Sports awards Jan. 27 honor state’s best from preps to pros
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Some familiar names are in the running for top honors at the Oregon Sports Awards, set for its 56th edition Jan. 27. Oregon State walked off with several big awards last year, and the Beavers will be well represented again. Among their leading candidates: the national champion baseball team, which is looking for its third straight George Pasero team of the year award, and baseball coach Pat Casey, who could become the first person to win the Slats Gill sportsperson of the year award three years in a row. The stage show annually salutes the best in Oregon sports from the previous year. Awards will be presented in 14 categories. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Tiger Woods Center at Nike in Beaverton. Comcast SportsNet and 1080 AM the Fan will provide live coverage. Former NFL and University of Oregon great Ahmad Rashad will be the host for the second consecutive year. Two years ago, Casey became the first baseball coach to win the Pasero award since Portland State’s Jack Dunn in 1973. Ad Rutschman, the former Linfield football coach and athletic director, took home the honor a record five times between 1978 and 1991. Rutschman, former PSU football coach Pokey Allen, ex-OSU basketball coach Ralph Miller and Casey are the only back-to-back winners. No one ever has won three Johnny Carpenter prep athlete of the year awards, but basketball star Kevin Love from Lake Oswego has a shot at adding to his two Carpenter trophies. Love shared the honor two years ago with Joey Wong, now a key player on OSU’s baseball team. Last year, Love nipped South Medford standout Kyle Singler for the Oregon male prep honor. Love and Singler again are among this year’s 10 finalists. The prep female athlete of the year award will have a new winner; last year’s recipient, Tigard’s Rebecca Kim, now is on the Duke golf team. The statewide voting panel has selected 10 finalists, seven of them new to the show. OSU baseball players Darwin Barney and Mitch Canham are in an elite field of five finalists for the Bill Hayward amateur athlete of the year award for men. They’re up against three Oregon Ducks — quarterback Dennis Dixon, distance ace Galen Rupp and basketball guard Aaron Brooks. OSU pitcher Brianne McGowan is a finalist for the women’s Hayward award; she won it last year. Other finalists, based on their 2007 performances: world saber fencing champion Rebecca Ward, Oregon softball star Jenn Salling and University of Portland soccer players Stephanie Cox and Michelle Enyeart. The Harry Glickman professional athlete of the year awards also will go to one man and one woman. The men’s finalists are particularly impressive — Red Sox World Series star Jacoby Ellsbury and NBA rookie of the year Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers are joined by Ultimate Fighting Champion legend Randy Couture, quarterback Derek Anderson of the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals’ T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who tied for NFL lead in receptions (112) and made the Pro Bowl. A limited number of tickets, $50 each, remain. To order, call 503-721-7477, ext. 17. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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