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McNabb is co-Cowapa League Football Coach of the Year as 36 fall sports Indians make the list

Indians coach wins award for the fifth year in a row


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians football coach Sean McNabb is the co-Cowapa League Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Left to right, front to back: Nate Rieman, Quinn Searle, Tevin Jeannis, Jimmy Jones, Jack Margheim, Josh Dickerson, Alex Hansen, Zach Rice, Tanner Kramer, Jerad Toman, Michael Gift and Ross Parsons made the all-league football list.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Left to right, front to back: Grace Rieman, Georgia Benner, Emily Marquardt, Emma Jones, John Kavulich, Linnaea Kavulich, Austin Sharp and Matt Carrier (not pictured) are all-league cross country talents.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Alyssa Spang (center) is a first-team volleyball all-leaguer, and Kaylie Kopra (left) and Hannah Galey (right) are honorable mentions.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Front to back, left to right: Ashley Baughman, Shayna Redpath, Lauren Whisenhunt, Mackenzie Ela, Emily Campos, Alyssa Bakkensen and Emma Jones are all-leaguers in girls' soccer.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Left to right, front to back: Tyler Cooper, Mason Waddington, Kevin Bachman, JJ Hugo, Jimmy Vanek and Caden Verzino made the all-league boys' soccer list.Sean McNabb is always in the Class 4A football coaching elite.

The Indians skipper learned that he split the Cowapa League co-Coach of the Year award with No. 3 Astoria's Howard Rub on Friday, Nov. 18, after sharing the distinction with Banks' Ben Buchanan in each of the last four seasons.

It's no surprise that Scappoose (5-5 overall, 3-2 Cowapa League), the returning Class 4A runner-up, has reached at least the first round of state five years in a row and in 17 of the last 20 seasons.

"It's cool to be recognized, but it's not why I coach," said McNabb, a 1983 Tribe graduate who played quarterback in high school and defensive back at Western Oregon. "[Valley Catholic coach Nick Hegwood] should probably have been the Coach of the Year: He did a heck of a job."

McNabb, who also teaches physical education and health, has won nine league championships and three state titles in his 17 years in charge.

"I spent time as a player-coach in the UK, as an assistant coach at WOU and as an assistant at Eatonville High School in the state of Washington," McNabb said. "While at Eatonville, I coached for a guy named Steve Gervais, one of the winningest in Washington history."

Michael Gift was the only one of 11 Indians all-state talents to return this season, but the Indians beat provincial runner-up New Westminster (British Columbia, Canada), gave first-time unbeaten No. 6 Cottage Grove its biggest scare, took down the ninth-ranked Braves and bounced Douglas from the state play-in round.

Rub's Fishermen (8-2, 5-0) beat Scappoose, however, for their first league title since 2009.

In the Tribe's speed spread offense that scored 30 points per game with six new starters, juniors Jerad Toman and Jimmy Jones (a quarterback and running back), seniors Nate Rieman and Tanner Kramer (senior wide receivers) and Josh Dickerson (a guard) are first-teamers.

Toman threw for 454 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for 437 yards and 11 trips to the end zone, and Jones rushed for 672 yards and six scores.

Rieman reeled in 618 yards and found pay dirt six times, and Kramer beat the defense for 405 yards and went the distance once.

"We have evolved with [the offense] over time," McNabb said.

In the revamped defense that allowed 22 points per game with four new starters, juniors Alex Hansen (a lineman) and seniors Zach Rice (a linebacker), Gift and Jack Margheim (defensive backs) are also first-teamers.

Hansen came up with 50 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and Rice wrangled 70 stops, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Gift made 44 tackles and picked two passes, and Margheim picked up 53 tackles and two sacks, intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble.

Juniors Tevin Jeannis (a wide receiver/defensive back), Ross Parsons (an offensive lineman/linebacker), Quinn Searle (a quarterback/defensive back) and Nate Maller (an offensive lineman/running back) received honorable mention.

