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Governor's State of Sport Awards seek to honor Utah's best athletes, moments

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 10:23 a.m. MDT

Gov. Gary Herbert talks to the media at the Governor's Utah Economic Summit at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Gov. Gary Herbert talks to the media at the Governor's Utah Economic Summit at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (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.

Timpview QB Britain Covey runs against Woods Cross  in the 4A State semi final game in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Timpview QB Britain Covey runs against Woods Cross in the 4A State semi final game in Salt Lake City Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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

Utah defensive end Trevor Reilly (9) throws the ball into the crowd after making an interception at the end of a football game against Colorado at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.  (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Utah defensive end Trevor Reilly (9) throws the ball into the crowd after making an interception at the end of a football game against Colorado at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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

BYU's Jennifer Hamson (5) greets her teammates during a second-round NCAA women's college basketball game against Nebraska on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Los Angeles. BYU won 80-76. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong, AP) BYU's Jennifer Hamson (5) greets her teammates during a second-round NCAA women's college basketball game against Nebraska on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Los Angeles. BYU won 80-76. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong, AP)

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

Utah State Aggies quarterback Darell Garretson (6) gives the game ball to  Utah State Aggies center Tyler Larsen (58)  during the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego  Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.  USU won 21-14.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah State Aggies quarterback Darell Garretson (6) gives the game ball to Utah State Aggies center Tyler Larsen (58) during the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. USU won 21-14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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

Kailie Quinn (Judge Memorial) (, ) Kailie Quinn (Judge Memorial) (, )

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

Pleasant Grove coach Quincy Lewis as Lone Peak High School and Pleasant Grove High School play boy's basketball Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Highland.  
 (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Pleasant Grove coach Quincy Lewis as Lone Peak High School and Pleasant Grove High School play boy's basketball Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Highland. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Team of the year

Utah State University football

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

Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States starts her first run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (, ) Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States starts her first run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (, )

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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