BEAVERTON – Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Duck softball
pitcher Cheridan Hawkins and Sheldon High three-sport star Kellen Strahm
claimed three of the top prizes during the 63rd annual Oregon Sports
Awards show Thursday.
The Ducks’ Heisman Trophy winner won the male amateur athlete
of the year and also took home the “Pay it Forward” award for
inspiring young athletes. Hawkins was named female amateur athlete of
the year after leading UO to the Women’s College World Series.
Strahm captured the 5A-6A prep male athlete of the year as well as prep
football player of the year.
Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich, who led his team to the
national championship game, and Southern Oregon football coach Craig
Howard, whose Raiders captured the 2014 NAIA title, shared the award for
sportsperson of the year.
Teams of the year were the Oregon football team, the Southern
Oregon football team and the national champion Oregon men’s track
and field team.
Mary Cain of the Nike Oregon Project and LaMarcus Aldridge of the
Portland Trail Blazers were the pro athletes of the year.
Speedways ready for Wild West racing
The 2015 Wild West Modified Shootout will kick off at Southern
Oregon Speedway in White City on Saturday, the first stop in a weeklong
seven-race series held throughout Oregon and Northern California.
The tour will race at Coos Bay Speedway on Monday and Cottage Grove
Speedway on Tuesday. “Speedweek” includes race teams from
Oregon, Washington, California, North Dakota, Montana and British
Before the shootout arrives, Cottage Grove Speedway will hold two
nights of racing this weekend. Kage Karts will be in action tonight
(free admission) and three classes of racing will be featured Saturday
during Ladies Night (free admission for women). Friday’s racing
begins shortly after 6 p.m. and Saturday’s racing begins at about
Payton II invited to Nike academy
CORVALLIS – Oregon State basketball player Gary Payton II has been
invited to the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy, where top NBA talent
such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis will
help 20 of the best collegiate players improve.
Simonton among those to enter OSU’s hall
CORVALLIS – Two all-Americans, a distinguished coach, two
individuals who have a legacy of contributions to Oregon State and a
ground-breaking College World Series team will be inducted into the OSU
Sports Hall of Fame this fall, the school announced Thursday.
The class includes running back Ken Simonton, gymnast Heidi
Anderson, former baseball coach Jack Riley, former basketball player and
coach Jimmy Anderson, longtime coach and athletic administrator Pat
Ingram and the 2005 College World Series baseball team.
The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 23.
All-comer’s meet Saturday after NCAAs
The TrackTown Youth League is holding a free all-comer’s track
meet for children 8 to 14 on Saturday at Hayward Field following the
conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Events will include the 100 meters, 400, 1,500, long jump and
Top finishers Saturday, along with those from other meets in
Oregon, will advance to a championship meet at Hayward Field following
the USA Track & Field Championships on June 27. Participants may
register at tracktownyouthleague.com or beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at
the track. Meet begins at 6 p.m..
UO’s Tolman selected for all-West Region
Mitchell Tolman has been named second-team ABCA/Rawlings NCAA
Division I All-West Region in a vote by the region’s coaches.
Tolman batted a team-best .325 with three home runs and 40 RBIs, while
also finishing with school-record tying 20 doubles and 11 stolen bases.
He is the Oregon’s all-time leader in doubles (47), RBIs (128),
on-base percentage (.433) and multiple-RBI games (32). Tolman, who was
also selected first-team All-Pac-12, was picked Tuesday in the Major
League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh round.
OSU’s Moore nabs third all-American honor
CORVALLIS – Oregon State pitcher Andrew Moore, who was drafted by
Seattle in the second round of the MLB Draft this week, was named a
third-team all-American by both D1Baseball.com and Baseball America.
It’s his third All-America honor of the year after being named a
second-team selection by Louisville Slugger a couple weeks ago.
The first-team all-Pac-12 player went 7-2 this season with a 1.91
earned run average.
King fourth at Oregon Open Invitational
SUNRIVER – David Lebeck of Astoria Country Club finished with a
three-round total of 9-under-207 to win the Oregon Open Invitational on
Thursday at Crosswater Golf Course.
Tokatee’s Casey King, who fired the final day’s best
round with a 68, finished six shots behind at 213 for fourth place.
Trysting Tree’s Hogan Arey (218) and Sean Arey (219) finished in
ties for ninth and 14 place, respectively.
In Walla Walla, Wash., Eugene’s Mike Gustafson finished in
17th place at the 51st Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur at
Wine Valley Golf Club. Eugene’s Kim Wenger finished in a tie for
16th in the Super Senior Men’s Amateur. John Bracken of Seattle won
the senior title and Ron Garland of Bozeman, Mont., won the Super Senior