Hillsboro represents on NWOC baseball and softball teams
A great season that sadly ended in disappointing fashion, was made slightly better recently with a bevy of postseason awards thrown the Hillsboro Spartans' way.
In all, the Spartan baseball and softball teams had 16 players and 21 different positions honored by the Northwest Oregon Conference.
Led by Hillsboro's Curran Mitzel, who was not only voted as the NWOC Player of the Year but also as both a first team pitcher and outfielder, the Spartans baseball team garnered three first-teamers, six second-teamers, and five honorable mention.
In addition to Mitzel, the Spartans' Cam Losey was a first team infielder. On the second team was Kane Kiaunis, who was both a second team pitcher and infielder, Collin Gray at catcher, Josh O'Neal at first base, and Clayton Danielowicz and Tommy Wolfe in the outfield and at designated hitter. Honorable mention honorees included pitchers O'Neal, Kammeron Mecham, Myles Littlejohn, and Daniel Kitchens. Littlejohn was also honored as an infielder.
Wilsonville's Ben VavRosky was the conference Pitcher of the Year, while first year Hillsboro head coach Bob Berent was voted as the conference Coach of the Year.
After losing nine straight games to start the year, Hilhi won the NWOC with a record of 15-2 before being eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs by Corvallis.
On the softball side of things, the Spartans had five first-teamers and two second-teamers honored by the league.
Hillsboro's McKenzie Staub, Zoe Richman, freshman Kiara McCrea, Payton Goodrich and Emma Schaber were first team selections. Staub as an infielder, Richman in the outfield, McCrea behind the plate, Goodrich in the circle, and Schaber as a utility player/designated hitter. Schaber was also selected as a second team infielder, and joining the senior first baseman on the second team was junior third baseman Rainy Dold.
St. Helens junior Taylor Dow was the conference Player of the Year, while Putnam's Madison Mayer was voted as the Pitcher of the Year.
Like the boys, the league champion Spartan girls finished their NWOC season with a record of 15-2, and were ranked second heading to the state playoffs before being upset in the opening round by No. 15-ranked Lebanon, who went on to defeat Hermiston in the quarterfinals before losing in the semis to Putnam 5-1.