The senior is recognized by the area chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Cole Thompson was recently honored by the Portland chapter of the National Football Foundation for his accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service.

As one of 18 finalists for the organization’s scholar-athlete award, the Canby High School senior was selected to attend a banquet Jan. 19 at the Red Lion hotel in Portland.

The finalists received a combined $22,000 in scholarships this year.

For the 6-foot, 195-pound athlete, the recognition came after he earned first-team all-conference honors in the Three Rivers League as a running back and outside linebacker.

The son of Bryan and April Thompson averaged 7.81 yards per carry as he rushed for 541 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 79 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery against Oregon City.

“I thought Cole was extremely deserving,” said Wayne Oliver, Thompson’s grandfather. “He worked extremely hard last year. A lot of his success came because of the injuries (the Cougars) had, but he became more and more of a focal point. He had a great year.”

Sherwood’s Jake Reimer, the Northwest Oregon Conference defensive player of the year, was named the local NFF chapter’s scholar-athlete of the year.

Joey Alfieri, a standout player on both sides of the ball at Jesuit, was chosen as the outstanding back of the year.

Garrett Markham, who earned first-team all-league recognition on offense and defense as a senior at Banks, was picked as the outstanding lineman of the year.

Backs joining Thompson on the list of finalists included Aidan Schneider (Portland-Grant), Daniel Hernandez (Hillsboro-Century), Aidan Wilder (Central Catholic), Caleb Naughton (Dallas), Bryon Dunn-Abe (Portland-Franklin) and Nicholas Strange (Astoria).

The list of finalist linemen also included Nicholas Alvey (Portland-Grant), Joshua Miller (Oregon City), Jake Biglow (Tigard), Garrett Stauffer (Gresham-Barlow), Henry Mondeaux (Jesuit), Ryan Spencer (Dallas), Austin Snyder (Milwaukie-Putnam) and Sione Taumoe’anga (Portland-Roosevelt).

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