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All-Area Girls' Basketball

From left to right, Kelso's Alexis Kleven, R.A. Long's Eastyn Reeves, Clatskanie's Olivia Sprague and Shelby Blodgett and Ilwaco's Makenzie Kaech have been named to TDN's 2017-18 All-Area Girls' Basketball Team 

The Daily News

Player of the Year

F Desirae Hansen

Rainier, sr.

The two-time Lewis and Clark League MVP finished second in program history with 1,748 points in her career, including a 20.1 points per game average this season. She also amassed 1,155 rebounds, 311 blocks, 439 steals and 454 assists, as she guided Rainier to a fifth-place trophy in her final season. She will head to Portland State University next year to play basketball.

Past Honorees

2016-17: Peyton Souvenir, Wahkiakum

2015-16: Sam Woodley, Toutle Lake

2014-15: Karley and Kourtney Eaton, Mark Morris

2013-14: Karley and Kourtney Eaton, Mark Morris

2012-13: Maddie Seidl, Castle Rock and Kourtney Eaton, Mark Morris

2011-12: Maddie Seidl, Castle Rock

2010-11: Christian Carlson, Toutle Lake

2009-10: Carly Perkins, Kelso

2008-09: Carly Perkins, Kelso

2007-08: Mollee Schwegler, Rainier

2006-07: Rachel Wallace, Toledo

2005-06: Destiny Schang, Woodland

2004-05: Tricia Hamilton, Kelso

2003-04: Tricia Hamilton, Kelso

2002-03: Sara Burgoyne, Kelso

2001-02: Beth Layton, Toledo

2000-01: Beth Layton, Toledo

Coach of the Year

Ned Bittner, Ilwaco

The 14th-year coach had his best season with the Fishermen, as he guided the team to a 24-3 record and sixth-place state finish. Ilwaco maintained the No. 1 ranking for much of the year before falling in overtime to eventual state runner-up Saint George’s in the state quarterfinals.

First team

PG Alexis Kleven

Kelso, so.

The youngster came into her own this season, developing a newfound confidence to go with her undeniable talent. She averaged 13 points per game in guiding the Lassies to a 15-11 record and their first state regional berth since 2013. She was an all-league first-team selection in the GSHL 3A.

G Eastyn Reeves

R.A. Long, jr.

The Lumberjills guard, who played with a bulldog-like tenacity, averaged 19.65 points per game for R.A. Long, which finished with a 5-12 record. Consistently double and triple-teamed, Reeves found ways to score, including tallying a career high 33 points in a win over Rochester. She was an all-league first-team selection in the GSHL 2A.

G Olivia Sprague

Clatskanie, fr.

The speedy ninth-grader burst onto Oregon’s 3A hoops scene with a stellar freshman campaign showcasing her relentless defensive effort, quick hands and superb shot. She averaged 16.93 points per game, including a school-record 37 points in a win over Riverdale. She was an all-league first-team selection for the Tigers, who went 23-6 with a district crown and the team’s first quarterfinals appearance since 2011.

F Shelby Blodgett

Clatskanie, fr.

The 5-foot-8 freshman led the area in scoring from the get-go, tallying 33 points in her first varsity game and never relenting. She finished with a 25 points per game average, including a school-record 37 in a win over Catlin Gabel, to go with 15 rebounds per contest. She was an all-league first-team selection out of the Lewis and Clark League and guided Clatskanie to a 23-6 finish, district title and first quarterfinals appearance since 2011.

F Makenzie Kaech

Ilwaco, sr.

The multi-tooled Ilwaco senior capped her career with 2,010 points to place her second in program history. It took her until the penultimate game to eclipse the 2,000-point mark after averaging 20.8 points per game for the Fishermen, who finished 24-3 and with a second straight state trophy. In her career, she led Ilwaco to a 92-18 record, four Pacific 2B League titles and the Southwest District crown this year. She plans to sign with Saint Martin’s University to play basketball.

Second team

G Eliza Bannister, sr., Ilwaco

G Macie Elliott, jr., Wahkiakum

G Madison Mosier, sr., Mark Morris

P Madeline Jacobson, sr., Ilwaco

P Alexis Troy, sr., Mark Morris

Honorable mention

P Libby Bartleson, sr., Mark Morris

G Nakayla Ehrhorn, sr., Castle Rock

F Payten Foster, so., Woodland

G Aspen Norman, sr., Rainier

G Kal Schaplow, so., Toledo

F Bailee Williams-Wallace, jr., Three Rivers Christian


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