Kyle Paratore

Santiam Christian High's Kyle Paratore (60) and Ivan Gilder bring down a Vale player during the 3A state quarterfinals. Paratore and Gilder were both first-team all-West Valley League selections. 

Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley Media

Six Santiam Christian High football players were voted first-team all-West Valley League.

Seniors Kyle Paratore (offensive line and linebacker), Ivan Gilder (kicker), Caleb Beck (defensive line) and Grant Carley (defensive back) and juniors Luke Janssen (running back) and Jason Manzi (wide receiver) all made the league’s top team. 

The Eagles, who finished 10-3 overall, shared the WVL title with Dayton. SC made it all the way to the 3A state championship game before suffering a 28-21 loss to Cascade Christian.

Carley (quarterback) and Beck (OL) were also second-team selections, along with Zach Watson (tight end) and Jaxon Conner (DL). Teammates Hunter Fields (running back), Conrad Carter (WR), Noah Hubele (WR), Jonny Green (OL), Vandon Haugen (LB) and Watson (DL) received honorable mention.

Dayton quarterback Tristan Fergus was voted WVL offensive player of the year and Willamina lineman Keegan Cook defensive player of the year. Willamina’s Dan Oswald won coach of the year.

A season ago, Paratore was the league's defensive player of the year. 

Malone, Day honored

Central Linn teammates Justin Malone (offensive line), a junior, and senior Mike Day (defensive back) were both first-team all-Tri River Conference selections.

Fellow Cobras Josiah Hair (running back) and Mason Sloan (linebacker) were second-teamers, as was Malone on the defensive line. Jimmy North (DL), Chase Barnes (DB), Sloan (OL) and Hair (LB) received honorable mention.

The Cobras received an at-large bid to the 2A state playoffs and fell to Grant Union in the opening round. Central Linn finished 3-7 overall.

St. Paul swept the individual awards as quarterback Holden Smith was named offensive player of the year, linebacker Justin Herberger defensive player of the year and Tony Smith coach of the year.

Bulldogs to begin season

The wait is over for the West Albany girls basketball team.

The Bulldogs finally open the 2017-18 season at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night against visiting Willamette. Greater Valley Conference play begins Friday night at McNary.

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West is one of seven 6A girls teams that didn’t play last week. Willamette (2-0) and McNary (2-0) already have two games under their belts.

The Bulldogs placed fifth in the GVC a season ago and finished 10-15 overall, earning a trip to the 6A state playoffs.

Hot start for Warriors

The Lebanon girls basketball team kicked off its season last week with two decisive victories.

The host Warriors routed Redmond 61-34 Wednesday night before taking down Ridgeview 62-48 Saturday afternoon. Lebanon (2-0) has another home game at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Churchill (0-1) before hitting the road Friday to face Wilson (0-1) in Portland.

Last winter, Lebanon dropped six of its final seven games to miss the 5A state playoffs. The Warriors were 11-12 overall but 4-10 in MWC play, finishing seventh.

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