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Three South Medford players were named to boys and girls all-state teams for Class 6A in voting by coaches.
All-state teams have been chosen at the 5A, 4A and 3A levels also.
South Medford junior Ashley Bolston, a 6-foot-1 forward, was the top honoree with a first-team selection to the 6A girls list, while senior teammate Yaremi Mejia, a 5-7 point guard, received honorable mention.
Bolston and Mejia helped the Panthers (24-5) to an undefeated run through the Southern Oregon Hybrid and a runner-up showing at the 6A state tournament.
Senior Jesse Mondry, a 6-5 post, was the lone local boy to make it on the 6A all-state list with his second-team selection. Mondry averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Panthers, who claimed their third straight SOH title but went 0-2 after advancing to the 6A state tournament.
At the 5A level, Eagle Point's Sydney May, a 5-7 sophomore, was the lone local player represented on either all-state list. May, who helped the Eagles to a 16-9 overall record and 5A SOH title, received honorable mention on the 5A girls team.
Cascade Christian senior Alex Miller was named to the Class 3A all-state second team and junior teammate David Sellers was named to the third team. With Miller, a 6-foot guard, and Sellers, a 6-7 post, leading the way, the Challengers (24-6) went undefeated in Southern Cascade Hybrid play and placed fourth at the 3A boys state tournament.
At the 4A level, North Valley senior Kevin Brazille was named player of the year and Jeff Nelson earned coach of the year after guiding the Knights to a 27-0 record and the 4A boys state title. Senior JJ Chirnside also was named to the first team with Brazille, while junior Cameron Lyon was on the second team.
For the 4A girls, Mazama senior Hannah Reynolds was named player of the year and the Vikings' Joy Lease was coach of the year.
No Class 3A girls list has been reported.