Some highlights of last night’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards


CLEVELAND (Jan. 28, 2016) – The 16th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards presented by Medical Mutual and FirstMerit honored the best of Cleveland sports Thursday night at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard – a graduate of Cleveland St. Joseph’s High School – hosted a sell-out crowd of over 1,200.

16th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Finalists – WINNERS IN BOLD
High School Athlete of the Year presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine
Esa Ahmad, Basketball, Shaker Heights High School
Alecia Farina, Gymnastics, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
Hallie Thome, Basketball, Chagrin Falls High School

Amateur Athlete of the Year
Tianna Bartoletta, USA Track and Field, Elyria
Emily Infeld, USA Track and Field, University Heights
Cleveland Baseball Federation Softball Team – 2015 RBI World Series Champion

Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Connor Cook, Football, Michigan State University, Hinckley
University of Mount Union Football Team
Nathan Tomasello, Wrestling, Ohio State University, Parma
Aaron White, Basketball, University of Iowa, Strongsville

Professional Athlete of the Year presented by FOX Sports Ohio
Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Jim Donovan was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as Westlake teenager Colin Teets, who took home the Cleveland Clinic Courage Award. The Cavs playoff run last season was named as the Best Moment in Cleveland Sports.

Here are some highlights:

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