Real Salt Lake nominated in four categories for Governor's State of Sport Awards

RSL up for team awards; KB5, Rimando up for individual honors

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake has been nominated in four categories for the third-annual Utah Governor’s State of Sports Awards, hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank. The annual awards celebrate the achievements made in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports in the state of Utah in 2013.

RSL is nominated in two team categories and two individual categories. The club is one of six nominees for Utah Team of the Year, and the Claret-and-Cobalt’s heartbreaking MLS Cup 2013 defeat at Sporting Kansas City is nominated for Game/Event of the Year. On the individual side, RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman is one of six nominees for Professional/Olympian Male Athlete of the Year, and RSL GK Nick Rimando’s MLS Save of the Year-winning double save from last August against Colorado Rapids is up for Play/Highlight of the Year.

The winners of the Governor’s State of Sport Awards will be determined by an online vote. Voting is now open for all 10 award categories here. The nominees were selected by a committee comprised of members of the sports media and community at large.

The 10 winners of the State of Sport Awards will be announced at an awards dinner on April 22 at EnergySolutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will speak at the ceremony and present awards to all 10 winners. Golf legend, designer and philanthropist Jack Nicklaus will be a special guest at the event, along with this year’s lifetime achievement winners, Johnny Miller and Billy Casper.

2014 Governor's State of Sport Awards Nominees

High School Female Athlete                                                                      

Sarah Feeny - Cross Country, Ogden High School                                    

Kailie Quinn - Basketball, Judge Memorial High School                                         

Kirtlyn Bohling - Softball, Salem Hills High School                                   

Eliza Katoa - Volleyball, Layton High School                                             

Lauryn Dela Cruz - Volleyball/Basketball, Timpview High School          

Tatiana Su'e Su'e - Softball, San Juan High School                                   

High School Male Athlete

Ula Toluta'u - Football, East High School

Dusty Hone - Wrestling, Cedar High School

Scott Nichols - Football/Track, Bingham High School

Brekkott Chapman - Basketball, Roy High School

Britain Covey - Football, Timpview High School

Osa Masina - Football, Brighton High School

College Female Athlete                                                                              

Michelle Plouffe - Basketball, University of Utah                                    

Cloee Colohan - Soccer, Brigham Young University                                 

Georgia Dabritz - Gymnastics, University of Utah                                   

Jennifer Hamson - Basketball & Volleyball, Brigham Young University

College Male Athlete                                                                                  

Kyle Van Noy - Football, Brigham Young University                                

Jason Washburn - Basketball, University of Utah                                    

Zac Blair - Golf, Brigham Young University                                               

Cody Hoffman - Football, Brigham Young University                              

Tyler Larsen - Football, Utah State University                                                         

Trevor Reilly - Football, University of Utah                

Professional/Olympian Female Athlete

Sarah Hendrickson, - Ski Jumping, U.S. Ski Team

Heather Richardson - Speedskating, US Speedskating

Noelle Pikus-Pace - Skeleton, US Bobsled and Skeleton

Brittany Bowe- Speedskating, US Speedskating                                       

Professional/Olympian Male Athlete

Kaycee Feild - Rodeo, PRCA

Damian Lillard - Basketball, Portland Trailblazers NBA

Trey Burke - Basketball, Utah Jazz NBA

Ted Ligety - Alpine Skiing, U.S. Ski Team

Kyle Beckerman - Soccer, Real Salt Lake MLS             

Steve Holcomb - Bobsled, US Bobsled and Skeleton

Coach of the Year                                                                                        

Quincy Lewis - Basketball, Lone Peak High School                                   

Matt Wells - Football, Utah State University                                                          

Keith Johnson - Baseball, Salt Lake Bees                                                   

Kristen Bailey - Volleyball, Timpview High School                                   

Corbin Talley - Cross Country/Track, Davis High School                                                                                      

Team of the Year

Utah State University Football

Real Salt Lake

Davis High School Girls' Cross Country

Lone Peak High School Boys' Basketball

Salt Lake Bees

Duchesne High School Football

Game or Event of the Year                                                                        

University of Utah Football Beats #5 Stanford                                        

Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC MLS Cup                                                     

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Utah National                                                    

Pine View High School Football vs Juan Diego High School                    

Women's Ski Jumping Sanctioned Event in Olympics                                            

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah                                                                       

Play or Highlight of the Year

Kelly McGarry Backflip Over Gap at Red Bull Rampage

Lone Peak's Tyler Haws 3 Pointer to Defeat Virginia's Bishop

Nick Rimando's Double Save to Defeat Colorado Rapids

Derrick Favors Game-Winning Dunk Against Lakers

Sky View's Jalen Moore Hits Game Winning Basket

Ryan Villopoto Wins 2nd Championship at Utah National