Locals up for prestigious state honors

Several local athletes are finalists for honors at the Oregon Sports Awards, which are set for Feb. 10 at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.

Fans can vote for their favorite athletes and coaches by visiting www.oregonlive.com/oregonsportsawards/vote.html. Online voting began on Friday and will run until Feb. 8.

North Medford senior Maryssa Becker is a finalist for the Prep Softball Player of the Year award.

The Louisville-bound Becker was named the Oregon Gatorade player of the year after leading the Black Tornado to a 29-1 record and the program's sixth state championship.

Becker went 26-0 with a 0.43 ERA and 313 strikeouts in 178 innings.

Rogue River senior Kevin Murphy and former North Valley standout Ryan Melnychuk have both been selected as finalists for the Prep Golfer of the Year award.

Murphy, who signed a letter of intent with Oregon State University, captured the Class 3A/2A/1A state championship last spring after two years of placing second. The accomplished American Junior Golf Association golfer also claimed his second straight title in the Southern Oregon Golf Championships last year.

Melnychuk, who is now at the University of Idaho, finished in the top four at the 4A state championships all four years of high school and was the Skyline District champion as a junior and senior. He won the state crown by nine strokes his senior season.

Former Phoenix standout Wil Cochrane is a finalist for the Prep Tennis Player of the Year award. Cochrane, who now plays at Portland State University, captured the 4A/3A/2A/1A boys singles title last spring.

Cascade Christian junior Breanna Sapienza is up for the Prep Swimmer of the Year award. She secured titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state swim meet, with each narrowly missing all-time meet records.

Sapienza also competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Southern Oregon University wrestler Mitchell Lofstedt is a finalist for the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year award.

The former Roseburg standout won his second national championship in the 125-pound bracket at the NAIA National Championships. He ended the year with a 39-2 record and a new program-record 26 total pins (surpassing his own record of 24 set in 2009-10).

Lofstedt was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the National Tournament and earned the Gorrian Award, given to the wrestler with the most pins in the least amount of time.

Danny Miles, a former star athlete at Medford High and Southern Oregon University, is a finalist for the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year award for his merits as record-setting head coach of the Oregon Tech men's basketball team.

The awards show, set to begin at 7 p.m., will be streamed on oregonlive.com and oregonsportsawards.com. ESPN SportsCenter anchor and University of Oregon alum Neil Everett will host the event.

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