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Four local players on all-state first teams

Four local football players earned spots on all-state first-team lists after recent voting by coaches.

South Medford junior receiver Chase Cota, South Medford junior linebacker Jaylin Parnell, Ashland senior receiver/defensive back Nicky Weinberg and Crater senior defensive lineman JT Gill all claimed first-team recognition.

Cota led the Class 6A Southwest Conference with 729 yards and 10 touchdowns on 40 catches. He was also a second-team all-state selection as a defensive back.

Parnell, who was the SWC player of the year on offense and defense, led the Panthers in tackles from his linebacker spot. The state honorable mention running back was the SWC's leading rusher with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns on 131 carries (7.9 yards per carry) during the regular season.

Weinberg, the 5A Midwestern League offensive player of the year, was a state first-teamer on offense and defense. He had 41 catches for 654 yards and nine touchdowns for the Grizzlies.

Eagle Point senior offensive lineman Wynn Nevin and Ashland junior placekicker Chad Andrews made second team, and Ashland senior tight end McKane Ellis, Ashland junior center Troy Boyd, Ashland senior offensive lineman Kyle Rodden and Eagle Point senior offensive lineman Leonard Hunter received honorable mention.

South Medford junior quarterback Robbie Patterson and teammate Kaleb Franklin, a junior tight end, earned 6A honorable mention recognition.