Forest Grove, Banks, Hillsboro athletes selected All-State
All-State baseball and softball teams are in, and western Washington County was well represented in each of the 4A, 5A and 6A classifications.
After claiming seven All-League honorees as part of last month's Cowapa League All-Star softball selections, the Banks Braves raked in a handful of more honors when the All-State announcements were made earlier this month.
Keegan Wise, who was the Cowapa League Player of the Year and hit .688 with a .719 on-base percentage, headed the list of honorees, claiming first-team honors as an outfielder, while her teammate, sophomore Halle Vandomelen, joined her as a first-team infielder. In addition to Wise and Vandomelen, junior pitcher Kaylin Hernandez was voted to the second team, while senior Mackenzie Davis was a third-team outfield selection and catcher Hannah McCourt was named an honorable mention.
Banks baseball followed suit, with four players recognized on the team, including infielders Hayden Vandehey and Gunnar Partain, outfielder Dakota Bunn, and pitcher Dalton Renne.
Vandehey, a junior, was a first-team selection, Partain, a senior, was selected second-team, and junior Bunn and senior Renne were third-team and honorable-mention selections respectively.
At the 5A level, Hillsboro High School's Northwest Conference champion softball team claimed three spots on the first two teams, with senior pitcher Payton Goodrich and sophomore infielder McKenzie Staub making the first team, while freshman catcher Kiara McCrea nabbed a second-team selection.
The Spartans finished 15-2 and won the NWOC league title before being upset in the first round by Lebanon.
Finally, all three of Hillsboro's Metro League schools, in addition to Forest Grove of the Greater Valley Conference, were represented on the 6A all-state baseball and softball teams.
Glencoe led the way with five selections, all on the softball side. Century had two baseball and one softball selection. While Liberty and Forest Grove boasted one a piece.
Glencoe was led by seniors pitcher Izzy Womack and catcher Ash Bailey, who were selected to the second team. Juniors shortstop Morgan Debord and outfielder Jensen Becker were third-team honorees, while senior outfielder Taylor Butterfield made honorable mention.
Womack and Bailey will be furthering their softball careers in college next season — Bailey at the University of New Mexico, while Womack will be pitching at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
Century's junior shortstop Gavyn Shafer was a third-team softball selection after making the first team last year, while her classmates, juniors Micky Thompson and Justyn Herzog, were second-team and honorable-mention baseball selections respectively.
Liberty senior Michael Martinez was named a baseball honorable mention, while Forest Grove's Vanessa Gonzalez was a third-team selection in the outfield. Gonzalez, a first-team All-GVC honoree this season, hit .514 while driving in 30 runs for the Vikings.
The 5A baseball All-State teams weren't available at print time.