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VOTING BEGINS FOR THIRD ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S STATE OF SPORT AWARDS

VOTING BEGINS FOR THIRD ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S STATE OF SPORT AWARDS
Saturday at Midnight, Sports Fans Can Register Their Vote at www.StateofSportAwards.com

Salt Lake City, Utah – March 14, 2014 – Utah sports fans have the opportunity to vote for their favorite athletes, coach, team, play and event during the third annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards, hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank. The awards celebrate Utah’s sports community and honors excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports. The event will also recognize key sports people and partners who have been instrumental in helping to build Utah’s sports industry.

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will provide remarks and present awards along with golf legend, designer and philanthropist Jack Nicklaus, who will be speaking to those in attendance at the awards dinner on Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., being held at EnergySolutions Arena. “I am pleased to be part of this great event to recognize excellence in sports and I would also like to extend a very special welcome and thank you to Jack Nicklaus for joining us,” said Governor Herbert.

The ten category awards will be based on the 2013 calendar year achievements and include High School Female Athlete, High School Male Athlete, Collegiate Female Athlete, Collegiate Male Athlete, Pro/Olympian Female Athlete, Pro/Olympian 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. Beginning Sunday, March 16, fans can visit www.stateofsportawards.com and select their favorite nominee in each category. The winners, chosen by sports fans, will then be honored at the Tuesday, April 22 ceremony.

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement in Sport award will be presented to two other golf legends, Johnny Miller and Billy Casper, for their contribution to sport in Utah and a special homecoming tribute will honor Utah’s Olympians and Paralympians for their part in the impact Utah had on the Sochi Winter Games.

“The Utah Sports Commission is excited to host this Utah ‘fan’s choice’ award event that will allow sports fans and citizens in Utah to have a voice in selecting and recognizing those who inspire, entertain and thrill them,” said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “And we could not create this event without the help of our terrific partners Zions Bank, Red Ledges, KUTV2, 1280 The Zone, ESPN700, Layton Construction, Price Realty, Broadway Media and the Utah Jazz.”

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 & Volleyball, 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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