Starting this spring, the Statesman Journal will have a new companion celebration to stand proudly alongside our long-standing Academic All-Stars event.
On the evening of Tuesday, June 7, the SJ will roll out the red carpet for our Mid-Valley Sports Awards, a gathering of stellar athletes in a range of sports from 36 high schools in our coverage area.
It promises to be a spectacular night honoring the accomplishments of area athletes, capped by an A-list speaker from the world of sports.
The best way to imagine what we plan for the event is to imagine a Mid-Valley version of the ESPYs. There will be glitz, glamor, laughter, tears and a feel-good vibe like no other Salem-based event.
Tickets will be available for purchase to the public.
Among the young women and men to be honored at the event will be:
30 Athletes of the Week from the 2015-16 school year
19 Players of the Year from football, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and golf.
Coach of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Beyond that, high school sports followers throughout the Mid-Valley will be able to nominate and vote for three new categories for athletes:
Heart and Desire Award
Comeback Player Award
Also new will be a Fan Experience Award, for the school that offers the best atmosphere with its cheerleaders, dance squads, marching bands and mascots.
Finally, the Statesman Journal will be honor one Mid-Valley school with the Capitol Cup, a cumulative honor for overall excellence across all sports and activities during the school year.
We’ll be revealing specifics about the first-ever Mid-Valley Sports Awards later this fall.
Taken in concert with Academic All-Stars, the Statesman Journal’s Mid-Valley Sports Awards will expand our effort to shine a bright light on the achievements and inspirational stories of our high school students, in and out of the classroom.