WAA high school awards banquet is tonight
Athletes and coaches from 21 high schools in the area will be honored tonight, Oct. 17, in the Warrior Athletic Association’s High School Awards Dinner, which will start at 7 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center.
As a way to honor accomplishments of area high school teams, athletes, and coaches during the 2006-07 academic year, the WAA decided to sponsor a fundraising dinner to acknowledge those accomplishments.
A total of 21 high schools in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho chose to take part in the event. School officials were then asked to submit their selections for the school’s Female and Male Athletes of the Year, Team of the Year, and Coach of the Year, using whatever selection criteria they want to follow. The four winners from each school will be honored during the dinner.
A selection committee not associated with the high schools or the WAA was then assembled to choose the finalists and the overall winners, who also will be announced at the dinner. School officials were asked to pass along their selection criteria for their award winners so it could be used to help select the four finalists in each category. If a school failed to provide selection criteria, then athletic performance was used as a determining factor.
The four finalists for Female Athlete of the Year include Katie Hinrichs of Pullman, Nicole Nida of Prairie in Cottonwood, Ellen Rouse of Orofino, and Morgon VanderEsch of Grangeville. The Male Athlete of the Year finalists are Clatyon Foster of Kamiah, J.T. Levenseller of Pullman, Shane Moser of Lewiston, and Jeffrey Roy of Genesee.
For Team of the Year, the nominees are four state championship teams – Asotin football, Clarkston boys’ tennis, Genesee boys’ basketball, and Prairie girls’ track. The Coach of the Year nominees include Asotin football coach Sal Lopez, Genesee boys’ basketball coach Jeff Boyd, Kendrick football and baseball coach Kevin Driskill, and Pullman volleyball coach Jen Greeny.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and can be purchased from the athletic directors at participating high schools or from the LCSC Athletic Ticket Office, located upstairs in the Activity Center. Tickets also can be purchased with a credit card by calling (208) 792-2275.
The event is the first of its kind in the Activity Center and allows the WAA to recognize outstanding high school athletes and coaches in the area. The WAA is planning to make this an annual event.
Major sponsors of the event include Tyler-Kelly Motors, Gear Athletic, Lewiston Orthopaedic Associates, and Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union.
For more information on the event, contact Rick Hill at (208) 791-7517 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Paul Thompson at 792-2088 or email@example.com