Announcing the Sports Awards winter sports finalists

Announcing the Sports Awards winter sports finalists

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Announcing the Sports Awards winter sports finalists

These are the winter sports finalists for the 2017 Statesman Journal Sports Awards.

The winners will be presented at the June 6 Statesman Journal Sports Awards at the Salem Convention Center.

Wrestling

The finalists for wrestlers of the year are Dallas senior Tanner Earhart, North Salem sophomore Ian Carlos and Sprague freshman Santos Cantu III.

North Salem sophomore Ian Carlos

North Salem sophomore Ian Carlos

Carlos won the 145 pound weight class at the Greater Valley Conference district meet then went on to win the OSAA Class 6A state championship and finished the season undefeated.

Senior Tanner Earhart, photographed at Dallas High School on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

Senior Tanner Earhart, photographed at Dallas High School on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

Earhart won the 160 pound weight class at the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet and at the OSAA Class 5A state tournament.

Sprague freshman Santos Cantu was named athlete of the week on Feb. 23.

Sprague freshman Santos Cantu was named athlete of the week on Feb. 23.

Cantu concluded an impressive debut season by winning the Greater Valley Conference district championship at 195 pounds and the OSAA Class 6A state championship.

Boys swimming

The finalists in boys swimmer of the year are South Salem senior Daisuke Fitial, West Salem senior Micah Masei and South Salem junior Tyler Cook.

West Salem senior Micah Masei

West Salem senior Micah Masei

Masei won Greater Valley championships in the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke and placed second in Class 6A in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

South Salem junior Tyler Cook

South Salem junior Tyler Cook

Cook won the Greater Valley Conference championship in the 100 free and placed third in Class 6A in the event.

South Salem senior Daisuke Fitial

South Salem senior Daisuke Fitial

Fitial won Greater Valley Conference championships in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke and placed second in the Class 6A state meet in the 100 backstroke and was fourth in the 200 IM.

Girls swimming

The finalists in girls swimming are West Salem senior Hannah Bodkin, Sprague freshman Alexis Smith and Dallas senior Jolie-Rae Ford.

Jolie-Rae Ford, a senior at Dallas High School, is one of the top swimmers in the state. You can usually find her practicing with Dallas' school team, the club team - the Blue Dolphins - or working at the Dallas Aquatic Center.

Jolie-Rae Ford, a senior at Dallas High School, is one of the top swimmers in the state. You can usually find her practicing with Dallas’ school team, the club team – the Blue Dolphins – or working at the Dallas Aquatic Center.

Ford placed second in the Mid-Willamette Conference in the 50 free and 100 free and went on to place second in the Class 5A state meet in the 100 free.

Hannah Bodkin

Hannah Bodkin

Bodkin placed second in the Greater Valley Conference in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke and was third in the OSAA Class 6A state meet in the 100 breaststroke.

Sprague freshman Alexis Smith

Sprague freshman Alexis Smith

Smith won Greater Valley Conference championships in the 100 free and 200 free and placed fifth in 6A in the 100 free.

Girls basketball

The girls basketball finalists for player of the year are Western Mennonite senior Madison Hull, South Salem senior Evina Westbrook and Cascade junior Halle Wright.

Western Mennonite junior Madi Hull

Western Mennonite junior Madi Hull

Hull was the Tri-River Conference player of the year after averaging 22.4 points and 15.4 rebounds per game and led the Pioneers to second place in the 2A state tournament.

Halle Wright on the Cascade High School girl's basketball team on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Turner, Ore.

Halle Wright on the Cascade High School girl’s basketball team on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Turner, Ore.

Wright was the Oregon West Conference player of the year by averaging 18.8 points, 12.5 points and 6.7 assists per game and led the team to the Oregon West Conference championship.

Evina Westbrook reveals her decision to sign a letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Tennessee. The South Salem senior has been named the best female guard in the country by ESPN. Photographed at The Hoop in Salem on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Evina Westbrook reveals her decision to sign a letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Tennessee. The South Salem senior has been named the best female guard in the country by ESPN. Photographed at The Hoop in Salem on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Westbrook was the Gatorade Oregon player of the year for the second straight year after averaging 25.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game and led the Saxons to a third place finish at the 6A state tournament.

Boys basketball

The player of the year finalists for boys basketball are Dayton senior Zach Bernards, Sprague junior Teagan Quitoriano and West Salem junior Kyle Greeley.

West Salem junior Kyle Greeley

West Salem junior Kyle Greeley

Greeley averaged 22.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, was named the Greater Valley Conference co-player of the year and helped the Titans to fourth place in the 6A state tournament.

Dayton High School student Zach Bernards

Dayton High School student Zach Bernards

Bernards averaged 28.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, was named the Class 3A state player of the year and led the Pirates to their second 3A state championship in three years

Junior Teagan Quitoriano. Photographed at Sprague High School on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

Junior Teagan Quitoriano. Photographed at Sprague High School on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

Quitoriano averaged 28 points and 13 rebounds per game and was the Greater Valley Conference co-player of the year after leading the Olympians to their first league championship in 20 years.

The finalists, as well as athletes of the week, will receive a complimentary ticket for the event. They can register at http://stjr.nl/Nominee

Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://www.statesmanjournal.com/sportsawards

Tanner Earhart of Dallas vs Morgan Holcomb of Pendleton at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., on February 25, 2017. (Photo by: Alex Milan Tracy)

Tanner Earhart of Dallas vs Morgan Holcomb of Pendleton at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., on February 25, 2017. (Photo by: Alex Milan Tracy)

Tickets to the dinner/awards event are $50 if purchased by March 20. General admission tickets will cost $65 and be available through May 27.

Cascade's Halle Wright (42) shoots a free throw in a game against North Marion on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Cascade High School. Cascade won the game 53-37, sweeping the Oregon West Conference for the third consecutive year.

Cascade’s Halle Wright (42) shoots a free throw in a game against North Marion on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Cascade High School. Cascade won the game 53-37, sweeping the Oregon West Conference for the third consecutive year.

West Salem's Kyle Greeley (5) moves past Clackamas' Cole Turner (21) during the first half of the West Salem vs. Clackamas boy's basketball game in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 6A State Championships at the University of Portland on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Clackamas won the game 68-52. West Salem will play a consolation game on Thursday.

West Salem’s Kyle Greeley (5) moves past Clackamas’ Cole Turner (21) during the first half of the West Salem vs. Clackamas boy’s basketball game in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 6A State Championships at the University of Portland on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Clackamas won the game 68-52. West Salem will play a consolation game on Thursday.

North Salem's Ian Carlos, the 2017 6A state champion at 145 pounds, is expected to compete in the "Friendship Duals" at Sprague High School.

North Salem’s Ian Carlos, the 2017 6A state champion at 145 pounds, is expected to compete in the "Friendship Duals" at Sprague High School.

Sprague's Teagan Quitoriano and the Olys fall to Grant 74-72 in the second round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Sprague High School.

Sprague’s Teagan Quitoriano and the Olys fall to Grant 74-72 in the second round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Sprague High School.

West Salem's Hannah Bodkin competes in the 100 yard breaststroke during the OSAA Class 6A Swimming State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

West Salem’s Hannah Bodkin competes in the 100 yard breaststroke during the OSAA Class 6A Swimming State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

West Salem's Micah Masei competes in the 100 yard breaststroke during the OSAA Class 6A Swimming State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

West Salem’s Micah Masei competes in the 100 yard breaststroke during the OSAA Class 6A Swimming State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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