Thursday night’s Athletic Excellence Awards Dinner hosted by KCST at Siuslaw High School recognized 26 athletes from Siuslaw and Mapleton for their commitment, contributions and achievements during the 2018-19 school year. While surrounded by friends and family, athletes had been recognized at some point throughout the year — some more than once — as KCST’s Athlete of the Week.
Over the course of the fall, winter and spring sports seasons, Mapleton and Siuslaw athletes contributed to a total of 14 new school records and won 11 individual district and state titles.
Among those athletes, 16 finalists were announced earlier in the week. Finalists for the girls included Hannah Rannow, Gracie Freudenthal, Brea Blankenship, Erin Michael, Bailey Overton, Hayden Muller, Alyssa Richards and Andrea Osbon; boys finalists included Ryan Rendon-Padilla, Elijah Blankenship, John “JJ” Neece, Ryan Jennings, Skyler Loomis, Nate Neece, Brendon Jensen and Matthew Horrillo.
It was a very tough group to select from,” said KCST news director George Henry. “We had a lot of outstanding student athletes, and each of them made big contributions to their teams’ successes and programs’ successes.”
At the close of the awards ceremony, which included entertainment provided by Siuslaw’s cheerleading squad and dessert prepared by Siuslaw High School culinary teacher Kyle Lewis, Siuslaw junior Hannah Rannow received her second consecutive Athlete of the Year honor, along with first-time honoree Mapleton sophomore John “JJ” Neece as KCST’s male Athlete of the Year.
Athletes of the Week 2018-19: