Oregon Sports Awards set for Sunday at Nike complex
Linfield College student-athletes Staci Doucette and Brynnan Hyland are finalists for the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Award, and Dayton High School graduate A.J. Hedgecock is up for two awards, to be presented as part of the 61st Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.
Doucette was one of the most feared hitters in Division II softball during the last four yearsI. During 2012, Doucette hit .462 with 20 home runs and 65 runs batted in. She holds Linfield career records for batting average (.480), slugging percentage (.935), on-base percentage (.581), walks (120), games played and started (201). Doucette is also the NCAA Division III career leader for home runs (73) and RBI (259).
Doucette, who graduated in 2012, is a four-time NFCA first team All-American and a member of four consecutive Northwest Conference championship teams.
She led Linfield to a 46-7 season as a senior in 2012. The Wildcats finished as runner-up at the NCAA championship tournament.
In 2011, Doucette was the recipient of the Rutschman Award after leading Linfield’s 2010 softball team to a runner-up NCAA finish. She went on to power the Wildcats to the 2011 NCAA Division III national championship.
Hyland was a first team AFCA and d3football.com All-America selection. The towering defensive end from Eugene’s Churchill High School recorded at least one sack in every game and two or more sacks in 6 of 9 regular-season games. Hyland was a dominant force, totaling 19 tackles for loss, including 18 sacks.
With Hyland leading the defense, Linfield rolled to an impressive 11-1 season that included a fourth consecutive Northwest Conference title and two NCAA playoff victories.
Hedgecock, who redshirted this fall at Oregon State University on the football team, is up for the Johnny Carpenter 4A/3A/2A/1A Prep Athlete of the Year award. He won the award last year.
Hedgecock is also up for Prep Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Hedgecock graduated from Dayton as one of the most successful athletes in the school’s history. In his senior year, Hedgecock was named the 3A Offensive Player of the Year in football, leading the Pirates to a second-place finish in the state. In basketball, Hedgecock was named the player of the year in the state, helping Dayton capture its first state championship since 2002. Then in track, Hedgecock set numerous Dayton and West Valley League records and won three individual state championships at the 3A state track meet last May. He won the long jump, 100-meter dash and the discus and also finished second in the triple jump, helping Dayton to a second-place team finish.
The Oregon Sports Awards will be presented at Nike’s Tiger Woods Center. The event, hosted by ESPN personality Neil Everett, will be streamed live on the internet.