LAS VEGAS – The award-winning Las Vegas Sun hosted its fourth annual Sun Standout Awards the evening of Tuesday, May 21. Finalists celebrated in style with friends and family at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa’s Showroom. The black-tie award ceremony honored Southern Nevada’s outstanding high school sports teams, athletes, coaches, moments and games of the 2018-19 school year. The gala was sponsored by the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, Las Vegas Aviators, Las Vegas Aces, Metro by T-Mobile, Rising Star and Findlay Toyota, and hosted by Las Vegas Sun Managing Editor, Ray Brewer.
The city’s recent influx of professional sports gave the ceremony a noticeable air of excitement, as many teams had representatives in attendance. Not able to attend in person, the ceremony kicked off with a video introduction from Raiders Coach Jon Gruden. Other highlights of the evening included Moment of the Year which was awarded to Richard Curry, Bonanza’s special needs football manager who suited up for the final game and scored a touchdown in a coordinated moment with opposing team Faith Lutheran. Both Curry and Faith Lutheran captains were brought on stage to be honored as video of the touchdown celebration by both teams was played. Scholar Athletes of the Year, MacKenzie Carcelli of Spring Valley basketball, soccer and track and Anjelo Vigilia of Western wrestling and cross country, were both surprised by a $1,000 scholarship given by Greenspun Media Group. The Bishop Gorman girls soccer team received the Sun Standout Award for winning a second straight state championship, going undefeated with a 28-0 record, outscoring opponents 153-15 and finishing ranked seventh nationally by USA Today.