travis Koski of Hillsboro) and the Game Changer Award winner (veteran teacher, coach and athletic director Craig Rothenberger, now at Junction City High).
OSA presenters included football stars DeAnthony Thomas, Jordan Poyer, Ed Dickson, Sean Mannion and Keanon Lowe; former Blazers forward Brian Grant; football coaching guru Mouse Davis; U.S. national team softball standout Ashley Charters; UO sprint star Gardner; Timbers players Jack Jewsbury and Taylor Peay; Mana Shim and Kat Williamson of the Thorns; do-everything Duck Brenner; Blazers broadcasting ambassador Bill Schonely; and distance-running champion Matthew Centrowitz.
Portland Tribune sports editor Steve Brandon contributed to this story.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT