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April 12, 2013
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Prep Basketball: Oakland’s Spencer makes first-team all-state

OAKLAND — Oakland senior wing Brooke Spencer, who led the Oakers to a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A state basketball tournament in Pendleton, was named to the all-state first team.

Spencer was joined on the first team by sophomore Keesha Sarman of Union, juniors Jessie Morris and Beth Lorenz of Regis, freshman Emma Gibb of Western Mennonite and senior Marta Stangel of Enterprise.

Sarman was named Player of the Year, while Jeff Koehnke of Regis was Coach of the Year.

“I got second team last year, so it feels good to improve on that,” Spencer said. “It was definitely a satisfying season. Our team got so much closer and became a family. It was a good season to go out on and I’m going to miss high school basketball.”

The Oakers finished 23-5 overall as Spencer was a unanimous selection on the all-tournament team. Spencer — who averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals a game — was earlier selected the Mountain View Conference’s top player.

“Brooke was our floor general,” said Oakland coach Marita Benzel. “The other kids just followed her lead. She’s a great kid, always positive.”

Two Douglas county players made the all-state third team: junior post Stevielee Jansen of Days Creek and Oakland sophomore point guard Cora Gallop.

Receiving honorable mention were junior Savannah Mast and sophomore Bella Mast of North Douglas.

Spencer, who’s dividing her time this spring between softball and golf, is planning to play golf in college.


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The News-Review Updated Apr 12, 2013 01:32PM Published Apr 22, 2013 09:29AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.