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Eric Hurtado is 6As best

by: MILES VANCE, HE’S THE BEST — Westview’s Eric Hurtado is Oregon’s 6A Player of the Year.

There just wasn't much that could stop Westview junior forward Eric Hurtado this year.

Hurtado led the Wildcats to a number of significant 'firsts' this year, including their first-ever wins over Jesuit, a first-ever Metro League title, and now, a first-ever Class 6A Player of the Year award.

Hurtado, who led his team in scoring and also took the Wildcats into the Class 6A boys state semifinals, capped a stellar junior campaign by winning the state's top postseason honor on Dec. 21.

He was the only Metro League player honored on the all-state first team, though seven other local players were named to the all-state second team and honorable mention team.

That additional group included Westview senior midfielder Ryan Hill (second team), Westview senior defender Nic Watson (second team), Sunset senior goalkeeper Sam Leeding (second team), Aloha senior Josh Still (honorable mention), Jesuit senior Peter Foster (honorable mention), Sunset senior Trent Hamilton (honorable mention) and Aloha junior Danny Nasry (honorable mention).

In the all-state girls balloting, Jesuit senior defender Brittany Davis Roberti was the only Metro League player named to the Class 6A first team.

Also honored were Southridge senior midfielder Alex Earl (second team), Beaverton sophomore forward Kally Barker (second team), Jesuit sophomore midfielder Sarah Bridges (second team) and Jesuit senior Kari Davidson (honorable mention).