Nyssa’s Johnson Leads EOL All-League Selections

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John L. Braese

NYSSA – If you believe this is a rewrite from a story one year ago, you are incorrect. This is a new story with some new names looking back over a season with new games.

Coaches representing the 3A Eastern Oregon League recently met and made their decisions on honoring players from the recent girls’ basketball season.

The regular season champions and undefeated league Nyssa Bulldogs led the voting as future Utah State Aggies player Gracie Johnson again was named Player of the Year. Johnson’s coach, Jeremy Chamberlain was again honored as Coach of the Year.

In addition to Johnson, four Bulldogs made the listing including first team honors going the way of Clarita Arizmendi.

Vale found five players receiving honors including first team honors for Halle Peterson and Haylee Cleaver. Burns placed four players on the listing including first team honors for Ashley Wright and Akyla Kaino.

The McLoughlin Pioneers named two players to the all-league led by second team honors for Maddie Perkins. Also with three players named was Riverside with Aleydis Torres leading the Pirates. Umatilla wrapped up the listing with Linsey Mendoza and Alyssa Bow.

Basketball fans have much to look forward to in the Eastern Oregon League. Only five of the 22 players listed are seniors with nine players from this year’s list returning next season as seniors. Six sophomores picked up varsity experience and made the list and Vale’s Kesley Stepleton picked up the attention of coaches around the league to make the list as a freshman.

With this much returning talent, next season should be interesting.

Player of the Year

Gracie Johnson (Nyssa)

Coach of the Year

Jeremy Chamberlain (Nyssa)

First Team

Ashley Wright (Burns)

Halle Peterson (Vale)

Haylee Cleaver (Vale)

Clarita Arizmendi (Nyssa)

Akyla Kaino (Burns)

Second Team

Maddie Perkins (McLoughlin)

Kesley Stepleton (Vale)

Aleydis Torres (Riverside)

Morgan Johns (Nyssa)

London Hartley (Nyssa)

Honorable Mention

Maddie Woodbury (Burns)

Caitlyn Horell (Burns)

Linsey Mendoza (Umatilla)

Bella Johnson (Vale)

Brynlee Hartley (Nyssa)

Crystal Sanchez (Riverside)

Alyssa Bow (Umatilla)

Kinsey Meisinger (Vale)

Ivonne Lopez (McLoughlin)

Leslie Lopez (Riverside)

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