Payne, Willson win Little Sullivan awards


The top amateur athletes in the state have a bit of the Hi-Line in them.

Former Havre High standout and University of Washington women's basketball player Loree Payne and Montana State University-Northern wrestler Emmett Willson of Shepherd were named this year's Montana AAU Little Sullivan Award winners Saturday night in Helena.

The award, modeled after the Sullivan Award given nationally by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top male and female athlete, is based on leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideals of amateurism.

Both Payne and Willson more than fit the requirements.


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