Jayce Calhoon, Jessica Snow named top athletes

Jayce Calhoon and Jessica Snow were named the Sweet Home High School Booster Club Boy and Girl of the Year during the annual senior sports awards banquet held on June 2.

Calhoon has been an accomplished athlete in cross country, water polo and swimming, with his greatest accomplishments in swimming, said Athletic Director Tim Porter, who presented the awards.

Calhoon set four SHHS records in swimming. He was MVP all four years, Porter said. He won 11 state titles and set records at state nine times.

On top of that, Calhoon also maintained a 4.0 GPA, Porter said. Calhoon plans to attend the University of Wyoming on an athletic and academic scholarship. He will study pre-med and veterinary medicine.

Snow has received numerous awards in soccer, cross country and track and field, Porter said. Among the highlights, she was soccer MVP in 2008, soccer Player of the Year in 2009. She was part of the 4×100 relay team that won back-to-back state championships.

In addition to all of her athletic accomplishments, Snow has maintained a 3.68 GPA, Porter said. She plans to attend Oregon State University next year.

Levi Marchbanks was named a Val-Co Scholar Athlete. the Val-Co awards one male and one female athlete a scholarship for $500 each year.

The award is based on scholarship, extra activities and athletic accomplishments, Porter said. Marchbanks scored the maximum points available in the area of scholarship due to his 4.0 GPA. He scored 48 out of 50 points for his athletic accomplishments.

Marchbanks has participated in football, basketball and baseball all four years of high school, and he has received numerous awards for his accomplishments.

The school added 12 athletes to the Hall of Fame. Normally, it adds two to four.

The Hall of Fame requires a 2.5 GPA or better, citizenship, athletic achievement by earning a district or state honor and 50 percent of all staff agreeing.

Inductees included Taylor Tagle, Matthew Grove, Mitchell Grove, Brock Crocker, Michael Simmonds, Dakotah Keys, Jayce Calhoon, Kieran Schaefer, Drew Emmert, Marchbanks, Brock Cota and Christian Whitfield.

SHHS presented the first of a new Distinguished Service award to Ken Roberts, who has volunteered for many years in Huskies athletics. Among his activities, he has served as announcer. He carefully tracks and analyzes statistics for coaches, and he has written sports regularly for The New Era.

Receiving the Spirit of a Champion Award were Calhoon, Leah Keesecker, Kayla Froman and Dakotah Keys.

Jake Comstock and Abbie Rice received the U.S. Marin Corps Distinguished Athlete award.

U.S. Army Scholar Athletes were Alisha Huschka and Andrew Winslow.

Jessica Snow received the Kenneth J.H. Sitton Award.

Mitchell and Matthew Grove received the Sweet Home Alumni Foundation Norm Davis Memorial Scholarship.

The John Seward Memorial Scholarship went to Byron Sanders.

Snow and Tyler Holly received the Moe Award.

Brent Moyer, Hillary McCartin and Leah Dauley received the Larry Johnson Sportsmanship Award.

Three athletes received the Husky Award for playing 12 seasons of sports during their high school careers.

They included Holly with football, wrestling and basebtall; Marchbanks, with football, basketball and baseball; and David Rinehart, with three seasons of cross country, one season of water polo, four years of wrestling and four years of track and field.

Farmers Insurance Group recognized seniors who earned a varsity letter and achieved a 3.5 GPA or better. They included Calhoon, Holly, Eric Holmes, Huschka, Marchbanks, Schaefer, Winslow, Cota, Natasha Perry, T.J. Sipe, Jill Mahler, McCartin, Rice, Matthew Grove, Keesecker, Emily Steinbacher, Jessica Fagan, Brent Moyer, Mitchell Grove, Alyssa Holder, Jessica Snow, Polly Bond, Austin Dishaw, Angela Wyatt, James Myers, Keys, Willie Jones, Brianna Wirth, Dauley, Tori Lillich and Chris Thompson.