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North Valley's undefeated run in boys basketball was recently rewarded with a host of all-Skyline Conference honors, including player of the year for senior JJ Chirnside and coach of the year for Jeff Nelson.
Chirnside, a 6-foot-9 senior post, was joined on the all-Skyline first team by teammates Cameron Lyon and Kevin Brazille. The Knights enter Friay's Class 4A state playoffs against Brookings-Harbor with a 23-0 record after going 10-0 in Skyline play.
Chirnside provided a big impact on both ends of the floor for the Knights, averaging 17.6 points, 11 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals and an impressive 6.1 blocks per game during conference play.
Lyon averaged 17.7 points, four rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals, while Brazille averaged 10.5 points, two rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 steals for the Knights.
Also earning a spot on the first team were Henley's Colby Mueller and Jack Mitchell and Klamath Union's Alberto Aispuro.
Phoenix's Tyson Morris, a 5-9 junior guard, was a second-team selection.
All-Skyline Boys Basketball
JJ Chirnside, North Valley, 6-9, sr.; Cameron Lyon, North Valley, 6-1, jr.; Alberto Aispuro, Klamath Union, 5-11, sr.; Kevin Brazille, North Valley, 5-7, sr.; Colby Mueller, Henley, 6-5, jr.; Jack Mitchell, Henley, 6-3, jr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — JJ Chirnside, North Valley.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Jeff Nelson, North Valley.
Jacob Ford, Mazama, 5-7, sr.; Jesse Hilyard, Henley, 6-3, jr.; Tyson Morris, Phoenix, 5-9, jr.; Tristan Burke, North Valley, 6-3, sr.; Jack Bell, Klamath Union, 5-9, sr.
Drew Seater, Henley, 6-2, jr.; Jimmy Marquit, Mazama, 5-9, sr.; Wyatt McCue, North Valley, 6-5, sr.; Alan Rojas, Hidden Valley, 5-11, sr.; Hunter Bradford, Klamath Union, 6-6, fr.
JJ Chirnside, sr., North Valley; Hunter Mahaffey, sr., Phoenix; Alan Rojas, sr., Hidden Valley; Drew Seater, jr., Henley; Albert Depew, sr., Klamath Union; Jimmy Marquit, sr., Mazama.