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Scott Morse selected Sunset League MVP

Cascade Christian's Scott Morse is a matchup nightmare for opposing coaches.

At 6-foot-7, Morse can post up or move to the perimeter and sink long-range jump shots. And with excellent guard skills, Morse can be a key factor in beating an opponent's pressing defense.

Morse's unique abilities were acknowledged again this season with selection as the Sunset League's boys basketball most valuable player for the second consecutive season.

The Cascade Christian all-state senior forward averaged a double-double — 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a game — for the second-ranked Challengers. Morse shot 57 percent from the field and 77 percent from the foul line

"The kid can just flat play," said Rogue River coach Scott Anderson. "He has the ability to shoot with range and handle the ball too."

While Morse captured the top individual player award, Cascade's Brian Morse, Scott's dad, and Anderson were chosen as league co-coaches of the year.

Anderson led the Chieftains (17-9, 10-4 Sunset) to second place in the Sunset in the first year in the league. It's the second time Anderson has gotten Rogue River into the state playoffs in his nine years as coach and the only two times for the school in the past 40 years.

"(Anderson) got a lot out of his team," said Brian Morse. "They're the hardest working team that we faced. They're fiesty and aggressive."

The Challengers, who swept through the Sunset undefeated, were rewarded with two other first-team all-league selections — senior post Dustin Hutley and senior point guard Jarrod Hess.

Hutley, a transfer from North Medford, averaged over 10 points and six rebounds a game. Hess also averaged in double figures scoring (10.1) and over seven assists.

"Jarrod is very poised," said the Challenger coach. "The biggest thing are his assists. He loves to find the open guy. But he can hit the big shot too."

Rogue River senior guard Jackson Mitchell was also a first team pick. Mitchell, who moved into the starting lineup part way through his sophomore season, led the Chieftains in scoring (13.2) and was third on the team in assists and rebounds.

"(Mitchell) typically had the ball in his hands at the end of games or in crucial times," said Anderson. "You don't see a guard go to the hole as hard as he does."

This season Mitchell was rewarded with 161 free throws, converting on almost 65 percent.

Selected to the Sunset all-defensive team were Morse and Ben Joffer of Cascade Christian and Cole Watson and Craig Lee of Rogue River.

Sunset All-League


Scott Morse, Cascade Christian Sr.

Dustin Hutley, Cascade Christian Sr.

Jackson Mitchell, Rogue River Sr.

Max DeVillers, Bandon Sr.

Will Hissong, Glide Sr.

Jarrod Hess, Cascade Christian Sr.

Most Valuable Player — Scott Morse, Cascade Christian

Coach of the Year — Brian Morse, Cascade Christian; Scott Anderson, Rogue River


Connor Jackson, Bandon Jr.

Joe Harris, Coquille So.

Craig Lee, Rogue River Sr.

Cody Savey, Reedsport Sr.

Ben Joffer, Cascade Christian Jr.

Honorable Mention

Garth Gant, Bandon; Andy Santos, Bandon; Colton Cochran, Cascade Christian; Daniel Muntifering, Coquille; Heston Altenbach, Coquille; Ryan Young, Coquille; Logan Hockema, Gold Beach; Jeff Knox, Gold Beach; Richard Wallace, Gold Beach; Willie Looney, Myrtle Point; Levi Bonnell, Glide; Sean Horton, Reedsport; Jeff Wilmarth, Reedsport; Brendan Schoner, Rogue River; Cole Watson, Rogue River.

All Defensive Team

Andy Santos, Bandon, jr.; Ben Joffer, Cascade Christian, jr.; Scott Morse, Cascade Christian, sr.; Ryan Dannels, Coquille, jr.; Drew Vickery, Glide, so.; Scott Clark, Myrtle Point, sr.; Jeff Wilmart, Reedsport, sr.; Craig Lee, Rogue River, sr.; Cole Watson, Rogue River, jr.