The 2016 Spokane Youth Sports Awards celebrated our finest student-athletes in a show that attracted a record turnout. With our partners at SWX and NWPrepsNow, we honored our region’s top coaches, teams and individual athletes at the historic Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox with over 500 people in attendance. Awards were given in ten distinct categories and videos highlighted the finalists and their impressive accomplishments. Two new award categories, 1B/2B/1A Top Female Team and 1B/2B/1A Top Male Team, were added this year to recognize the fantastic teams in our region’s smaller schools. “We truly had the region’s best youth athletes all together last night. It was hard not to be inspired by the sheer athletic talent and moved by the stories behind the achievements of some of these young people,” said Herb Rotchford, Spokane Youth Sports Awards Selection Committee Chair. “We are so grateful for the support we get for this event from the regional sports community."
Each award recipient was selected for their outstanding athletic abilities along with their character in the classroom and commitment to the community. Our Against All Odds Honorees were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship by The Fitz Memorial Basketball Tournament.
Join us and congratulate the winners in the following categories:
Coach of the Year
David McKenna, Football, Gonzaga Preparatory School
1B/2B/1A Top Female High School Sports Team
Colton High School Basketball Team
1B/2B/1A Top Male High School Sports Team
Deer Park High School Wrestling Team
2A/3A/4A Top Female High School Sports Team
Central Valley High School Basketball Team
2A/3A/4A Top Male High School Sports Team
Gonzaga Preparatory School Football Team
Non-High School Sports Top Female Athlete
Sarah Nicholls, Swimming, CDA Area Swim Team
Non-High School Sports Top Male Athlete
Andrew Potyk, Cross Country Nordic Skiing, Spokane Nordic Ski
High School Sports Top Female Athlete
Riley Lupfer, Basketball, Lewis & Clark High School
High School Sports Top Male Athlete
Dalton Young, Wrestling, Lakeside High School
Against All Odds Special Sports Honorees
Eli Emerson, Basketball, Central Valley High School
Adam Jacobson, Football/Basketball/Tennis, Lewis & Clark High School
Katie Kaczka, Wheelchair Basketball/Field Events, ParaSport Spokane
Roberto Lopez, Cross Country/Track & Field, John R. Rogers High School
Individual athletes must have attended 9-12 grade during the 2015-16 school year and attended a high school located within Northeast District Seven and/or Greater Spokane District Eight. Coaches must have coached a club sport or high school sport within Spokane County and/or Northeast District Seven and/or Greater Spokane District Eight during the time-frame of June 2015–May 2016.
Nominations will remain open through May 6, 2016. Athletic Directors, Coaches, Sports Officials, Club Directors/Administrators are all eligible to submit nominations. There is no limit to the number of nominations each person can submit. Each individual athlete, coach, or team requires a separate submission.
Finalists and winners will be chosen in May 2016 by a selection committee comprised of sports-minded community members established by Spokane Sports Commission.
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