Governor's State of Sport Awards seek to honor Utah's best athletes, moments
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — As a former high school athlete, Gov. Gary Herbert understands the value athletics can add to a person’s life.
As a businessman and public servant, he appreciates them for the way they can enhance a community. Which is part of the reason he and the leadership of the Utah Sports Commission joined forces to honor the best in Utah’s athletic performances. The Governor’s Third Annual State of Sport Awards will honor the best Utah athletic achievement’s in 2013 for accomplishments in prep, collegiate and professional sports.
A committee nominates the athletes and teams, as well as selecting events and plays to recognize from local competitions or games. But the winners in the 10 categories are chosen by fan voting, which began on March 16. Winners will be announced on April 22. Fans can vote one time per device in each 24-hour period. The nominees and voting takes place at www.stateofsportawards.com.
In addition, this year, Herbert will honor Olympic and Paralympic athletes with Utah ties at the event scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the EnergySolutions Arena. Local professional golfers Johnny Miller and Billy Casper will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement in Sport Award, while professional golfer and philanthropist Jack Nicklaus will be the night’s featured speaker and will present awards to winners alongside the governor.
"I am pleased to be part of this great event to recognize excellence in sports and I would also like to extend a very special welcome and thank you to Jack Nicklaus for joining us," said Herbert.
2014 Governor's State of Sport Awards nominees
High school female athlete
Sarah Feeny — cross-country, Ogden High School
Kailie Quinn — basketball, Judge Memorial High School
Kirtlyn Bohling — softball, Salem Hills High School
Eliza Katoa — volleyball, Layton High School
Lauryn Dela Cruz — volleyball/basketball, Timpview High School
Tatiana Su'e Su'e — softball, San Juan High School
High school male athlete
Ula Toluta'u — football, East High School
Dusty Hone — wrestling, Cedar High School
Scott Nichols — football/track, Bingham High School
Brekkott Chapman — basketball, Roy High School
Britain Covey — football, Timpview High School
Osa Masina — football, Brighton High School
College female athlete
Michelle Plouffe — basketball, University of Utah
Cloee Colohan — soccer, Brigham Young University
Georgia Dabritz — gymnastics, University of Utah
Jennifer Hamson — basketball/volleyball, Brigham Young University
College male athlete
Kyle Van Noy — football, Brigham Young University
Jason Washburn — basketball, University of Utah
Zac Blair — golf, Brigham Young University
Cody Hoffman — football, Brigham Young University
Tyler Larsen — football, Utah State University
Trevor Reilly — football, University of Utah
Professional/Olympian female athlete
Sarah Hendrickson — ski jumping, U.S. Ski Team
Heather Richardson — speedskating, U.S. Speedskating
Noelle Pikus-Pace — skeleton, U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton
Brittany Bowe — speedskating, U.S. Speedskating
Professional/Olympian male athlete
Kaycee Feild — rodeo, PRCA
Damian Lillard — basketball, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA
Trey Burke — basketball, Utah Jazz, NBA
Ted Ligety — Alpine skiing, U.S. Ski Team
Kyle Beckerman — soccer, Real Salt Lake, MLS
Steve Holcomb — bobsled, U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton
Coach of the year
Quincy Lewis — basketball, Lone Peak High School
Matt Wells — football, Utah State University
Keith Johnson — baseball, Salt Lake Bees
Kristen Bailey — volleyball, Timpview High School
Corbin Talley — cross-country/track, Davis High School
Team of the year
Real Salt Lake
Davis High School girls cross-country
Lone Peak High School boys basketball
Salt Lake Bees
Duchesne High School football
Game or event of the year
University of Utah football beats No. 5 Stanford
Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City, MLS Cup
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Utah National
Pine View High School football vs. Juan Diego High School
Women's ski jumping sanctioned event in Olympics
Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Play or highlight of the year
Kelly McGarry backflip over gap at Red Bull Rampage
Lone Peak's Tyler Haws' 3-pointer defeats Virginia's Bishop
Nick Rimando's double save to defeat Colorado Rapids
Derrick Favors' game-winning dunk against Lakers
Sky View's Jalen Moore hits game-winning basket
Ryan Villopoto wins 2nd championship at Utah National
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