PREP BASKETBALL

Challengers' Morse chosen all-state

March 20, 2012

Cascade Christian senior Eric Morse has been selected to the Class 3A boys first-team all-state basketball team.

Morse, who was a third-team selection as a junior, led the Challengers to the state tournament and a 21-8 record this season.

He averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per contest, shooting 56 percent from the field and 82 percent on free throws. He was a unanimous choice as the Southern Cascade Hybrid player of the year.

Cascade Christian teammate Alex Miller, a junior, received honorable mention, as did Illinois Valley senior Freddy Hults.

Dayton's A.J. Hedgecock — the son of former Medford High star athlete Julie Vobora — was player of the year, and Ron Hopp of Dayton was coach of the year.

Class 3A All-State

First Team

A.J. Hedgecock, sr., Dayton; Michael Loomis, jr., Horizon Christian; Brent Counts, jr., Blanchet Catholic; Hayden Craig, sr., Dayton; Eric Morse, sr., Cascade Christian.

Player of the Year: A.J. Hedgecock, Dayton

Coach of the Year: Ron Hopp, Dayton

Second Team

Brad Tripp, sr., Rainier; Cole Waddington, sr., Coquille; Will Parmenter, sr., Pleasant Hill; Jeff Hendrix, sr., Santiam Christian; Marco Caranza, sr., Riverside.

Third Team

Maika Ostling, sr., Dayton; Wyatt Houston, jr., Horizon Christian; Christian McDonald, jr., Valley Catholic; Chad Torkelson, sr., Portland Adventist; Calvin Anderson, jr., Horizon Christian.

Honorable Mention

Tanner Howard, sr., Coquille; Kane Barry, sr., Lakeview; Conner Thompson, sr., Glide; Eric Ruiz, sr., Riverside; Shane Baker, jr., Harrisburg; Patrick Counts, so., Blanchet Catholic; Sergio Ulloa, sr., Amity; Fred Hults, sr., Illinois Valley; Alex Miller, Jr., Cascade Christian.