Senior named Player of the Year and also signs Letter of Intent

by: OREGON SPORTS PHOTOS: JOHN LARIVIERE  - Scappoose's Ariel Viera was named the Oregon 4A-1A Player of the Year in Soccer at the Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday night.Scappoose High’s Ariel Viera was named 4A-1A Prep Soccer Player of the Year at the 61st Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday night.

Viera, notoriously shy, thanked the committee for the honor.

“This is probably the last time I’ll see this award once my mom gets her hands on it,” she said.

Viera was nominated for the soccer award and for the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year 4A-1A.

The awards are Presented by Nike and the presentation ceremony was Sunday at the Tiger Woods Center at Nike World HQ. The Pamplin Media Group is one of the main sponsors of the awards.

Also nominated for the soccer award were Amber Jensen of Gladstone, and Ashlee Schulz of Thurston High.

Viera helped lead the Lady Indians to an undefeated league season and the semifinals of the 4A state playoffs. The Lady Indians lost to eventual champion Gladstone in the semis.

Just this past Thursday, Viera signed her Letter of Intent to play for the University of Portland (See picture Page B3).

Baily Bennett of Heppner received the Johnny Carpenter award. In addition to Viera Haley Guest of Scio High School was the other finalist..

It is the first time the awards have been presented in all Oregon School Activities Association JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose High soccer phenom Ariel Viera was all smiles, as usual, last Thursday when she signed her letter of intent to play soccer for the University of Portland next fall. Viera has wanted to play for the Pilots since she was little and unofficially committed to them when she was a freshman. UP is a soccer powerhouse, rated as one of the top five programs in the country. The entire Scappoose soccer team and her family turned out to watch. Pictured above is Ariel (with pen and paper), and (from left) Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough, father Dave Viera, brother David Viera, mother Josie Viera, grandfather Dave Viera, and grandmother Linda Viera. Ariel said she will start working out with the team this summer. Practices officially begin in August.

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