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The senior point guard averaged 12.0 points a game in leading the Gladiators to a fifth straight boys' basketball league title

PAMPLIN MEDIA: JIM BESEDA - Gladstone's Lyric Warren averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.1 steals for the Tri-Valley Conference-champion Gladiators.Gladstone's Lyric Warren was named the Tri-Valley Conference boys' basketball Player of the Year after leading the Gladiators to a fifth consecutive league championship and a berth in the OSAA Class 4A state playoffs.

Others named to the all-league first team were Chase Bales of Crook County, Deshawn Dix of Gladstone, Byron Patt at Madras, and Kanim Smith of Madras, while Gladstone's Cody Aker was named Coach of the Year in voting by the league's coaches.

Gladstone's Drew Pulsipher was selected for the all-league second team, while teammates Jackson Simoons and Jude Ashpole earned honorable mention.

Warren, the 6-foot-1 senior point guard, averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.1 steals a game and landed on the all-league first team for the second season in a row.

"When you look at all the aspects from top to bottom that go into being a basketball player, Lyric was up there at the top," Akers said. "There were some other kids around the league that were very, very tough kids, but I think what really helped Lyric out was that this was his third year as our starting point guard and he's a really, really genuinely good kid.

"He always has a smile on his face, he always talks to opposing coaches, and he's just a good-natured human being."

Gladstone struggled through the non-conference portion of its schedule, going 3-11 while working through some injuries, illnesses, and eligibility issues.

The Gladiators found their stride in league play, rolling to an 8-1 record -- the lone blemish a 47-38 loss at Crook County on Feb. 16. Gladstone's final league game against Estacada was canceled as a result of the winter storm that closed schools during the final week of the regular season, and the Gladstone's finished with a half-game lead over Madras (8-2) in the title race.

One constant throughout the season was Warren, who was the focal point of practically every opponent's scouting report.

"Around our league, everybody prepared for Lyric," Akers said. "I don't think his stats jumped off the board at anybody, but we saw every type of defense from box-and-ones to traps off the inbound so he couldn't bring the ball up the floor to any number of other schemes that were designed to try and stop him."

Warren hopes to continue his playing career in college and has talked to George Fox University, Multnomah University, and a number of local community colleges, but has yet to make a decision.

"Lyric is going to be really, really hard to replace," Akers said. "I tell everybody that Lyric has kind of been my safety blanket. The nice thing is we have some younger guards in Matthew Lehrback and Thomas Tacha who will help fill the void.

"Matthew might not be as flashy as Lyric, but he's pretty determined to do the right thing when he has the ball in his hands. He's not going to make too many mistakes."

TRI-VALLEY CONFERENCE BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Lyric Warren, Sr. Gladstone

Coach of the Year: Cody Aker Gladstone

FIRST TEAM

Lyric Warren, Sr. Gladstone

Byron Patt, Jr. Madras

Chase Bales, Sr. Crook County

Kanim Smith, Sr. Madras

Deshawn Dix, Sr. Gladstone

SECOND TEAM

Thaiden Mullan, Jr. Crook County

Dylan Paintner, Jr. Corbett

Tyler Lockey, Sr. Madras

Drew Pulsipher, Jr. Gladstone

Marcus Simpson, Sr. Molalla

HONORABLE MENTION

Gabriel Martinez, Jr. Estacada

Dylan Oliver, Sr. Corbett

Calvin Dryden, Jr. Estacada

Jackson Simmons, Jr. Gladstone

Jude Ashpole, Fr. Gladstone

Shane Kessi, Jr. Crook County

Carter Larsen, Sr. Corbett

TRI-VALLEY CONFERENCE GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Lynden Harry, Sr. Madras

Coach of the Year: Zach Lilebo Madras

FIRST TEAM

Lynden Harry, Sr. Madras

Grace Campbell, Sr. Gladstone

Alicia Schultz, Sr. Molalla

Kaliyah Iverson, Sr. Madras

Sierra Cox, Sr. Molalla

SECOND TEAM

Abby Fritz, Sr. Corbett

Aaliyah Asad, Soph. Gladstone

Jiana Smith-Francis, Soph. Madras

Jayden Davis, Fr. Madras

Mattie Myers, Jr. Molalla

HONORABLE MENTION

Savana Wolfe, Soph. Corbett

Odessa Travel-Green, Sr. Crook County

Emma Akley, Sr. Crook County

Karlye Nakashimada, Sr. Estacada

Izzy Hagel, Jr. Estacada

Jenna Peterson, Sr. Estacada

Allyson Pope, Soph. Gladstone

Ellie Clinkscales, Jr. Gladstone

Dessie Alvarado, Soph. Gladstone

Vanessa Culps, Jr. Madras

Alesha Freeman, Sr. Madras

Maddie Lisac, Soph. Molalla

Zoe Wood, Fr. Molalla

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