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Posted On: 04/12/18 3:05 PM
The 2017-18 season at the 2A classification was dominated by younger players. This youth movement was on display at the state tournament in Pendelton where Columbia Christian, with a group of mainly freshmen & sophomores, defeated Western Mennonite, whose best players will return as well, for the state title. This youth movement was also seen on our 2018 Class 2A All State Teams.
CLAY SULLIVAN SR WING VERNONIA (PLAYER OF YEAR)
BEN GREGG FR FORWARD COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN
PAYTON RICHARDSON SO WING WESTERN MENNONITE
CONNER MARCHANT SO GUARD TOLEDO
CAMERON BENZEL SR POST OAKLAND
JONAH DOWNEY JR GUARD SANTIAM
EMOREJ LYNK SO WING KENNEDY
DALE TAKALO SR WING KNAPPA
BRIAN GORACKE SO GUARD MONROE
DUANE STOKES SR GUARD GRANT UNION
Jaydn Spangler JR GUARD TOLEDO
KEETON HULL JR GUARD WESTERN MENNONITE
BRETT SPEED SR GUARD WESTON MCEWEN
ISAIAH MARISCAL SO GUARD COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN
ALEX NICOLI SO WING WESTERN MENNONITE
WADE REIMERS SR FORWARD GRANT UNION
BRODY WOODS SR WING STANFIELD
JAXON ROZEWSKI FR POST TOLEDO
MARCUS MANTANONA SR GUARD LOST RIVER
BRANDON PIETE SR WING REGIS
ZACK YOUNG SO WING MONROE
COLTON WEIRUP SR GUARD KNAPPA
ROCCO CARLEY JR POST KENNEDY
NIC FREEMAN SR GUARD OAKLAND
BRYSON PIERCE SR WING PILOT ROCK
2018-19 Way Too Early Top 5
With so many underclassmen on this list, 2018-19 is sure to be a super competitive year at the 2A level. Add to the mix several programs that are dropping down from class 3A and teams that make it to the state tournament are sure to be battle tested. Here is our look at a way too early class 2A Top 5 for 2019.
1. Columbia Christian – Assuming that Pac 12 prospect Ben Gregg stays at the school, the Knights will be in the mix to win the next 3 state titles.
2. Western Mennonite – Coach Gary Hull returns three players that made our all state list from a team that was a play or two away from winning the blue trophy.
3. Toledo – Coach Eddie Townsend returns his entire team from a program that won their 4th straight league title and advanced to the state tournament.
4. Kennedy – The Trojans return key pieces from a state trophy team, and might be the only team with the size to match up to Columbia Christian.
5. Monroe – The Dragons return the bulk of their line up including ultra talented combo guard Brian Goracke.