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Parnell, Singler chosen tops in 6A ranks

South Medford has reaped a couple more top honors following its banner football season.

Panthers senior linebacker Jaylin Parnell was named Class 6A defensive player of the year, and Bill Singler earned co-coach-of-the-year honors.

South Medford completed its finest season in the school’s 32-year history, winning its second straight Southwest Conference crown, finishing runner-up in the state and compiling a 12-2 record.

It lost the championship game, 31-30, to Clackamas.

Parnell, a 6-foot, 200-pounder, added the top defensive honor to a bevy of other awards.

He was first-team all-state at running back, and for the second straight season was named both offensive and defensive player of the year in the SWC. He was also first-team all-state at linebacker as a junior.

Parnell finished the season with 63 tackles, including 25 solos. He had seven tackles for losses, three sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

In Singler’s 20th season coaching the Panthers, he shared the top coaching honor with Clackamas’ Joe Bushman.

It was the first title appearance for South Medford, which has made the state playoffs in 15 of the past 16 years. Singler has a career record of 126-84 with the Panthers.

The offensive player of the year was Clackamas quarterback Mitchell Modjeski.