Bailey Backer

West Albany High's Bailey Backer received honorable mention on the 6A all-state volleyball team. 

West Albany High’s Bailey Backer received honorable mention when the 6A all-state volleyball teams were released Thursday.

Backer, a senior setter, was a first-team all-Greater Valley Conference pick.

The Bulldogs reached the state round of 16 and finished 20-7 overall in their final season at the 6A level. West will rejoin the 5A Mid-Willamette Conference for the 2018-22 time block.

The all-state teams are determined by a vote of the classification’s coaches.

Southridge’s Carol Lambert was named 6A coach of the year. The players of the year for all classifications will be released at a later date.

Whitebird receives honorable mention

Lebanon junior Cheyenne Whitebird was a 5A all-state honorable mention recipient.

Whitebird, a right side hitter, was a first-team all-MWC selection as the Warriors finished 15-8 overall. Lebanon made it to the state tournament for the sixth consecutive year, placing fifth overall.

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North Eugene’s Dave Merrill won 5A coach of the year honors.

Sweet Home’s Tow honored

Ally Tow, a Sweet Home senior, was voted 4A second-team all-state.

Tow helped the Huskies reach the state round of 16 and compile a 15-5 overall record. Last month, Tow was named first-team all-Sky-Em League.

Rosie Honl of Crook County was 4A’s coach of the year.

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