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Challengers land 3 on all-state first team

Cascade Christian’s boys and girls soccer teams may have missed out on District 5 titles this past season, but the Challengers reaped the rewards of solid individual efforts recently with one boy and two girls earning first-team all-state recognition.

In voting by the state’s Class 3A/2A/1A coaches, Cascade Christian junior Jonny McCoy (forward) was named to the boys first team while seniors Bryton Plankenhorn (forward) and Braelyn Day (defender) were named to the girls first team.

McCoy registered 16 goals and five assists and played a part-time role for the defense for the Challengers.

Plankenhorn set the career record for goals at Cascade Christian, finishing with 22 goals and two assists during the regular season.

Day spearheaded a defense that allowed only 16 goals all season.

The District 5 champion St. Mary’s boys earned second-team all-state recognition for senior defenders Charles Reade and Noah Stillwell, and honorable mention nods for midfielders Milan Bobek, a senior, and Nathan Sternenberg, a junior.

Honorable mention boys recognition also went to Cascade Christian junior defender Justin Fairbanks and senior goalkeeper Caleb Knight.

In all-state girls voting, District 5 champion St. Mary’s received three honorable mention picks in sophomore forward Ryker Rothfus, junior midfielder Estella Olson and junior goalkeeper Olivia Lippert.

Cascade Christian senior midfielder Lauren Anderchuk was also an honorable mention selection.

Catlin Gabel’s Spud Ward was named 3A/2A/1A boys player of the year and Peter Shulman of the Eagles was named coach of the year.

Sophie Wand of Catlin Gabel was selected as 3A/2A/1A girls player of the year and her coach, Chris Dorough, was named coach of the year.