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By Jaryd Cline
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Allison Gilliam, Jacob Bischoff earn SCAC All-League honors

 

February 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Allison Gilliam works to find a crease in the defense while Cle Elum first teamer Grace Terrill tries to get into position.

Although both the Goldendale boys and girls hoops teams missed out on the postseason, a pair of seniors were honored with spots on the league's all conference teams.

Seniors Jacob Bischoff and Allison Gilliam were selected by the league's coaches to the South Central Athletic Conference All-League teams, with Bischoff earning second-team honors on the boys side, while Gilliam picked up honorable mention status for the girls.

With Bischoff's selection to the second team this season, it marks the second straight year a Goldendale senior guard finished the season among the conference's best players. Jess Beierle graduated last year, and also was voted to the second team.

The Goldendale girls have had a couple of forwards honored the past couple of years, and Gilliam's all-league selection is the first time a Goldendale guard has been honored since Lexi Cameron earned SCAC West Player of the Year honors at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Following Beierle, Bischoff took on the team's point guard duties and was a consistent scorer all season for the Timberwolves, who finished 5-14 overall and 4-8 in league play. They finished fifth place in the SCAC West, two games back of La Salle (6-6 in SCAC) for the final district playoff spot.

The senior was equally dangerous shooting the three ball and slashing to the basket to score, and finished the season red-hot with 17 points at Granger on Feb. 2 and 18 points on senior night against Cle Elum (Feb. 3), both wins. He also combined to hit six 3-pointers over those last two games of the season.

Gilliam had a season shortened by injuries, leaving many to think what could have been had she been able to play the full season.

She was one of the toughest, high-energy and hustle players in the league when she was at full health with a knack for getting to the basket and often getting to the free throw line. Her return to the court in January after missing a handful of games provided a big spark to the Timberwolves.

She boosted the backcourt upon returning, taking on the ballhandling duties again for a team that had its struggles dealing with the tough press defenses around the league.

Gilliam follows 2017 Goldendale graduate Ocean Bryan, who was a first-team selection last year and a second-team recipient in 2016. Kristin Twohy represented the Timberwolves on the second team in 2015.

Boys team

Naches senior Kobe Kohls was named the West Player of the Year on the boys side, and was joined on the first team by Zillah juniors Antonio Salinas and Brock Ellis, La Salle sophomore Kieran Kershaw, Granger senior Trevor Smith, and Cle Elum senior Dylan Pugh.

Along with Bischoff, Zillah sophomores Weston Ide and Sebastian Godina, Naches senior Sean Coyne, La Salle sophomore Desmond Judd, and Cle Elum senior Evan Pugh comprised the second team.

This year, the conference added an honorable mention team featuring Cle Elum senior Tyler Anderson, Highland senior Lincoln Turner, Granger senior Keanu Cantu, Naches senior Jacob Stohr, and Zillah junior Cesar Diaz.

Brandon Gillespie, or Naches, was named the top coach in the league with the Highland Scotties earning the sportsmanship award.

Girls

Three Zillah Leopards headlined the girls first team, with senior Samantha Bowman earning MVP honors with senior Abbie Myers and junior Callie Delp joining her on the first team. La Salle juniors Tatiana White and Kamryn Fiscus, and Cle Elum sophomore Grace Terrill rounded out the top players in the league.

Jaryd Cline

Senior Jacob Bischoff takes a shot in traffic during the senior night contest against Cle Elum on Feb. 2 in Goldendale.

Granger's Sophie Blodgett (senior) and Jayleen Vasquez (junior), La Salle sophomore Natalie Newman, Cle Elum seniors Emily Lussier and Anna Kelly, and Naches senior Katrina Johns earned second-team honors.

Joining Gilliam on the honorable mention team were Granger junior Naya Roettger, La Salle junior Grace McGree, Cle Elum senior Lauryn Hink, Highland senior Bailee Garent, and Naches sophomore Elisabeth Anderson.

Cle Elum's Nikki Dearing was selected as the top coach in the league, with the Naches Rangers earning the sportsmanship award.

 

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