2020 Nominees & Winners

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 2018-2019 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:
Bria Thames, St. Martin's University
Chloee Hunt, Evergreen State College
Makenna Schultz, St. Martin's University
Sydney Miller, South Puget Sound Community College
Taylor Buell, University of Washington

Men's Sport Star of the Year:
Ben Janssan, South Puget Sound Community College
Brandon Madsen, St. Martin's University
Desmond Hudson, Evergreen State College
LaBrandon Price, Evergreen State College

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:
Beatrice Asomaning, Olympia High School
Brandi Gardner, Timberline High School
Brenna Nelson, Black Hills High School
Devyn Oestreich, Capital High School
Emily Chisa, River Ridge High School
Emma Prybylski, Black Hills High School
Haley Smith, River Ridge High School
Hallie Stuart, Black Hills High School
Kaeley Schultz, Rainier High School
Kyra Skipworth, Capital High School
Megan River, Black Hills High School
Sarah Parker, North Thurston High School
Taylor Woodworth, River Ridge High School

Boy's Sports Star of the Year Nominees:
Brody Klein, Rainier High School
Colby Wilson, Capital High School
Darion Brown, River Ridge High School
Jacob Schuster, Tumwater High School
Julian Kennedy, Black Hills High School
Tim Sellars, Pope John Paul II & Olympia High School
Will Anderson, Olympia High School
William Laurence Christenson, Olympia High School
Zach Loveless, Black Hills High School


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:
Bill Beattie, Tumwater High School Football
Jack Kiley
James Charette
Joe and Betty Alongi & Pat Skeel
Katie Turcotte
Kellen Gallacher
Lee Wojnar
Robin Johnson
Sarah Hanavan
Terry Simmonds
Tim Smith
Todd Oestreich
U.S. Martial Arts


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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 season.

Sports Moment of the Year Nominees:
Black Hills Boy's Basketball
CaCoa Chatman
Christian Taylor
Olympia High School Boy's Baseball Team
Pope John Paull II Girl's Cross-Country Team
Quad City Flames
River Ridge High School Wrestling/Swimming
St. Martin's University Baseball
Tumwater High School Football
Tumwater High School Girl's Basketball


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:
Mark Grindstaff
Father Gerard Kirsch
Tim Smith, Founder, Oly Town Artesians

Special Recognition

Father Gerard Kirsch, Saint Martin's University booster, (posthumous) for more than three decades of unwavering support and inspiration for the Saint Martin's University athletic community: showing up and cheering, rain or shine, win or loss.