BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
Westview may have had the state's top player in Eric Hurtado, but the Generals
weren't about to let the talented senior send them to their second straight loss
in the Class 6A finals. Trailing 1-0, Grant fired back with three unanswered scores
to win the title, 3-1. Seniors Roy Bourgazas and Stephen Pies (game-winner) and
sophomore Alex Arrington netted goals to lead Grant to victory. Senior Etienne
Galbreath, classmate Evan O'Kelly and Pies were ESPN RISE All-Area picks, while
Pies and senior Michael McGrew were named to The Oregonian's All-State team.
The Fisherman kept their perfect season intact by beating Banks, 19-11, in
the Class 4A championship game. Senior QB Jordan Poyer rushed for one
touchdown and threw for another in the victory.
Led by junior Terrence Jones, the Democrats dominated Class 5A in 2008-09.
Jones tallied 24.6 points and 13.0 boards in carrying Jefferson to its second
consecutive state title. Junior Antonie Hosley scored 14 points in the finals.
The winter was business as usual for Newberg, which captured its 11th state
crown. The Tigers accrued 189 points to dethrone two-time defending champ
Roseburg. Junior Tommy Siciliano and senior Alec Ortiz both claimed titles.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
Who better to dethrone four-time state champ Southridge than the Pioneers,
who lost to the Skyhawks in last year's title game? The Pioneers dropped
Southridge in the second round and outlasted Central Catholic in a tripleovertime
thriller before handing previously unbeaten South Eugene a 46-37
loss to claim the Class 6A title. Seniors Calli Jackson and Melair Holterhoff
earned All-State second team honors. The Pioneers finished the season on a
20-game win streak to end the year at 24-2.
Bend's defense held its playoff foes scoreless during the team's run to the
Class 5A championship. Bend claimed its second title in three years. Juniors
Cori Evan and MacKenzie Ring and senior Ali Friesen were key contributors.
After placing third in 2007, the Cavaliers bounced back to win the Class 2A
state title. Seniors Irene Walters (finals co-Player of the Game) and Katie
Bashaw led the way for Blanchet and earned nods to the all-tournament team.
Marist accumulated 66 points — 24 better than second-place Henley — to capture
the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A title this winter. The Spartans earned wins in the 200
medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay to capture their second straight crown.