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True to our mission, the Tacoma Athletic Commission facilitates an Athlete of the Year program for high school student athletes in the Pierce County area. This program features a quarterly luncheon where recognition is given to an outstanding male and female athlete. It encompasses all sports and focuses on the academics as well as athletic accomplishments.

Athletic Directors, with input from their coaches, are asked to designate the Athlete of the Year from their school in each of the 23 boys and girls sports. All 34 Pierce County high schools are invited to participate. The Fall Sports student-athletes are honored in December, the Winter Sports student-athletes in March, and the Spring Sports student-athletes in June. Each nominated athlete is invited to attend a luncheon and be introduced to receive an Athlete of the Year certificate and t-shirt plus a complimentary lunch.

Our Spring events honor the memory of Tom Names, a former star athlete at Stadium high and the University of Puget Sound. Named the Tom Names Salute to Sports, the events were held at Curtis high and the LeMay Museum to honor our TAC Athletes of the Year. Thanks to the Tom Names family and the Names Family Foundation there were six scholarships granted. The TAC’s Female and Male Athletes of the Year each received $10,000 college scholarships (the Scott Names and the “Sis” Names awards) and four other $5,000 scholarships were given (Tom and Clint Names awards).

If you have a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter involved in high school athletics, you should consider joining the Tacoma Athletic Commission and help show your support through the Athlete of the Year program.

Each month a list of honorees are selected during the school year. These individuals were the ones from which the Columbia Bank Male and Female Athletes of the Year were selected.

YearAwardSchool
2018Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
James Mwaura
Lincoln High School
"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Brooke Nelson
Bonney Lake High School
2017"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Jordan Thompson
Sumner High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Foster Sarell
Graham High School
2016"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Jordyn Bartelson
Puyallup High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Jack Yearian
Bellarmine Prep
2015"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Claire Martin
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Fred Green
Orting High School
2014"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Hannah Derby
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Benjamin Scott
Steilacoom High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Matt Voss
Puyallup High School
2013"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Courtney Schwan
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Marcus Chambers
Foss High School
2012"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Jennifer Anderson
Emerald Ridge High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Drew Templeman
Orting High School
2011"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Kristen Rue
Life Christian Academy
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Ionatana (Tana) Pritchard
Clover Park High School
2010"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Kayla Stueckle
Emerald Ridge High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Taylor Meeks
Orting High School
2009"Sis" Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Andrea Geubelle
Curtis High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Greg Herd
Steilacoom High School
2008Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Kylee Bishop
Washington High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Miles Unterreiner
Gig Harbor High School
2007Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Angela Jensen
Fife High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Katrina Drennen
Fife High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Andrew Putnam
Life Christian Academy
2006Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Danika Lawson
Puyallup High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Kyle Stanley
Bellarmine Prep
2005Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Brie Felnagle
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Brad Muri
Steilacoom High School
2004Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Megan Rains
Rogers High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Sean McNaughton
Curtis High School
2003Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Ashley Blake
Lakes High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Ben Shelton
Lincoln High School
2002Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Amy Frederick
Life Christian Academy
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Shelton Sampson
Clover Park High School
2001Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Kim Butler
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
K.C. Walsh
Lincoln High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Cory Belser
Bethel High School
2000Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Shannon Forslund
Mount Tahoma High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Mellanie Tipps
Sumner High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Drew Miller
Lakes High School
1999Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Onnie Willis
Wilson High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Collin Henderson
Puyallup High School
1998Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Alexis Yeater
Steilacoom High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Travis Brock
Bethel High School
1997Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Dori Christensen
Puyallup High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Scott Burcar
Bethel High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Evan Martinac
Wilson High School
1996Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Mary Boerner
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Bryan Streleski
Bethel High School
1995Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Alcydia Ladd
Foss High School
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Tyce Nasinec
Rogers High School
1994Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Sarna Renfro
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Chad Wright
Fife High School
1993Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Sarna Renfro
Bellarmine Prep
Scott Names TAC Athlete of the Year
Jake Guadnola
Bellarmine Prep