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Challengers receive top SCL honors

Cascade Christian senior linebacker Dante Olson was selected as the Southern Cascade All-League defensive player of the year as the Challengers hauled in many of the top honors after winning their fifth straight SCL football title.

Collin Badura, a 6-foot-5, 233-pound Cascade Christian senior, was a two-way first teamer and picked as SCL lineman of the year. And Challenger coach Jon Gettman was tabbed as co-coach of the year along with St. Mary’s Jamie Young.

Olson, who doubled as a first-team tight end, was the Challengers’ leading tackler with 135. He had five sacks.

Cascade senior Jack Spence and junior Brandon Winter also received first-team recognition on both sides of the ball. Spence was picked as a wide receiver and defensive back, while Winter was chosen as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Illinois Valley senior running back James Thompson was selected offensive player of the year for the second straight season. The 5-9, 195-pounder racked up 21 touchdowns and rushed for 1,920 yards.

Southern Cascade All-League


First Team

Center—Matt Miller, Cascade Christian, so.; Line—Collin Badura, Cascade Christian, sr.; Jacob Nelson, Illinois Valley, sr.; Brandon Winter, Cascade Christian, jr.; Josh Martin, St. Mary’s, jr.; Tight End—Dante Olson, Cascade Christian, sr; Wide Receiver—Jake Booker, Cascade Christian, jr.; Logan Miller, Illinois Valley, sr.; Jack Spence, Cascade Christian, sr.; Quarterback—CJ Manning, Illinois Valley, sr.; Haiden Schaan, Cascade Christian, fresh.; Athlete—Denten Edwards, St. Mary’s, sr.; Running Back—James Thompson, Illinois Valley, sr.; Spencer McCabe, St. Mary’s, so.; Punter—CJ Manning, Illinois Valley, sr.; Returner—Chase Wagner, Cascade Christian, jr.; James Thompson, Illinois Valley, sr.; Kicker—Myka Thomas, Cascade Christian, sr.

Second Team

Center—Jacob Solomon, Illinois Valley, so.; Line—Eddie Murrieta, Lakeview, jr.; Nick Worley, Illinois Valley, sr.; Graeden Bird, St. Mary’s, jr.; Tight End—James Jarrett, Illinois Valley, jr.; Jacob Chan, St. Mary’s, sr.; Wide Receiver—Jack Graham, Lakeview, sr.; Skyler McLanahan, Illinois Valley, so.; Carson Cochran, Cascade Christian, so.; Running Back—Chase Wagner, Cascade Christian, jr.; Jace Frank, Lakeview, jr.; Punter—Dylan Deidrich, Lakeview, jr.

Offensive player of the year — James Thompson, Illinois Valley

Lineman of the year — Collin Badura, Cascade Christian

Co-coach of the year — Jon Gettman, Cascade Christian; Jamie Young, St. Mary’s


First Team

Line—Scott Richter, St. Mary’s, sr.; Brandon Winter, Cascade Christian, jr.; Nick Worley, Illinois Valley, sr.; Collin Badura, Cascade Christian, sr.; Linebacker—Dante Olson, Cascade Christian, sr.; Tyler Moore, Cascade Christian, sr.; Jace Frank, Lakeview, jr.; Riley O’Sullivan, St. Mary’s, sr.; Jake Nelson, Illinois Valley, sr.; Back—Jack Spence, Cascade Christian, sr; Logan Miller, Illinois Valley, sr.; Tanner Smith, St. Mary’s, sr.

Second Team

Line—Triston Hoetsketter, Illinois Valley, jr.; Danie Decker, Lakeview, jr.; Treyson Robbins, Cascade Christian, sr.; Nash O’Hara, Cascade Christian, so.; Linebacker—Spencer McCabe, St. Mary’s, so.; James Thompson, Illinois Valley, sr.; Eddie Murrieta, Lakeview, jr.; Back—Jack Graham, Lakeview, sr.; Zack Fralich, Cascade Christian, so.; Bryce Bramscher, St. Mary’s, so.

Defensive player of the year — Dante Olson, Cascade Christian

Honorable Mention

Defensive Line—Alex Decker, Lakeview, fr.; Thomas Cox, St. Mary’s, so.; Conor Rimov, St. Mary’s jr.; Linebacker—CJ Manning, Illinois Valley, sr.; James Jarrett, Illinois Valley, jr.; Logan Cockrell, Lakeview, jr.; Denton Edwards, St. Mary’s, sr.; Wide Receiver—Logan Cockrell, Lakeview, jr.; Triston Hoetsketter, Illinois Valley, jr.; Daniel Decker, Lakeview, jr.; Offensive line—Thomas Cox, St. Mary’s, so.; Running Back—Spencer Cox, St. Mary’s, jr.; Defensive Back—Dakota Fortney, Illinois Valley, sr.; Mac Crandall, Lakeview, sr.; Returner—Jack Graham, Lakeview, sr.; Punter—Spencer McCabe, St. Mary’s, so.