Local stars up for top honors at Oregon Sports Awards
They shined bright during the 2016-2017 school year.
They won many games, matches, races and tournament.
They won championships.
And, now, they have a chance to be recognized as the best in the state.
Two Sherwood High School seniors, two Tigard juniors and one Tiger freshman are among the finalists in their respective categories for the Oregon Sports Awards.
Winners for all categories will be revealed during the 65th Oregon Sports Awards ceremony, presented by Nike.
The show will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor and University of Oregon alum, Neil Everett, on Sunday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Stanford Theater in the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.
Tickets for the event are on sale at www.oregonsportsawards.com.
Sherwood seniors Kaillen Fried and Lindsay Howard are two of the three finalists for Female Prep Soccer Player of the Year.
Fried and Howard helped guide the Lady Bowmen to the Class 6A state championship last fall, marking the first-ever Class 6A team championship for a Sherwood squad.
With the high-scoring pair of forwards leading the way, the Lady Bowmen went 16-2-1 on the season, capping things off with a 2-1 win over Sunset in the Class 6A state championship match.
Fried and Howard both earned first-team All-Three Rivers League and first team Class 6A All-state honors for their play during the 2016 season.
Fried also was named the Class 6A Player of the Year for the state, and she'll be playing college soccer at Oregon State University. She finished her high school career at Sherwood with a total of 40 goals scored and 22 assists. Two of her goals came in a 3-2 state playoff semifinal win over West Linn.
Howard was a scoring machine for the Lady Bowmen all season, especially in the postseason. She scored two goals in a first-round state playoff win over McNary. She tallied three goals in a quarterfinal win over Oregon City and she had both a goal and an assist in the title-game victory over Sunset.
Camille Weaver of Summit is the other Female Prep Soccer Player of the Year finalist.
Tigard junior Braden Lenzy is one of three finalists for the Male Prep Track Athlete of the Year honor.
Lenzy, who also is a football standout at Tigard, won the Class 6A state title in the 400-meter dash at the Class 6A state track and field championships for the second year in a row. He won this year's race in a time of 47.92 seconds.
Lenzy also finished second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at the state meet, while also helping the Tigard 4 x 400 relay team finish in sixth place, making him the top Class 6A individual male point scorer at the state meet.
Lenzy also won Three Rivers League district titles in the 100, 200 and 400. Andrew Monroe of Crater and Henry Mong of Franklin are the other Male Prep Track Athlete of the Year finalists.
Tigard junior Victoria Gailey is one of three finalists for the Female Prep Golfer of the Year honor.
During the 2017 season, Gailey was named the Three Rivers League Girls Golf Player of the Year, in addition to topping the league's season-long individual standings.
Gailey went on to finish in a tie for fifth place at the Class 6A girls golf state tournament.
Ellie Slama of South Salem and Haley Greb of Pendleton are the other Female Prep Golfer of the Year finalists.
Tigard High School freshman Lizzy Stevens is one of three finals for the Female Prep Tennis Player of the Year honor.
Stevens took the state by storm in her freshman campaign.
Playing No. 1 singles, Stevens went 10-0 in regular-season play for the Tigers, losing just a total of five games in the process.
She then breezed through the Three Rivers League district tennis tournament, going 5-0 at the event, losing just six games.
Stevens then won all four of her matches at the Class 6A state tournament, including a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Sunset sophomore Serim Jin in the Class 6A girls singles championship match.
Jin and Anna Kern of Corvallis are the other Female Prep Tennis Player of the Year finalists.
The Oregon Sports Award show will also recognize high school and college athletes for their dedication to athletics and giving back to the community through the Play It Forward Award, and to non-profit organizations in Oregon that are committed to getting kids active through the Play It Forward Fund, sponsored by Nike and Providence Health & Services.
The Oregon Sports Awards Highlight Show will air on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. on CSNNW.