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Three local girls and one boy were selected to the Class 3A all-state basketball teams released recently from voting by that classification's coaches.
St. Mary's senior Emily Alvarez highlighted the list with her first-team selection on the 3A girls basketball list, with Cascade Christian senior Alaina Thomson named to the third team and St. Mary's senior Lillian Martin earning honorable mention recognition.
Alvarez and Martin combined to help lead the Crusaders to the Southern Cascade Hybrid championship and 19-5 overall record. St. Mary's advanced to the 3A state tournament but lost both of its games.
Alvarez averaged 17.9 points, two assists and two steals for the Crusaders and shot 46 percent from the field, while Martin contributed 11.2 points, two steals and two rebounds per game.
Thomson averaged 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for Cascade Christian, which finished third in the SCH and had a 13-11 overall record.
Cascade Christian senior David Sellers was the lone boy from the Rogue Valley named to the 3A all-state team, landing on the second team one year after he was a third-team selection.
The 6-7 forward led his team to the Southern Cascade Hybrid title and a sixth-place showing at the 3A state tournament. Sellers averaged 12.5 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots while shooting 52 percent from the field for the Challengers (26-4). He has committed to play football at Western Oregon in the fall.
Valley Catholic senior Lindsie LaBonte was named 3A girls player of the year and Vale's Jason Johnson earned 3A girls coach of the year honors, while Valley Catholic's Joel Sobotka was the 3A boys player of the year and his head coach, Gabe Taylor, was 3A boys coach of the year.