Sports Awards

Recognizing local athletes and game changers

Experience Olympia & Beyond, Thurston County’s Sports Commission, presents the first annual Sports Awards.

Sports enthusiasts and community members are invited to celebrate an evening dedicated to sports!

Join us as we recognize Thurston County's talented athletes, coaches and sports moments while highlighting the impacts of sports tourism on the local economy. 

The evening will include dinner, presentation of awards and a keynote by Marco Azurdia, executive director of Northwest Athletic Conference. 

SPORTS AWARDS 
June 19, 2018
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Indian Summer Golf and Country Club

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KEYNOTE

Marco Azurdia

Marco Azurdia, Executive Director of Northwest Athletic Conference

Azurdia leads the Northwest Athletic Conference, built on character, competition and community, he drives community college sports events all over the Northwest. He holds the all-time most wins for a basketball coach in Wenatchee Valley College history with 220 wins.  His coaching style and philosophy is prominent throughout the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho with colleges, high schools, and AAU programs incorporating much of his style.

EMCEE

Jon Jensen

Jon Jensen, Sound Sports Net and South Sound Sports Pro Shop

Jon Jensen is the lead commentator of Sound Sports Net delivering sports content in the South Puget Sound region and throughout the Pacific Northwest, with content, context, and substance.  Along with covering high school sports, Jensen has performed play-by-play duties at the collegiate and professional levels. Of note, he has broadcast for his alma mater at WSU, the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), Arena Football 2, the Indoor Football League, and a commentator with the Professional Bowlers Association's online streaming service, Xtra Frame.

NOMINEES


SPORTS AWARDS
 

Men's Sport Star of the Year (College) and Women's Sport Star of the Year (College)


Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time at any time during the 2017-2018 school year in a Thurston County college or a native to Thurston county. Nominees must also have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one collegiate sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.

Nominees for Men's Sport Star of the Year (College)

Nolan Black, South Puget Sound Community College, Basketball
Luke Chavez, Saint Martin's University, Basketball
Issa Hassan, The Evergreen State College, Soccer (Winner)
Aubrey (AJ) Hodges, South Puget Sound Community College, Basketball
Brandon Madsen, Saint Martin's University, Soccer
Cade Otton, University of Washington, Football
Wesley (Wes) Reynolds, South Puget Sound Community College, Basketball
Brad Wallace, Western Washington University, Basketball
 
Nominees for Women's Sport Star of the Year (College)

Brianna Atwood, Bellevue College, Softball
Deanna Avalos, Saint Martin's University, Track and Field
Cheyenne Baird, The Evergreen State College, Volleyball
Jamie Connally, Centralia College, Women's Basketball
Haley Harn, South Puget Sound Community College, Volleyball and Basketball (Winner)
 
 
Boy's Sport Star of the Year (High School) and Girl's Sport Star of the Year (High School)


Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time in a Thurston County high school. Nominees must have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one high school sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.

Nominees for Boy's Sport Star of the Year (High School)
 

Michael Barnes, Timberline High School, Track and Football
Cato Cannizzo, River Ridge High School, Cross Country, Track and Swimming (Winner)
Ibi Ceesay, Pope John Paul II, Basketball and Football
Alex Wright, Olympia High School, Swimming

Nominees for Girl's Sport Star of the Year (High School)
 

Elianna Summers, Northwest Christian High School, Track and Cross Country (Winner)
Jadynne Thomas, River Ridge High School, Soccer


Contributor of the Year


Nominees must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County and can include coaches, nonprofit organizations providing sport access to community individuals and/or large monetary donors to sports initiatives. Nominees must have demonstrated commitment to sports for a minimum of one year.

Nominees for Contributor of the Year
 

Eddie Gentry, North Thurston High School, Athletic Director
Aaron Landon, South Puget Sound Community College, Head Coach Men's Basketball
Andrew Mohl, Yelm Youth Tornados, Head Coach Football and Cheer
Alex Pribble, Saint Martin's University, Head Coach Men's Basketball (Winner)



Sports Moment of the Year


Nominees can be a team or individual that has achieved national or local recognition for their sports moment during the 2017-2018 academic year. This moment would have taken place during a play in a single game or individual match or event for an individual or team. Nominees can include individuals with either inspiring stories, remarkable sports moments and or outstanding performances throughout the 2017-2018 season.

Nominees for Sports Moment of the Year
 

Luke Chavez, Saint Martin's University
Saint Martin's University Men's Basketball Team (Winner)
Timberline High School Boy's Basketball Team
Alex Wright, Olympia High School 
Yelm High School Football Team



Thurston County Sports Legend

Nominees must be an individual (over the age of 18) that was born or resided in Thurston County for a minimum of five years and must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County. The nominee must have maintained and continue to maintain ties to Thurston County through philanthropic events and/or financial donations to support sports in the community. Ideally, nominees would have played either collegiate or professional sports or had a significant impact in the Thurston County sports community.

Nominees for Thurston County Sports Legend
 

Jeff Carpenter, Olympia School District
John Kiley, Olympia High School
Sid Otton, Tumwater High School (Winner)


 

Awards closed May 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

2018 Sports Awards Sponsors

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We are beyond excited to be able to bring attention to our local all-stars, however we can’t do it without you! Experience Olympia & Beyond is looking for local partners to sponsor the event in a variety of unique and customizable opportunities. Please click here to view a few of these options. If you have any questions, would like us to customize one for you or have an idea of your own, please contact Carly Othman, carly@properplanningteam.com, to start the conversation!

 

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