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Past Ray Rocene Sportsman of the Year Award winners

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Posted at 11:18 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 13:18:35-04

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.



Ray Rocene Sportsman of the Year Award

Named after longtime Missoulian sportswriter Ray T. Rocene and sponsored by First Security Bank, Missoula's most prestigious award first given in 1957 goes annually to a person who has symbolized the spirit of sportsmanship for one or more years, more recently through volunteer efforts.

Here's a look back at the past recipients:

  • 1957 Ray Rocene
  • 1958 Lou Rocheleau
  • 1959 Kermit Schwanke
  • 1960 Naseby Rhinehart
  • 1961 Harry Adams
  • 1962 Ed Engelhart
  • 1963 John T. Campbell
  • 1964 Jug Beck
  • 1965 Bill Dixon
  • 1966 Jiggs Dahlberg
  • 1967 Don Aldrich
  • 1968 Bob O'Connor
  • 1969 Ed Buzzetti
  • 1970 Jack Swarthout
  • 1971 Dale Clawson
  • 1972 Dale Burk
  • 1973 Pete Winchel
  • 1974 H.L. Morganstern
  • 1975 Pat Dodson
  • 1976 Kent Midgett
  • 1977 Morris McCollum
  • 1978 Al Manuel
  • 1979 Bill D. McFarland
  • 1980 Connie Orr
  • 1981 Renny Malach
  • 1982 Terry Hober
  • 1983 Bob Beach
  • 1984 Dick Doyle
  • 1985 Tom Boone
  • 1986 Bob Kelly
  • 1987 Bob Hermes
  • 1988 Roy Bray
  • 1989 Gene Peterson
  • 1990 Hal Karl
  • 1991 Kim Haines
  • 1992 Steve McAfee
  • 1993 Robert Seim
  • 1994 Del Graves
  • 1996 Pat King
  • 1997 George Ludemann
  • 1998 Daurine Spritzer
  • 1999 Ken Staninger
  • 2000 Phil Davis
  • 2001 Ron Anderson
  • 2002 Dave O'Hern / Sherry Gray
  • 2003 Mike McChesney
  • 2004 Gene Clawson, Jr.
  • 2005 Robin Peters
  • 2006 Gereld Warmoth
  • 2007 Hal Fraser
  • 2008 Ray Bryant
  • 2009 Kevin Callaghan / Mary Thane
  • 2010 Bob Powell / Nick Alonzo
  • 2011 Gary & Daryl Little
  • 2012 Maureen Price
  • 2013 Matt Hermes
  • 2014 Wilma Tabaracci
  • 2015 Glenn Jarrett
  • 2016 Max Cannon
  • 2017 Greg Beach
  • 2018 Kevin Miltko
  • 2019 Jim O'Day