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Ellie Cantu joins teammate on All State First Team; Vasquez sisters make Third Team for Gervais

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy senior Sophia Carley was named 2A Girls Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Trojans to their third state championship in five years. Its Carley's second such honor, earning the award as a sophomore in 2018.PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy junior Ellie Cantu averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Trojans, earning First Team All-State recognition.For the third time in five years, the Kennedy girls basketball program cemented itself as the top 2A team in the state following the conclusion of the 2019-20 winter athletic season.

And for two of those championship seasons, Sophia Carley was recognized by 2A coaches as the top student-athlete in the classification, wrapping up her high school basketball career with 2A Player of the Year honors.

Carley was one of four representatives from the state champion Kennedy Trojans who were honored in the annual All-State voting, joining junior teammate Ellie Cantu on the First Team in addition to Coaches of the Year Kerry and Peter Hall.

Carley and Cantu were further joined by a pair of siblings from the Tri-River Conference rival Gervais Cougars — Isabel and Araceli Vasquez — who were selected for the 2A All-State Third Team.

Carley's award marks the second consecutive season the Kennedy senior was named the top 2A player in the state in her sport. She was named 2019 2A Volleyball Player of the Year in November for helping the Trojans win the state volleyball championship.

Carley was likewise named 2A Player of the Year in basketball two years ago when she led the Trojans to the 2018 title as a sophomore. This year, the senior post was even better, averaging a robust 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per contest to lead Kennedy to a 26-4 record.

She nearly matched those numbers exactly in the state quarterfinal tournament, with 20.3 points on 56 percent shooting to pair with a tournament-high 10.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.

Cantu, her frontcourt teammate, ripped off strong season of her own, tallying 12.5 points and seven rebounds a game for the Trojans. Cantu put up 13 points per game in the quarterfinal bracket — fourth-best at the tournament — and averaging 7.7 free throw attempts, hitting 78.3 percent.

Head coaches Kerry and Peter Hall earned their third 2A Coach of the Year awards, adding to their 2016 and 2018 honors.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais' Isabel Vasquez was joined by junior Araceli Vasquez on the 2019-20 2A All-State Third Team, giving the Cougar senior another award after earning All-Tournament honors in Pendleton.The Vasquez sisters made the All-State Third Team after guiding Gervais to its first state quarterfinal appearance since the 1994-95 season. Isabel Vasquez, a senior, averaged 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.5 assists for a Gervais team that went 23-6 and was second among 2A teams in total points allowed (854). She was named to the All-Tournament team after the Cougars' exit in the state quarterfinals after two games.

Araceli Vasquez, Gervais' junior point guard, led the Cougars in scoring at 12.8 points per game. She also contributed a team-high 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest to go along with 2.1 steals, 1.1 blocks, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

2019-20 2A GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Sophia Carley, 12, Kennedy

COACHES OF THE YEAR

Kerry and Peter Hall, Kennedy

FIRST TEAM

Sophia Carley, 12, Kennedy

Ellie Cantu, 11, Kennedy

Morgan Baird, 12, Coquille

Mirtha Lopez, 12, Monroe

Callie Glenn, 10, Union

Traylyn Arana, 12, Bandon

SECOND TEAM

Olivia Leslie, 12, Nestucca

Angela Taylor, 12, Lost River

Sydney Wilson, 11, Heppner

Brooklyn Walter, 10, Vernonia

Ryleigh Nofziger, 10, Central Linn

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais junior Araceli Vasquez led the Cougars in scoring, 3-pointers and blocks, helping the girls basketball team return to the state quarterfinal tournament for the firs ttime since the 1994-95 season.

THIRD TEAM

Isabel Vasquez, 12, Gervais

Araceli Vasquez, 11, Gervais

Ashley Strain, 12, Bandon

Nyah Tejada, 10, Union

Ashlyn Gray, 12, Enterprise

HONORABLE MENTION

Drew Wilson, 11, Coquille

Mahala Fisher, 12, Toledo

Eduarda Reolon, 12, Bandon

Maya Rowland, 9, Central Linn

Jordan Walters, 12, Vernonia

Emilee Owen, 12, Mannahouse Christian

Brianna Kohr, 12, Union

Izzy Steerman, 11, Faith Bible

Lily Persons, 12, Regis

Damary Ramon, 12, Lost River

Kendra Hart, 12, Stanfield

McKenzie Dodge, 12, Santiam


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