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Past Ed Chinske Award winners

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Posted at 12:00 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 14:00:55-04

MISSOULA — Every year the KPAX Sports Awards Banquet celebrates Missoula's stand-out high school athletes.

Each year 10 athletes are nominated by the five area schools, two athletes per school.

On the night of the banquet a male and female winner are chosen, with a $1000 scholarship prize going to each.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KPAX will unfortunately not be able to hold the banquet, but the awards will still happen.

On the night of May 13, KPAX will announce the winners on the 5:30 News.



Ed Chinske Award

Established in 1971, the Chinske Award goes to a professional - coach, administrator, manager, trainer, etc. in the sport/ athletics field. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, it honors Edward Stanley Chinske, versatile Grizzly athlete who became football, basketball and golf coach at Missoula County High School and UM. One of the most popular and capable coaches ever, Chinske never knew the meaning of the word "quit."

Here’s a look at the past recipients of the Ed Chinske Award:

  • 1971 Gary Trenary
  • 1972 Harley Lewis
  • 1973 Bob Luoma
  • 1974 Fred Stetson
  • 1975 Jud Heathcote
  • 1976 Rupert Holland
  • 1977 Bill Schwanke
  • 1978 Gene Leonard
  • 1979 Bob Casey
  • 1980 Erwin Byrnes
  • 1981 George Scott
  • 1983 Mike Montgomery
  • 1984 Larry Donovan
  • 1985 Ron Jones
  • 1986 Robin Selvig
  • 1987 Tom Stage
  • 1988 Bill Cannon / Dan Gilman
  • 1989 Eric Hays
  • 1990 Don Read
  • 1991 Stew Morrill
  • 1992 Russ Pilcher
  • 1993 Dick Scott
  • 1994 Bill Langlas
  • 1996 Tim Racicot
  • 1997 Gary Ekegren
  • 1998 Gary Hughes
  • 1999 Vicki Brown
  • 2000 Mike Owen
  • 2001 Mick Holien
  • 2002 Matt Stergios
  • 2003 Wayne Beddow
  • 2004 Scott Anderson
  • 2005 Annette Rocheleau
  • 2006 Craig Olson
  • 2007 Dan Weber
  • 2008 Lev Bates
  • 2009 Marti Leibenguth
  • 2010 Kris Nord
  • 2011 Brent Hathaway
  • 2012 Denny Normand
  • 2013 Wayne Tinkle
  • 2014 Karen Deden
  • 2015 Dennis Staves
  • 2016 Anders Brooker
  • 2017 Helen Houlihan
  • 2018 Travis DeCuire
  • 2019 Dan Nile