BILLINGS — The 30th Midland Roundtable Athlete of the Year awards banquet is Wednesday at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.
The event begins at 7 p.m. Five boys and five girls finalists have been nominated for the annual honors, which have been awarded since 1989.
The finalists were selected from a pool of candidates nominated by coaches and athletic directors. Those up for the award will graduate from one of Billings’ four high schools.
Boys finalists are: Nolan Askelson, Charlie Klepps and Gabe Sulser of Billings Senior, Brock Bushfield of Billings Skyview and Joey Moore of Billings West.
Girls finalists are: Courtney Bad Bear, Payton Meyer and Raegan Steiner of Billings Senior, and Maddie Brockel and Catherine Follett of Billings West.
The keynote speaker for the banquet is Robin Selvig, who coached the Montana Lady Griz basketball team for 38 seasons. A native of Outlook, Selvig won 865 career games, 10th most in women's basketball history.
Last year’s winners were Braydon Deming of West and Brittanee Fisher of Senior.
Football: Was a three-year varsity letterman, and a two-time all-state selection at linebacker and a one-time selection at quarterback. Named Class AA defensive MVP in 2017. Helped Senior win back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017.
College: Plans to play football at Montana State.
Soccer: A two-time all-state selection while winning four varsity letters. Team captain. Was nominated for the state’s Gatorade player of the year award.
Wrestling: Became Montana’s 32nd four-time state champion at the all-class tournament in February. Won titles at 103, 113, 120 and 132 pounds. Helped Senior win the Class AA team title in 2016. A Dave Schultz national wrestler of the year nominee.
College: Plans to wrestle at Iowa State.
Football: Helped Senior win back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017. A three-time first-team all-state selection. Wide receiver named Class AA offensive MVP last fall. The 2017 Montana Gatorade player of the year.
Track: Won the Class AA 110-meter hurdles championship as a sophomore. Placed third in the event as a junior, and took third in the 300 hurdles the same year. Was a member of Senior’s winning 1,600-meter relay team as a junior.
College: Plans to play football at Montana.
Football: A second-team all-state safety and second-team All-Eastern AA quarterback in 2017. Named first-team all-conference as a safety. A four-time letterman.
Wrestling: Won individual Class AA state titles at 152 pounds as a freshman and sophomore. A four-time finalist. Compiled a career won-loss record of 174-16.
College: Plans to play football at Rocky Mountain College.
Golf: Two-time Class AA state champion as a junior and senior. State runner-up as both a freshman and sophomore. Led West to three consecutive team titles (2015, 2016, 2017). Broke his own state tournament record with a two-round score of 133 in September in Kalispell.
College: Plans to play golf at San Diego State.
Volleyball: A member of Senior’s 2014 Class AA state championship team. Helped the Broncs place second at state the past two years. Won three varsity letters. Named second-team all-state and first team all-conference.
Basketball: A four-time letterwinner. Honorable mention all-state as a junior. Helped Senior place third at the Class AA state tournament as a junior.
College: Plans to play volleyball at Montana Tech.
Basketball: Won one varsity letter.
Softball: A 2017 first-team all-state second baseman. Hit .413 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 26 games as a junior. Helped the Broncs reach the state tournament in 2015 and 2016.
College: Plans to play softball at Montana State Billings.
Volleyball: A member of Senior’s 2014 Class AA state championship team. Class AA player of the year as outside hitter in 2017. Two-time first-team all-state. Named a first-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
College: Plans to play volleyball at Idaho State.
Soccer: Appeared in three state tournaments with West. A three-time letterwinner.
Track: A 10-time gold medalist in Class AA. Three-time state champion in the 200 meters and a two-time titlist in the 100. Won the 400 meters as a junior. Four combined titles in the 400 and 1,600 meter relays, which includes setting an all-class record in the 400 relay as a junior.
College: Plans to run track at Montana State.
Volleyball: Second-team all-state and first-team all-conference as an outside hitter. Three time letterwinner.
Tennis: A state qualifier for the Class AA state tournament this spring. Placed fourth at the Eastern AA divisional.
College: Plans to attend Gonzaga University.