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Oregon Sports Awards


2018 Oregon Sports Awards



BEAVERTON -  Most of the top prep athletes in Oregon will converge on the Nike World Headquarters for the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony in the Tiger Woods Center on Wednesday, June 20.  Comcast (CSNW) will be televising the event and Rip City Radio (620 AM) will be on the air, beginning at 7 p.m.  Some of the big names on the list of finalists this year include a who’s who Oregon’s best athletes.


Portland Trail Blazer guard Damian Lillard, Oregon State baseball players Nick Madrigal and Adley Rutschman, Olympic Gold Medal winner Ryan Crouser, New York City Marathon champ Shalane Flanagan, Western Oregon U. and Enterprise HS legend David Ribich and the University of Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu.


Oregon State's baseball players will certainly be busy this year (playing in the CWS in Omaha) and most years the biggest name pro's skip the event, but that is fine because the night belongs to the amateurs.  High School kids and small college students from all corners of Oregon get to dress up and experience a real-life ESPY like awards show that has been hosted by Sportscenter anchor and Oregon grad Neil Everett on multiple occasions.  


Benson’s Micah Williams, fresh off a fourth-place finish in the 100-meters at USA Junior National Track and Field Championships, is a finalist for Prep Track Athlete of the Year and the Johnny Carpenter Award as the top overall prep athlete.  Williams time of 10.37 at Junior Nationals ranks 2nd in state history behind Aloha legend Thomas Tyner’s 10.33. Williams will be a junior next year at Benson.


Sunset high school senior Kelly Makin is the only athlete that made it as a finalist in three categories; Prep Cross Country Runner of the Year, Prep Track Athlete of the Year and the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year Award (6A-5A).  Makin recently won the 800-meter and 1,500-meter titles for the 2nd consecutive year at the 6A state track and field championships.


A short history of the Oregon Sports Awards from their website

“For more than 60 years, the OSA have honored outstanding achievements by Oregon preps, collegians, amateurs, pros, teams and coaches, as today’s standouts grab a piece of our state’s rich sports history and share it with yesterday’s stars. In 1948, the Oregon Sports Writers and Sportscasters’ Association birthed the Bill Hayward Banquet of Champions. The event was a sit down affair, honoring the greats of Oregon sports.

In 1986, the event was renamed the Oregonian Banquet of Champions and in 2001, was rebranded as the Oregon Sports Awards presented by Nike.

The event is an ESPYs-style stage production hosted in the Stanford Theatre at the Nike World Headquarters and is one of the best nights of the year in Oregon sports for athletes, fans, partners, and community supporters.

Past award winners have included the likes of Terry Baker, Dick Fosbury, Steve Prefontaine, Joni Huntley, Neil Lomax, Danny Ainge, Dan O’Brien, Gary Payton, Tiffeny Milbrett, Joey Harrington, Nick Symmonds, Jordan Kent, Kevin Love, Liz Brenner, Megan Rapinoe, Ashton Eaton and Marcus Mariota.”








Keep reading for a list of finalists in every category.


Young athletes steal show at World Indoor Championships


Fountain of Youth found at World Indoor Championships


PORTLAND – Eighteen-year old Vashti Cunningham, the phenom high school high jumper from Nevada and recent Nike signee, was the youngest winner at the World Indoor Championships last weekend, but she was not the sole face of a youthful revolution in track and field that was on display.  Meet organizers put on quite a show and attracted groups of kids for various promotions during the two weeks that the indoor track facility was set up at the Oregon Convention Center, even letting some lucky high school athletes race on the same track as the pros! 


But it was the successful display of youth at the actual World meet that was most impressive to me, where 10 athletes aged 22 or younger won either Gold or Silver medals in individual events.  Many more young athletes were in the hunt for a medal!


Keep reading for a list of the top performances by young athletes at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.  Many of these athletes had experience competing in Oregon as they were veterans of the 2014 World Junior Track and Field Championships and/or the NCAA Championships, held at Hayward Field in Eugene.


USA Track and Field Championships – Day 3



 Roseburg’s Gabrielle Kearney wins U.S. junior javelin title,

Jesuit’s Julian Body sets All-Time state record in 400-meter hurdles



EUGENE – Under a third straight day of sweltering 90+ degree heat, two recent 6A state champions from Oregon high schools reached the podium on day three of the USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.  Roseburg’s two-time state javelin champion Gabrielle Kearney unleashed her best throw of the season with a toss of 162-8 to claim the junior women’s title.  The University of Oklahoma-bound Kearney, a two-time Oregon 6A state champion, also qualified to compete at the U.S. Junior national meet last year.


Jesuit’s Julian Body continued his amazing season on the track, placing 3rd in the 400-meter hurdles in a new All-Time Oregon high school record time of 51.98.  Body, a double 6A state champion in the hurdles, will be back next year chasing the oldest All-Time boys’ state record on the books.  Aloha’s Ken Scott sped to an amazing 36.10 in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at the 1979 state meet.  Body has a personal best of 37.44, so he has plenty of catch up to play.  Check out this  link at YouthRunner.com, which has a good video and recap of Body's performance.



