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The innovative program allows Sherwood sports fans to vote on a game's most valuable players

An effort to get fans involved even deeper in their high school's sporting events is being funded by a local car dealership. Newberg Ford, in collaboration with Sherwood High School, designed a program where Bowmen fans can vote for the most valuable players of the Sherwood football team live during games.

Newberg Ford donated money to the fundraising effort, which encouraged students, parents and other fans in the stands to log on to the dealership's Facebook page and vote for the offensive and defensive MVP of the game. Fans could do this through smartphones, laptops or otherwise.

This "Fans in the Stands" program was created in a joint effort by Newberg Ford managing partner John Kerekanich and Sherwood High School Athletic Director Randy Ramp.

"We're pleased that the program created such an enthusiastic response," Kerekanich said in a press release. "We hope to continue awarding MVPs for the entire home schedule next year."

For each of the MVPs named, Newberg Ford donated $250 to the Sherwood Boosters Club. The total donation amounted to $2,000 after the four games were completed, with two MVPs per game on both the offensive and defensive side.

"For this year's game versus Central Catholic, Bryan Cuthbertson was voted MVP on both offense and defense," the release said. "Cuthbertson repeated as defensive MVP in Sherwood's victory over McMinnville, while Jamison Guerra was voted offensive MVP. For the Bowmen's final conference victory of the year versus Liberty, Aiden Patterson was voted MVP on both offense and defense. Following the Bowmen's first-round state playoff victory over McNary, Bryan Cuthbertson was voted defensive MVP while Jamison Guerra was voted offensive MVP."


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