Micah Garrett, Jackson Shelstad honored on all-state teams
To say that the season didn't go as planned for West Linn's Micah Garrett and Jackson Shelstad would be a massive understatement.
But to say that their seasons didn't go well would be, too.
Garrett, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, and Shelstad, a 5-11 freshman point guard, led their team to an 8-4 record and a second-place finish in the Three Rivers League, a 17-9 overall mark and a berth in the eight-team Class 6A state tournament. The 6A tournament was subsequently canceled in reaction to the novel coronavirus pandemic before the Lions played a game.
Garrett averaged 19 points, four rebounds and two assists per game, while shooting 54% overall and 44% from 3-point range.
"I thought Micah was the best player in the league this year," said West Linn coach Eric Viuhkola. "If we would've have played better as a team down the stretch, he could have been the (TRL Player of the Year)."
Shelstad averaged 14 points, three rebounds and 3.2 assists, while hitting 42% of his shots overall and 34% of his 3-pointers.
"I thought Jackson should have been a first-team all-league player," Viuhkola said. "I guarantee if the coaches were picking teams, he'd be one of the first five guys chosen. This just gives him fuel for the fire next year."
Jefferson junior Nate Rawlins-Kibonge was named Class 6A Player of the Year while Barlow's Tom Johnson was named Coach of the Year.
Class 6A All-State Basketball
Drew Carter, jr., Tigard; Ben Gregg, jr., Clackamas; Jamison Guerra, sr., Sherwood; Nate Rawlins-Kibonge, jr., Jefferson; Jesse White, sr., Barlow.
Player of the Year — Nate Rawlins-Kibonge, Jefferson
Coach of the Year — Tom Johnson, Barlow
Darius Gakwasi, jr., Central Catholic; Micah Garrett, sr., West Linn; Evan Inglesby, sr., Barlow; Matt Levis, sr., Jesuit; Nate Meithof, jr., McNary.
Andre Best, sr., Oregon City; Jett Carpenter, sr., North Medford; Marquis Cook, fr., Jefferson; Trey Galbraith, sr., South Salem; Casey Graver, sr., Lake Oswego; Sam Harris, sr., South Eugene; Blake Jensen, sr., Sherwood; Jackson Shelstad, fr., West Linn; Jacob Tompkins, sr., Summit; Lamar Washington, so., Jefferson.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.