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Past KPAX Sports Awards winners

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Posted at 9:56 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 13:21:21-04

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.


The Curry Male Student-Athlete of the Year and Byrnes Female Student-Athlete of the Year awards are given in recognition of Honors Court recipients Dr. Robert Curry (Chinske Award, 1982) and the late Erwin Byrnes (Chinske Award, 1980).

Criteria include athletics, academics, leadership and community service. Nominees submit a resume plus an essay about the effect of high school athletics on their lives. The monetary award requires enrollment at a college or university.

Here is a look back at the past winners from the annual KPAX Sports Awards Banquet:

  • 2000 - Ty Felton, Hellgate / Amy Flaig, Sentinel
  • 2001 - Jeff Hays, Hellgate / Laura Stratton, Sentinel
  • 2002 - Scott La Forest, Sentinel / Amanda Jo Stubb, Big Sky
  • 2003 - Bridger Lord, Sentinel / Ristine Olson, Sentinel / Molly Hays, Hellgate
  • 2004 - Mike Anderson, Loyola / Libby Zinke, Hellgate
  • 2005 - Tyler Palmer, Big Sky / Grace Harris, Sentinel
  • 2006 - Conner Van Fossen, Hellgate / Sarah Rott, Sentinel
  • 2007 - Tyler Smith, Sentinel / Ashley Iverson, Hellgate
  • 2008 - Luke Mitzel, Loyola / Sarah Lutzgraff, Big Sky
  • 2009 - Joe Mitzel, Loyola / Joslyn Tinkle, Big Sky
  • 2010 - Peter Shaughnessey / Sarah Lidstrom, Big Sky
  • 2011 - Mitchell Hall, Hellgate / Stevie Kahlie, Loyola
  • 2012 - Zack Peevey, Hellgate / DJ Reinhardt, Sentinel
  • 2013 - Josh Janssen, Loyola / Maggie Crippen, Loyola
  • 2014 - Matthew McHugh, Loyola / Olivia Roberts, Sentinel
  • 2015 - Luke Entzel, Big Sky / Lexi Steele, Sentinel
  • 2016 - Connor Schenk, Hellgate / Ellen Brooks, Sentinel
  • 2017 - Kellen Round, Loyola / Kaci Paffhausen, Hellgate
  • 2018 - Joe McElroy, Loyola / Kylie Frohlich, Sentinel
  • 2019 - Cooper Waters, Loyola / Ashley McElmurry, Sentinel