CHICO, Calif. - The top sports figures throughout the community were celebrated on Tuesday at the 47th annual Chico Sports Banquet. The banquet was attended by approximately 550 people at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.
Anne Stearns was named sportsperson of the year by the Chico Enterprise sports staff. The first-year athletic director was recognized for her efforts in leading the school’s athletic department following the Camp Fire.
Chico High boys soccer coach Ryan Flenner, former Chico State softball pitcher Haley Gilham and Pleasant Valley High alumna and UCLA beach volleyball player Lily Justine, who won a second straight NCAA championship with the Bruins on Sunday, were also finalists for Sportsperson of the Year.
Three people were inducted into the 2019 class of the Chico Sports Hall of Fame including Richard Trimmer, Joy (Jackson) Jones and the late Brett Silva.
Two senior athletes from local high schools, Chico State, as well as top sophomores from Butte College also received recognition during the banquet. The winning athletes were chosen by their respective school’s coaches and athletic staff.
See the list of winners below:
Butte College (sophomores): Eric Boose, Allison Bergin
Chico State: McKena Barker, Tyler Arroyo
Biggs: Ciera Van Quick, Bryson Roles
Chico: Britta Bundy, Charlie Giannini
Corning: Olivia Henderson, Bryce Armstrong
Durham: Brooke Young, Colby Del Carlo
Gridley: Maddyson Tull, Lance Santerre
Hamilton: Hayley Wiedeman, Ricardo Olvera
Las Plumas: Kaylee Boucher, Adrian Borja
Orland: Sydney Paillon, Daniel Combs
Oroville: Amanda Cagnacci, Andrew Howard
Paradise: Allison Brott, Jacob Weldon
Pleasant Valley: Alexa Hitchko, Caleb Cooley
Willows: Marissa Peters, David Gonzalez-Ayala