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North’s Fossen, Crater’s Edwards first-team all-state

Southern Oregon basketball was well-represented when the all-state boys and girls teams were announced for classes 6A, 5A and 4A on Thursday.

North Medford senior Megan Fossen and Crater senior Kiefer Edwards were selected to the first teams in girls 6A and boys 5A voting, respectively. The state’s coaches chose the teams.

Also on the first team was Southridge senior Maggie Freeman, who played at North Medford as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to the Beaverton school.

Second-team nods went to North Medford senior Kaison Faust in 6A boys and South Medford junior Ula Chamberlin in 6A girls. Hidden Valley senior Kaylee Krusemark made the second team in 4A girls.

Freshman Nate Bittle of Crater received honorable mention.

Fossen was co-player of the year in the Southwest Conference with Chamberlin, leading the Black Tornado to the co-championship of the league with a 10-2 record, the same as Sheldon. North Medford went 18-10 overall and made it to the state tournament, where it was ousted in the consolation semifinals.

Fossen, a 5-foot-9 post who will play collegiately at Lane Community College in Eugene, averaged 15.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and about two steals per game in the regular season as the Black Tornado won its first conference title in 10 years.

Edwards, a 6-foot-6 wing, was second among Class 5A scorers at 20.5 points per game and led it in rebounding with 11.6 per game. He was player of the year in the Midwestern League, leading the Comets to the title — their first league crown in 28 years — and a 25-3 record.

Crater placed fifth at state, and Edwards paced the tournament in scoring with averages of 22.0 points and 14.3 rebounds per game.

He will play for Southern Oregon University.

Faust was player of the year in the Southwest Conference. The 6-2 wing, who is headed to Oregon Tech, led the Black Tornado to its second straight SWC title with a 10-2 record. It was 22-4 overall, making it to the state second round.

Faust averaged 23.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals in the regular season.

Chamberlin, a 5-9 guard, averaged 18.5 points for the season and 20.4 in league play. Both figures topped the SWC. She also averaged 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.2 assists.

The Panthers (17-10) were third in the SWC and made it to the second round of the state playoffs.

Krusemark was player of the Skyline Conference, leading Hidden Valley to an unbeaten league season (10-0) and a 22-4 overall mark. The Mustangs made it to the state consolation semifinals.

Bittle, a 6-foot-9 post, was also a first-team all-conference selection.

Players of the year will be announced later.

Crater’s Kiefer Edwards (20) is on the 5A boys first-team all-state squad.
North Medford’s Megan Fossen (45) makes first-team all-state in 6A girls.