Gladstone senior Lyric Warren named Tri-Valley's top playmaker
Gladstone's Lyric Warren was named the Tri-Valley Conference boys' basketball Player of the Year after leading the Gladiators to a fifth consecutive league championship and a berth in the OSAA Class 4A state playoffs.
Others named to the all-league first team were Chase Bales of Crook County, Deshawn Dix of Gladstone, Byron Patt at Madras, and Kanim Smith of Madras, while Gladstone's Cody Aker was named Coach of the Year in voting by the league's coaches.
Gladstone's Drew Pulsipher was selected for the all-league second team, while teammates Jackson Simoons and Jude Ashpole earned honorable mention.
Warren, the 6-foot-1 senior point guard, averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.1 steals a game and landed on the all-league first team for the second season in a row.
"When you look at all the aspects from top to bottom that go into being a basketball player, Lyric was up there at the top," Akers said. "There were some other kids around the league that were very, very tough kids, but I think what really helped Lyric out was that this was his third year as our starting point guard and he's a really, really genuinely good kid.
"He always has a smile on his face, he always talks to opposing coaches, and he's just a good-natured human being."
Gladstone struggled through the non-conference portion of its schedule, going 3-11 while working through some injuries, illnesses, and eligibility issues.
The Gladiators found their stride in league play, rolling to an 8-1 record -- the lone blemish a 47-38 loss at Crook County on Feb. 16. Gladstone's final league game against Estacada was canceled as a result of the winter storm that closed schools during the final week of the regular season, and the Gladstone's finished with a half-game lead over Madras (8-2) in the title race.
One constant throughout the season was Warren, who was the focal point of practically every opponent's scouting report.
"Around our league, everybody prepared for Lyric," Akers said. "I don't think his stats jumped off the board at anybody, but we saw every type of defense from box-and-ones to traps off the inbound so he couldn't bring the ball up the floor to any number of other schemes that were designed to try and stop him."
Warren hopes to continue his playing career in college and has talked to George Fox University, Multnomah University, and a number of local community colleges, but has yet to make a decision.
"Lyric is going to be really, really hard to replace," Akers said. "I tell everybody that Lyric has kind of been my safety blanket. The nice thing is we have some younger guards in Matthew Lehrback and Thomas Tacha who will help fill the void.
"Matthew might not be as flashy as Lyric, but he's pretty determined to do the right thing when he has the ball in his hands. He's not going to make too many mistakes."
TRI-VALLEY CONFERENCE BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS
Player of the Year: Lyric Warren, Sr. Gladstone
Coach of the Year: Cody Aker Gladstone
Lyric Warren, Sr. Gladstone
Byron Patt, Jr. Madras
Chase Bales, Sr. Crook County
Kanim Smith, Sr. Madras
Deshawn Dix, Sr. Gladstone
Thaiden Mullan, Jr. Crook County
Dylan Paintner, Jr. Corbett
Tyler Lockey, Sr. Madras
Drew Pulsipher, Jr. Gladstone
Marcus Simpson, Sr. Molalla
Gabriel Martinez, Jr. Estacada
Dylan Oliver, Sr. Corbett
Calvin Dryden, Jr. Estacada
Jackson Simmons, Jr. Gladstone
Jude Ashpole, Fr. Gladstone
Shane Kessi, Jr. Crook County
Carter Larsen, Sr. Corbett
TRI-VALLEY CONFERENCE GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS
Player of the Year: Lynden Harry, Sr. Madras
Coach of the Year: Zach Lilebo Madras
Lynden Harry, Sr. Madras
Grace Campbell, Sr. Gladstone
Alicia Schultz, Sr. Molalla
Kaliyah Iverson, Sr. Madras
Sierra Cox, Sr. Molalla
Abby Fritz, Sr. Corbett
Aaliyah Asad, Soph. Gladstone
Jiana Smith-Francis, Soph. Madras
Jayden Davis, Fr. Madras
Mattie Myers, Jr. Molalla
Savana Wolfe, Soph. Corbett
Odessa Travel-Green, Sr. Crook County
Emma Akley, Sr. Crook County
Karlye Nakashimada, Sr. Estacada
Izzy Hagel, Jr. Estacada
Jenna Peterson, Sr. Estacada
Allyson Pope, Soph. Gladstone
Ellie Clinkscales, Jr. Gladstone
Dessie Alvarado, Soph. Gladstone
Vanessa Culps, Jr. Madras
Alesha Freeman, Sr. Madras
Maddie Lisac, Soph. Molalla
Zoe Wood, Fr. Molalla