The Philomath High School volleyball team dominated Oregon West Conference honors with the coach of the year, player of the year and three on the first team.

The Warriors were well-represented among the other fall sports as well. The girls soccer team had a player of the year and two on the first team. In football, Philomath had four players receive first-team recognition, two of them on both sides of the ball, and also had an offensive player of the year. In boys soccer, the Warriors had two first-team selections. And in cross-country, the girls had two on the first team while the boys had one.

Philomath's volleyball team had an impressive conference record this fall by going 10-0 for the Oregon West title. The Warriors finished 19-4 overall.

Senior Kaela Lindsey earned the player of the year honor with Cascade's Tori Lewis. First-year PHS coach Denee Newton was recognized as coach of the year.

First-team honors went to Lindsey, junior Lindsey Luke and sophomore Joelle Berger. The second team included sophomore Emma Pankalla, junior Ella Skinkis and senior Haidyn Ecker. Earning honorable mention were senior Bree Couture and senior Aleasha Nelson.

The girls soccer team finished runner-up in the conference with a 5-3-2 mark and then got hot in the postseason. Senior Carrie Lillis earned the co-player of the year award with North Marion's MarDelSol Verastegui.

First-team selections for PHS included Lillis (forward) and junior Quincey Pittman (midfielder). Second-teamers were freshman Alivia Pittman (forward) and senior Sarah Buddingh (defense). Honorable mention recognition went to sophomore Halle Hewitt (forward), senior Anita Acevedo (midfielder), junior Reya Fairbanks (defense), senior Lily Bogard (defense), senior Mallory Stokes (defense) and freshman Mia Rust (defense).

North Marion's Ben Bonser was named girls soccer's coach of the year.

In football, PHS senior Kenan Conner was one of three offensive players of the year with Cascade's Quinn Legler and Newport's Tanner Stottlemyre.

The first-team offense included Conner, a senior, at quarterback, along with junior Kane Rust at guard and senior Tony Rath at kicker. First-team defense selections were Rust on the line, junior Brooks Stearns at linebacker and Conner at defensive back.

Second-team offense selections included senior Joey Howell (tight end) and senior Matt Hamilton (wide receiver). Honorable mention offense picks included junior Dakota Kantor (running back) and senior Jared Minter (tackle).

The second-team defense included sophomore Brody Hiner (line).

Newport's Rod Losier was named coach of the year. Cascade's Marcos Reyes was named defensive player of the year. Lineman of the year honors went to North Marion's Ramon Organiz, Cascade's Macoy Christman and Newport's Jake Tucker.

In boys soccer, sophomore Antoine Feld (midfielder) and senior Sam Callender (defense) made the first team. Honorable mention selections were junior Ethan Manning (midfielder) and senior Jonathan Martinez (defense).

Stayton had the player of the year in Kevin Hernandez and coach of the year in Chris Shields.

In cross-country, all-conference status is based on district results. The top seven are considered to be on the first team with eighth through 14th on second team.

For the girls, sophomore Hannah Hernandez (first) and sophomore Rivers Nuno (seventh) were first-teamers with freshman Sarah McDaniel (eighth) and Madison Bushnell (ninth) on second team.

Senior Jensen Davis made the first team for the boys with his fifth-place finish at districts. Freshman Grant Hellesto (ninth), senior Joey Howell (10th), sophomore Brody Gerig (11th) and junior Duane Hellesto (12th) earned second-team honors.


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