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Keegan Holly, Ally Tow named top Husky senior athletes


June 6, 2018

The Sweet Home High School Booster Club named Ally Tow and Keegan Holly Girl and Boy of the Year during its annual Senior Sports Banquet held Sunday evening, June 3, at the Sweet Home Elks Lodge.

Tow earned four varsity letters in volleyball. She was team MVP in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was First Team All-League in 2016 and 2017 and Second Team All-State in 2017.

She earned four letters in softball, winning 2017 Player of The Year and the 2016 Coaches Award. She was First Team All-League in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She played in the softball All-Star Series at Oregon State University Sunday, hitting a grand slam over the center field fence.

She played on the East-West team against the North-South team, winning the first game 20-3 and then, after sending their pitcher to the North-South team, winning the second game 6-5.

Tow also earned two letters in basketball, receiving the Best Offense Award and the Coaches Award in 2015. She was First Team All-League in 2016.

She plans to attend and play volleyball at Linn-Benton Community College before transferring to a four-year university.

Holly lettered three out of four years in football. He was Offensive MVP last fall and was a Second-Team All-League receiver in 2017 and First Team All-League in 2018 as both a receiver and a defensive back

In baseball, he earned letters two out of four years. He was Most Improved and First Team All-League utility player in 2017. This year, he set a school record for career runs, with 37 on 32 hits, and he was named team MVP and First Team All-League and Third-Team All-State first baseman.

Holly lettered three out of four years in basketball. He was 2016 JV Player of the Year. He won the 2017 Sportsmanship Award and was varsity MVP in 2018.

He plans to play football and baseball at Lewis and Clark College where he will study marketing management.

He has been selected to play in the 2018 4A Baseball All Star Series in Roseburg on June 16 and 17.

Holly won the Husky Award Sunday evening for playing three sports all four years of high school. Joining him as award recipients were Ricky Yunke (ross country, wrestling and track and field) and Nick Marler (football, basketball and baseball).

Hall of Fame inductees included Tow, Bethany Gingerich, Lauren Yon, Rawlins Lupoli and Rowland Lupoli.

The U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award went to Yunke and Milah Weld.

The Greg Hagle Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Fisher Anderson.

Receiving the Moe Award, presented to someone who is a hard worker though not necessarily a top peformer, were Cameron Taber, Samantha Hutchins and Yunke.

The Pat Baxter Scholarship and Norm Davis Scholarship, both wrestling awards, went to Bryce Coulter.

The John Seward Memorial Scholarship, an award for swimmers, went to Rawlins Lupoli and Rowland Lupoli.

Kayley Lopez, Coulter and Kayla Miller received the Larry Johnson-Bruce West Sportsmanship Award.

The Spirit of a Champion Award, which is often given to those who must overcome adversity, went to Noah Webb, Austin James, Gingerich, Jessi Thomas and Rawlins Lupoli.

The Coaches Award, which replaces the former U.S. Army Award, went to Tow and Jake Hindmarsh.

Receiving OSAA Scholar Athlete Awards for maintaining a 3.5 GPA were Chase Blanco, Eric Blanchard, Rachel Busek, Liz Chelstad, Alayna Davis, Gingerich, Marissa Green, Hindmarsh, Holly, Hutchins, James, Lopez, Rawlins Lupoli, Rowland Lupoli, Haley May, Kayla Miller, Hailey Nicholson, Hannah Ramsey, Connor Russell, Hailey Silver, Kendyl Stutzman, Cameron Taber, Tow, Katelynn Towry, Caylie Trewin, Tow, Abigail Underwood, April Underwood, Weld, Seth Wright and Yon.

That’s the reason teams performed so well in academic rankings all year long, said emcee Jim Hagle.

During the year, boys soccer, boys basketball, wrestling, girls swimming, baseball, softball and girls track were first academically throughout the state 4A Division teams; football, boys swimming and dance were second; boys track was fourth; volleyball and girls soccer were fifth.

Sweet Home’s wrestlers also had the top grades among all the state’s schools that offer the sport.

The Huskies finished third among the 40 teams in the 4A Division in the final Oregonian Cup standings, in which schools earn points based on their participation and finish in OSAA state championships and for Top-10 finishes in the OSAA Academic All-State Program. A sportsmanship component, whereby schools are awarded points each season for having no ejections, is included as well.

Valley Catholic was first, with 2200.5 points, followed by Marshfield (1842), Sweet Home (1693), Stayton (1592.5) and Cottage Grove (1390). Philomath was seventh (1365) and Sisters was 12th (1270).


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