WVL basketball players receive honors

The News-Register staff

Thirty basketball players from Yamhill County’s smaller high schools were selected as the cream of the crop amongst the Class 3A West Valley League in the league’s all-conference honors list , announced last weekend.

Five area players were named to the WVL’s all-league first team, including Co-Player of the Year Zach Bernards. Bernards, a Dayton junior guard, shared the honor with Horizon Christian senior Trent Phias. Other first-teamers included D.J. Flowers and Zach Spink of Dayton and Lance Nelson and Devin McShane of Amity. Sheridan point guard Dominique Card was named to the conference’s second team.

Honorable mentions went to Brodey Bruckner and Shane Thomas of Willamina, Darren Ashley and Jarred Ashley of Dayton, Jacob Hertel of Sheridan and Jamie Stull and T.R. McShane of Amity. Dayton’s Ron Hop got the Coach of the Year nod after leading his Pirates to an undefeated regular season.

For the girls, Player of the Year honors went to Willamina junior Kacie Anderson. Other first team honorees included Shawnie Spink of Dayton and Lindsay McShane of Amity.

Second team honors went to Teddi Hop, Maddie Shirley and Kalina Rojas of Dayton, Amity’s Madelynn Krotzer and Caitlin Dumler of Amity and Sydney France of Willamina.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Symmantha Owings and Jill Nichols of Sheridan. Kate Rankin of Willamina, Dayton’s Cooper Ringnalda and Amity’s Victoria Howard, Allie Steel and Megan Fullbright.

Dayton head coach Scott Spink was named Coach of the Year for the West Valley League after guiding his girls to a league title.

For the boys, Dayton (25-1, 14-0 WVL) is the No. 1 seed in the OSAA Class 3A State Championship bracket. They’ll play Umatilla at 7 p.m. tonight in a first-round game in Dayton. Amity (17-9, 8-6 WVL) received the No. 9 seed in the bracket; they’ll play a first-round road game against Rogue River tonight at 6 p.m. Sheridan capped off their season at 12-13, finishing in sixth place in the WVL with a 4-10 record against conference foes. Willamina finished in eighth place in the WVL with a 0-14 conference mark and a 5-18 overall record.

On the girls side, the Pirates (22-3, 13-1 WVL) are the No. 3 seed in the OSAA bracket; they host a first-round game against Colton on Saturday at 6 p.m. Amity (20-5, 13-1 WVL) received the No. 5 seed and will host Umatilla on Saturday at 6 p.m. Willamina finished the year with a 15-9 record, going 9-5 against the WVL before falling to Westside Christian in the league playoffs and taking fourth place in the final standings. Sheridan finished in seventh place in the league, going 2-12 against WVL opponents and 5-18 overall.