Link to Live Results and Full Meet Schedule


Keep reading for full results of all Oregon prep athletes competing in the four day meet.



USA Track and Field Championships – Day 2



 Bend’s Matthew Maton wins first national title


Hayward Field


EUGENE – It was a scorching hot day at the USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field, but Bend’s Matthew Maton was ready, kicking to victory in the Junior men’s 5,000-meter finals with a gradual push with one mile to go in the race.  Maton finished with a 4:20 final mile to outdistance Oklahoma State’s Cerake Geberkidane over the final 500-meters and win his first national title in 14:47.10.  Maton was content to follow the pace for the first half of the race, but over the final mile, no one could match his increasing speed.


“My plan was to pick it up each 200 meters over the final 1K,” said Maton.  “It felt great.  I’ve never won a national meet. I’ve done a lot of things but never that.”  Earlier this season Maton become the 6th high school runner ever to break 4-minutes in the Mile (3:59.38) and he shattered Galen Rupp’s Oregon state record in the 1,500-meters (3:42.54).  Maton’s 1,500-meter time ranks him 3rd all-time among prep runners, trailing only Jim Ryun and Alan Webb.  Maton said he is planning on competing at the Pan-Am Games 5K in Edmonton, Canada later this summer.


Maton was not the only former Oregon prep to impress on the second day of competition.  Two former Oregon preps that now compete for the Oregon Ducks completed the grueling two-day Decathlon competition, spending 15+ hours in the scorching 90-degree heat.  Eugene native Liam Henshaw finished 5th in the Junior Decathlon with a new personal record score of 6,998 points.  Henshaw had an interesting day two, as he set personal records in four events, but struggled in the pole vault, which is usually one of his best events.  Bend’s Mitch Modin looked tired after a long collegiate season, finishing 6th in the Senior Decathlon with 7,481 points.  Julian Body, a senior-to-be at Jesuit HS, looked very impressive in the semifinals of the Junior men’s 400-meter hurdles, placing 2nd in a new Oregon state record time of 52.57 to qualify for the finals.


Is Harrison Williams the next great American Decathlon star?

The lanky Stanford freshman from Memphis, Tennessee sure looks like it.  He is coming off of a 4th place finish at the NCAA Championships and just scored 8,001 points the past two days to win his 2nd consecutive U.S. Junior title.  Williams’ score of 8,001 points is the 7th highest of all-time for a Junior Decathlete.  Williams set the National high school record in the Decathlon (7,760 points), after placing 6th at the IAAF World Junior Championships last year in Eugene.  


“My second day was overall pretty good," said Williams.  "I was really hoping to get a national record (8,018). Unfortunately, it was just too hot and I was too tired in the 1,500. I’m happy I gave it everything I could. I didn’t quite get it but I definitely think I have a shot at getting it next time."


Is the University of Oregon now a sprint school?

At a school famous for its distance runners, the three fastest women sprinters in University of Oregon history put on a show in the semifinals of the 100-meter dash.  Former Duck English Gardner exploded out of the blocks and kept churning all the way to the finish, running 10.79, the fastest time in the world this year and 7th fastest American ever.  Junior Jenna Prandini finished 2nd to Gardner in 10.92.  In the other semifinal, sophomore Jasmine Todd placed 3rd in 10.86, solidifying her spot in the finals.  The sprinters did not disappoint in the finals either. Gardner finished 2nd in 10.86 and Todd also qualified for Beijing, placing 3rd in 10.92.  


“I had an amazing day," said Gardner.  "If you had asked me two months ago if English Gardner would make the U.S. team, I’d have said, ‘Heck, no.’ The 10.79 is just a plus - the cherry on the cake."  Prandini got left in the blocks and finished 6th in 10.96, but will almost certainly be part of the short-relay pool for the World Championships.  And don’t think that Oregon is turning into a sprint school.  Saturday’s Senior men’s 1,500-meter finals has 6 former or current Oregon Ducks among the 12 entries!



Link to Live Results and Full Meet Schedule


Link here to a great photo gallery from The Register Guard


Keep reading for full results of all Oregon prep athletes competing in the four day meet.



Rupp Shines Again at National Track Meet


Oregon's Galen Rupp brushes off doping allegations to win 7th straight U.S. title in 10K




EUGENE – It was plenty hot and sunny at historic Hayward Field for the first day of the 2015 Senior and Junior USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, but it is sure to get a whole lot hotter as temperatures are expected near 100 degrees on Friday and Saturday.  In front of an announced attendance of 8,762, former Oregon prep athletes were well represented in the field and on the track as over 30 athletes that attended Oregon high schools are scheduled to compete during the four day meet.  Oregon native Galen Rupp (shown at left on his way to his American Record in the 2014 Prefontaine Classic), provided the fireworks for the locals with a blistering last two laps on his way to a 7th consecutive U.S. title in the 10,000-meters (28:11.61).  Rupp has been under intense media scrutiny due to doping allegations leveled at him and his coach, Alberto Salazar. 


