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Football all-stars – Foxes, Trojans dominate all-league squads

James Day

Silverton earned 17 spots on the all-Mid-Willamette Conference football teams as selected by league coaches. The Foxes were playing Wilsonville in the Class 5A quarterfinals on Friday after the Our Town presstime.

Top honors went to Jackson Pfeifer, offensive player of the year, and Xavier Orozco, defensive lineman of the year.

Pfeifer was on the first team at running back and as a kick returner while also earning a second-team nod at defensive back. Orozco was first-team in the defensive line and earned honorable mention on the offensive line.

Cohen Mulick also earned a pair of first-team honors, at wide receiver and defensive back.

Silverton captains Jackson Pfeifer (1), Sam Clements (75), Sam Schaffers (79) and Cohen Mulick (15) combined for 8 slots on the all-Mid-Willamette Conference football all-stars.
Silverton captains Jackson Pfeifer (1), Sam Clements (75), Sam Schaffers (79) and Cohen Mulick (15) combined for 8 slots on the all-Mid-Willamette Conference football all-stars.

Other first teamers for the Foxes were offensive linemen Sam Clements and Sam Schaffers. On the second team were edge rusher Brody Sullivan, Schaffers on the defensive line and quarterback Sawyer Teeney.

Also earning honorable mention were defensive back/wide receiver Elijah Howard, linebacker Brash Henderson, tight end Steely Mucken and running back Alex Briseno.

Kennedy, meanwhile, also is in the quarterfinals, facing Vale in Silverton on Saturday after the Our Town presstime. Like the Foxes the undefeated Trojans dominated their all-league squad.

JFK filled 18 individual slots on the Class 3A Special District 2 team and won three of the top four honors: QB Elijah Traeger was named offensive player of the year, Briggs Snell earned lineman of the year honors and Joe Panuke received the coaching honor.

Traeger was named the first-team QB and also first-team defensive back, while Snell was a first-team pick on both the offensive and defensive lines. Other Trojan two-way first-teamers were WR-DB Owen Bruner and lineman Matt Hopkins. Rounding out JFK’s first-team selections were wide receiver Luke Beyer, tight end Brett Boen, linebackers Carlos Recendiz and Isaac Berning and place-kicker Charlie Beyer.

Second-teamers included running back William Schaecher, Berning on the offensive line, Boen on the defensive line and linebacker Javier Rodriguez. Defensive back Ethan Kleinschmit earned honorable mention.

Volleyball: Silverton advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals for the second year in a row and finished the season 23-5. The Foxes, under first-year coach Reilly Rosecrans, were 12-1 in Mid-Willamette Conference play, and the league sent four teams to the state tournament. C.V. claimed the state title, with West Albany 4th and South Albany 6th. The Foxes went 0-2 in the tourney, losing to eventual runner-up Bend and South Albany.

Foxes junior setter Alexis Haury was named second-team all-tournament, following up on a regular season in which she was named MVP of the Mid-Willamette Conference. Joining Haury on the league all-star squad was Rowan Reilly (2nd team outside hitter), Gracie Jensen (2nd team libero) and honorable mention middle blockers Tayler Westfall and Olivia Rosborough.

Cross Country: The Kennedy girls took second at district cross country and finished 12th in the state for Class 3A-2A-1A. The top runner for the Trojans was Yulissa Chavez Cortes, who took 12th at district and 59th at state. Also scoring for JFK at state were Briar Hachenburg (69th), Nora Brenden (77th), Alyse Williams (81st) and Stephanie Cardenas (88). Also participating were Paityn Garcia (91st) and Haley Kline (98th). Jesus Cortes of the Trojans took 5th at districts and 33rd at the 2A-1A boys state meet.

Silverton, meanwhile, sent its girls team to state, where the Foxes finished 13th in Class 5A. Silverton qualified by taking 4th at the district meet. Lauren Ortega finished 19th at districts and followed up by taking 64th at state. Also scoring for the Foxes at state were Gabriella Richardson (66th), Rebecca Noordam (70th), Paige Davisson (78th) and Hannah Bashor (79th). Also participating were Makayla Rose (87th) and Adeline Kuenzi (88th). JD Arthur of the Silverton boys squad took 4th at districts and 15th at state.

Soccer: The Silverton girls squad, under first-year coach Renee Cantrell, finished third in the MWC with a 4-1-3 record. Silverton was 4-5-5 overall. The Foxes advanced to the first round of the 5A playoffs before falling to Ashland, 6-0. The boys were 3-5 in league, 3-9-2 overall and landed Jason Leon on the second team of the league all-stars. Eli West and Travis Grimes earned honorable mention.

Winter season: The next cycle of high school sports, including basketball, wrestling and swimming, is ready to get underway. Monday, Nov. 14 was the first practice day authorized by the OSAA. The first contest day is Nov. 30.

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