Already regarded around the state as the finest performers in their respective sports, soon enough the Pacific-12 Conference will find out about Foss High School’s Marcus Chambers and Bellarmine Prep’s Courtney Schwan.
Chambers, the recently-graduated track and field sprinter signed with Oregon, and Schwan, a junior who has already given an oral commitment to the University of Washington for volleyball, were named the 2012-13 Tacoma/Pierce County high school athletes of the year, selected by the Tacoma Athletic Commission.
Chambers and Schwan were honored at the TAC’s annual year-end banquet at Bellarmine Prep on Monday night. Each received a $2,500 college scholarship from sponsor Columbia Bank.
Chambers defended his Class 3A state titles in the 200 and 400 meters in May at Star Track XXXI. He won the 400 finals in 46.86 seconds, which gave him the top time of any high school runner in the nation.
He finished with a 3.66 grade-point average while taking college-preparatory International Baccalaureate classes, and he also volunteers his time with special-education classes at Foss, and also was an assistant coach for the school’s Special Olympics’ soccer team.
“I am honored,” Chambers said. “I have worked real hard not just on the track, but in school. I am honored they selected me among all these good athletes.”
Schwan is a three-sport varsity member in volleyball, girls’ basketball and fastpitch for the Lions.
The News Tribune’s reigning two-time All-Area volleyball player of the year, Schwan led Bellarmine Prep to the Class 4A state championship last fall in a five-set thriller over Greater Spokane League powerhouse Mead in the finals.
She was named the state tournament’s most valuable player, was selected the Gatorade state player of the year – and was recently picked among the top 16 for the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, which will play for a gold medal in Thailand next month.
In the classroom, she holds a 3.45 GPA, and donates her time as a youth volleyball coach.
“This (TAC award) is awesome,” Schwan said. “I feel very honored and blessed.”
The winners of the Dick Hannula Award for amateur sports’ accomplishment were Oregon State wrestler Taylor Meeks (Orting) and Kansas long and triple jumper Andrea Geubelle (Curtis).
The Clark family of Lakewood was presented the “First Family of Sports” award.
Former Lincoln High and University of Puget Sound football baseball standout Joe Stortini was honored with the Doug McArthur Award for lifetime achievement and leadership in area athletics.
James Silberman, a student at Peninsula High School, was given the Clay Huntington Award for broadcasting.
And Rob Ruth (baseball), Mark Stricherz (basketball), Ross Parker (basketball), Keith MacFie (lacrosse), Rich Salstrom (football), John Everett (softball), Tina Preece (volleyball) and Bruce Osborne (wrestling) were recognized for their excellence in officiating.