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Myles Garrett, Donovan Mitchell, Josh Naylor lead finalists for Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

Jan. 13—The finalists for the Jan. 23 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards were announced Jan. 11, and Myles Garrett of the Browns, the Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell and Josh Naylor the Guardians are the finalists for the Professional Athlete of the Year.

The event will be held at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. ESPN's Holly Rowe will be the host.

Garrett is among the NFL sack leaders and is a contender for the league's defensive player of the year award. Donovan Mitchell is averaging a team-best 27.9 ponts for the Cavaliers. Naylor had a career season with the Guardians this past season with 17 home runs, 97 RBI and a .309 batting average.

A plethora of award finalists were also named:

Male High School Athlete of the Year — Marquise Davis of Cleveland Heights (football); Bo Jackson of Villa Angela-St. Joseph (football); Dorian Jones of Richmond Heights (basketball)

Female High School Athlete of the Year — Sophia Singular, Rocky River (soccer); Tessa Knapp of Bay (soccer); the Brecksville-Broadview Heights gymnastics team

Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year — Ohio State's Lyle Yost of Shaker Heights (diving); Kent State's Joe Whitman of Hudson (baseball); the Case Western Reserve tennis team

Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year — Cleveland State's Destiny Leo of Eastlake North (basketball); Ohio State's Taylor Mikesell of Massillon Jackson (basketball); Ashland's Annie Roshak of Ashland (basketball)

Avon Lake swimmer Olivia Slivinski is the recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine Courage Award.

Slivinski, a senior, suffered three major injuries over a two-and-a-half-year period, which caused her to miss two high school and club swimming seasons. In June 2022, after recovering from her first ACL tear, she tore her left ACL and the next day dislocated her shoulder. She underwent 140 rehabilitation sessions with Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Kelly Kinsey.

"Liv was able to tackle and succeed in overcoming three pretty challenging injuries," said Kinsey in a statement provided by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. "She did it with grace, hard work and a refreshingly positive attitude."