By Nick Patterson
Evergreen Speedway held its annual Night of Champions Banquet on Jan. 21, and in addition to honoring the 2017 track champions the track also inducted two individuals into the Evergreen Speedway John Gay Fred Butler Hall of Fame.
The late Wayne Crum, a three-time Figure 8 champion, was inducted into the Hall of Fame, as was Rob Holden, a four-time champion at Evergreen Speedway.
Also handed out was the Selfless Act of Courage Award to Super Late Model driver Tyler Tanner, who helped pull fellow driver Jeff Knight out of his burning car following perhaps the most dramatic crash in track history on Aug. 12.
Brian Little was named the Sportsman of the Year, Molly Helmuth won the Most Popular NASCAR Driver award, Tyler West won the Most Popular Drifter award, and Jim Heald won the Best Crew Chief/Mechanic award.
The champion drivers honored were Trenton Moriarity (Super Late Models, Bud Crown Series), Chris Curtis (Figure 8), Quenton Borreson (Super Stock Figure 8), Roger Drake (Street Stocks), Dawson Cox (Hornet), Cody Hoopes (Stinger 8), Brad Thomas (Mini Stock), Pete Brady (Pro-4 Trucks), Patrick Heald (Formula Drift Pro 2) and Matt Rusicki (Drift Grassroots).
Brown named Student-Athlete of the Week
Pacific University men’s basketball player Brevin Brown, a graduate of Cascade High School, was named the Northwest Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 15-21. Brown, a junior guard, scored 33 points in a 105-92 victory over George Fox on Jan. 19, then scored 23 in a 71-54 win over Pacific Lutheran the next day. The 33 points against George Fox, which included nine 3-pointers, were the most by a Pacific player in a game since 2014. Brown is averaging 16.1 points per contest for 11-8 Pacific.
EWU football players earn academic honors
Four players on the Eastern Washington University football team who hail from Snohomish County high schools were named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the fall quarter of 2017. Those named to the team were freshman offensive lineman Nicholas Blair from Everett High School, junior tight end Henderson Belk from Kamiak, junior long snapper Curtis Billen from Mariner and sophomore linebacker Andrew Katzenberger from Lynnwood. To qualify for the team players must maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA or better and play in at least half the team’s games.
Jackson tabbed NWAC Player of the Week
Everett Community College’s Gio Jackson was named the Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21. Jackson, a sophomore guard from Federal Way, averaged 24.5 points, 11 rebounds and 6.5 assists as the Trojans defeated Bellevue 82-79 and Edmonds 117-100.
Jackson’s exploits helped Everett remain No. 2 in the NWAC Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll. Edmonds slipped from third into a tie for sixth. The Everett women moved up from seventh to sixth in the women’s poll.
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