Rooney, Freeman and Scott Among Nominees for the SPORTYS



Aug. 24, 2012

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By Eric DeSalvo

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF head baseball coach Terry Rooney and NCAA All-American sprinters Octavious Freeman and Aurieyall Scott have been tabbed nominees for the second-annual SPORTYS. The event sponsored by the Central Florida Sports Commission will be held at Full Sail University on Sept. 22.

The SPORTYS will honor the top-area teams, high school, collegiate and professional athletes, coaches, deserving local residents and businesses throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties. The SPORTY will be presented to the winners in ten award categories: Team of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year, College Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Media of the Year and the Community Spirit Award.

After guiding the Knights to one of the best seasons in program history that saw his team ranked in the nation's top 25 all season and advance to the Coral Gables Regional Championship Game, Rooney was nominated as Coach of the Year. In just four years, he has taken the Knights to the postseason in back-to-back campaigns and hauled in some of the nation's best recruits on an annual basis. In the category, Rooney is up against Dr. Phillips girl's basketball head coach Anthony Jones and Orlando City Soccer's Adrian Heath.

Both Freeman and Scott are up for the College Athlete of the Year award after phenomenal years on the track representing UCF all the way to the Olympic Trials this past June. The duo combined for seven All-America First Team honors during the indoor and outdoor campaigns and helped UCF to a program-best eighth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and the No. 19 spot overall outdoor. The pair are up against Rollins College men's tennis national champion Lucas Jovita.

Aside from the award winners, the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be inducted. Vince Carter, an eight-time NBA All-Star, Annika Sorenstam, widely considered the greatest female golfer of all time and Jeff Turner, former NBA player and current boy's basketball head coach at Lake Highland Preparatory School, highlight this year's inductees.

The awards program will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., and will be hosted by WFTV anchor Greg Warmouth.



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