Spartans' Mitzel named to All-State team
A banner year on the diamond ended with a handful of All-State honors and selections for the Hillsboro Spartans baseball team.
After losing nine consecutive games in the preseason, the Spartans finished strong, going 15-2 and winning the Northwest Oregon Conference before a first-round state playoff loss to Crescent Valley ended their 2018 season.
But despite the first-round defeat, Hilhi wrangled a bevy of All-League awards and gathered two All-State honors, while being nominated for two more.
Spartans senior Curran Mitzel was not only voted as the NWOC Player of the Year but also as both a first-team pitcher and outfielder. At the statewide level, he was selected as a first-team All-State outfielder, while his teammate Cameron Losey garnered an honorable mention as an All-State infielder.
Mitzel, who was also a first-team outfield selection last year, was one of five nominees for the 5A State Player of the Year Award won by Crescent Valley's Briley Knight. In addition, his head coach, first-year Hillsboro coach Bob Berent, was also one of five nominees for the 5A State Coach of the Year Award won by Crescent Valley's Ryan Stalwalt.
Churchill senior Cole Wilkinson was the 5A State Pitcher of the Year.