All-league teams for boys and girls basketball have been announced, and 13 Central Oregon players from Class 4A high schools have been recognized for their performances during the 2013-14 season.
In the Tri-Valley Conference, junior guard Jered Pichette of Madras was named player of the year. White Buffalo teammate Reshaun Holliday, a senior wing player, received honorable mention. La Salle’s Jared Curtiss was voted the league’s coach of the year.
Senior Sam Wieber, a guard for the La Pine boys, was named to the all-Sky-Em League first team, while Hawks senior wing Zack Smith received honorable mention. Sisters junior forward Justin Harrer and sophomore forward Hayden Martinez were second-team selections. Cottage Grove’s Garrison King and Sweet Home’s Hunter Jutte shared the player of the year honor, while Donn Pollard of Cottage Grove was named the league’s coach of the year.
The La Pine girls had three all-Sky-Em players, including senior wing Katie Mickel, who was a first-team selection. Senior guard Holli Glenn and junior post McKenna Boen were named to the second team for the Hawks. Sisters senior guard Jacobie Petterson picked up first-team honors, senior guard Savannah Spear was selected to the second team, and senior posts Claire Henson and junior Cierra Mann received honorable mention.
Sara Kesling of Elmira was the Sky-Em player of the year, and Elmira’s Mike Lay was voted the league’s coach of the year.
Former Panther earns all-America honor: Travis Simpson, a 2011 graduate of Redmond High, picked up the first indoor all-America honor of his career at the NAIA Track & Field Indoor National Championships in Ohio earlier this month. The Eastern Oregon junior finished third in the high jump, clearing a personal-best 2.09 meters (6 feet, 10 1/4 inches). It was the second all-America distinction of Simpson’s collegiate career after he placed fifth at the NAIA outdoor championships last spring.
Redmond grad takes third at nationals: After placing fifth at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships last season, Redmond High alum Taylor Johnson returned to take third at 197 pounds in Kansas on March 8. The 2009 Redmond graduate was one of six all-America wrestlers for Southern Oregon, which finished fourth as a team. Only the team champion, Grand View (Iowa), boasted more all-Americans. Johnson became the 24th SOU wrestler ever to place third at the national meet, going 6-1 at the tourney to finish the season 22-4. Johnson’s only loss at nationals was a quarterfinal setback to eventual champion Jesse Hellinger of Dickinson State (N.D.).
Area pole vaulter part of OSU history: Last season, Oregon State hosted its first track and field meet since 1988 at the White Track and Field Center. At the OSU Invitational earlier this month, a former Summit High standout etched her name in Beaver history. Annie Sidor, a 2013 Summit grad who finished runner-up three times in the pole vault at the Class 5A state championships, was one of the first two OSU women ever to compete in the pole vault. The Oregon State freshman cleared 10-11 3/4 to take second behind teammate and fellow freshman Helen Ann Haun.
All-conference nods for Wilcoxes: Twin sisters Kersey and Jordan Wilcox, both Mountain View alumnae, received all-league basketball honors in their respective conferences. Kersey, a junior guard for NCAA Division II Humboldt State (Calif.), was named the newcomer of the year for the California Collegiate Athletic Association and was voted to the all-conference first team. She was third in the CCAA in scoring at 15.6 points per game and led the league with both a 46.2-percent clip from 3-point range and an 87.7 free-throw percentage. Kersey finished the season with a program record 154 made free throws. Jordan Wilcox, a junior guard for Warner Pacific College, an NAIA school in Portland, paced her team with 9.9 points per game and hit double-digit scoring 15 times during the season en route to receiving all-Cascade College Conference honorable mention. She hit 77 percent of her free-throw attempts while shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. Her 61 3-pointers made this season tied for fifth-most in Warner Pacific history.
Summit grad part of conference hockey championship: Jetta Rackleff, a 2009 Summit High graduate, became a part of Rochester Institute of Technology history on March 8 when the Tigers claimed the College Hockey America conference championship in just their second season as a Division I program. Rackleff, a sophomore goaltender, appeared in eight of the Tigers’ 38 games this season, including six as a starter. In 421 minutes, Rackleff, who played behind junior and CHA goaltender of the year Ali Binnington, made 198 saves and allowed 27 goals.