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Will Singleton

Senior Will Singleton and head coach Josh Gary received the highest honors for Sutherlin High School’s football team in all-league voting for Class 3A Special District 2 North.

Singleton was named to the first team at offensive line and linebacker.

Gary, in his first year leading the program after a five-year hiatus, was named the coach of the year after guiding the Bulldogs to a share of the league championship with Santiam Christian and Harrisburg. All three teams finished the regular season 7-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Joining Singleton on the first team offense were junior running back Jake Merrifield and junior wide receiver Mason Gill.

On defense, senior linemen Austin Owens and J.R. Bailey and junior defensive back Brandon Carr were also first-team selections.

The league selected Leithan Briggs of Harrisburg the offensive lineman of the year and Jaxon Conner of Santiam Christian as the defensive lineman of the year. Offensive backs of the year were Dax Bennett and Gabe Knox, both of Harrisburg, while Bennett was named the defensive back of the year.

Sutherlin’s other honorees were: senior running back Hunter Fadness and senior linemen Austin Owens and Quentin Garcia of offense; senior lineman Scott Shepard and senior kicker Bryce Olsen on defense.

Receiving honorable mention were senior quarterback Cade Meisner and junior center Dayden Jacobs on offense. On defense, the selections were senior linebacker Bryce Anderson, junior defensive back Case Wells, Fadness at defensive back and Meisner at punter.

Sutherlin will play at Vale at noon on Saturday in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Class 3A Special District 2 North

First Team Offense

QB — Dax Bennett, sr., Harrisburg. RB — Gabe Knox, jr., Harrisburg; Luke Jannsen, sr., Santiam Christian; Jake Merrifield, jr., Sutherlin. WR — Stephen Parmenter, sr., Pleasant Hill; Jason Manzi, sr., Santiam Christian; Mason Gill, jr., Sutherlin. OL — Jaxon Conner, sr., Santiam Christian; Will Singleton, sr., Sutherlin; Leithan Briggs, jr., Harrisburg; Gavaughan Bates, sr., La Pine. C — Elijah Pate, sr., Harrisburg.

First Team Defense

LB — Jason Manzi, sr., Santiam Christian; Brynden Bevins, sr., Harrisburg; Will Singleton, sr., Sutherlin; Mason Wirth, jr., Santiam Christian. DL — Jaxon Conner, sr., Santiam Christian; Wyatt Perry, jr., Harrisburg; Austin Owens, sr., Sutherlin; Gavaughan Bates, sr., La Pine; Jaydan Gray, jr., Pleasant Hill; J.R. Bailey, sr., Sutherlin. DB — Dax Bennett, sr., Harrisburg; Ian Smith, soph., Santiam Christian; Jacob Hylemon, sr., Pleasant Hill; Brandon Carr, jr., Sutherlin. K — Luke Mehlschau, jr., Santiam Christian; P — Dax Bennett, sr., Harrisburg. Ret. — Dax Bennett, sr., Harrisburg.

Offensive Lineman of the Year — Leithan Briggs, jr., Harrisburg.

Defensive Lineman of the Year — Jaxon Conner, sr., Santiam Christian.

Co-Offensive Backs of the Year — Gabe Knox, jr., Harrisburg and Dax Bennett, sr., Harrisburg.

Defensive Back of the Year — Dax Bennett, sr., Harrisburg.

Coach of the Year — Josh Gary, Sutherlin.

Second Team Offense

QB — Zach Hart, sr., Pleasant Hill. RB — Adam Plant, jr., La Pine; Vandon Haugen, sr., Santiam Christian; Hunter Fadness, sr., Sutherlin. WR — Johnathan Lettekeman, jr., Harrisburg; Jose Guillen, sr., La Pine; Jayden Casarez, soph., Pleasant Hill. OL — Austin Owens, sr., Sutherlin; Brennan Erickson, sr., Harrisburg; Devin Nelson, sr., Harrisburg; Quentin Garcia, sr., Sutherlin. C — Collin Way, sr., Pleasant Hill

Second Team Defense

LB — Leithan Briggs, jr., Harrisburg; Jacob Pray, sr., Pleasant Hill; Garet Skelton, sr., Pleasant Hill; Syrus Smith, soph., La Pine. DL — Logan Parrish, sr., Pleasant Hill; Riley Jennings, sr., Siuslaw; Scott Shepard, sr., Sutherlin. DB — Adam Plant, jr., La Pine; Elijah Blankenship, soph., Siuslaw; Riley Suttles, sr., Harrisburg; Jayden Casarez, soph., Pleasant Hill. K — Bryce Olsen, sr., Sutherlin. P — Luke Mehlschau, jr., Santiam Christian. Ret. — Jacob Pray, sr., Pleasant Hill.

Honorable Mention Offense

QB — Cade Meisner, sr., Sutherlin; Ely Kennel, fr., Santiam Christian. RB — Devin Nelson, sr., Harrisburg; Camp LaCouture, fr., Siuslaw. WR — Trevor Oxenrider, jr., Santiam Christian; Miles Henderson, jr., Santiam Christian; Tristan Harris, sr., Harrisburg; Austin McKittrick, jr., La Pine. OL — Daniel Underwood, jr., La Pine; Giovanni Lima, soph., Pleasant Hill. C — Dayden Jacobs, jr., Sutherlin.

Honorable Mention Defense

LB — Jose Guillen, sr., La Pine; Vandon Haugen, sr., Santiam Christian; Camp LaCouture, fr., Siuslaw; Hector Garcia, soph., Siuslaw; Bryce Anderson, sr., Sutherlin. DB — Case Wells, jr., Sutherlin; Luke Mehlschau, jr., Santiam Christian; Spencer Gaines, jr., Harrisburg; Josiah Jenkins, sr., La Pine; Devin Premsingh, jr., Santiam Christian; Hunter Fadness, sr., Sutherlin. K — Tristan Harris, sr., Harrisburg; Matz Aaboen, sr., La Pine; Aspen Trujillo, jr., Pleasant Hill. P — Stephen Parmenter, sr., Pleasant Hill; Cade Meisner, sr., Sutherlin. Ret. — Jason Manzi, sr., Santiam Christian.

Sports reporter Aaron Yost can be reached at 541-957-4219 or email ayost@nrtoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @aaron_yost.

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Aaron Yost is a sports reporter for The News-Review he can be reached at 541-957-4219 or by email at ayost@nrtoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @aaron_yost.

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