West Linn's Kelly, Gibson and Campbell honored on all-state baseball
The West Linn baseball team proved it all year long — the Lions could play with the state's best.
So when it came time to recognize the state's best, it was no surprise that some of West Linn's best were honored.
In the 2018 Class 6A all-state baseball selections, West Linn saw Jonathan Kelly, Joey Campbell and Micah Gibson take their places among Oregon's best, with Kelly winning a berth in the second team, and Campbell and Gibson earning spots on the all-state honorable mention team.
That trio led the Lions to a share of the Three Rivers League championship at 13-4 (tied with Lake Oswego and Tualatin) and into the 6A state quarterfinals.
Kelly, a junior shortstop who led the Lions with four home runs in the spring, was described by West Linn coach Joe Monahan as an "on-field leader with his presence. He is a great young man."
Campbell, a senior pitcher, went 6-0 in TRL play to pace the Lions' pitching staff, while Gibson hit .455 in his third year as a starter.
"(He) will be missed," Monahan said of Gibson. "He has started the last three years for us and was a two-time all-league catcher."
Pitchers: Willie Weiss, Westview, senior; Sam Matterazzo, Central Catholic, senior; Zane Mills, Lincoln, senior; Riley Aggson, Sherwood, senior; Brandon Letendre, South Medford, senior
Catchers: Aaron Zavala, South Salem, senior; Isaac Lovings, Sunset, senior
First Basemen: Greg Mehlhaff, Clackamas, senior; Mason Guerra, Westview, junior
Infielders: Mante Woods, Westview, senior; Jake Dukart, Lake Oswego, senior; Derek Maiben, Newberg, senior; Jayce Lien, West Albany, senior; Will Spitznagel, Jesuit, junior
Outfielders: Matt Easton, Lincoln, senior; Jacob Melton, South Medford, senior; Christian Cooney, Central Catholic, junior; Max Long, Sprague, senior; Blake Arritola, West Salem, senior
Utility: Nick Markantonatos, Grant, senior; Kenji Lamdin, Grant, junior
• Player of the Year — Aaron Zavala, South Salem
• Pitcher of the Year — Willie Weiss, Westview
• Coach of the Year — Matt Bailie, Westview
Pitchers: Curtis Zamora, West Albany, senior; Dylan McCallum, Grant, sophomore; Jacob Cox, Westview, senior; Jaren Hunter, Barlow, sophomore; Ricky Boortz, South Medford, junior; Ben Braukmann, Westview, senior
Catchers: Hayden Gilbert, Sherwood, senior; Ezra Samperi, Gresham, senior
First Basemen: CJ Rivers, Tigard, junior; Jonathan Stone, Roseburg, junior
Infielders: Alex Claxton, Clackamas, junior; Bryce Boettcher, South Eugene, sophomore; Jonathan Kelly, West Linn, junior; Kyle Dernedde, Tualatin, junior; Jaalen Owens, South Medford, senior
Outfielders: Ty Rund, Grants Pass, senior; Grant Schoen, Clackamas, junior; Zach Swartz, Lincoln, junior; Micky Thompson, Century, junior; Sean Alvarado, South Salem, junior
Utility: Anthony Garrett, Sherwood, junior
Pitchers: Michael Bennett, Madison, senior; Tucker Grote, Clackamas, senior; Joey Campbell, West Linn, senior; Jacob Biesterfeld, Gresham, senior; Ryan Brown, South Salem, junior; Zack Mandera, Roseburg, junior
Catchers: Micah Gibson, West Linn, senior; Dillon McNeil, Central Catholic, senior; Jake Zehr, Clackamas, senior; Dylan Hansen, Sheldon, senior
First Baseman: Patrick Muskat, Central Catholic, junior
Infielders: Justin Herzog, Century, junior; Rowan Ramsay, Central Catholic, senior; Spencer Scott, Grant, freshman; Payton Calabro, Grants Pass, junior; Sam Winter, Sunset, senior; Colby Jackson, Tualatin, senior
Outfielders: Sam Haney, Lake Oswego, senior; Nick Heinke, Tigard, senior; Dezi Olivares, Wilson, senior; Jaylin Parnell, South Medford, senior; Michael Martinez, Liberty, senior; Kyle Roley, Oregon City, senior