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Phoenix's Shepherd named to first team

Junior post Mike Shepherd was an important fixture in the middle for the Phoenix boys basketball team this season.

The league's coaches took notice by placing Shepherd on the first-team all-Skyline Conference.

Shepherd, who averaged 12.3 points per game in league, was joined on the first team by Hidden Valley senior Alex Demith, North Valley senior Nate Ellis and Henley seniors Colin Stock and Tyler Rajnus.

Demith, who helped the Mustangs to a second-place finish, was tabbed the league's player of the year, while Jack Lee of Henley was named coach of the year after leading the Hornets to a conference championship.

The Skyline policy is to not release all-league voting until after the completion of the Class 4A state tournament.

Fellow junior post Codey Barrett earned second-team honors for the Pirates, while Henley's Winston Mueller and James Nygren, North Valley's Derekk Vandehey and Rogue River's Ryan Castro were also second-team selections.

Nygren, Henley's Tyler Rajnus, Hidden Valley's Joe Guevara, Shepherd and Ellis earned all-defensive team accolades.

FIRST TEAM

Name, School Year

Alex Demith, Hidden Valley Sr.

Mike Shepherd, Phoenix Jr.

Nate Ellis, North Valley Sr.

Colin Stock, Henley Sr.

Tyler Rajnus, Henley Sr.

Player of the year — Alex Demith, Hidden Valley.

Coach of the year — Jack Lee, Henley.

SECOND TEAM

Winston Mueller, Henley Jr.

James Nygren, Henley Sr.

Codey Barrett, Phoenix Jr.

Derekk Vandehey, North Valley Sr.

Ryan Castro, Rogue River Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Mike D'Olivio, Henley, jr.; Jordan VanCleave, Hidden Valley, sr.; Dustin Mathews, Hidden Valley, sr.; Joe Guevara, Hidden Valley, sr.; Craig Faure, Phoenix, sr.; Carson Frantz, Rogue River, jr.; Doug Hoskins, Illinois Valley, jr.; Sam McMahan, Illinois Valley, sr.; Jesse Brewster, Henley, sr.; LB Draper, Hidden Valley, sr.; Matt Malinoff, North Valley, sr.; Kevin Snook, Illinois Valley, so.; Andrew George, Phoenix, jr.; Jackson Mitchell, Rogue River, so.

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM

James Nygren, Henley, sr.; Tyler Rajnus, Henley, sr.; Joe Guevara, Hidden Valley, sr.; Mike Shepherd, Phoenix, jr.; Nate Ellis, North Valley, sr.