John Kavulich runs to Indians' first individual cross country championship

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - CROSS COUNTRY: Back row, from left: All-leaguers Gustavo Villalvazo, Josh Lull, John Kavulich and Isaiah Ebert. Front row, from left: All-leaguers Emma Jones, Tessa Davidson, Linnaea Kavulich and Tess Conway. Not Pictured: All-leaguer Georgia Benner.PHOTO CREDIT: BRENDA LOHMAN - PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: From left, Jimmy Jones is the Cowapa League Football Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Benji Davidson is the Kicker of the Year and Ross Parsons is the Defensive Player of the Year.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - FOOTBALL: Back row, from left: First-teamers Jack Eggers, Tommy McKedy, Benji Davidson, Trey Bispham, Matt Roth and honorable mentions Connor McNabb and Terrence Lewis. Front row, from left: All-leaguers Jake Gray, Jerad Toman, Tevin Jeannis and Nate Maller.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - GIRLS' SOCCER: Back row, from left, all-leaguers Sierra Stafford, Lauren Whisenhunt, Alyssa Bakkensen and Emma Jones. Front row, from left, all-leaguer Mackenzie Ela, honorable mentions Emily Campos and Ani Havlik and all-leaguer Shayna Redpath.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - BOYS' SOCCER: Back row, from left, honorable mentions DJ Backus and Corbin Edson. Front row, from left: All-leaguers Austin Schwalge, Caden Verzino and Robby Walsh.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - VOLLEYBALL: From left, all-leaguers Kamryn Erickson and Hannah Galey, and honorable mentions Charlotte Feige and Shaylan Smith.

John Kavulich is the first individual state champion in Indians cross country history, and he became one of 40 all-Cowapa League fall sports honorees Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Scappoose High School.

The Tribe senior, an all-leaguer with sophomores Gustavo Villalvazo (13th in the league), Isaiah Ebert (17th) and Josh Lull (20th), won his first league title to qualify for his second trip to state.

Seniors Linnaea Kavulich (second in the league and at state) and Georgia Benner (seventh, 25th), sophomores Emma Jones (eighth, 30th) and Tess Conway (11th, 39th) and freshman Tessa Davidson (14th, 45th) helped the girls to second in both the league and at state in their 18th such trip in a row -- where they celebrated their best finish since winning it all in 2011 -- behind repeat league and state champion Tillamook.

"They had an outstanding district meet where their hard work was rewarded with all-league honors," coach Dave Harley said.


Jimmy Jones, Ross Parsons and Benji Davidson are three reasons the Indians (8-2 overall, 5-0 Cowapa League) won their fourth league championship in six years and played to the state quarterfinals.

The senior running back, linebacker and kicker are the respective Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Kicker of the Year.

Jones (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), who shares the crown with Astoria senior quarterback Karsten Johnson and Seaside junior running back Alexander Teubner, ran for 746 yards and 13 touchdowns, scored twice through the air with 122 receiving yards and led the team with 1,171 all-purpose yards including an 85-yard Senior Night punt return for a touchdown against Valley Catholic.

Parsons (6-foot-1, 190) boosted the defense with 78 tackles -- 21.5 for loss -- a pair of sacks and two forced fumbles.

Davidson (6-foot-1, 173) split the uprights with a pair of 34-yard field goals -- the first of his career, the former of which knocked host Banks from the undefeated as time expired and the latter in Astoria -- and achieved 50 of 60 extra-point attempts.

Jones leads offensive first-teamers with seniors Jerad Toman (a quarterback), Jack Eggers (a running back), Tevin Jeannis (a wide receiver), Nate Maller (an offensive lineman) and sophomore Tommy McKedy (an offensive lineman) as Scappoose scored 44 points per outing, its best average since its championship game run (47) in 2015.

Toman threw for 1,117 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions, and ran for a team-high 787 yards and 14 end zone trips.

Eggers rushed for 700 yards and eight touchdowns and reeled in 78 yards through the air.

Jeannis, the lead receiver, covered 632 yards for six touchdowns, and carried for 153 yards and three scores.

Juniors Connor McNabb (a wide receiver) and Terrence Lewis (an offensive lineman) are honorable mentions.

On defense, Parsons and Jones (a defensive back), Jake Gray (a senior defensive back), Matt Roth (a junior linebacker) and Trey Bispham (a senior defensive lineman) are first-teamers as the Tribe held rivals to an average of 21 points, their lowest since their semifinal venture in 2014.

Jones roped 61 tackles -- four for loss -- two sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Gray made 20 tackles and picked two passes, the first of which he returned 20 yards for a score in the season opener at New Westminster (British Columbia, Canada).

Ross brought down 61 ballcarriers -- 12 for loss -- four sacks, two picks and a fumble recovery.

Bispham made 31 tackles and five for loss, and wrangled two sacks.

The Indians reached at least the play-in round for the ninth year in a row.

Girls' soccer

Seniors Mackenzie Ela (a midfielder) and Alyssa Bakkensen (a goalkeeper), juniors Sierra Stafford (a midfielder), Lauren Whisenhunt (a midfielder), Shayna Redpath (a defender) and sophomore Emma Jones (a defender) are all-leaguers for Scappoose (11-4-1, 10-0), which reached at least the first round of state for the eighth year in a row in its quarterfinal campaign.

Senior defender Emily Campos and freshman midfielder Ani Havlik are honorable mentions as they helped the Tribe score 45 goals against 11 allowed, the third-fewest given up after Molalla and La Grande (eight each).

"I think it is great," coach Summer Jark said. "We had one of the top teams in the state, so it is nice to see so many of our players be recognized."

Boys' soccer

Seniors Austin Schwalge and Robby Walsh (forwards) and Caden Verzino (a midfielder) are all-leaguers and sophomore midfielders DJ Backus and Corbin Edson are honorable mentions after the Indians (6-7, 4-6) scored 33 goals to 21 allowed but missed the postseason for the first time since 2012.

"All of the boys who received all-league recognition earned it," coach Scott Stanton said. "They had a solid work ethic and pushed themselves all season, in practice and in games."


Senior outside hitter Hannah Galey and junior middle blocker Kamryn Erickson are all-leaguers, and juniors Charlotte Feige (a setter) and Shaylan Smith (an outside hitter) are honorable mentions as Scappoose (10-12, 4-6) reached its first-ever state quarterfinals en route to the consolation quarterfinals.

"I was very happy with our all-league athletes," coach Mark Sprenger said. "It is a tough league with great players."

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