by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Camille Foster of Central Catholic, challenging a Clackamas play at the net, is the Mt. Hood Conference player of the year in volleyball.The Les Schwab Invitational will open Dec. 27 at Liberty High with Central Catholic meeting Tigard at 9 a.m.

Other first-day games in the annual boys basketball gala include Jefferson vs. Lake Oswego at 10:30 a.m., Jesuit-Timberline at 1:30 p.m., and Grant against Rainier Beach in the 8:30 p.m. nightcap.

The 18th edition of the holiday hoops tourney features 6-10 Jahlil Okafor, the nation's No. 1-ranked prep who has signed with Duke, and three top-12 teams — No. 5 Whitney Young from Chicago, No. 8 Rainier Beach out of Seattle and No. 11 Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas.

The tournament runs through Dec. 30, with the title game tipping off at 8:30 p.m.

The Dec. 27 lineup:

9 a.m. — Tigard-Central Catholic

10:30 a.m. — Jefferson-Lake Oswego

Noon — Churchill-Sunset

1:30 p.m. — Jesuit-Timberline

4 p.m. — Bishop Gorman-Beaverton

5:30 p.m. — South Eugene-West Linn

7 p.m. — Whitney Young-Clackamas

8:30 p.m. — Grant-Rainier Beach


The Central Catholic boys, who placed second in the Class 6A tournament, had seven players make the all-Mt. Hood Conference team.

That includes offensive player of the year Peter Bergmann, defensive player of the year Christian Arnston and goalkeeper of the year Tristin Cooper.

Central's Jimmy Weber was named MHC coach of the year.

Joining Bergmann, Arnston and Cooper on the all-conference squad are forward Daniel Blessinger, midfielders Gabe Parrish and Joe Sorenson and defender Chris Palmer.

Also from CC, forward Lucas Hale and midfielder David Drake made the second team.

The Rams won the league title with a 9-1 record, and they were 16-2 overall, losing 2-1 to Jesuit in last week's state final at Hillsboro Stadium.

David Douglas, which tied Centennial for second place in the MHC at 4-3-3, had two players on the all-MHC first team. Forward Kingsley Armah and midfielder Jose Cazon Rodriguez made it for the Scots.

The Scots also had two players on the second team: midfielder Carlos Bravo Silva and defender Daniel Gutierrez.


League champion Central Catholic has five players on the all-Mt. Hood Conference team.

Rams senior Camille Foster was voted MHC player of the year.

Foster is joined on the first team by teammates Natalie Batiste, Ramey Gardner, Whitney Turner and Kealia Rosa.

One player from St. Mary's Academy also made the top squad — Isabella Langhus.

Second-team honors went to Central Catholic's Olivia Skalbeck, David Douglas' Jordan Keeney and Nahshonia Zarufael, and Emily Jayne and Lindsay Cannon of St. Mary's.

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