“The people here are so great,” said Rupp. “The support I’ve received down here and everywhere has been tremendous. I just wanted to thank everyone for their continued support over the years and obviously I was happy to win too.”  Rupp will be back again on Sunday morning for the men’s 5,000-meter final.  “I just want to get ready for the 5K on Sunday, because it’s going to be a tough one.”



Oregon got another native son on the awards stand as Gresham’s Sam Crouser placed 3rd in the senior men’s javelin with a best throw of 249-1.  The top three finishers in each event at the senior meet qualify for Team USA that will compete at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Beijing, China, August 22-30. The top two finishers in the junior meet qualify for a spot on Team USA that will compete at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, July 31-Aug 2.  Crouser still needs to gain the World Championship qualifying standard if he hopes to make the trip to China later this summer.





Link to Live Results and Full Meet Schedule here


Broadcast Schedule here


Follow Andrew Millbrooke on Twitter here @NWSportsGuru


Great coverage by The Register Guard here


Keep reading for full results of all Oregon prep athletes competing in the  four day meet.



College Basketball News & Notes

Oregon coach Dana Altman proves to be sensational hire for Ducks


While most of the attention this NCAA season has been on the terrific freshman - Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle, plus standout seniors Doug McDermott and Russ Smith - many other players are having outstanding seasons, but are flying under the radar. Three Pac-12 point guards are playing their way into All-American consideration with their early season stellar play. Oregon’s 5’8 senior playmaker Johnathan Loyd has been a catalyst to the No. 15 Ducks early season run. Loyd has taken advantage of more playing time after the 9-game suspension to fellow point guard Dominic Artis.  Loyd is averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 assists (4th nationally), while shooting 55-percent from the field, 84-percent from the line and 48-percent from the 3-pt line. In the Ducks 115-105 overtime win over Mississippi on Dec. 8, Loyd had 23 points and 15 assists, making 14 of 16 foul shots.


Oregon’s hiring of Dana Altman away from Creighton is proving to be more of a coup than most people nationally realize. Altman has proved again that he is the master of bringing in capable transfers, as voyagers Joseph Young (Houston) and Mike Moser (UNLV) are leading the Ducks in scoring this season, averaging 19.3 and 14.9 points per game respectively. It might be time to listen to Greg Crawford, CSNW college basketball insider, who has been saying for a year that Oregon basketball is probably closer to winning a national title than the Duck football team.


Former Oregon preps shine for Ducks, Beavers and Vikings

Statistics for former Oregon preps playing for Oregon, OSU & PSU

(Through 2 games)


Oregon Ducks


  #7 Keanon Lowe, WR, 5’9, 186, Jr., Jesuit HS – Against Nicholls, Lowe had one catch for 40 yards, two kickoff returns for 60 yards, including a 48 yard runback and numerous key blocks. Lowe had another productive game against Virginia, finishing with 3 catches for 26 yards and a TD, a kickoff return for 25 yards and two tackles.

#15 Colt Lyerla, TE, 6’5, 250, Jr., Hillsboro HS – Showed versatility with one catch for 13 yards and 3 bruising runs for 17 yards against Nicholls. Lyerla struggled against Virginia with an uncharacteristic three dropped balls, finishing with 1 catch for 13 yards.

#66 Taylor Hart, DL, 6’6, 287, Sr., Tualatin HS – 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 Tackle for Loss and 1 forced fumble against Nicholls. Hart added 5 more tackles against Virginia.



#24 Thomas Tyner, RB, 5’11, 203, Fr., Aloha HS – DNP vs. Nicholls, Tyner shined against Virginia with 4 carries for 51 yards and 2 TD’s, including a 31 yard burst up the middle untouched for a touchdown.

#26 Ben Butterfield, DB, 6’0, 190, Sr., Sherwood HS – 3 tackles vs. Nicholls, played but  did not record any stats against Virginia.

#31 Oshay Dunmore, DB, 6’2, 207, RS-Fr., Newport HS – 1 tackle vs. Nicholls, 2 tackles against Virginia.

#33 Tyson Coleman, LB, 6’1, 223, RS-So., Lake Oswego HS – 3 tackles vs. Nicholls, 1 tackle vs. Virginia.

#34 Lane Roseberry, RB, 6’1, 233, RS-Fr., Lakeview HS – 2 rush for 11 yards against Nicholls.

#14 Dustin Haines, QB, 6’2, 209, Sr., South Eugene HS – rushed for a 2-point conversion in win against Virginia.

#56 Alex Balducci, DL, 6’4, 297, So., Central Catholic HS – DNP vs. Nicholls, made an impact with 3 tackles vs. Virginia.


Photo at Left: Oregon State center #56 Isaac Seumalo (6'3, 305, So., Corvallis HS) blocks for Sean Mannion #4 during a game last season.

Photo by Andy Wooldridge


For more stats on Oregon preps playing at UO, OSU and PSU.