Youth Awards Luncheon to Recognize Achievements

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Youth Awards Luncheon to Recognize Achievements


Twenty standout high school athletes in various sports and a like number of coaches and teams will be recognized for their state, regional and national accomplishments during the annual Inland Northwest Youth Awards Luncheon, Feb. 15 in the Spokane Convention Center.

Major sponsors are Spokane Hoopfest and Rockwood Sports Medicine, who will also present sportsmanship and sports medicine students of the year awards. Numerous other businesses will help defray the luncheon cost for the approximately 1,000 young athletes in attendance.

The luncheon is hosted by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters, whose 50 members in Eastern Washington and North Idaho select finalists and vote for the winners of junior male and female athlete, coaches and teams of the year.

They will also honor three people with long ties to youth sports with 25-year awards.

The Spokane Regional Sports Commission will co-host the event, chaired by Bill Maxey.

KHQ's Sam Adams and Ed Sharman are this year's masters of ceremonies. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.

For ticket information contact SRSC office manager Barb Anzivino at 893-5447 or by email at sportsawards@spokanesports.org or barba@spokanesports.org.

JR. AWARDS FINALISTS

Female Athlete

Joellee Buckner - Colville volleyball player was MVP of the Northeast A League, and one of five all-league selections from the State 1A champion Indians.

Anande Egland - Lakeside athlete set the State 1A pole vault record at 11 feet, 6 inches and was a four-event qualifier to the State 3A gymnastics meet.

Devyn Galland - Lewis and Clark basketball player averaged 20 points per game during the regular season and was State 4A MVP for the champion Tigers.

Kinsey Gomez - Coeur d'Alene distance runner won Idaho State 5A titles at 1,600 meters (5:00.15) and 3,200 meters (10:56.97), and also ran a state-best 2:18 at 800 meters.

Katie Knight - North Central distance runner finished second twice in 3A track events, won the Washington State 4A cross country individual title in an all-classification, meet-best 17:10.6, and placed second in the Nike regionals and third at nationals.

Baylee Mires - Mead multistate track champion capped her career with the 4A 800-meter title in 2:10.28 and finished second with a 57.44 at 400 meters.

Tia Presley - Gonzaga Prep basketball senior set the Greater Spokane career scoring record with more than 1,300 points after averaging just less than 20 per game as a senior.

Carli Rosenthal - Four-year Coeur d'Alene basketball star was Idaho's top high school post. The 6-foot-3 athlete averaged more than 13 points and 9 rebounds per game while reaching a fourth Idaho State 5A final.

Casey Stangel - Lake City softball pitcher compiled a 25-0 record for the State 5A champions with a 0.33 earned-run average, 283 strikeouts and .590 batting average.

Jamie Weisner - Clarkston basketball and volleyball standout averaged 21.4 points per game, including a 43-point outburst in one game, and was All-GNL in volleyball in the fall.

Male Athlete

Kenji Bierig - Lewis and Clark distance runner completed his career by sweeping the 3,200 (9:01.71) and the 1,600 (4:12.66) at the State 4A track meet last spring.

Chad Chalich - Idaho's 5A Gatorade football player of the year, the Coeur d'Alene quarterback passed for 3,641 yards and 42 touchdowns, rushed for 471 yards and 14 TDs for the unbeaten Vikings.

Kole Heidinger - Ferris running back was named Greater Spokane League offensive player of the year. He led the GSL in rushing with 1,189 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Connor Hill - As a junior, Hill led Post Falls to the 2010 Idaho State 5A basketball championship, and last year the Trojans were third with Hill averaging more than 20 points per game.

Derek Isaak - Almira/Coulee-Hartline quarterback rushed and passed for a combined 2,585 yards and 47 touchdowns, with his 13-1 team reaching the State 1B finals. …

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