Umatilla senior Kaden Webb and Irrigon senior Johnny Phillips led their teams to the Eastern Oregon League regular season and district championships, respectively, this season. And because of that leadership and their performance, the two players were voted as Co-Players of the Year in the EOL by the league’s coaches.
Webb, the Vikings’ point guard, led his team in points and assists in nearly every game this season, and was a huge reason for the Vikings’ back-to-back regular season championships. Phillips, a center, used his height and finesse around the rim to dominate opponents all season long and had a knack for making crucial plays down the stretch.
The Vikings and Knights each had four other players selected to the all-league teams as well. For Umatilla, Sebastian Garcia (first team), Trent Durfey (second team), Seth Cranston (second team) and Uriel Garcia (honorable mention) earned honors. For Irrigon, Eric Carillo (first team), Adrian Roa (second team), Keith Flemming (honorable mention) and Abe Gomez (honorable mention) made the cut.
The Riverside Pirates had three selections, with Felix Aparicio (second team), Christian Rea (honorable mention) and Mason Hegar (honorable mention).
On the girls side, the Irrigon Knights and Riverside Pirates each had three all-league selections. Beginning with the Knights, senior Jada Burns snagged her second straight first team all-EOL selection and her fourth total first team all-league selection of her career after leading the Knights to a fourth place finish in the league. Joining her from the Knights were Taylor Davis on second team and Ana Zacarias on honorable mention.
For Riverside, junior Alondra Caldera earned first team selection and both Brendy Avalos and Faith Rosen were honorable mentions. Umatilla had two selections with Charlene Alvarez and Katelyn Lorence both honorable mentions.
Vale’s Dallie Johnson and Nyssa’s Sailor Hartley shared Player of the Year honors.
Players of the Year — Kaden Webb, Umatilla; Johnny Phillips, Irrigon.
Coach of the Year — Davie Salas, Irrigon
Sebastian Garcia, Umatilla, jr.; Eric Carillo, Irrigon, sr.; Boston Thompson, Nyssa, sr.; Bryce Goss, Burns, sr.; Dakota Ceja, Burns, so.
Trent Durfey, Umatilla, jr.; Felix Aparicio, Riverside, sr.; Seth Cranston, Umatilla, sr.; Adrian Roa, Irrigon, sr.; Pedro Chavez, Nyssa, so.; Omar Jaquez, Nyssa, jr.
Keith Flemming, Irrigon, jr.; Cade Tiller, Burns, jr.; Kade Hauter, Vale, jr.; Uriel Garcia, Umatilla, jr.; Abe Gomez, Irrigon, sr.; Agustin Trujillo, Nyssa, jr.; Christian Rea, Riverside, so.; Francisco Medrano, Vale, so.; Mason Hegar, Riverside, sr.
Player of the Year — Dallie Johnson, Vale; Sailor Hartley, Nyssa
Coach of the Year — Jeremy Chamberlain, Nyssa
Dallie Johnson, Vale, sr.; Sailor Hartley, Nyssa, sr.; Kierra Hernandez, Nyssa, sr.; Alondra Caldera, Riverside, jr.; Jada Burns, Irrigon, sr.; Aundraya Ceja, Burns, fr.; Mileah Skunkcap, Burns, jr.
Allie Hueckman, Burns, fr.; Taylor Davis, Irrigon, sr.; Oakley West, Burns, sr.; Alexia Arredondo, Nyssa, jr.; Britney Arredondo, Nyssa, sr.
Brendy Avalos, Riverside, jr.; Faith Rosen, Riverside, jr.; Tessa McFetridge, Vale, sr.; Charlene Alvarez, Umatilla, jr.; Ana Zacarias, Irrigon, jr.; Syriah Trujillo, Nyssa, so.; McKenzi Hoyt, Burns, jr.; Katelyn Lorence, Umatilla, sr.