Foss High School’s Marcus Chambers and Bellarmine Prep’s Courtney Schwan already are regarded around the state as the finest performers in their respective sports.
Soon enough, the Pacific-12 Conference will find out about them.
Chambers, the recently graduated sprinter signed with Oregon, and Schwan, a junior who has verbally committed 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 Monday night at Bellarmine Prep. Each received a $2,500 college scholarship from sponsor Columbia Bank.
Chambers retained his Class 3A state titles in the 200 and 400 meters in May at Star Track XXXI. He won the 400 final in 46.36 seconds, the top time by any high school runner in the nation this year.
He finished with a 3.66 GPA while taking college-preparatory International Baccalaureate classes, and he volunteers his time with special-education classes at Foss. He 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 player in volleyball, 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 title last fall, prevailing in a five-set thriller over Greater Spokane League powerhouse Mead in the final.
She was named the state tournament’s most valuable player, was selected the Gatorade state player of the year — and recently was picked among the top 16 for the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, which will play for a gold medal next month in Thailand.
In the classroom, she holds a 3.45 GPA, and she 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 jumper and triple jumper Andrea Geubelle (Curtis).
The Clark family of Lakewood received the “First Family of Sports” award.
Former Lincoln High and University of Puget Sound football and 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, received the Clay Huntington Award for broadcasting.
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.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/preps @ManyHatsMilles