Glencoe's Womack represents at Oregon Sports Awards
The state of Oregon recently toasted those in athletic achievement at the 66th annual Oregon Sports Awards, hosted by Nike and presented by Hewlett-Packard.
The event celebrates and honors the state's top professional and amateur athletes, teams, coaches, administrators, and supporters. Glencoe's Isabel Womack was among the state's nominees, and she was one of three finalists up for the Prep Softball Athlete of the Year. The Crimson Tide senior was selected as the Metro League Pitcher of the Year and was a second-team All-State honoree this past season.
"It was a great experience and probably one of the coolest events I've ever gone to," said Womack. "It was fun to get the chance to see some familiar faces that I've played against through the years."
Among this year's big winners were Southridge's Cameron Brink and Crescent Valley's Talanoa Hufanga, honored as the Johnny Carpenter 6A-5A Prep Athletes of the Year; the University of Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu and Norman Xiong, along with Oregon State University's Nick Madrigal, who were named Bill Hayward Amateur Athletes of the Year; and Bowerman Track Club's Shalane Flanagan and Adrianna Franch of the Portland Thorns, in addition to the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard and Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers, who were awarded as Harry Glickman Male and Female Professional Athletes of the Year.
Womack didn't win her award, which went to Abby Doerr of Marist, but she said she was humbled and honored to be selected as a nominee.
Held at the Stanford Theatre at Nike World Headquarters, the awards ceremony was hosted by University of Oregon alumnus, Hall of Famer and three-sport athlete Jordan Kent.
Award-winners were selected through a statewide voting panel consisting of TV, radio and sports journalists, and respected sports professionals. The Oregon Sports Awards also recognized high school and college athletes using their athletic achievement to make a difference in the community through both the Play It Forward Award and Fund, sponsored by Nike and Providence Health & Services.
Originally known as the Bill Hayward Banquet of Champions when it began in 1948, the event was renamed the Oregonian Banquet of Champions in 1986, and again rebranded in 2001 as the Oregon Sports Awards presented by Nike.
Past award winners have included the likes of Terry Baker, Dick Fosbury, Steve Prefontaine, Joni Huntley, Neil Lomax, Danny Ainge, Dan O'Brien, Gary Payton, Hillsboro's Tiffeny Milbrett, Joey Harrington, Nick Symmonds, Jordan Kent, Kevin Love, Liz Brenner, Megan Rapinoe, Ashton Eaton and Marcus Mariota.
"I was so beyond honored to be selected," Womack said of her nomination. "There are so many great players that we faced this season, so it was very exciting to get the chance to go to the Oregon Sports Awards as a finalist."
The Glencoe hurler will be attending and playing softball at Central Washington University in the fall. But in being nominated at the Oregon Sports Awards, she gave credit to her high school coach and teammates.
"I definitely have to give a big shoutout to my team, because in the end, it's a team sport, and it takes more than just a pitcher to play the game," Womack said. "I also have to thank Coach Jason Eastman for going through the whole process to nominate me."
Now it's time for Womack to close one chapter and open another as she heads off to college. But while she's excited for the future, Womack won't be forgetting her time at Glencoe any time soon.
"I am super-happy that I get the opportunity to continue my education and play softball, but it took a while to accept that my time at Glencoe was over," said the senior. "The amount of memories that I've made the last four years is crazy, and there are many lessons that I have learned throughout my time that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
To see a complete list of this year's nominees and winners, including 16 categories dedicated to the state's top high school athletes, go to oregonsportsawards.com.