La Salle's Wedin named OSA finalist; Gladstone's Sticka has hole in one
La Salle Prep's Taycee Wedin will be honored as one of three finalists for the Female Prep Basketball Player of the Year during Wednesday's 66th Oregon Sports Awards at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.
Southridge's Cameron Brink and Grant's Daryn Hickok also were named finalists as the top high school girls' basketball players from the 2017-18 season - one of 36 awards to be presented during the annual celebration of Oregon athletic achievement.
Wedin, the St. Mary's College-bound shooting guard, bounced back from off-season ACL surgery and was named the Class 5A Player of the Year after the Falcons went 23-5 and finished as the state runner-up to Marist Catholic.
In 28 games, Wedin averaged 19.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.3 steals a game. She also set a state record for career 3-point field goals with 359, breaking the previous mark of 353 set by Shoni Schimmel while playing at Hermiston and Franklin from 2007-2010.
For more than 60 years, the Oregon Sports Awards has honored outstanding achievements by the state's high school, college, amateur, and pro athletes as today's standouts grab a piece of Oregon's rich sports history and share it with yesterday's stars.
In 1948, the Oregon Sports Writers and Sportscasters' Association founded the Bill Hayward Banquet of Champions. In 1986, the event was renamed the Oregonian Banquet of Champions, and in 2001 was rebranded as the Oregon Sports Awards presented by Nike.
Hole in one highlights Sticka's opening-round 79 at state tourney
Gladstone junior Lanie Sticka earned a spot on the all-tournament team for the second consecutive season after posting a 36-hole score of 19-over-par 163 and placing seventh overall at the May 14-15 OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state championships at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
Sticka opened the tournament with a round of 7-over 79, highlighted by a hole in one at the 113-yard fourth hole. She scored her first career ace using a pitching wedge, hitting over water to a pin that was set front, left on the two-tier green.
"I definitely didn't think it was going to be a hole in one," Sticka said. "I was very surprised after I hit it, because a lot of people were yelling and I assumed that someone had hit a good drive on the other tee.
"I didn't see the ball go in. I turned around right when I hit it, so ... I know it bounced and rolled in, but I didn't see it go in. It was just very exciting. It made it a lot easier to play the rest of the day, that's for sure."
As a sophomore, Sticka shot 89-89-178 and finished 10th in a field of 49 players at the 2017 state championships at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.
Sticka plays most of her golf at Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course in Clackamas and plans to work as a caddy this summer at Waverley Country Club in Southeast Portland.