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  • Becker, D'Arpino win Oregon Sports Awards

  • BEAVERTON — Two local athletes and a coach were honored at the Oregon Sports Awards Sunday night at Nike's Beaverton headquarters.
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  • BEAVERTON — Two local athletes and a coach were honored at the Oregon Sports Awards Sunday night at Nike's Beaverton headquarters.
    Former North Medford pitcher Maryssa Becker was named the prep softball player of the year. The right-hander, who signed with Louisville, went 19-1 and hurled a no-hitter in last season's Class 6A state championship game, beating Glencoe 2-1.
    North Valley senior Venessa D'Arpino was given the Johnny Carpenter 4A-1A girls prep athlete of the year award. The track standout, who committed to Oregon State University, set 4A meet records in three sprints at state. She was the Skyline Conference player of the year and a first-team all-state selection in soccer.
    Former Corban University softball player Stephanie Hull, who is now an assistant at Southern Oregon University, was the Ad Rutschman small college athlete of the year. She broke the NAIA record with 83 career home runs as a Warrior, including 30 during her senior season in 2013. She was a four-time All-American.
    Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter was named the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year.
    In his first year with the Major League Soccer club, Porter led the team to a 14-5-15 record, a dramatic 23-game turnaround from the previous season.
    U.S. women's national soccer team forward Alex Morgan, who helped the Portland Thorns win the inaugural NWSL championship, and Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, last season's NBA Rookie of the Year, were each honored with the Harry Glickman Professional Athlete of the Year award.
    Oregon's Elizabeth Brenner, who has played on the volleyball, softball, basketball and track teams, received the Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year award, as did former Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best receiver this past season.
    The annual awards, hosted for the second straight year by ESPN's Neil Everett, puts special emphasis on the state's outstanding high school athletes.
    Prep basketball player of the year honors went to Mercedes Russell of Springfield High School, currently playing for Tennessee, and Calvin Hermanson of Lake Oswego High, who now plays at St. Mary's.
    Prep football player of the year was Central Catholic's Ryan Nall, who rushed for 1,684 yards and 22 touchdowns to help the Rams win the state championship. Volleyball player of the year was Saskia McNairy of Lakeridge High.
    Michelle Cefal of Westview and Cameron Stitt of Sunset won for best prep swimmers of the year, while Crook County's Tyler Berger won for top wrestler after winning his third straight state championship.
    Jesuit's Erin Larner and Lincoln High's Goutham Sundaram were honored as top prep tennis players, while Beaverton High's Gigi Stoll and Westview's Nick Baines took home honors for golf. Jesuit's Christo Michaelson and Tualatin's Jill Farley won for soccer, and Summit's Matthew Maton and Grant's Ella Donaghu won for cross country.
    Gresham High's Haley Crouser and Oregon City's Beau Brosseau won track honors and Clackamas High's Austin Kelly was named top baseball player.
    The other Johnny Carpenter honor went to Oakland multisport athlete David Henry. Russell and West Albany football standout Jake LaCoste won in the 5A-6A class.
    Junction City High School coach Craig Rothenberger was awarded the Game Changer Award for dedication to prep sport. Portland Tribune columnist Kerry Eggers and editor Steve Brandon were honored with the DNA Award for dedication to sport in Oregon.
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