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By Jaryd Cline
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Lots of local representation on GCGL All Opponent teams

 

February 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Bickleton junior Cesareo Arriaga fires away from downtown during the team's season opening win against Riverside Christian on Dec. 1.

The Greater Columbia Gorge League All Opponent Teams were revealed during last week's slate of games at the district tournament with lots of representation from the Class 1B Klickitat County teams.

The four-team GCGL Tournament wrapped up last weekend, with the Sunnyside Christian Knights winning both the boys and girls brackets, while them, along with Yakama Tribal's boys and girls, earned the league's two bids to regionals.

Two from each of the Trout Lake and Lyle-Wishram boys teams were named among the league's best, along with two girls each from Klickwood and Trout Lake.

Junior Reece Painter and freshman Micah Colburn represented the Trout Lake boys, while sophomore Isabella Dean and freshman Peyton Allaway were the Trout Lake girls who were named to the team. The Mustangs were well represented a year after having no selections, boys or girls, to the All Opponent Teams.

After falling just short of advancing to the District 5/6 2B Tournament after a strong regular season, Lyle-Wishram juniors Kurtis Billette and Riley Mills each were named to the boys team for the first time. The Cougars finished the season at 11-9 overall, falling to White Swan 64-51 on Feb. 6 in a play-in game for the postseason.

Billette and Mills finished the season as the Cougars' two top scorers. Mills scored a season high 34 points on the road at Stevenson on Dec. 21, while Billette had his highest scoring total (20 points) come against South Wasco County three days earlier on Dec. 18.

For the Lyle-Wishram girls, junior Larissa McConville was a repeat selection to the team. She, along with then senior Alex Cloud, both earned All Opponent honors last season for the Cougars.

The Klickwood girls also had a pair of players represented. Junior Kinley Troh and freshman Nahaleigh Schuster represented the Eagles/Vandals after a fourth-place finish at the GCGL Tournament this season. Troh provided some toughness inside and some veteran leadership after the team graduated three seniors from the year before, while Schuster made an immediate impact on the team with her scoring and quickness. Klickwood also had a pair of All Opponent players last year in then seniors Bailee Green and Mackenzie Tuthill.

The Klickwood boys were once again represented by senior Easton Atchley, who missed a lot of the season with an ankle injury. He returned to play the last couple games this season. He poured in the points from outside and while slashing to the hoop, and his dynamic scoring will surely be missed in the coming seasons.

Another player who poured in the points this season from Bickleton earned the team's lone spot on the team was junior Cesareo Arriaga. The 6-foot-2 forward was a versatile scorer both inside the paint and from beyond the arc, and hit his free throws at a good clip after many trips to the line. He didn't just score though, finishing as one of the top rebounders in the conference as well.

A pair of seniors in Riley Brown and Kyle Underwood represented Bickleton last season as a part of the All Opponents Team. Bickleton didn't have a girls team this season, but last year Kira Harvey and Hali O'Banion were standouts for the Pirates.

Jaryd Cline

Klickwood's Easton Atchley drives to the basket against Trout Lake's Reece Painter during the Greater Columbia Gorge League Tournament in Goldendale.

The remaining players for the both boys and girls teams were made up of players from Yakama Tribal and Sunnyside Christian.

Sunyside Christian senior Luke Wagenaar was named the GCGL Player of the Year, while seniors Chance Marsh and Cade Bosma also represented the Knights. Seniors Alyssa Martin, Emily Banks, and Sailor Liefke made the team for the Sunnyside girls.

It was a family affair for the Yakama Tribal boys after four of the Strom relatives were named. Sophomores Bryce and Bryan, along with seniors Isiah and Justin Strom represented the Eagles after a 19-5 regular season.

Senior Nayha Mills earned league honors at the top player, while freshmen Saneah Eagleheart, Sydrah Eagleheart, and Jada Luilamaga also were voted to the team.

 

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