West Albany's Stephens wins at Oregon Sports Awards

2013-02-10T22:31:00Z West Albany's Stephens wins at Oregon Sports AwardsBy Jesse Sowa Albany Democrat Herald
February 10, 2013 10:31 pm  • 

West Albany senior Tani Stephens came up big again when it came to a big-time award.

Stephens was named the prep volleyball player of the year at the Oregon Sports Awards, held Sunday night at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.

Stephens, who has signed to play at Washington State, was the 5A and Mid-Willamette Conference player of the year and the Gatorade state player of the year. She led the Bulldogs to the 5A state title in November.

The other volleyball finalists were Vanessa Bentley of Roseburg and Makayla Lindburg of Crook County.

Three other athletes in the Democrat-Herald coverage area were finalists Sunday.

Scio graduate Haley Guest was a finalist for the 4A/3A/2A/1A female division of the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year award.

Guest, now playing basketball at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, was the 2012 2A girls basketball state player of the year and helped Scio to a second straight state championship game.

In track and field last spring, she won state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and was runner-up in the shot put.

Baily Bennett of Heppner won the award.. Ariel Viera of Scappoose was the other finalist.

West Albany junior Chelsea Clark was a finalist for the state tennis player of the year.

Clark won the 5A girls tennis singles title last spring, leading the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish.

Erin Larner of Jesuit won the award. Kadie Hueffner was the other finalist.

Jake LaCoste, also a West junior, was a finalist for football player of the year.

LaCoste was the 5A and Mid-Willamette Conference offensive player of the year, the Gatorade state player of the year and was named to the MaxPreps national first team offense for players in the junior class.  

Aloha's Thomas Tyner won the award Sunday. The other finalist was Connor Strahm of Sheldon.


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