Heppner's Brandon Seitz led the local contingent in the Class 2A All-State football selections, being named to the second team on both offense and defense this week.

Seitz, who helped lead the Mustangs to a season record of 7-4 and a state quarterfinal playoff appearance, was selected as a tight end and a defensive lineman.

Teammate Rory Kilkenny was chosen to the second team as an offensive lineman and to the third team as a defensive lineman.

Other Heppner selections included Kory Paullus (second team, defensive back), Jode Coil (third team, defensive back), Tyler Boyer (third team, running back) and Matt Kenny (honorable mention, linebacker).

"It's not easy separating the top six or seven running backs or linebackers," Heppner coach Greg Grant said of the overall selection process. "The players on the first, second and third teams are always pretty interchangeable.

"But it's a nice honor, and it shows the kids were respected by other programs. I think the kids that were on our team and weren't chosen, should be proud of how they helped prepare the kids that were mentioned."

Pilot Rock's Kyle Humphreys was named a second-team receiver, and teammate Phillip Perrine was chosen as a third-team linebacker.

Umatilla's Fay Bursell also was named to the honorable mention team as a linebacker.

State champion Lost River, which ended Heppner's drive through the playoffs with a 21-14 victory on Nov. 27, picked up several of the top honors in the All-State voting.

Lost River coach Dennis Dunlea was tabbed coach of the year, while the Raiders' Kraig Beasly and Dan Chin were named offensive players of the year.

Lost River's Kraig Beasly and Gold Beach's Nic McNair were chosen defensive players of the year.


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