Cascade Christian football players had an extra bounce in their stride, along with bling around their necks, on Monday after claiming the Class 3A...
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
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
Brad Tripp, sr., Rainier; Cole Waddington, sr., Coquille; Will Parmenter, sr., Pleasant Hill; Jeff Hendrix, sr., Santiam Christian; Marco Caranza, sr., Riverside.
Maika Ostling, sr., Dayton; Wyatt Houston, jr., Horizon Christian; Christian McDonald, jr., Valley Catholic; Chad Torkelson, sr., Portland Adventist; Calvin Anderson, jr., Horizon Christian.
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.