BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Boston Red Sox slugger Jacoby Ellsbury and World Cup soccer star Megan Rapinoe were big winners at the Oregon Sports Awards Sunday night.
Ellsbury, the former Madras High and Oregon State standout, won the Harry Glickman Award for male professional athlete of the year, while Rapinoe was the Glickman female award winner.
Ellsbury had a career year for the Red Sox, hitting .321 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs, finishing second in the American League MVP voting. Former University of Portland star Rapinoe was a midfielder and key member of the U.S. women's professional soccer team, which made the finals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The event, once known as the Hayward Awards and now in its 60th year, was hosted for the sixth year by broadcaster Ahmad Rashad and was held at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus.
Two University of Oregon runners, Matthew Centrowitz and Jordan Hasay, won the Bill Hayward Award for the amateur athlete of the year. Centrowitz won the national championship and then earned the bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the World Championships in Madrid. Hasay was the NCAA indoor national champion in the mile and the 3,000 meters.
The Johnny Carpenter Award for prep athlete of the year at 6A/5A schools went to repeat winners. Elizabeth Brenner of Jesuit won for the third straight year after capping one of the most spectacular prep careers in Oregon history, starring in four sports and earning state player of the year honors in both basketball and volleyball and winning the state shot put title during her senior year. She now plays volleyball at Oregon.
Ryan Crouser of Barlow High won the Carpenter award for the second time. He set national records in both the discus and shot put and won the state title in both events. He now competes for the University of Texas.
Two multi-sport stars, Sarah Bennion of St. Mary's and AJ Hedgecock of Dayton, were the Carpenter winners for 4A/3A/2A/1A schools. Megan Fristoe of Summit High won the Steve Prefontaine Award for prep distance runner of the year.
Other winners included two athletes from Oregon Tech, who won the Ad Rutschman Award for small college athletes of the year. Softball player Jackie Imhof went 25-6 and pitched the Hustlin' Owls to the NAIA national championship. Bryant Sentman captured the NAIA national championship crown in the decathlon and also played for the basketball team.
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was the Slats Gill Award winner for sportsperson of the year. The Timbers finished 11-14-9 playing in their inaugural season in Major League Soccer, barely missing the playoffs.