Six Braves and two Greyhounds gain postseason kudos from Cowapa and Northwest League's.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Banks' Kinley Hoag during a Braves match this past season. Hoag was an All-Cowapa League honoree for her performance in 2019.At the end of the year, only one team gets to hoist a championship trophy. But while neither Banks nor Gaston claimed a title, both had successful seasons — and that success was rewarded by way of a couple handful of all-league honorees recently announced by both the Cowapa and Northwest Leagues.

Banks, which finished second in the Cowapa League behind eventual state champion Valley Catholic, finished 18-9 overall, defeated La Grande in a state playoff game and placed sixth at the state tournament, falling victim to the Valiants in the first round, then defeating North Marion before losing to Sisters in the fourth place game to end the year. As a result of their outstanding play, the Braves had four players named all-league, while two more were honorable mention.

Among the all-leaguers were senior libero Emma White, senior outside hitter Haylee Jackson, fellow senior outside hitter Kinely Hoag and senior outside hitter Lindsey Beck. Hoag also earned first team all-tournament team honors at the 4A state tournament for her performance over the Braves' three games.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Gaston's Hannah Farmer goes up for a ball during a match this past season. Farmer was one of two Greyhounds selected third team All-Northwest League.In addition, Banks' senior setter Noel Herb and senior defensive specialist Halle Vandomelen were honorable mention selections.

Not surprisingly, state champion Valley Catholic boasted the most selections, garnering five first team and two honorable mention honorees, in addition to the Valiants' Allie Merz earning Player of the Year and head coach Becky Kemper being voted Coach of the Year.

Meanwhile, Gaston had two players honored in a highly competitive Northwest League.

Senior Hannah Farmer and freshman Maya Rosenberg were both third team selections. The Greyhounds placed third in the Northwest League with a 9-2 record and were 17-9 overall before losing a state playoff game to Union High School in La Grande.

Gaston qualified for the state playoffs after losing a five-set thriller to Vernonia in the league playoff, then defeating Nestucca to punch the league's final ticket to the postseason.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Banks' Lindsey Beck sets a ball during a Braves game this past season. Beck was one of four Banks girls recently selected to the all-league team.Greyhounds head coach Melody McMasters was extremely proud of both Farmer and Rosenberg for their individual accolades, and acknowledged their worthiness. But at the same time the coach boasted throughout the season regarding her team's success despite an exceptionally young roster consisting of seven freshmen and sophomores.

League champion Portland Christian led the league with five honorees, including four first-teamers, while Vernonia notched four selections.

The entire list of honrees can be seen below:

Cowapa League Volleyball

All League

Allie Merz, Valley Catholic

Zoey VanVleet, Valley Catholic

Maddie Klopcic, Valley Catholic

Madeleine Beaupre, Valley Catholic

Gretchen Kibbe, Valley Catholic

Emma White, Banks

Haylee Jackson, Banks

Lindsey Beck, Banks

Kinley Hoag, Banks

Kelsey Fausett, Astoria

Julia Norris, Astoria

Ness Hurliman, Tillamook

Emma Meyer, Seaside

Honorable Mention

Noel Herb, Banks

Halle Vandomelen, Banks

Northwest League Volleyball

1st Team

Madi Delucia, Portland Christian

Josie Ernst, Portland Christian

Maddy Files, Portland Christian

Olivia Leslie, Nestucca

Danielle Tsague, Portland Christian

Brooklynn Walters, Vernonia

Jordan Walters, Vernonia

2nd Team

Annie Bahr, Portland Christian

Nicole Bishop, Columbia Christian

Jessica Butcher, Vernonia

Sophia Carlson, Knappa

Nita Cook, Vernonia

Hannah Dietrichs, Knappa

Ryleigh Royster, Nestucca

3rd Team

Hannah Farmer ,Gaston

Grace Miller, Neah-Kah-Nie

Clover O'Conner, Neah-Kah-Nie

Gillian O'Reilly, Faith Bible

Vicki Ramvick, Knappa

Maya Rosenberg, Gaston

Rachel Strober, Nestucca

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