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Dow, Falk and Anderson named all-Northwest Oregon Conference in boys' hoops; Kopra, Brodala and Smith are girls' all-Cowapa Leaguers

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St. Helens boys played to best record since Class 5A state play-in appearance four years ago

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions junior guard Drake Dow is an all-Northwest Oregon Conference third-teamer.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior center Kaylie Kopra (41) is an all-Cowapa League first-teamer.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior forward Matt Anderson (5) is an all-Northwest Oregon Conference honorable mention.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior guard Lea Brodala (2) is an all-Cowapa League honorable mention.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions junior forward Jacob Falk, center, is an all-Northwest Oregon Conference honorable mention.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians sophomore forward Shaylan Smith (34) is an all-Cowapa League honorable mention.

Drake Dow, Jacob Falk and Matt Anderson were named all-Northwest Oregon Conference players on Wednesday after helping the Lions boys (5-18 overall, 2-12 Northwest Oregon) to their best record since their Class 5A state play-in appearance four years ago.

Dow is a third-team junior guard as he averaged 12.6 points, 3.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

"I think it was well deserved for them," St. Helens coach Jordan Massinger said. "Drake works non-stop on his game and will be even better next year: He was behind three very good senior guards in our league this year as far as all-league voting but will be one of the strongest guards going into next season. I thought he did very well, especially considering every team put a bigger defender or double teamed him this season."

Falk, a junior forward (9.38 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per), and Anderson, a senior forward (7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per), are honorable mentions.

"Jacob had a very nice season but still has a lot of untapped potential," Massinger said. "He can be a dominant player when he wants to. If he puts in the work this offseason, he will be a force to reckon with next year. Matt was one of the hardest-working players in our league or any league. He just never quits and has a huge heart. His effort and energy made him an important player to have for us in every game."

Wilsonville senior wing Zach Reichle repeated as Northwest Oregon Player of the Year as he helped his No. 1 Wildcats (27-1, 14-0) score 67 points per game on the way to their second state title in a row and their third since 2005.

Wilsonville's Chris Roche is the Coach of the Year.

In the all-Cowapa League girls' honors released March 4, Kaylie Kopra is a first-team senior center, and Lea Brodala (a junior guard) and Shaylan Smith (a sophomore forward) are honorable mentions for the Indians (3-19, 1-9).

Seaside senior guard Maddi Utti is both the Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year as she helped the eighth-ranked Seagulls (20-5, 9-1) score the third-most points in Class 4A and reach third place in the state tournament.

Seaside's Mike Hawes and Banks' Brandon Begley split Coach of the Year awards before the second-ranked Braves (22-3, 9-1) won their first state crown.