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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Athletes of the Year Oregon

ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

R.J. PENA
Sprague / Wrestling
Pena didn't have to break a sweat to win his fourth state title this past winter, but winning by default  his opponent was injured and could not compete  did nothing to take away from the remarkable career he put together at Sprague. This year, Pena joined Newberg's Alec Ortiz and Lakeview's Cy Swartzlender as seniors who won their fourth consecutive title at the state meet. He will move on to compete on the mats at Oregon State. Pena concluded his high school career with a 147-match win streak and posted an overall record of 172-3.

OTHER FINALISTS

MORGON HENDERSON-KUNZ
Westview / Swimming
There aren't many swimmers around that are better than Henderson-Kunz. At the state meet, the talented senior broke state records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, cementing his legacy at Westview. He will attend USC next year.

ELLIOT JANTZER
Phoenix / Cross Country
The two-time state champ ended his senior year by posting the state's fastest time (15:42.8) and earning Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year honors. On the track, Jantzer won four state titles in both the 1,500 and 3,000.

MALCOLM JOHNSON
Barlow / Football
While Lake Oswego's Jack Lomax grabbed headlines with his aerial attack, Johnson quietly shattered rushing records on the ground. The senior back averaged 204 yards a game and racked up an eye-popping 6,975 career yards.

GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

KENDALL JOHNSON
Lincoln / Soccer
Johnson emerged as the top talent in Class 6A and earned Gatorade State Player of the Year honors in the fall. A senior midfielder, Johnson led Lincoln to its second consecutive state title, netting 17 goals with 11 assists. With her in the mix, Lincoln recorded back-to-back undefeated seasons and finished the fall ranked No. 4 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. The University of Portland recruit was an ESPN RISE first team All-American and amassed 29 goals and 26 assists in her career. Johnson is also a standout on the school's track team.

OTHER FINALISTS

TARA GLOVER
Grants Pass / Softball
Glover had a tough act to follow this spring after being named an Under Armour All-American and posting a .442 average with 39 RBIs last year. The junior started the 2009 season by batting .405 through the team's first 15 contests.

KATE LANZ
Central Catholic / Basketball
Lanz, a senior, overcame a bout with mono to earn Class 6A Player of the Year honors from The Oregonian. The Oregon State commit posted 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a contest to guide the Rams to 23 wins.

KELLIE SCHUELER
Summit / Track
Schueler is the state's top sprinter. Need some evidence? Check the last two state meets, where she swept the 100 and 200. She continued to make her case by breaking the state record in both events in April.