Liberty, Glencoe, Banks put kids on all-state football teams
The all-state football teams are out, and there's not shortage of western Washington County kids on the list of honorees.
Not surprisingly, the Banks Braves boasted eight different honorees and 11 overall positions. Banks finished the season 9-2 overall, won the Cowapa League and advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing a heartbreaker to No. 5-ranked Mazama 21-14.
"Super proud of all or our all-state guys," Banks head coach Cole Linehan said. "Getting that many guys on the list after getting beat in the quarterfinals is a testament to how good they are."
Heading the Braves' list of standouts were seniors Charlie White and Jamar Flippen. White earned first team honors as both a tight end and linebacker. Offensively, White caught 63 balls for 949 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a 12 catch, 206 yard performance in their state quarterfinal loss to Mazama. At linebacker, the senior finished with 95 tackles, 15.5 of those for a loss.
"This was just a great ending for Chuck (White) from an individual standpoint," Linehan said. "I believe he was the best player in the state on both sides of the ball. We're definitely going to miss him."
Flippen earned first team honors as a defensive back where he led the Braves with 96 tackles, while tallying three interceptions. Offensively, the running back carried 86 times for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns, while catching 15 balls for another 159 yards and a score.
"Jamar has played a lot of great football for us for the last four years," Linehan said. "It's great to see other coaches recognize his talents like we've known all along."
Braves lineman Michael Vereen also impressed, earning second team honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman. The senior made 51 tackles, 14.5 of which were for a loss, including 5.5 sacks.
Linehan said he was especially impressed with Vereen and what he was able to accomplish, due to the senior taking two years off from the game.
"I was very impressed with Michael (Vereen)," the coach said. "For a guy who's not played football since his freshman year, to come out and get second team all-state really shows what kind of player his is and how hard he worked."
Senior wide receiver Aaron Brown also earned second team honors after catching 24 passes for 436 yards and seven touchdowns.
Banks honorable mention selections included: quarterback Cooper Gobel, junior defensive lineman Daevon Vereen, junior defensive back Jack Lyda, and sophomore place kicker Wyatt Hesselman.
Gobel started all 10 games for the Braves, completing 62 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,977 yards and 21 touchdowns, with just six interceptions.
Daevon Vereen tallied 70 tackles and an astounding 21.5 for a loss, including a team leading nine sacks.
Hesselman made 35 of his 38 PAT attempts and three-of-six field goals.
"We've had quite a few good kickers over the last six years, but he (Hesselman) has a chance to be one of the best."
Lyda finished with 30 tackles from his cornerback position, including nine for a loss.
Undefeated and state champion Marshfield swept the individual awards, with quarterback Dom Montiel winning Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Ezra Waterman earning Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach John Lemmons voted as the Coach of the Year.
At the 6A level, Liberty—who finished 6-4 overall and lost to Jesuit in the first round of the state playoffs—had four overall honorees, led by quarterback Hiro Diamond who earned honorable mention
Diamond was exceptional as a true dual threat, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,739 yards and 20 touchdowns. Additionally, the senior carried 201 times for 1,422 yards and 25 touchdowns. Diamond was also the Pacific Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Also earning honorable mention were senior defensive back Ethan Jones and junior offensive lineman Ryan Berger.
Jones finished with 42 tackles and two interceptions.
Glencoe boasted two honorees, with seniors Foyce Fasel and Zack Schlottmann earning honorable mention. Fasel at both linebacker and running back, while Schlottmann too earned the honor on both sides of the ball, at tight end and defensive line.
Fasel was decorated at running back despite playing from the quarterback position for the bulk of the season. He tallied 1,781 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground, averaging 198 yards per game. The senior also led his team in tackles, amassing 63 with 8.5 for a loss.
Head coach Ian Reynoso told the News Times earlier this year that as good as Fasel is on the field, he's just as good if not better off of it.
"He's one of the best humans I've been around in terms of his priorities," Reynoso said. "It's family before anything, friends and relationships, and then football. He's one of those kids that can turn it on when he hits the field, but when he leaves it he knows what's truly important."
Schlottmann was the Tide's leading receiver from his tight end position, catching 31 balls for 611 yards and three touchdowns. He was also second to Fasel in tackles, totaling 59.
Tualatin running back Malik Ross was the 6A Offensive Player of the Year, Clackamas' Kaden Ludwick was the Defensive Player of the Year, and Tualatin head coach Dan Lever earned the Coach of the Year honor.
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