SOSC Nominees – Top Male and Female Athletes of 2017
Awards Banquet Thursday, February 8th 5pm
Santo Center – Medford, Oregon.
Sport/Position: Crater High School Distance Runner
About: Monroe won the Class 5A track championship in the 3,000 meters despite tearing the plantar fascia ligament in his right foot with a mile to go. In the fall, he defended the state championship in cross country despite suffering lingering foot issues, bringing his total state titles to five. His cross country time tied for fifth in history. Received a scholarship to run for Stanford.
Sport/Position: University of Louisville Softball
About: Maryssa Becker is a graduate of North Medford High School, and completed her career at Louisville last spring making second-team all-ACC. She started every game at either pitcher (career-high 22 wins), designated hitter or first base and was second on the team with a .366 batting average and 33 RBIs. She’s ninth on the school career home run list with 26.
Sport/Position: South Medford High School Football
About: Linebacker Jaylin Parnell was chosen Class 6A defensive player of the year, and also made first-team all-state as a running back. In the Southwest Conference, he was named offensive and defensive player of the year for the second straight season. He set the school records with 1,442 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns.
Sport/Position: Phoenix High School Track & Field
About: The senior won Class 4A state track championships in the 800 and 1,500 meters, leading a strong Pirates contingent to a tie for second place, the best showing ever for a Phoenix girls team. She won the 1,500 in 4:48.57, a season’s best, and the 800 in 2:20.96, a personal best. In both races, she used a strong kick to run away from her challengers.
Sport/Position: Cascade Christian High School Football
About: The senior quarterback guided Cascade Christian to the Class 3A state championship and was named state offensive player of the year. Schaan completed 224 of 343 passes for 3,079 yards, 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran 106 times for 774 yards and 16 more scores and even caught a TD pass among one of his two receptions.
Sport/Position: North Medford High School Wrestling
About: The North Medford sophomore wrestler won the 113-pound state championship, defeating Hillsboro’s Tyler Rabang, 10-5. It was Lopez’s second straight crown. Following the school season, she placed third at the USA folkstyle nationals to earn All-American honors for the second straight year. Lopez won the third-place match by fall in 1:41.
Sport/Position: Southern Oregon University Football
About: Quarterback for the Raiders, Trosin ranked second in the NAIA in passing yards per game (347.4) and total offense per game (380.5). He threw for 31 touchdowns with only seven interceptions, while completing 62.5 percent of his passes. He became Southern Oregon’s second first-team All-American quarterback and was Frontier Conference offensive player of the ye
Sport/Position: Cascade Christian High School Volleyball
About: Caroline McMahon, a junior, was named co-player of the year in the state for Class 3A. She led the Challengers to a second straight state championship and a 25-3 record. The outside hitter, who was also Southern Cascade League player of the year, averaged four kills, three digs and 1½ aces per set with a 52.8 kill percentage
Sport/Position: Northwestern University Golf
About: Wu is a former St. Mary’s two-time golf state champion. As a junior at Northwestern, he was semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus national player of the year award. He earlier was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten first team and won the conference’s individual scoring title. Wu won two tournaments, giving him three overall, and made it to the round of 32 in the U.S. Amateur.
Sport/Position: SOCross Country & Track
About: The distance runner added to her distinction as the most decorated athlete in Southern Oregon University history, becoming a 10-time All-American with a runner-up showing in the NAIA cross country championships. The senior’s time was 17:20 for 5,000 meters and gave her the Raiders best finish in history for the third straight season.