The Outstanding Athlete Awards Banquet, saluting Stanislaus County’s top athletes of 2013, sometimes is called the local sports version of the Academy Awards.
There will be awards finalists, thank-yous, speakers and, eventually, winners in the high school and college/open categories when the 47th OAA Banquet convenes Wednesday night at the Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club.
Seth Joyner, one of the NFL’s top linebackers of the early 1990s, will serve as the guest speaker. He played alongside some of the great defensive stars of that era, including the late Reggie White and the late Jerome Brown. As a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Joyner was named the NFL Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine in 1991.
Also to be recognized are Hall of Fame inductees Suzy Powell, the Downey High and UCLA graduate and three-time Olympian in the discus, and the late longtime local high school coach, official and administrator Dan Gonsalves.
The Darell Phillips Coaches Award will be presented to Kim Duyst, the Cal State Stanislaus men’s and women’s track and cross country coach for 21 years. Duyst has remained at Stanislaus as the school’s associate athletics director and senior woman administrator since she stepped down as coach in 2007.
The Oakdale High baseball team also will take a bow. Last spring, the Mustangs clinched their fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section championship and sixth in seven years.
Other honorees will be the recipients of the Tom Mellis student-athlete scholarships and the Jay Pattee Award for public service to the sports community.
Tickets for the dinner, which is open to the public, cost $30 for adults and $25 for students. The press reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by social hour at 6:30 and the dinner and program at 7.
High school boys finalists
High school girls finalists
Open men’s finalists
Open women’s finalists