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11/20 SPORTS BRIEFS

*Wolves named to GNAC soccer team*Dragons earn all-MWC in volleyball*Central players receive accolades*Dragons garner soccer recognition*Panthers earn OWC soccer honors*Central girls garner all-conference*Baseball squad fundraiser going on*WOU duo earn academic accolades

November 19, 2013

Wolves named to GNAC soccer team

MONMOUTH — Six student-athletes from Western Oregon University have been selected to the 2013 All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer team.

Amanda Rose Johnson

Amanda Rose Johnson

Leading the list of honorees was WOU junior transfer goalkeeper Amanda Rose Johnson, who was named the GNAC Newcomer of the Year after recording nine shutouts.

Sophomore forward Makana Pundyke and senior defender Becca Hoiland joined Johnson on the all-conference first team. Junior midfielder JoEllen DeLeon was named to the second team, while freshman midfielder Mariah Konyn and junior defender Brooke Steinberg received honorable mention.

Western Washington senior forward Kristin Maris was named the GNAC Player of the Year, while teammate Brianna Jones earned Defensive Player of the Year and WWU's Travis Connell earned Coach of the Year honors. Saint Martin's freshman Kelli Bannerman received the GNAC Freshman of the Year award.

Dragons earn all-MWC in volleyball

DALLAS — Five players from the Dallas High volleyball squad have been named to the 2013 Mid-Willamette Conference all-league team.

Kiley Barcroft

Kiley Barcroft

Kiley Barcroft, a senior outside hitter, was selected to the all-league second team in a recent vote of conference coaches. Joining her on the all-MWC squad was teammates Chanel Bailey, a junior middle blocker/right-side hitter; Briana Classen, a junior middle blocker/right-side hitter; Amanda Dankenbring, a junior setter; and Danielle Remington, a junior libero.

Payton Rund, a 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter from Class 5A state champion West Albany, was named MWC Player of the Year. Kelli Backer of West Albany was chosen MWC Coach of the Year.

Central players receive accolades

INDEPENDENCE — Four members of the Central High volleyball team have been selected to the 2013 Oregon West Conference all-league squad.

Catherine Cutsforth

Catherine Cutsforth

Catherine Cutsforth, a senior middle blocker, was named to the all-league second team in a recent vote of conference coaches. Teammates Kylie Nash, a sophomore setter; Julia Kenyon, a junior setter/outside hitter; and Paris Orin, a junior outside hitter, all received honorable mention.

Hailey Nelson, a junior outside hitter from Cascade, was named OWC Player of the Year. Cascade's Cristina Williams was chosen OWC Coach of the Year.

Dragons garner soccer recognition

DALLAS — The 2013 Mid-Willamette Conference all-league boys soccer team includes the names of five Dallas High players who have received postseason accolades in a recent vote of conference coaches.

Marco Cortez, a senior, was selected to the all-league second team, while senior Broc Thorud, junior Tariq Miller, sophomore Nick Guffey and sophomore Lucas Diaz received honorable mention.

Jesse Martin of league-champion Woodburn was named MWC Player of the Year. Kyle Calder of Silverton was named Coach of the Year.

Panthers earn OWC soccer honors

INDEPENDENCE — Jonathan Pedraza of Central has been named an Oregon West Conference first-team all-league player for the 2013 season.

Jonathan Pedraza

Jonathan Pedraza

Pedraza, a senior midfielder, was one of six Panthers selected to the OWC all-league team, which was recently selected via a vote of conference coaches. Earning all-league second-team recognition was senior forward Isreal Negrete and junior midfielder Gregory Herrera. Receiving honorable mention was junior midfielder Alan Villanueva, junior defender Branson Wallace and junior defender Pedro Orozco.

David Esparza, a senior from Stayton, was chosen OWC Player of the Year, while Jacob Wood of Newport was selected OWC Coach of the Year.

Central girls garner all-conference

INDEPENDENCE — Seven members of the Central High girls soccer team have been named to the 2013 Oregon West Conference all-league girls soccer team.

Alexis Orozco

Alexis Orozco

Leading the honorees was Alexis Orozco, a junior forward, who was named to the all-league first team. Receiving second-team all-league honors was senior forward Jasmine Orozco, junior forward Grecia Diaz and junior defender Jerikka White. Honorable mention went to junior forward Marisa Mecham, freshman goalkeeper Lupita Campos and freshman midfielder Alyssa Orozco.

Anna Rose Peterson, a senior midfielder from Philomath, was named OWC player of the year. John Williams of league-champion Philomath was chosen coach of the year.

Baseball squad fundraiser going on

DALLAS — Dallas High School's baseball program is conducting its 15th annual citrus sale fundraiser.

Orders are being accepted for boxes of oranges and grapefruit. The 20-pound boxes cost $26 and will arrive the first week of December. Those interested in ordering a box, going in with someone to share a box, or ordering a combination box are welcome to do so.

For more information or to place an order: Email to Scot McDonald, head baseball coach, Scot.McDonald@dsd2.org; or talk to any DHS baseball player.

WOU duo earn academic accolades

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University's Alexander Bradt and Shane Kuenzi have been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-academic football team.

Bradt and Kuenzi are both sophomores from Salem at WOU. Bradt is an interdisciplinary studies major with a 3.40 GPA, while Kuenzi has a 3.59 GPA as a business major.

To be eligible for the GNAC academic team, student-athletes must be a letter winner, have a minimum grade-point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second year of competition at their university.