By Jeff Hatch
Pilot staff writer
With another year at Brookings Harbor High School (BHHS) drawing to a close, members of the spring sports program took time to honor student athletes during award banquets this week.
The BHHS softball team accomplished a feat that hasn't happened since 1991 winning a state playoff game.
The Lady Bruins beat the Junction City Tigers 4-1 to move to the second round of the state playoffs before losing to the state runners-up, the Henley Hornets.
Honored at the banquet were five members of the team who received all-league awards. Pitcher Jessie Goergen and infielder Kara Miller were both named to the all-league first team, while outfielder Jennifer Sirchuck was named to the second team and catcher Brooke Blofsky and infielder Brianne Manley received honorable mentions.
"I'm very proud of everything that the girls have accomplished this season." Coach Steve Padilla said. "Winning a state playoff game was definitely a highlight for the season."
Coach Pat Berkowitz's words, "Don't make excuses, make an adjustment!" are what motivated a young inexperienced varsity boys baseball team to become a playoff contender in a matter of a few short months. The Bruins ball players had a great season capped with a run to the OSAA state playoffs and topped off with a steak and potato banquet at Salmon Run golf course.
One of the things that Berkowitz tried to instill in the players was a work ethic that would take them into their futures. It must have worked: Four players were awarded all-league honors. Pitcher Tyler Parke was given an all-league first team nod again as a senior. Senior outfielder Nick Taresh and junior pitcher/catcher Patrick Carper were both nominated to the second team all-league squad while senior pitcher Bobby Hansen was given an honorable mention.
The Bruins golf team held their year-end banquet at Wild River Pizza to cap a year that ended with a fourth place team victory at the OSAA State Tournament, with Jed Warren taking a team high 11th place finish with a two round score of 163, just 14 strokes off the lead.
This Bruin golf team looks to be a contender for next year as they only need to replace one senior, Chad Patton. While Patton's leadership will be hard to replace, this group of young golfers should be exciting to watch for years to come.
The final sports banquet of the season was held in the high school cafeteria with hot dogs and hamburgers in abundance, and a lot of praise for the individual athletes.
"She runs track simply because she understands the value of working hard," Coach Paul Angove said of junior Rachel Carrillo, as he awarded her with the Most Inspirational Athlete award.
Receiving the male half of that award award was Senior Blake Peters, as Angove recounted one of his memories of Peters' inspirational attitude.
After finishing second in the 400 meter race and qualifying for the OSAA State track and field championships, Peters decided that because he was already attending the championships in two events he would give up his spot in the 400 meter race to Junior Dalton Bliss of Siuslaw, who finished third just .29 seconds behind Peters.
Most improved athlete awards were presented to two male runners, Kevin Sthen and Steven Sanders, while the Most Outstanding male and female athlete awards went to Kyle Botnen and Tabby Reneman, respectively.
The Most Outstanding Athlete award is calculated and awarded based on points received on a weighted scale from track and field meets around the state. The larger the event, the more points possible.