2018 Sports Awards Winners and Nominees

Recognizing local athletes and game changers

Winner's names are listed in bold text


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 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

Women’s Sport Star of the Year:
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 

Men's Sport Star of the Year:
Nolan Black, South Puget Sound Community College, Basketball
Luke Chavez, Saint Martin's University, Basketball
Issa Hassan, The Evergreen State College, Soccer 
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

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.

Girl’s Sports Star of the Year Nominees:
Elianna Summers, Northwest Christian High School, Track and Cross Country 
Jadynne Thomas, River Ridge High School, Soccer

Boy's Sports Star of the Year Nominees:
Michael Barnes, Timberline High School, Track and Football
Cato Cannizzo, River Ridge High School, Cross Country, Track and Swimming 
Ibi Ceesay, Pope John Paul II, Basketball and Football
Alex Wright, Olympia High School, Swimming


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 sports access to community individuals and/or large monetary donors to sports initiatives. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to sports for a minimum of one year.

Contributor of the Year Nominees:
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 


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 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 inspiring stories, remarkable sports moments or outstanding performances throughout the season.

Sports Moment of the Year Nominees:
Luke Chavez, Saint Martin's University
Saint Martin's University Men's Basketball Team 
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.

Thurston County Sports Legend Nominees:
Jeff Carpenter, Olympia School District
John Kiley, Olympia High School
Sid Otton, Tumwater High School