Six-foot Astoria senior quarterback Fridtjof Fremstad is the Offensive Player of the Year, and Fishermen senior defensive back Samboy Tuimato is a co-Defensive Player of the Year with 6-foot-1 Banks senior linebacker Milo Applebee and 6-foot-3 Valley Catholic senior linebacker Daniel Hardy.

This fall was just as great for cross country, volleyball and soccer.

Girls' cross country

Grace Rieman and Emily Marquardt (seniors), Linnaea Kavulich and Georgia Benner (juniors) and Emma Jones (a freshman and also a defender with the girls' soccer team) are all-leaguers as they ran to second as a team behind twice-defending league champion Tillamook and fifth at state in their 17th such qualification in a row.

Kavulich won her third league title in a row in 20 minutes, 19 seconds, and went third at Class 4A state (19:11).

Jones raced to eighth in the league (22:41), Benner was 10th (23:10), Rieman was 11th (23:33) and Marquardt was 17th (23:53).

Boys' cross country

John Kavulich (a junior), Austin Sharp (a senior) and Matt Carrier (a sophomore) went respective second (17:13), 13th (18:05) and 19th (19:15) in the league championships.

Kavulich, the only Indians boy to make state and the first since Dan Carrier in 2013, was second (16:17) in his first trip after setting the boys' school 3,100-meter record of 9:50 and the 5,000 record of 15:59 earlier in the season.

Seaside senior Bradley Rzewnicki (17:07) won the boys' league title.

Volleyball

Alyssa Spang is a first-team senior libero, and Kaylie Kopra (a right-sider) and Hannah Galey (a 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter) are honorable mentions after they helped their side (15-9, 4-6) to the first round of state and at least the play-in round for the fifth year in a row.

Junior outside hitter Lizzy Osborn of league champion Valley Catholic is a Player of the Year with Banks senior libero Mary Schorn, and the Valiants' Becky Kemper is the Coach of the Year.

Girls' soccer

Juniors Alyssa Bakkensen (a goalkeeper) and Mackenzie Ela (a midfielder) and sophomores Lauren Whisenhunt (a midfielder) and Shayna Redpath (a defender) and Emma Jones (a freshman) are all-leaguers as the defending state champs (9-5-2, 8-2) qualified for the seventh year in a row.

Emily Campos (a junior defender) and Ashley Baughman (a sophomore forward) are honorable mentions.

"I'm very proud of the team and all the girls," Indians coach Summer Jark said. "It is always great to honor the hard work that these players put in. The whole Scappoose soccer team has helped put these girls in a great position to be successful. I'm thankful for great players and even better people."

League champion Valley Catholic swept the yearly honors as junior midfielder Taylor Menkens is the Player of the Year, junior Noelle Mannen is the Keeper of the Year and Kayla Gaspardis is the Coach of the Year.

Boys' soccer

Seniors Kevin Bachman (a defender) and Tyler Cooper (a midfielder) and juniors Caden Verzino (a midfielder) and JJ Hugo (a forward) are first-teamers as the Indians (6-4-4, 4-3-1) tied No. 4 Madras for the fifth-best defense in the state with 17 goals allowed and reached at least the play-in round for the fourth year in a row.

"It's always nice when the boys get recognition for all of the hard work, dedication and commitment they put in, not just throughout the year but throughout their high school careers as well," Scappoose coach Scott Stanton said. "Five years ago, I think we only had three boys who made the all-league team, and now we're pretty constantly around one-third to half the squad."

Seniors Jimmy Vanek (a defender) and Mason Waddington (a midfielder) are honorable mentions.

Senior defender Seth Rumage of Tillamook is a Player of the Year with Seaside junior defender Colton Carter. Astoria senior Kyle Birge is the Keeper of the Year and Tillamook's Brian Reynolds is the Coach of the Year.

"[Sophomore] Mikey Reed also narrowly missed out on being Goalkeeper of the Year," Stanton said. "All of this just confirms that [the Tribe's] persistence to improve year after year, their relentless work ethic and dedication to doing what's best for the team earns them the results and recognition they deserve. I couldn't be more proud of the boys, and I applaud them for working hard to achieve this honor."