Far West League All-League award recipients are from left: Hannah Baron, Karlie Gonzalez, Crystal Rodriguez, Brenna Clarke and Sonja Haro. (not pictured: Gemma Cowan and Iva Hart.) The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The grass will finally have a chance to grow on the soccer and football fields – where it had been team-trampled into near death – now that the fall sports season has ended.
With the end of the season comes awards and the Far West League (FWL) has released their list of All-League award winners for the 2012 fall sports season.
The BHHS boys soccer team had eight players named to FWL All-League teams.
Luis Rodriguez and Alan Anaya were named to the FWL All-League first team while Alex Garibay and Nels Johnson were named to the second team.
Bryce Aldrich, Wyatt Aldrich, Fernando Villa and David Joyce were all given the honorable mention nod during their team banquet on Tuesday.
“We had Bryce to help form a strong defensive line while Nels helped to control the mid-field,” Head Coach Gabriel Anaya said. “Luis helpd both defensive and mid-field lines while Alan scored most of our goals.”
“It makes a huge difference when you have more than one strong player on each line of the field,” he added.
The Bruins made it to the first round of the OSAA playoffs where they lost to Philomath – which is playing today for the state title – and ended their season with a record 12-4-1.
The BHHS girls soccer team had seven players named to the FWL All-League Teams.
Brenna Clarke, Gemma Cowan and Iva Hart were all named to the FWL second-team while Sonja Haro, Crystal Rodriguez, Hannah Baron and Karlie Gonzalez were all named to the FWL first-team.
The team also awarded varsity letters to 14 players at their fall banquet including freshmen Hanna Leonard, Vanessa Hernandez, Drew Farmer and Clarke; sophomores Jamie Macken, Molly Joyce, Sonja Haro, Crystal Rodriguez and Addie Fitzgerald; juniors Jade Heredia, Baron, Hannah Goergen and Karlie Gonzalez; and seniors Gemma Cowan and Jessica McKee.
The Brookings-Harbor High School football team had six players named to FWL All-League teams with one player, Chandler Dodd, given the nod for second team all-league at two positions – running back and punter.
Joining Dodd on the second team were Gabe Brazelton at tight end and C.J. Paxton at linebacker.
Senior Jr. Helme was the only Bruin named to the All-League first team, and while he played quarterback on the offensive side of the ball, he was honored for his work as a defensive lineman.
The Bruins’ two honorable mentions were Justin Schultz and Justin Murray as defensive backs.
The Bruins made it to the round-of-24 play-in game where they lost to Philomath and ended their season with a record of 3-6.
Two members of the Lady Bruins volleyball team were honored with FWL All-League selections.
Seniors Lakota Hatcher and Christy Reynolds were both selected for the Honorable Mention team.
The volleyball team had a tough season and ended it with a 4-16 record.
While the other fall sports work the all-league selections through a nomination and voting process, the cross country teams determine it simply by which runners take the top seven positions at the district championships.
None of the Bruins’ runners were able to crack the top seven in the 2012 season and were not named to FWL All-League teams but Head Coach Terry Axel gave out team awards for both girls and boys teams.
MVP: Chris Burton, Shaylin Curtis.
Burton was also named Rookie of the Year.
Most Inspirational: Sean Graham and Brandy Rodgers.
Axel also delivered the Golden Bucket Award to Lesly Fernandez for throwing up during a race.
“It’s not a funny award to me,” Axel said. “It’s a badge of honor to have someone work so hard during a race that they throw up. It’s a serious award.”