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2017 Crook County High School class is loaded with athletic talent including two individual state champions

Boys Athlete of the Year

— Cade Woodward

In order to win the Central Oregonian's Athlete of the Year award, an athlete typically has to compete in more than one sport.Cade Woodward

However, from time to time an athlete comes along who is so dominant in one sport that they earn the recognition over multi-sport athletes.

Such is the case with Cade Woodward, who is one of the most accomplished wrestlers in Crook County High School history.

The senior grappler has overcome injuries, including a broken neck, to become one of the most feared wrestlers in the country, according to Trackwrestling.com.

A four-time state meet performer, this past year, Woodward rolled through the competition, taking a 35-6 record into the state tournament.

Woodward went on to win the individual championship at 195-pounds, helping the Cowboys to a second-place finish at the meet.Aspen Christiansen

Woodward placed in every tournament he competed in during the 2016-2017 season, winning the Army Strong Coast Classic, placing second at the Rollie Lane Classic, and taking third at the Reser's Tournament of Champions.

Girls Athlete of the Year

— Aspen Christiansen

Aspen Christiansen has been a two-sport star for her four years at Crook County High School.

This year she added a third sport, making the varsity basketball team despite having no previous experience with the sport.

One of the most successful girls athletes in school history, Christiansen was part of the Crook County High School volleyball team as they won a state championship her freshman year.

The team continued to play at a high level the remainder of her high school career as Christiansen helped the Cowgirls to trophies at the state tournament each year.

This year, the team finished second to Sisters, and Christiansen was selected as a second-team all-state libero.

The 5-4 senior also excelled in softball. The Cowgirls' starting shortstop, Christiansen had a .500 batting average and a .760 slugging percentage this year as the Cowgirls advanced to the OSAA Class 4A Softball Championship, where they dropped a tight 8-6 contest to the undefeated Henley Hornets. The second-place finish was the highest ever for the Cowgirls.

Once again, Christiansen was named to the all-state second-team for her efforts.

McKuenzie McCormickAthlete of the Year honorable mention

McKuenzie McCormick

One of the most feared and accomplished pitchers in the state of Oregon, regardless of school classification, McKuenzie McCormick keyed the Cowgirls' second-place finish at this year's state tournament.

McCormick struck out more than 200 batters this season and had an ERA under one as she finished the sesaon with a 20-2 record.

Neil ChaneyNeil Chaney

Neil Chaney likes to soar. The Crook County High School senior has been a varsity pole vaulter since the beginning of his freshman year.

Now, as a senior, Chaney has soared to new heights, tying the school record of 14-06 and winning an individual state championship in the event.

Jennifer Roth

Jennifer RothA team leader and a ferocious hitter, Jennifer Roth helped lead the Cowgirls to a second-place finish at the OSAA Class 4A State Volleyball Championships.

Roth was a unanimous first-team all-tournament selection and was also named to the all-state first team.

Mayson Tibbs

During his junior year, Mayson Tibbs helped lead the Cowboys to an unexpected state golf championship — the first in school history.

Mayson TibbsTibbs returned for his senior year, playing even better golf.

Led by Tibbs, the Cowboys once again qualified for the state tournament. Although they shot a lower score than the previous year, the team failed to earn a trophy at state, while Tibbs was once again third as an individual.

Keenan Mozingo

A three-sport athlete, Mozingo was a standout, no matter which sport he competed in.

Keenan MozingoAn all-league wide receiver, Mozingo was one of Crook County's top pass catchers.

In basketball, the guard was one of the Cowboys' fiercest defenders.

However, it was in baseball where Mozingo saw his greatest success. The right fielder finished the year with a .349 batting average and a .426 on-base percentage. He finished the year with six doubles, two triples, nine RBIs, 24 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.

For his efforts, Mozingo was named honorable mention all-state.

Zach Lawson

Zach LawsonA three-sport star, Lawson placed sixth individually in the state cross country championships.

In wrestling, the senior was ranked third in the state at 138 pounds prior to a season-ending knee injury.

Out with an injury, Lawson still attended track practice each day and helped coach the 4x400 relay team which finished second at state.

Lawson returned to run one race late in the year, but with no training failed to qualify for district.

Abby Dalton

Abby DaltonAbby Dalton is one of just two juniors in this year's Central Oregonian honorable mention list.

Dalton qualified for the state championship in cross country, helping lead the Cowgirls to their highest team finish in more than five years.

However, it was in softball where Dalton really shone. The junior outfielder had just one error the entire season, while posting a .460 batting average. The leadoff hitter had a .534 on-base percentage, second-highest on the team, and was second on the team in runs scored with 20.

For her efforts, Dalton was named first-team all-state.

Victor Ramirez

The other junior to be recognized this year, Victor Ramirez is also a two-sport star.

A three-year starter on the Cowboy soccer team, Ramirez moved this year from forward to midfield.

Ramirez returned from a preseason injury to excel in track, winning the district title in both the 100 and 400.

Ramirez went on to place second at state in the Victor Ramirez100 and in the 4x400 relay, while also placing in the 400 and 4x100 relay.

Selection process

Each year, the Central Oregonian selects a male and female high school athlete of the year.

The award is given to athletes at Crook County High School who participate in OSAA-sanctioned sports.

In order to be eligible for the award, athletes must have been selected for the Central Oregonian athlete of the week award and/or been selected to an OSAA all-league or all-state team.

Priority is given to athletes who participate in more than one sport, although single-sport athletes may be considered if their accomplishments are significant.

Selections are based on achievements during the 2016-2017 school year. HOwever, outstanding career accomplishmentsmay also weigh in the decision.

Athlete of the year winners must be seniors. However, underclassmen are still considered for honorable mention status.

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