> Senior Nathan St. John, junior Joey McConnell, and freshman Vaughn Prow earned Madras High's baseball program a recent distinction.
Thanks to that trio, Madras is the Tri-Valley Conference's only team not owning an automatic state tournament berth -- which Wilsonville and La Salle earned -- to land as many as three players on the league's first-team, all-conference baseball list.
While having to beat Estacada in a tiebreaker then getting eliminated from the playoff race by The Dalles, Madras landed more mention than either of those contenders or third-place Gladstone in the all-league balloting.
St. John was selected as catcher on more first-team ballots than anyone in the league while proving one of the White Buffalos best hitters in both average and power.
McConnell claimed the utility player's role in the all-league, first-team voting.
Prow put his talents on display at the varsity level mainly in the league part of the schedule for Madras.
Kelly Devine joined his first-team teammates as an all-star by landing enough votes to be a second-team, all-league pitcher. Devine's senior season for the White Buffalos saw him win not only two of the most important of the regular season but also the tiebreaker game, against Sherwood.
Gladstone dominated the second-team voting. Four of the Wilsonville players and three La Salle players made the first team, but there were seven different Gladiators who joined Devine and fellow Madras senior Patrick Marston on the unit. Marston made the second team as designated hitter but did a lot of pitching for Madras too.
Guy Reynolds, another Madras senior, was on the list of Honorable Mention all-league selectees. All eight league teams were represented on the Honorable Mention list.