The Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission announces the winners of the 2022 Thurston County Sports Awards

Submitted by the Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission

TThe Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission, a division of Experience Olympia & Beyond, hosted the fifth annual Thurston County Sports Awards at South Puget Sound Community College on Thursday, November 3, honoring local athletes, coaches, sports enthusiasts and game changers in the community . During the evening program, seven honorees were announced, including longtime Olympia High School coach Laurie Creighton, who received the Thurston County Sports Legend Award.

“It’s been incredible to be back at our live event after a two-year hiatus,” said Jeff Bowe, vice president of sales and development at Experience Olympia & Beyond. “I continue to be impressed by the athletic achievements that are being made here in Thurston County. All nominees should be very proud.”

All nominations were submitted by community members and voted on by an advisory committee made up of community stakeholders.

See Sports Awards | for a full list of nominees Experience the Olympics.

Below is a full list of 2022 winners:

Girl Sports Star of the Year (High School): Amanda and Hana Moll, Capital High School, Athletics

Amanda and Hana Moll are Capital High School’s pole vault twins. Amanda broke the national record last spring with a jump of 14 feet 9 ½ inches. Amanda and Hana are ranked number one and number two in the world in the 18-year-old and under category, respectively. These twins have been vaulting since 7th grade and were co-captains of the track team as juniors.

Boy Sports Star of the Year (High School): Ethan Coleman, Olympia High School, track and field

Ethan won a state championship in the 1,600 meter with a time of 4:06 and in the 3,200 meter with a time of 8:49, an all-time 4A state record. He also won the New Balance Indoor National 5,000 meters with a time of 14:31 and set a school record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.37 and won a league championship. He was a contributing member of the Olympia Boys 4A Academic State Championship team. He currently attends Notre Dame and runs both cross country and track.

Women’s Sports Star of the Year (college): Emma Duff, Western Washington University, basketball

Emma led her team in many categories and finished her senior season as the team’s all-time leading scorer and the top ten leading scorer in Western Washington University history. She led her team to the Division 2 National Championship, where they finished runners-up. In 2022 she was voted Sportswoman of the Year. Emma attended Black Hills High School.

Men’s Sports Star of the Year (College): Colton Smith, University of Arizona, Tennis

Colton finished third in singles competition with a win over the 2021 Wimbledon junior champion at the National Junior Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was honored with the annual Sportsmanship Award at the same event. He also competed at the US Open junior championships in 2021, defeating England’s number one junior.

Colton was named the male freshman male athlete of the year at the University of Arizona, playing No. 3 in singles and 2nd and 3rd in doubles. He had a 24-9 record in singles and led the team to a Pac-12 conference title for the first time ever. He attended Tumwater High School.

Contributor of the Year: Michela Laverty, Unified Program

Michela was instrumental in the success of the local Unified program. Michela runs the South Sound League, which includes teams from the Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm schools. The program introduces more than 120 children with special needs to sports and integrates them with other children from their schools. Sports include soccer and basketball, but have expanded to include other extracurricular activities such as a prom, a movie night, and a day of shopping. She was instrumental in bringing the program back after the pandemic halted athletic activity.

Sport moment of the year: Tumwater High School Baseball, Fastpitch, Girls Track and Field

Tumwater High School reached the pinnacle of high school sports by winning three state championships on the same day in 2022!

Thurston County Sports Legend: Laurie Creighton, Olympia High School volleyball coach

Laurie is the gold standard for professionalism in education-based athletics. In her 43 years of service to the community, she has demonstrated her dedication to the coaching trade and her ability to teach life skills through volleyball, which has impacted nearly 1,000 student athletes. On the court, Coach Creighton led 24 teams from Olympia High School, 16 of which brought home trophies, including two WIAA state championships in 1998 and 2011. She was inducted into the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008. In the final game of the 2021 season, Olympia High School named the grammar school’s ground “Creighton Court” in her honor for her retirement and successful career. She was a wonderful example of the school’s value of pride, courage and tradition.

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