It happened rather unceremoniously, but there was a changing of the guard last Monday and Tuesday for one of the state’s biggest high...
St. Mary's junior guard Emily Alvarez was selected to the Class 3A state basketball first team, while Cascade Christian junior post Alaina Thomson landed second-team honors and St. Mary's sophomore guard Rose Alvarez took home third-team recognition.
Emily Alvarez averaged 15.2 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field on 2-pointers and 39 percent on 3s for the Crusaders, who finished second in the 3A state tournament.
Thomson averaged 14.9 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Challengers (14-12).
Emily Alvarez and Thomson shared Southern Cascade Hybrid player of the year honors.
Rose Alvarez provided St. Mary's (26-3) with another strong scoring option alongside Emily Alvarez, her older sister, and junior Lillian Martin.
Valley Catholic's Chelsea Alsdorf was named the 3A player of the year and her coach John Innes was given coach of the year recognition after leading the Valiants to a 28-2 record and state title.
The other first-team selections were Rainier's Kaylea Knox, Nyssa's Katelynn Hashagen, Scio's Riley Graham and Santiam Christian's Jessi Seumalo.