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February 16, 2011 in Sports
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Kenji Bierig, center left, and Jake Mason, right, wait with other nominees to hear who will be named Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center. Moments later, the winner was Bishop Sankey, seen behind, just to the right of Bierig.

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Bishop Sankey, Gonzaga Prep’s prolific running back, walks up to receive his award for Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Bishop Sankey, Gonzaga Prep’s prolific running back, walks from the platform with his award for Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Bishop Sankey, Gonzaga Prep’s prolific running back, poses with his award for Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Kyle Rowley, Spokane Shock quarterback, poses with his award as the Professional Athlete of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Kinsey Gomez, a top cross country runner from Coeur d’Alene, walks up to receive her award for the Junior Female Athlete of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Kinsey Gomez, a top cross country runner from Coeur d’Alene, poses with her award for the Junior Female Athlete of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Beau Baldwin, coach of the national champion Eastern Eagles, speaks at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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J.C. Sherritt, left, and Beau Baldwin, coach of the national champion Eastern Eagles, right, are all smiles after receiving their awards at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center. In the middle is Ed Sharman, veteran broadcaster who serves as co-emcee for the event. Sherritt was named Amateur Male Athlete of the Year and Baldwin was named Coach of the Year.

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Jim Sharkey, Ferris football coach, speaks after receiving his award for Junior Male Team Coach of the Year at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Dale Poffenroth, longtime basketball coach and current Coeur d’Alene girls coach, listens to speakers at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center. Poffenroth was chosen as the junior female team coach of the year.

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Dale Poffenroth, longtime basketball coach and current Coeur d’Alene girls coach, steps down after receiving his award at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center. Poffenroth was chosen as the junior female team coach of the year.

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Margie Ray, a veteran volleyball official, catches a bouquet of flowers tossed by a friend as she heads to the podium to receive a special award at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Carol Dellinger, an avid marathon runner and breast cancer survivor, speaks at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet after receiving a special award on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Ferris player Taylor Kamitomo raises the Junior Male Team of the Year trophy up as he and his teammates celebrate their selection after the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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A large contingent of players from the Ferris Saxons football team pose with their Junior Male Team of the Year trophy, held by Beau Bozett, wearing a striped shirt at lower right, at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.

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Anthony Canton, center, and Dillon Beschel, right, look at the Junior Male Team of the Year trophy received by the Ferris Saxon football team at the annual Inland Northwest Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Spokane Convention Center.