All-Metro League basketball players honored
Win a state title and you're going to earn some individual accolades.
The Beaverton girls did just that when they defeated Barlow 56-39 two weeks ago, and in the wake of their victory were honored with a league-leading five All-Metro League selections, including two first-teamers, a second-teamer and two third-teamers.
The Beavers put both Lainey Spear and Zoe Borter on the league's first team, with Spear earning league Player of the Year honors.
Second-team honors went to point guard Madison Naro, while both Jaydin Lutu and Emily Rice made the third team.
Beaverton head coach Kathy Naro — who earned Coach of the Year honors — had nothing but good things to say about her team, the five all-leaguers, and the three pivotal juniors — Borter, Spear and Naro — following the announcement.
"All three girls possess three great qualities, including an incredible and tireless work ethic. They are true students and lovers of the game of basketball and are blessed with very high basketball IQs," the Beaverton coach said. "With the combination of those three qualities, they continue to grow and improve. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to coach them."
Jesuit had four girls earn all-league honors, including first-teamers Emma Sixta, Avery Edwards and Kendra Hicks, while junior Tessa Randall was named to the third team.
Crusaders head coach Jason Lowery said he thought Sixta was second to none amongst the state's guards.
"Emma had as good a season as any guard in the state and is extremely gifted offensively," Lowery said. "She has a feel and savviness for the game that is as good or better then anyone's."
He went on to speak to Edwards' high-level shooting acumen and noted both Hicks' ability and willingness to play inside as invaluable in today's age of basketball, when everyone wants to shoot the three.
"Kendra is a big who's only interested in being big," Lowery said. "She's about being a force around the basket on both ends. Without having the stats in front of me, I'd be shocked if she didn't lead all of 6A in rebounding."
Mountainside, which finished third in the Metro League and with a 15-10 overall record, put Lindsey Wilson and Halle Hageman on the first team, while Carly Stone made the second team.
Westview had Alison Kantor and Claryn Keeney on the first team, while Jalay Harris-Burns was a third-teamer.
Sunset had three third-teamers, including Hannah Leffler, Maggie Guse, and Riley Morris-Rexford.
On the boys side, Beaverton, Mountainside, Sunset and league champion Jesuit all boasted three all-league honorees, with the Beavers' Trevon Hamilton leading the way as the league's Player of the Year.
Hamilton was a force on both ends of the court for a Beaverton team that advanced to the state quarterfinals, but Beavers head coach Andrew Vancil said midway through the season that his biggest asset may have been felt off the court, where he led his team in intangibles.
"I've said this before, but he's the most charismatic kid I've had, and we go as he goes," the Beaverton coach said. "When he's emotionally locked in and solid, we're usually pretty darn good."
Beaverton sophomore Max Elmgren joined Hamilton on the first team, while junior Brady Rice was a second-teamer.
Mountainside, which finished fifth at the state tournament, put seniors Dezman Baker and Dimitri Cohen on the first team, while fellow senior Dylan Westlake earned second-team honors.
Jesuit junior Isaiah Crane was the Crusaders' lone first-team honoree, while junior Cade Collins and senior forward Spencer McKelligon were second-teamers.
Crusaders head coach Gene Potter was honored as the league's Coach of the Year.
Sunset junior Jalen Childs, who led the league in scoring (19 ppg) and steals (2 spg), while grabbing 5.3 rebounds and dishing-out 2.3 assists per game, was also a first-teamer. The 6-foot-3 guard said he had extra motivation after making the third team previously — an honor, to be sure, but not what he had hoped for himself.
"It meant a lot to me because the year before I had gotten third team and it really didn't sit well," Childs said. "So, the goal was to get Metro Player of the Year, but even though I didn't get that, I fell just short at first team."
Childs' teammates Josh Jackson and Kayin Turner were third-team selections.
Southridge put senior Layne Stricker on the second team and sophomore Carter Fortune on the third team.
Westview and Aloha boasted one honoree apiece, with the Warriors' Sidney Jones and the Wildcats' Alex Clement earning third-team honors.
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