The Class 5A Columbia River Conference coaches recently released their all-conference selections, and the Pendleton Buckaroos earned a sweep of the top awards.
Pendleton senior Kalan McGlothan and junior Tyler Newsom were voted by the coaches as the CRC girls and boys Players of the Year, respectively. McGlothan was a double-double machine this season and averaged 14.8 points per-game in the nine-game conference schedule, leading her Buckaroos to back-to-back CRC championships for the first time in more than a decade. It’s McGlothan’s third consecutive all-conference selection, following her back-to-back first team picks as a sophomore and junior.
Newsom became the fourth consecutive Buckaroo boy to earn the award, following two-time winner Caden Smith (2016-17) and Wes Persinger (2015). He averaged 20.7 points per-game in conference play and was one of the top rebounders and assist leaders for the Buckaroos each game.
McGlothan and Newsom were not the only Buckaroos to earn all-conference honors, though. On the boys side, freshman sharpshooter Dakota Sams was voted first team all-CRC after putting up nearly 11 points per-game and senior point guard Shaw Jerome was voted second team for the second straight season. For the Buckaroo girls, seniors Jaiden Lemberger and Maureen Davies earned first team selection and senior point guard Hallie Porter was selected to the second team.
Lemberger was Pendleton’s best shooter this season and averaged nearly 11 points a game, and Davies put up 7.4 per-game while being one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in the league as well.
The Hermiston Bulldogs also had numerous selections to the boys and girls all-league teams. Starting with the boys CRC champion Bulldogs, juniors Ryne Andreason and Cesar Ortiz were first team selections and Jordan Ramirez was a second team pick. Andreason burst onto the scene as a full-time varsity player this season and averaged 15.2 points per game in conference play to lead the Bulldogs to the title. Ortiz became a well-rounded player as a junior, but still showed his lethal scoring touch by averaging 13.5 points per-game.
For the CRC runner-up Bulldog girls, junior post Jordan Thomas and sophomore guard Jazlyn Romero were both first team selections and senior guard Hannah Thompson was a second team pick. Romero, a second team selection last year as a freshman, proved to arguably the top ball-handler and one of the top shooters in the league, alongside her teammate Thompson. Thomas, meanwhile, showed tremendous improvement from her sophomore season and developed into a dominant force inside the paint.
The complete boys and girls teams are listed below.
Boys All-Columbia River Conference
Player of the Year — Tyler Newsom, Pendleton, jr.
Ryne Andreason, Hermiston, jr.; Jonah Tactay, Hood River Valley; Dakota Murr, The Dalles, sr.; Cesar Ortiz, Hermiston, jr.; Dakota Sams, Pendleton, so.
Dakota Kurahara, Hood River Valley; Jacob Hernandez, The Dalles; Jordan Ramirez, Hermiston, jr.; JJ Mears, Hood River Valley, sr.; Shaw Jerome, Pendleton, sr.; Josh Nesbit, The Dalles.
Girls All-Columbia River Conference
Player of the Year — Kalan McGlothan, Pendleton, sr.
Jaiden Lemberger, Pendleton, sr.; Maureen Davies, Pendleton, sr.; Jordan Thomas, Hermiston, jr.; Jazlyn Romero, Hermiston, so.; Jodi Thomasian, The Dalles, sr.
Hallie Porter, Pendleton, sr.; Hannah Thompson, Hermiston, sr.; Paulina Finn, The Dalles, sr.; Lauren Orr, Hood River Valley, sr.; Haylee Baker, Hood River Valley, jr.