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Challengers dominate SCL awards

Cascade Christian accomplished a pair of historic firsts in the schools 15th year of football.

The Challengers cruised to an unbeaten Southern Cascade League championship and hosted a Class 2A state-playoff game for the first time ever.

Those efforts didn't go unnoticed as Cascade Christian was rewarded with eight players named to the all-SCL first team.

The Challengers also swept the league's top awards with junior Josh Heidegger earning back-of-the-year accolades and senior Chris Buck being tabbed lineman of the year. Andy Maurer was selected coach of the year after leading Cascade Christian to a 9-1 overall record and the state's No. 5 ranking.

I think it's more marvelous than I ever could have dreamed, said Maurer of his honor and the team's accolades. It's pretty humbling. Really, it's the work of the staff and the success of the team.

— We got on a roll and started steamrolling some people. I don't know if anybody expected that.

Joining Buck and Heidegger (tight end) on the offensive first team were senior linemen Sam Smith, Kyle Hall and Kyle Campbell, junior quarterback Josh Davis and running backs Jordan Burchfiel (junior) and Daniel Sha (senior).

Heidegger and Buck also made the defensive first team as linemen and Campbell was selected as a first-team linebacker.

St. Mary's had one first-teamer in defensive back Ryan Greene.

Offensively, Heidegger took advantage of his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame to haul in a team-high 19 passes for 465 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He's a good blocker, good runner and catches the ball, of course, said Maurer. That's the kind of all-around athlete that he is.

Buck (6-3, 240) led an experienced offensive line that paved the way for Sha (766 yards rushing and 11 TDs) and Burchfiel (674 yards, 10 TDs) to amass yardage.

Davis completed 31 of 54 passes for 678 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Defensively, Heidegger, Buck and Campbell led a unit that gave up just 9.5 points per contest.

We gave up only four TD passes this year, said offensive and defensive coordinator Brandon Boice. We lose a couple of kids, but we have a lot coming back on defense.

The Challengers also placed four on the second team in freshman Daniel Kinney (running back/linebacker), Burchfiel (defensive line), Preston Wipf (junior defensive back) and Aaron Grissom (junior linebacker).

Kinney, who was a third-team punter and place-kicker, didn't have a rushing attempt over Cascade Christian's first three games but finished with 687 yards, seven touchdowns and a 10.1 yards-per-carry average.

We are very encouraged about our success this year and all of the kids that we have coming back, Boice said. I'd say the bar has been set pretty high.

The Crusaders also placed junior tight end/defensive lineman Robbie Boggess, Greene (defensive back) and Kris Slavenski (defensive back) on the second team.

Slavenski was a third-team running back, while sophomore Brian Adesman (linebacker) and Greene (punter) also made the list.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

C ' Sam Smith, Cascade Christian, Sr.

OL ' Chris Buck, Cascade Christian, Sr.

OL ' Kyle Hall, Cascade Christian, Sr.

OL ' Kyle Campbell, Cascade Christian, Sr.

OL ' B.J. Marrietta, Lakeview, Sr.

OL ' Wylee Collins, Chiloquin, Sr.

TE ' Michael Durkin, Lakeview, Sr.

TE ' Josh Heidegger, Cascade Christian, Jr.

WR ' Bret Prock, Glendale, Sr.

WR ' Kyle Gomez, Bonanza, Jr.

WR ' A.J. Clemens, Lakeview, Sr.

QB ' Josh Davis, Cascade Christian, Jr.

RB ' Jordan Burchfiel, Cascade Christian, Jr.

RB ' Daniel Sha, Cascade Christian, Sr.

RB ' Jake Bailey, Lost River, Sr.

RB ' Ryle Ferry, Lakeview, Sr.

RB ' Louie Wahl, Chiloquin, Sr.

K ' Matt Barber, Lakeview, Sr.

DEFENSE

DL ' Chris Buck, Cascade Christian, Sr.

DL ' Andrew Hennings, Lakeview, Jr.

DL ' Josh Heidegger, Cascade Christian, Jr.

DL ' Wylee Collins, Chiloquin, Sr.

DL ' Peter Grohs, Bonanza, Jr.

