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HCA: Borghi and Weaver named semi-finalist for Seattle Sports Star of the Year

The two look to make it the second year a Cougar has won the award

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Washington State’s Max Borghi and Morgan Weaver were announced as semi-finalists for the 85th annual MTR Western Sports Star of the Year. The two athletes look to make it two years a Cougar has won as Gardner Minshew took home the award for Male Athlete of the Year last year. He was the first Cougar to be named winner of the award in program history.

Borghi, the Cougars running back, finished his sophomore year with 790 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 121 rushing attempts. He added another 566 yards receiving and four touchdowns on his 81 receptions. He had eight 100 all-purpose yard games and finished top-5 in the Pac-12 in rushing touchdowns, all-purpose yards, and total touchdowns. He will get one more chance to showcase his talents this year when the Cougars take on Air Force on December 27th in the Cheez-it Bowl.

Joining Borghi is Blake Bodily (UW Soccer), Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga Basketball), Tyler Locket (Seattle Seahawks), Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders), Matisse Thybulle (UW Basketball) Borghi and Bodily are the only two male athletes that are still in college as Hachimura and Thybulle were both taken in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Weaver was the leading force behind the Cougars final four run that came up just short against arguably the best women’s soccer program of all time. The forward scored 15 times this season and added another 5 assists and became the second all-american in program history. To add to an already amazing year, she became one of the first Cougars to be called up to the United States Women’s National Team last week with Makamae Gomera-Stevens. This is her second consecutive semi-finalist recognition as she was nominated with Minshew last season.

Joining Weaver is Kara Bajema (UW Volleyball), Bethany Balcer (Reign FC), Sis Bates (UW Softball), Nevin Harrison (Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Team) and Natasha Howard (Seattle Storm)

Voting for the award will go live January 13th with the winner being announced February 6th in Seattle.



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