Harrisburg High running back Gabe Knox was voted Mountain Valley Conference offensive back of the year.

Knox, a sophomore, ran for 129 yards on 21 carries last week as the 12th-seeded Eagles upset No. 5 Amity 42-34 in the first round of the 3A state football playoffs. Harrisburg (5-5) will face No. 4 Cascade Christian (9-1) Friday night in the quarterfinals.

The Eagles are the defending state champions.

Fellow Harrisburg standouts Williams Downs (wide receiver and defensive back), Wyatt Prater (offensive and defensive line) and Dax Bennett (linebacker) joined Knox as first-team selections.

Bennett, a junior, was the second-team quarterback. Brennan Erickson (OL) and Izzy Smith (LB) were also second-team picks.

Coquille’s Henry Scolari was the MVC defensive back of the year while teammate Heath Hurt won offensive lineman of the year.

Ben Plant of La Pine was voted defensive lineman of the year. Bo DeForest, who just completed his second season with the Falcons, was named coach of the year.

West’s Leach gets second-team nod

West Albany senior Caulin Leach was named second-team all-Greater Valley Conference at linebacker. Leach also played running back for the Bulldogs.

On the offensive side, Kade Boggs (tackle), Brody Johannesen (center), Chase LaPerle (WR), Riley Baumann (WR), Myles Westberg (WR) and Nick Fleetwood (QB) all received honorable mention. Teammates Eli McSpaden (LB), Trent Dutcher (CB), Nate Bassett (safety) and Cassius McGinty (safety) were also recognized on defense.

The 30th-seeded Bulldogs (4-6) dropped a 63-13 decision at No. 3 West Linn (8-2) in last week’s opening round of the 6A state playoffs.

Sprague’s Spencer Plant and West Salem’s Anthony Gould were voted GVC co-offensive players of the year. Fellow Titans Alex Hurlburt (defensive player of the year), Shawn Stanley (coach of the year) and Damien Ramirez (assistant coach of the year) were also honored.

Loggers clean up PacWest awards

Scio senior Jacob Lowther was selected as the PacWest Conference’s offensive lineman of the year.

Lowther helped the top-seeded Loggers (8-1) cruise to a 68-31 victory over No. 16 Lakeview in the 3A state round of 16. Scio hosts No. 9 Coquille (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

The Loggers’ Kyle Braa was voted coach of the year for the third consecutive season.

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Dru Cook (RB and LB), Brody Foster (RB and DB), Nathan Yoder (OL and LB), Lowther (OL and DL), Adam Stratemeyer (LB), Daniel Simmons (DB) and Garrett Wallen (DL) were first-team all-PacWest. Wallen was also a second-team pick at linebacker along with fellow Loggers Ryan Mask (tight end), Seth McClelland (OL) and Hunter Gray (DB).

Scio’s Riley Zimmerman (RB), Nick Wattenbarger (OL) and Austin Ellis (DL) received honorable mention.

Jefferson’s Jaydon Erikson was the first-team tight end while Tanner Adevai made the top team at defensive back. Teammates Cesar Sepulveda (WR) Isaac DeLeon (WR), Skyler Williams (RB) and Ben Shown (DL) were second-team picks. Luke McGivney (QB) and Cody Adams (LB) made honorable mention.

The Lions finished 0-9 overall.

Preston named WVL player of the year

Four-year volleyball standout Rebeka Preston received West Valley League player of the year honors late last month.

Preston, who also competes in basketball and track, helped lead the Eagles to a second-place finish at last weekend’s 3A state tournament. Preston is an outside hitter. 

SC, which made its 15th consecutive state tournament appearance, ended the year with a 22-4 overall record.

Leah Boyer, Kassie Staton and Madison Wobig joined Preston as first-team all-WVL selections for the Eagles. Emily Bourne and Josie Risinger were second-team picks while Micah Penner made honorable mention.


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