CLE Sports Awards: LeBron named Pro Athlete of Year; Cavs winning championship gets Best Moment


OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was named Professional Athlete of the Year at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Thursday night.

He was up against Francisco Lindor, MLB, shortstop, Cleveland Indians; Stipe Miocic, UFC, mixed martial artist, UFC Heavyweight Champion; and Joe Thomas, NFL, offensive lineman, Cleveland Browns.

The Best Moment in Cleveland sports last year? You guessed it! It was the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission handed out 7 awards at the 17th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. The first award of the night went to Cleveland Heights High School football player, Jaylen Harris. He was named High School Athlete of the Year after finishing the 2016 season as Ohio’s top-rated wide receiver. Harris has committed to play football at The Ohio State University.

The Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award was presented to the John Carroll Football team. The Blue Streaks won the award after beating Mount Union to end the Purple Raiders 112 game win streak. The win also gave John Carroll their first outright Ohio Athletic Conference Championship and a trip to the Division III football playoffs. John Carroll lost in the national semifinals to a team from Wisconsin.

Charles Conwell Jr. had quite a year in boxing. He represented the U.S. Men’s Boxing team at the Olympics just three months after graduating from Cleveland Heights High School. He was the youngest member of the Men’s Boxing team. He was named Amateur Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments.

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