Jakob Hiett, Sierrah Owen named Boy and Girl Athletes of the Year

Sean C. Morgan

Jakob Hiett and Sierrah Owen were named the Booster Club Boy and Girl of the Year during the annual Sweet Home High School Husky Booster Club Senior Sports Awards Banquet held on June 1.

The award, the highest given in the event, is given to varsity students in two different sports who show outstanding citizenship. They must have no violations of the athletic-activity code as a senior and carry a 2.5 GPA. They must show good character.

Hiett lettered four years in cross country and track and played basketball one year.

In cross country, he was first team all-league for four years. He received honorable mention at state in 2011, was second team all-state in 2012 and first team all-state in 2013 and 2014. He was state champion in 2014.

He was the team Freshman of the Year in 2011 and Most Valuable Player from 2012 to 2014 and a three-time district champion.

In track, Hiett was first team all-league in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He received honorable mention all-state in 2013 and was second team all-state in 2014. He was second-team all-league in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He was team Freshman of the Year in 2012 and Most Valuable Player in 2013 and 2014. His state progression in the 1500-meter was 12th, seventh and third. In the 3000, it was 10th, fifth and second.

He is a three-time district champion, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is the district 1500 and 3000 champion and Sky-Em Track Man of the Year.

He plans to attend the University of Portland and study biology. He plans to run cross country and track.

Owen, the 2015 valedictorian, ran cross country and track for four years. She lettered one year in cross country. She played basketball for a year and swam for three years, lettering twice and winning the academic all-state award twice.

She plans to attend Brigham Young University.

Dan Tow inducted five athletes into the Sweet Home High School Hall of Fame, including Natalie Thorpe, Ty Schilling, Hiett, Hunter Jutte and Brett Blachly.

The Hall of Fame requires a 2.5 GPA or better. Outstanding citizenship, with no violations senior year, athletic achievement, district honors in any school year, approval of 50 percent or more of the coaching staff and approval of the administration.

Earning Husky Awards were Cole Ashcraft, Jordan Miller and Thorpe. Husky Awards recognize students who completed a sport in each of the three seasons all four years of high school.

Ashcraft participated in football, wrestling and baseball. Miller participated in volleyball, basketball and track. Thorpe participated in cheerleading, a two-season sport, with football in the fall and the competition team in the winter, and softball.

The U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award went to McKenzie Cochran and Ashcraft. The award recognizes athletic excellence, leadership and positive role models.

U.S. Army Scholar Athletes were Caytlin Gillespie and Ryan R. Adams. The award recognizes academic excellence – at least a B average – leadership and outstanding citizenship. The recipient must have been a member of a varsity team and approved by an administrator.

Receiving the 30th Annual Greg Hagle Memorial Scholarship were Joe Salsbery and Thorpe.

The Spirit of a Champion Award went to Thorpe Sierra Thayer, Mikayla Crompton, Miller, Kyler Gaskey and Kevin Seiber. The award recognizes team players who have outstanding character and are team leaders with outstanding citizenship. They must earn a varsity letter in a sport or activity.

The Sweet Home Alumni Foundation Norm Davis Memorial Scholarship went to Schilling.

Receiving the Moe Award were Alex Olin and Jason Miller, athletes who are hard workers although not necessarily the highest performers. They are athletes a coach would proud to call his or her own. They are the first to arrive, the last to leave and display outstanding citizenship.

Gaskey and Crompton received the Larry Johns-Bruce West Sportsmanship Award.

Owen receievd the John Seward Memorial Scholarship.

OSAA-Farmers Insurance Group Scholar Athlete-Activity Award recipients, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, included Alex Olin, Julie Morgan, Mikayla Crompton, Samantha Ramirez, Sadi Riggs, Sierrah Owen, Loka Eksa, Jun Kaneyama, Kanon Nakamura, Franziska Wollny, Christopher Melcher, Jakob Hiett, India Porter, McKenzie Cochran, Jordan Miller, Ryan R. Adams, Caytlin Gillespie, Barbara Rayphaelli, Adriana Perez, Ty Schilling, Natalie Thorpe and Brenner Roberts.