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LOCAL BRIEFS: South’s Hunter gains MaxPreps honor

South Medford junior Donovyn Hunter was named the state girls basketball player of the year for Oregon by MaxPreps in its annual release Thursday.

Hunter averaged nearly 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals this past season for the Panthers, who finished 24-5 and placed fifth at the Class 6A state tournament. Hunter was also named the Southwest Conference player of the year.

With the honor, the 6-foot guard will now be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps Top 25 and MaxPreps All-America team, slated to be released April 12 and 13, respectively.

North’s Dyer chosen for hoops all-star team

North Medford senior Bryce Dyer was selected to compete in the revamped Washington-Oregon all-star boys basketball game Sunday at Liberty High in Hillsboro.

Previously known as the Northwest Shootout for 25 years before being rebranded, the WAVOR interstate basketball event (Washington vs. Oregon) features the top female and male high school senior players from each state.

The 6-foot-5 Dyer averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game this past season for North Medford, which finished 21-4 and second in the Southwest Conference.

South Medford senior Devon Malcolm was initially selected for the contest on March 13 but will not compete this weekend.

The WAVOR boys game is set to begin at 3 p.m., directly following the 1 p.m. girls game. Tickets are available at the door.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Donovyn Hunter dribbles away after stealing the ball during a game against South Salem this past season.