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OVER 100,000 VOTES CAST ON GOVERNOR’S STATE OF SPORT AWARDS WEBSITE

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 stateofsportawards.com 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

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