Oregon Tech Well Represented at Oregon Sports Award Show
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Hustlin’ Owl athletes and teams represented Oregon well, as Oregon Tech was presented three awards, along with one finalist, at the 60th annual Oregon Sports Awards held Sunday at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus.
Bree Larson and Andria Wheatley Accept Team of the Year Award
The Oregon Tech softball team, fresh from winning the 2011 NAIA national championship, was a co-recipient of the George Pasero Team of the Year award, sharing honors with Cascade Conference member Concordia University (women’s track and field), both winning national titles in 2011.
Jackie Imhof Accepts Her Award
Oregon Tech softball pitcher Jackie Imhof, who led her team to it's first-ever NAIA National Championship, earned the Ad Rutschman Small College Female Athlete of the Year award. In addition to earning the NAIA Tournament MVP award where she went 6-1 in the title run, including a .59 era, Imhof earned first-team all-conference honors, while being named Cascade Collegiate Conference Female Athlete of the Year in 2011. Imhof also set single-season school records for wins (25), innings pitched (211 1/3), strikeouts (272) and shutouts (11).
Oregon Tech's Bryant Sentman Accepts His Award
NAIA track and field national champion, Bryant Sentman, who won the 2011 decathlon with 7,097 points, received the Ad Rutschman Small College Male Athlete of the Year award. The two-sport athlete from Cottage Grove, Ore., established five PR’s in winning the title. In basketball, the 6-4 forward averaged 10 points and 3.5 rebounds to help the Hustlin’ Owls win the 2011 CCC regular season and postseason tournament titles, while advancing to the 2011 NAIA II championships for a ninth consecutive season. Sentman, the 2011 Cascade Conference Male Athlete of the Year, is currently in his senior season with the basketball program where the 2012 team is ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division II and is looking for its fourth-straight regular season championship.
Joseph Foster, a 5-8 senior guard from Vallejo, Calif., was a finalist at this year’s Oregon Sports Award show. Foster was named a First Team NAIA Division II All-American in 2011 after leading the Hustlin’ Owls to a 30-5 overall record and a third-straight “Sweet 16” appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. Prior to All-American honors, Foster earned first-team all-conference honors, along with being named 2011 Cascade Conference Player of the Year after leading Oregon Tech to a 16-2 conference mark. Foster led the Owls in scoring after averaging 19.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. In just two seasons for the Owls, Foster eclipsed the 1,000 point mark and currently ranks 12th all-time with 1,281 career points.
Sentman and Imhof become the fourth and fifth Oregon Tech athletes, respectively, to earn the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete award. Past winners include Meagan Webber (softball) 2002, Kelsi Haylett (basketball, softball, track and field) in 2007 and Ryan Fiegi (basketball) 2008.
The 2011 national championship softball team is the third Tech team honored for the George Pasero award, joining the 2004 and 2008 men’s basketball teams after coming off national championships in those seasons
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