Athlete of the Year nominees named by KCST


More than two dozen male and female athletes were considered

May 25, 2019 — On Thursday, George Henry, news director at KCST  Radio, announced the final nominees being considered for the 2018-19 Athletes of the Year from Siuslaw and Mapleton high schools.

More than two dozen male and female athletes were considered, with input and reccomendations submitted by a panel of 14 judges made up of coaches, administrators and others before settling on 16 finalists — eight girls and eight boys — from which two will be named the Athletes of the Year at the annual KCST awards dinner.

Finalists include:

Girls: Hannah Rannow, a two-sport junior at Siuslaw and last week's girls 3,000-meter 4A state champion; Siuslaw sophomore Brea Blankenship, a three-sport athlete who competed in two events at last week's state track meet; Mapleton senior Erin Michael, a four-sport athlete who was also a member of the football team; Gracie Freudenthal, a three-sport sophomore at Siuslaw who won the 300-meter hurdles 4A state title last week; Siuslaw freshman Bailey Overton, a three-sport athlete with all-league recog nition in softball; Siuslaw freshman and three-sport athlete Hayden Muller, who was a standout wrestler last season; Alyssa Richards, a senior at Siuslaw and four-sport athlete who finished the year pulling double duty in softball and track; and sophomore track standout Andrea Osbon, who threw her way into Siuslaw's record books this year.

Boys: Siuslaw junior Ryan Rendon-Padilla, who claimed his second-consecutive 4A state javelin title last week; sophomore and three-sport standout Siuslaw athlete Elijah Blankenship; Mapleton sophomore JJ Neece, a three-sport, all-league athlete at Mapleton who went to state in four events at the 1A state track meet this year; Ryan Jennings, a three-sport sophomore athlete at Siuslaw who advanced to state in wrestling and track; Siuslaw sophomore Skyler Loomis, a three-sport athlete and all-leaguer in basketball and track; Siuslaw junior Brendon Jensen, a cross country and track standout with all-league nods in both sports; Matthew Horrillo, a three-sport athlete at Siuslaw who advanced to state in wrestling; Mapleton junior and three-sport athlete Nate Neece, who received all-league honors in football and basketball.

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