By ISM Staff
The 2nd Annual Island Sports Media Athlete of the Year Awards was held on December 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kani Ka Pila Grille, Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii. The award is given to an athlete (any sport) with a connection to the islands, who is outstanding athlete and role model both on and off the field.
The finalist/winner was determined by a panel of judges comprised of Island Sports Media staff, various coaches, and sponsors from Hawai`i, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. Based on the nominations received on athletes from Utah, Oregon, Hawaii, and Washington the panel of judges voted on their top three choices. First place votes were given 5 points, second place 3 points, and third place was given 1 point. Once the top three choices were made, fans were given the opportunity to vote on their favorite athlete. The fan votes were ½ point each.
The winner of the 2009 Island Sports Media Athlete of the Year Youth Award was V.J. Fehoko of the Farrington High School Football (Hawaii).
Jeremiah Masoli of the University of Oregon Ducks Football won the fan vote, however when both the judges and fan votes were tallied Annett Wichmann (University of Hawaii Track and Field) was the winner of the 2009 Island Sports Media Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award.
Miss Hawaii Raeceen Woolford along with Saydee Pojas of GameFace808 presented the awards to the winners.
The top finalist were Andrew Manley (Leilehua HS Football), Kona Schwenke (Kahuku HS Football), Jeremiah Masoli (University of Oregon Football), and Greg Salas (University of Hawaii Football).
The Island Sports Media’s Athlete of the Year Awards is sponsored by Football University, GameFace808.com, Kani Ka Pila Grille/Outrigger Reef on the Beach, PICOCamp.com, Pipeline2Paradise Radio, Sayitwithkoa.com, and Manoatoa.com.
Pictured above: (L to R) Saydee Pojas of GameFace808.com, Kona Schwenke, Andrew Manley, Annett Wichmann, V. J. Fehoko, and Miss Hawaii Raeceen Woolford. (Greg Salas and Jeremiah Masoli was not present). Photo by Brad Visitation