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Annual event for players, teams back at Nike on Sunday

The 62nd annual Oregon Sports Awards returns to the Tiger Woods Center at Nike on Sunday.

Neil Everett, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, also is back for his second consecutive year as host of the stage show.

The Oregon Sports Awards honors the state’s top athletes, coaches, teams and more for their performances in 2013.SUNDAY, FEB. 9 AT THE TIGER WOODS CENTER

A statewide voting panel picks the finalists and winners in numerous categories at the professional, collegiate and high school levels.

The Oregon Sports Awards began in 2002, after a five-year absence. The event previously was known as the Bill Hayward Banquet of Champions.

Top honors still include the Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year awards, which go to one male and one female competitor. Finalists this year are Brandin Cooks and Michael Conforto of Oregon State and Marcus Mariota of Oregon, along with Elizabeth Brenner and English Gardner of UO and Amanda Frisbie of the Portland Pilots.

The Harry Glickman Pro Athlete of the Year finalists, for separate male and female awards, are Ashton Eaton,

Jacoby Ellsbury and Damian Lillard, and Shalane Flanagan, Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair.

Another top honor is the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year Award. Finalists from 2013 are Linfield baseball coach Scott Brosius, Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey and Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter.

The Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year awards will salute the best male and female competitors in two categories: Class 6A/5A and Class 4A/3A/2A/1A.

The Ad Rutschman Small College Athletes of the Year awards spotlight the premier players from statewide schools.

Also, the Oregon Sports Awards will have an athlete of the year in 19 Oregon School Activities Association-sponsored sports.

The show has several other awards that recognize other contributions to sports in the state. That list includes the Lou Burge Special Olympics Athlete of the Year and the Game Changer Award for dedication to prep sports.

Celebrity award presenters will include former Trail Blazers Brian Grant and Jerome Kersey, along with Sean Mannion and Jordan Poyer from Oregon State football fame and softball star Ashley Charters.

Doors to Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters near Beaverton will open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The show starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available before and after the show.

The Oregon Sports Awards will be live on 1080 the Fan, with Isaac Ropp of Jason Scukanec hosting a red carpet show. The show also will be streamed at http://www.oregonsportsawards.com.

Tickets are $50 each. To purchase and for more information, contact Niki Rhodes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..