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Carpenter award finalists selected

Two winners will be named Jan. 25 at the Oregon Sports Awards

Ten boys and 10 girls are finalists for the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athletes of the Year awards for 2003.

The two winners will be announced Jan. 25 at the Oregon Sports Awards.

The Oregon Sports Awards will be televised live at 7 p.m. by KATU (2) from the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World campus in Beaverton. A total of 15 awards will be given to the state's top athletic performances at the pro, college, high school and Special Olympic levels.

The event is sponsored by the Portland Tribune, Nike, Les Schwab Tire Centers and Standard TV & Appliance. Tickets or sponsorships are available by calling 503-721-7477, ext. 13.

Previous winners of the Carpenter Award include Steve Prefontaine, A.C. Green, Danny Ainge, Joni Huntley and Anna Maria Lopez.

The 2003 Carpenter finalists were chosen by a statewide media panel.

Boys finalists

nErik Ainge, Glencoe Ñ All-state quarterback threw for 2,966 yards and 24 touchdowns.

nDallas Buck, Newberg ÑAll-state pitcher led the Tigers to the Class 4A state title. He also was all-Pacific-9 Conference in basketball and qualified for the state track meet in the long jump and high jump.

nDavid Faaeteete, North Medford ÑStar lineman was the Class 4A defensive player of the year and made the all-state team on offense, as well.

nRob Folsom, North Medford ÑStandout running back/ linebacker on the Black Tornado's state runner-up. He also placed second in the state wrestling meet at 160 pounds and was an all-state catcher in baseball.

nLuke Hogle, Thurston ÑPinned all five of his opponents at the state wrestling meet en route to the 171-pound Class 4A title.

nMaarty Leunen, Redmond ÑClass 4A state basketball player of the year led Redmond to the 4A title.

nTyler Lulay, Regis ÑHelped the Rams win the Class 2A state championship in basketball and baseball and reach the state finals in football.

nMike McGrath, Lincoln Ñ Ran the nation's fastest 800 meters and won the Class 4A state title.

nGalen Rupp, Central Catholic Ñ State champion in cross country and at 3,000 meters in track, and second in the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships.

nTommy Skipper, Sandy ÑSet a national prep record with his pole vault of 18 feet, 3 inches and won the U.S. junior national title. He also led the Pioneers to the Class 4A state track crown with victories in the pole vault and 100-meter dash and a second in the 200.

Girls finalists

nBrianna Anderson-Gregg, Philomath Ñ Class 3A state champion in cross country and in the 1,500 and 3,000 in track. She also was a member of the Warriors' state semifinal team in soccer.

nLauren Basham, Catlin Gabel ÑScored 40 goals as the Eagles' soccer team went 18-1 and won the Class 3A/2A/1A state title.

nAshley Birdsong, Taft ÑSoftball pitcher (22-1, 0.10 ERA, eight perfect games) for team that reached the Class 3A state semifinals.

nNatalie Budge, Tualatin ÑTop soccer player on Tualatin's state playoff team and for the FC Portland team that won the U.S. Club Soccer Championships.

nAlicia Cook, Elmira ÑPitcher (24-0, 20 shutouts, 0.13 ERA) led Falcons to the Class 3A state softball title.

nKristin Forristall, Oregon City ÑAveraged a team-high 11.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in the regular season for the Pioneers' Class 4A state championship basketball team.

nJillian Harmon, Lakeridge ÑClass 4A state basketball player of the year with 18 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Pacers' third-place team.

nDeborah Jones, Benson Ñ2002 Carpenter winner captured the 100 and 200 and ran on two winning relays at the Class 4A state track and field meet won by the Lady Techsters.

nKristen Svicarovich, Glencoe ÑWon the Class 4A state golf championship by nine strokes.

nLorilyn Wilson, Sprague ÑPitcher went 26-1 as the Olympians marched to the Class 4A state championship.

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