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Laughs, stars win out at Oregon Sports Awards

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - ESPN's Neil Everett (left) and Fox Sports' Joey Harrington have fun with their similar footwear (or lack therof) during the Oregon Sports Awards stage show Sunday at Nike's Tiger Woods Center.From All-Americans to national champions to small-town heroes to coaching and broadcasting legends — and even including dueling, shoeless announcers —  the 61st annual Oregon Sports Awards had a bit of everything Sunday night at Nike's Tiger Woods Center.

The show, which has been a fixture every year since it was brought out of a five-year hiatus in 2002, again honored the best athletes and more from around the state, based primarily on performances in the caledar year 2012.

Neil Everett, an ESPN SportsCenter anchor with an assortment of state-of-Oregon roots, came from his Los Angeles base to host this year's Oregon Sports Awards.

Twelve celebrity presenters, including former University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis and 80-year-old run 'n' shoot offense guru Mouse Davis, help hand out trophies in 34 categories to 39 recipients.

Everett yukked it with most everyone, including several of the high school honorees, while handling other moments poignantly.

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Kenjon Barner, who starred at running back for the Oregon Ducks, accepts his trophy as the Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year for men from 2012, as presenter Joey Harrington looks on at the 61st annual Oregon Sports Awards.The traditionally featured awards went to the Bill Hayward Amateur Athletes of the Year (Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and UO four-sport athlete Elizabeth Brenner), the Harry Glickman Professional Athletes of the Year (Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton and Olympic soccer gold medalist Megan Rapinoe) and Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year (co-winners Chip Kelly, ex-UO football coach, and Erik Spoelstra, coach of the NBA champion Miami Heat).by: JOHN LARIVIERE - One of 23 high school trophies handed out at Sunday's Oregon Sports Awards goes to Jesuit High's Christo Michaelson as the Prep Boys Soccer Player of the Year for 2012.

For more stories on the Oregon Sports Awards, along with a complete list of winners and finalists, go to the portlandtribune.com Sports page.