From: Laura Shaw
Date: Thu Apr 10 22:25:36 MDT 2014
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Fan Voting Shows Enthusiastic Support for Nominees


Salt Lake City, Utah - April 10, 2014 - Over 100,000 votes from sports fans across Utah, 49 states, and 67 countries have been cast, showing strong support for nominees of this year's Governor's State of Sport Awards.  Fans have weighed in on their favorite athletes, coaches, teams, games and highlights on the website and the contests have remained close throughout the voting period.  Voting will continue through Friday, April 18 at 12:00 noon. Fans are allowed to vote once per day. 

The ten award categories include High School Female Athlete, High School Male Athlete, Collegiate Female Athlete, Collegiate Male Athlete, Pro Female Athlete, Pro Male Athlete, Team of the Year, Highlight of the Year, Game or Event of the Year and Coach of the Year. The nominees were selected by a committee comprised of members of the sports media and community at large.   

Category winners will be announced at the Governor's State of Sport Awards dinner on Tuesday, April 22. In addition, a Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to golf legends Johnny Miller and Billy Casper, and a special homecoming welcome will honor Utah's Olympians and Paralympians. Special guest and one of golf's greatest, Jack Nicklaus, will help honor Johnny and Billy. 

2014 Governor's State of Sport Awards Nominees

High School Female Athlete                                                                      

Sarah Feeny - Cross Country, Ogden High School                                    

Kailie Quinn - Basketball, Judge Memorial High School                                         

Kirtlyn Bohling - Softball, Salem Hills High School                                   

Eliza Katoa - Volleyball, Layton High School                                             

Lauryn Dela Cruz - Volleyball/Basketball, Timpview High School          

Tatiana Su'e Su'e - Softball, San Juan High School                                   


High School Male Athlete

Ula Toluta'u - Football, East High School

Dusty Hone - Wrestling, Cedar High School

Scott Nichols - Football/Track, Bingham High School

Brekkott Chapman - Basketball, Roy High School

Britain Covey - Football, Timpview High School

Osa Masina - Football, Brighton High School


College Female Athlete                                                                              

Michelle Plouffe - Basketball, University of Utah                                    

Cloee Colohan - Soccer, Brigham Young University                                 

Georgia Dabritz - Gymnastics, University of Utah                                   

Jennifer Hamson - Basketball, Brigham Young University


College Male Athlete                                                                                  

Kyle Van Noy - Football, Brigham Young University                                

Jason Washburn - Basketball, University of Utah                                    

Zac Blair - Golf, Brigham Young University                                               

Cody Hoffman - Football, Brigham Young University                              

Tyler Larsen - Football, Utah State University                                                         

Trevor Reilly - Football, University of Utah                


Professional/Olympian Female Athlete

Sarah Hendrickson, - Ski Jumping, U.S. Ski Team

Heather Richardson - Speedskating, US Speedskating

Noelle Pikus-Pace - Skeleton, US Bobsled and Skeleton

Brittany Bowe- Speedskating, US Speedskating                                       


Professional/Olympian Male Athlete

Kaycee Feild - Rodeo, PRCA

Damian Lillard - Basketball, Portland Trailblazers NBA

Trey Burke - Basketball, Utah Jazz NBA

Ted Ligety - Alpine Skiing, U.S. Ski Team

Kyle Beckerman - Soccer, Real Salt Lake MLS             

Steve Holcomb - Bobsled, US Bobsled and Skeleton


Coach of the Year                                                                                        

Quincy Lewis - Basketball, Lone Peak High School                                   

Matt Wells - Football, Utah State University                                                          

Keith Johnson - Baseball, Salt Lake Bees                                                   

Kristen Bailey - Volleyball, Timpview High School                                   

Corbin Talley - Cross Country/Track, Davis High School                         


Team of the Year

Utah State University Football

Real Salt Lake

Davis High School Girls' Cross Country

Lone Peak High School Boys' Basketball

Salt Lake Bees

Duchesne High School Football


Game or Event of the Year                                                                        

University of Utah Football Beats #5 Stanford                                        

Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC MLS Cup                                                     

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Utah National                                                    

Pine View High School Football vs Juan Diego High School                    

Women's Ski Jumping Sanctioned Event in Olympics                                            

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah                                                                       


Play or Highlight of the Year

Kelly McGarry Backflip Over Gap at Red Bull Rampage

Lone Peak's Tyler Haws 3 Pointer to Defeat Virginia's Bishop

Nick Rimando's Double Save to Defeat Colorado Rapids

Derrick Favors Game-Winning Dunk Against Lakers

Sky View's Jalen Moore Hits Game Winning Basket

Ryan Villopoto Wins 2nd Championship at Utah National

For further information:

Utah Sports Commission

Jeff Robbins

(801) 328.2372

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