Seven Hillsboro-area athletes are first team selections to the Pacific Conference's all-star football squad
Another prep football season is in the books, and local players had plenty of cause to celebrate with the release of the Pacific Conferences all-star selections earlier this month.
Glencoe, which finished tied for third in the conference and advanced to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, led all local schools with 11 players earning all-league recognition, including three first team selections.
Century, which finished sixth in the conference, also had a total of 11 players garner all-star status, and Hillsboro, which finished eighth, had eight players on the all-league team.
We had a good array of guys make it, and Im glad for that, Glencoe head coach Steve Jones said. Its good to have the kids get recognition from the other coaches in the league, but I look at it as a team accomplishment.
Theres no one guy who can do it all by himself. It takes the entire team to make things happen.
Glencoe was led by seniors Kainoa Hanchett, David Vanoudenhagen and Andre Becton, who each earned first team all-conference honors.
Hanchett did the brunt of the leg work in Glencoes run-heavy offense this season, carrying the ball 211 times for 1,259 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning him first team honors as a running back. He was also a second team selection as a kicker.
Kainoa had a great year, Jones said. He went over 1,000 yards and was one of the guys we could count on to get the job done every week.
Vanoudenhagen, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound lineman, was a first team all-league selection on the offensive line and an honorable mention pick on the defensive line.
David has always been a leader for us, Jones said. Week to week, he didnt always grade out as our top offensive lineman, but he was the most consistent, the most vocal and the best leader among all those guys.
Fellow seniors Walker Rabon, Steven Olvera and Sean Callahan were honorable mention choices on the offensive line, and senior Josh Bryant was an honorable mention pick on the defensive line.
Becton was the Crimson Tides final first team all-league selection, earning recognition as a defensive back after leading the team in interceptions. Dylan Marsh, a senior linebacker, earned second team all-league honors on the defensive side of the ball.
Offensively, senior tight end Kyle Campbell and junior running back Tom Ward were honorable mention picks. Campbell caught 23 passes for 382 yards and five touchdowns this season, while Ward rushed for 424 yards and 6 TDs.
Century endured a frustrating season that included four losses by three points or less. The Jaguars finished tied for sixth in the conference, but went on the road and beat South Salem in a play-in game to earn a state playoff berth.
It was a good year, Century head coach Bill Smith said. The kids had a great time and felt pretty good about themselves. We had four really close games and we lost all four. We finished 3-8, but we felt like we were just a few plays away from being 7-4.
Senior Daniel Hernandez was honored for his two-way play, being chosen as a first team all-league linebacker (50.5 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, 2 sacks) and a second team running back (829 total yards, 4 TDs). In addition, he was recently nominated by the conferences coaches for an award from the National Football Foundation.
Its a pretty big deal, Smith said of the award nomination, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Daniel had a great season and is just a tremendous competitor.
Senior free safety Zack Allen was a first team selection on the defensive side of the ball (52 tackles, 4 TFLs), and he also earned honorable mention status as a running back (346 total yards, 2 TDs).
Zack is just a solid player, Smith said. He had a tremendous year and is being looked at by a number of colleges. He was quite a ballplayer for us.
Centurys other second team all-league selections were senior defensive lineman Daniel Ortega and senior kick returner Jaylen Martes. Ortega was also an honorable mention pick as an offensive lineman, and Martes earned honorable mention status as a defensive back.
Elsewhere, linemen Josh Sundquist and Wilson Nguyen earned honorable mention status, as did linebackers Kevin Garcia, Kico Alvarado and Jose Toledo.
On the offensive side of the ball, dynamic quarterback Marcos Hernandez was an honorable mention pick after racking up 1,211 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, plus 849 rushing yards and six more TDs.
Marcos was a first team all-league free safety last year, but since we moved him to quarterback we didnt want him playing defense this year, Smith explained. It hurts because he knows hes a first teamer and we wouldnt let him play that position, but he understood why and was great about it.
As a quarterback, he ran the option better than anybody weve ever had. He had a great season.
Wide receiver Spencer Ericksen (17 catches, 322 yards and 6 TDs) also earned honorable mention recogntion for the Jaguars.
Hilhi took some lumps this year, winning only two games all season, but the Spartans still had a few individual players who shined.
Tops among them was wide receiver Dylan Frederick, who was frequently the focus of opposing defenses but still managed to finish second in the state with 64 receptions for 912 yards and nine touchdowns. He was a first team all-league selection.
Dylan is a great receiver, Hillsboro head coach Adam Reese said. Teams knew we were going to throw to him and they adjusted their coverages to try to take him away. He just made some outstanding plays.
He really matured this year and became a team leader.
Another surprise first team pick was senior kicker Tyler Hoeim, a soccer player who had never kicked a football prior to this summer.
Tyler is a great story, Reese said. He sent me an email in the summer and said, Hey, Im a soccer player and Id like to try kicking for the football team. It was totally out of the blue.
Ive coached football for 15 years and Tyler is the most natural kicker Ive ever seen. He may want to play soccer in college, Im not sure, but if hes interested I think there are some college football teams that would love to bring in a kid with his skills.
Among the highlights for Hoeim were a 38-yard field goal to beat city rival Century on Sept. 13, and a 43-yarder against Forest Grove on Oct. 18 that, Reese said, would have been good from 55.
Michael Gaskell was a two-way selection to the all-league squad, earning second team status as a defensive back and as an offensive utility player. The senior caught 47 passes for 561 yards and three touchdowns, and he also rushed for 119 yards and a score. Defensively, he had 61 tackles, two interceptions and a blocked kick.
Michael was a three-year varsity starter at defensive back, Reese said. He really understood what I wanted to do defensively and was just an excellent all-around athlete.
Hilhis honorable mention selections included offensive linemen Alex Hockersmith and Eduardo Casas, defensive linemen Jackson Bayer and Debo Browning, plus sophomore linebacker Hunter Morse, who led the team with 68 tackles.
To get honorable mention as a sophomore is pretty good, Reese said. Hes a really hard-working kid and Im lucky to get two more years with him.
Reese said he was glad to see his players honored despite the Spartans last-place finish.
For having the record we did, to get some kids recognized by the coaches is great, he said. I think all the kids who got on (the all-league team) were very deserving.