During tonight's Athletic Excellence Awards Dessert, 38 athletes were recognized for their efforts, accomplishments and contributions to athletics at Siuslaw and Mapleton high schools. Each had been spotlighted at some point — some more than once — throughout the school in KCST’s Athlete of the Week.
Over the course of the last three sports seasons, 17 new school records and 15 individual district and state champions were named between the Vikings and Sailors.
Among those athletes, 10 finalists were announced earlier in the week: Hunter Simington from Mapleton, along with Jared Brandt, Trent Reavis, Brogan Cornish, Jack Pickell and Richard Huff, Celie Mans, Destinie Tatum, Claire Waggoner and Carissa Oliver, all from Siuslaw.
“It’s never easy choosing just two individuals from a group made up of so many outstanding student athletes,” said former KCST news director and awards host Bob Sneddon. “Deciding on this year’s top athletes was no exception. Each finalist played a major role in their teams’ successes. At the same time, they accomplished their own achievements in athletics in addition to academics.”
At the close of tonight’s awards ceremony, which included entertainment by Siuslaw’s cheerleading squad and an array of specialty desserts prepared by SHS culinary students and served by PRIDE members, Siuslaw senior Celie Mans and junior Trent Reavis were named the 2017 Athletes of the Year.
Celie Mans is a young woman on the run.
A two-time women’s 4A state cross country champion, Mans also went the distance in the both the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter races in the Far West League last month, where she claimed the league title in both events and finished fourth in the 3,000 meters at state.
Mans was also named a finalist for the Lane County Athlete of the Year and was invited to run in the Nike cross country regionals. She also competed in the Boarderclash — featuring the best runners in the states of POregon and Washington — all four years of high school.
But Mans’ pursuits don’t just pertain to what she can achieve after lacing up her running shoes. Academically, she is also a member of the National Honor Society, was a Future First Citizen nominee and carried a perfect 4.0 this year. With the next leg of life’s marathon carrying her to the University of Idaho in pursuit of a medical career, it’s a sure bet that Mans will have no trouble going the distance.
Trent Reavis has been a busy junior. As a three- sport standout, Reavis utilized his 6-foot-7 frame to its utmost as a tight end, linebacker and punter in football; center and forward in basketball; and in the throws in track, where he set new school records in both the discus and javelin.
As the Vikings’ leading scorer on the basketball court, Reavis helped Siuslaw achieve its most successful season in more than a decade and reach the league playoffs.
When asked about the impact that competition has had on him personally, Reavis said it gave him a way to express himself and get away from some of the problems he’s faced. But most importantly, he said it gave him a chance to make his late father, Delbert Reavis, proud and represent the Reavis name. The Viking junior said this year has been a growing year for him, with the experience increasing his drive to succeed in athletics as well as in life.
With his senior year still ahead, that drive will undoubtedly lead to more accomplishments that Reavis can rest assured will make his father proud.