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Kaela Lindsey

Philomath High's Kaela Lindsey was voted Oregon West Conference player of the year. 

Philomath High’s Kaela Lindsey and Denee Newton were both honored by the Oregon West Conference.

Lindsey, a senior outside hitter, was voted OWC player of the year for volleyball while Newton won coach of the year.

Lindsey and Newton helped guide the Warriors to the OWC title and a berth in the 4A state round of 16. Philomath finished the season 19-4 overall.

Teammates Lindsey Luke and Joelle Berger were also first-team all-league selections. Luke is a junior libero and Berger a sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter.

Emma Pankalla, Ella Skinkis and Haidyn Ecker were second-team picks while Bree Couture and Aleasha Nelson received honorable mention.

Connor wins OWC award

Philomath senior quarterback Kenan Connor was named OWC co-offensive player of the year.

Cascade quarterback Quinn Legner and Newport running back Tanner Stottlemyre shared the football award with Connor, who was a first-team pick at defensive back while receiving honorable mention on offense as a sophomore in 2015. Connor again made the first team on defense this fall.

Fellow Warriors Kane Rust (offensive guard, defensive line), Tony Rath (kicker) and Brooks Stearns (linebacker) were first-team picks. Joey Howell (tight end), Matt Hamilton (wide receiver) and Brody Hiner (DL) were second-teamers while Dakota Kantor (RB) and Jared Minter (offensive tackle) received honorable mention.

The Warriors finished 2-6 overall and 1-4 in OWC play.

Cascade’s Marco Reyes was the defensive player of the year and Newport’s Rod Losier coach of the year. North Marion’s Ramon Organiz, Cascade’s Macoy Christman and Newport’s Jake Tucker shared lineman of the year honors.

Lillis named player of the year

Philomath’s Carrie Lillis and North Marion junior forward Mar Del Sol Verastegui were voted co-OWC players of the year for girls soccer.

Lillis, a senior forward, led the Warriors to a 10-6-2 overall record and a berth in the 4A state semifinals.

Philomath junior midfielder Quincy Pittman was also a first-team selection. Alivia Pittman and Sarah Buddingh were second-team picks while Halle Hewitt, Anita Acevedo, Reya Fairbanks, Lily Bogard, Mallory Stokes and Mia Rust received honorable mention.

North Marion’s Ben Bonser won OWC coach of the year.

On the boys side, Philomath teammates Antoine Feld and Sam Callender were first-team all-league picks. Feld is a sophomore midfielder and Callender a senior defender.

Teammates Ethan Manning and Jonathan Martinez-Flores made honorable mention as the Warriors reached the state round of 16 and finished 6-7-3 overall.

Stayton swept the individual awards with Kevin Hernandez winning coach of the year and Chris Shields player of the year.

Eagles, Dragons alive in playoffs

Following its 50-6 rout of 10th-seeded Vale in the 3A football state quarterfinals, No. 2 Santiam Christian will take on No. 11 Rainier at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium in the semifinals.

The Eagles (9-2), who shared the West Valley League title with Dayton, are in the semis for the sixth time in eight seasons. SC hasn’t won the state title since 2011.

Rainier (9-2), the Lewis & Clark League runner-up to Clatskanie, is coming off a 40-6 rout of third-seeded Nyssa.

Saturday’s winner advances to play No. 4 Cascade Christian (10-1) or top-seeded Scio (9-1) in the championship game. The Loggers and Challengers are set for a noon kickoff at Cottage Grove High.

In the 2A bracket, No. 3 Knappa and No. 2 Monroe will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at Central High in Independence for a spot in the finals.

The Mountain View Conference-champion Dragons (9-1) are in the semifinals for the first time since 1970. Monroe has won eight consecutive games, including a 41-35 victory over 10th-seeded Kennedy in the quarterfinals.

Unbeaten Knappa (10-0) took down 11th-seeded Oakland 48-34 last week. The Dragons swept the season series with Oakland, collecting a pair of three-touchdown victories.

No. 5 Santiam (10-1) and No. 1 St. Paul (10-0), the top two finishers in the Tri-River Conference, will face off in the other semifinal.

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