Philomath senior Nolan Jackson had an impressive run this season through the Oregon West Conference.
In the nine league games in which he played, Jackson scored 20-plus points in two-thirds of them. His scoring average ended up at 20.4 points per game while shooting 53 percent from the field, a number that balloons to 62 percent if you throw out 3-pointers.
As could be expected, Jackson was named to this season's all-conference first team.
"He was really kind of our everything this year," PHS coach Blake Ecker said. "His rebounding really improved, he improved on a lot of different things in terms of scoring and distributing. He really learned how to punish the defense — draw in the defense and find the open player."
Besides scoring, Jackson was also tops on the team in league play for rebounds per game (6.2) and assists per game (4.7).
"Maturity-wise, he really learned a lot and grew up this year," Ecker said. "He's a fiery kind of guy, which is good, and he controlled that much better. He controlled it to be a positive aspect of his game."
Two other Warriors also earned inclusion on the all-conference squad. Senior Kenan Conner made the second team and junior Marshall Brattain was among those named honorable mention.
Ecker said it was a good overall year for Conner. His conference stats included averages of 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game along with a shooting percentage just under 50 percent and 18 steals.
"He was always having to guard one of the other team's best players, whether it was a post or a wing," Ecker said. "So it's a tough job to do that, but he did a fantastic job."
Jackson and Conner shared honors for most points scored in a conference game with 25 apiece in a rout over Cascade.
Brattain was another player that showed continued growth in the sport. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in OWC play.
"Marshall is a physical guy inside and he always had to play that role," Ecker said. "His numbers could've been better; he got into foul trouble at different times of games and had to sit on the bench a bit in the first halves of games."
Brattain had a season-high 20 points in a win over Yamhill-Carlton.
Newport's Kye Blaser took player of the year honors, an athlete that got Ecker's vote.
"He was definitely the best player," Ecker said. "They had a good season as a group. Nolan's numbers were first-team numbers and if we win league, maybe he's up for player of the year."
Doug Sain of Newport was the coach of the year.
Newport, Stayton and North Marion each had four players on the all-conference team. Stayton had the most on the first team with two.
All-Oregon West Conference
Kye Blaser, Sr., Newport
Kaleb Anundi, Jr., Stayton
Treyden Harris, Jr., Cascade
Nolan Jackson, Sr., Philomath
Trevor Ensign, Sr., North Marion
Riley Nichol, Jr., Stayton
Damian Ball, Sr., Cascade
Bryan Tapia, So., Newport
Grant Henry, Jr., North Marion
Kenan Conner, Sr., Philomath
Jerry Daniels, Sr., Stayton
Carson Molan, Fr., Cascade
Jack Fisher, Sr., Newport
Justin Plechaty, Jr., Newport
Sergio Jimenez, So., North Marion
Bryce Lemon, Sr., North Marion
Marshall Brattain, Jr., Philomath
Jordan Butler, Jr., Stayton
Braden Frost, Sr., Yamhill-Carlton
Chandler Morris, Sr., Yamhill-Carlton
Player of the Year: Kye Blaser, Newport
Coach of the Year: Doug Sain, Newport