LB ' Kyle Campbell, Cascade Christian, Sr.

LB ' Jake Bailey, Lost River, Sr.

LB ' Mike Durkin, Lakeview, Sr.

LB ' Richard Egenhoff, Riddle, Sr.

LB ' John Laidet, Bonanza, Jr.

LB ' Bret Prock, Glendale, Sr.

DB ' Louie Wahl, Chiloquin, Sr.

DB ' Ryan Greene, St. Mary's, Sr.

DB ' Kyle Gomez, Bonanza, Jr.

P ' Michael Durkin, Lakeview, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

C ' Mike Roy, Riddle, Jr.

OL ' Paul Crawford, Lost River, Jr.

OL ' Andrew Hennings, Lakeview, Jr.

OL ' Louis Ochoa, Chiloquin, Jr.

OL ' Kyler Cronquist, Riddle, Sr.

OL ' Jim Westman, Bonanza, Sr.

OL ' Clint Hester, Bonanza, Sr.

TE ' Robbie Boggess, St. Mary's, Jr.

WR ' Ben Fleming, Glendale, Sr.

WR ' Ryan Greene, St. Mary's, Sr.

WR ' Daniel Hall, Lakeview, Sr.

QB ' Matt Barber, Lakeview, Sr.

RB ' Sean Cole, Lakeview, Sr.

RB ' Sam Moxley, Bonanza, Sr.

RB ' Richard Egenhoff, Riddle, Sr.

RB ' Sean Hickey, Lost River, Sr.

RB ' Daniel Kinney, Cascade Christian, Fr.

K ' Andy Davis, Bonanza, Jr.

DEFENSE

DL ' Tyrel Palmer, Lakeview, Sr.

DL ' Jordan Burchfiel, Cascade Christian, Jr.

DL ' Robbie Boggess, St. Mary's, Jr.

DL ' Jim Westman, Bonanza, Sr.

DL ' Shane Campbell, Glendale, Jr.

LB ' Aaron Grissom, Cascade Christian, Jr.

LB ' Sean Hickey, Lost River, Jr.

LB ' Ryle Ferry, Lakeview, Sr.

LB ' Sean Cole, Lakeview, Sr.

LB ' Clint Hopper, Lakeview, Sr.

LB ' Leland Ortis, Chiloquin, Sr.

DB ' Daniel Kinney, Cascade Christian, Fr.

DB ' Preston Wipf, Cascade Christian, Jr.

DB ' Louis Chavarian, Lost River, Sr.

DB ' Kris Slavenski, St. Mary's, Sr.

DB ' Sam Moxley, Bonanza, Sr.

P ' Kyle Gomez, Bonanza, Jr.

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

C ' David Thackery, Glendale, Jr.

TE ' Sterling Oates, Bonanza, Sr.

TE ' Blair Ross, Chiloquin, Jr.

WR ' J.P. Carr, Glendale, Jr.

WR ' Ryan Simshauser, Riddle, Sr.

WR ' Kylan Taylor, Lost River, Sr.

QB ' Chad Hanson, Riddle, Jr.

RB ' Kris Slavenski, St. Mary's, Sr.

RB ' Peter Grohs, Bonanza, Jr.

RB ' John Laidet, Bonanza, Jr.

RB ' Leland Otis, Chiloquin, Sr.

RB ' Omar Valadez, Lost River, Jr.

K ' Daniel Kinney, Cascade Christian, Fr.

DEFENSE

DL ' B.J. Marietta, Lakeview, Sr.

DL ' Blair Ross, Chiloquin, Jr.

DL ' Louis Ochoa, Chiloquin, Jr.

DL ' Sterling Oates, Bonanza, Sr.

DL ' Jay Jay Dickson, Glendale, So.

LB ' Chad Hanson, Riddle, Jr.

LB ' Brian Adesman, St. Mary's, So.

LB ' Clint Hester, Bonanza, Sr.

DB ' A.J. Clemens, Lakeview, Sr.

DB ' Ryan Simshauser, Riddle, Sr.

DB ' Josh Knous, Glendale, Jr.

P ' Ryan Greene, St. Mary's, Sr.

P ' Daniel Kinney, Cascade Christian, Fr.