Tornado coach, players earn state acclaim

North Medford’s Mike Mayben was chosen coach of the year and two Black Tornado players earned first-team all-state honors following its charge to the Class 6A championship last week.

North Medford seniors Taelor Mayben, the coach’s daughter, and Olivia Lethlean were selected to the first team.

Mike Mayben guided North Medford to its third state championship in six years when it defeated Westview, 11-3, Saturday. The victory capped a 30-1 season.

Taelor Mayben, a third baseman, hit .522 with 49 runs, 34 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Lethlean, a center fielder, batted .426 with 41 runs, 17 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

Second-team selections included North Medford senior pitcher Rylan Austin and South Medford senior pitcher Pat Moore.

Third-team choices were junior second baseman Alex Barry and senior left fielder Mahal Miles.

Grants Pass sophomore outfielder Brooklyn Hurd received honorable mention.

Glencoe’s Ashlynn Bailey was player of the year and Gresham’s Shianne Smith pitcher of the year.

5A ALL-STATE: Eagle Point landed two players on the all-state first team, and two other Eagles were recognized.

Senior Megan Ayres was chosen at pitcher on the top unit, while junior Miyah Smith was selected as a utility/designated player.

Ayres was 16-7 with 221 strikeouts in 146⅔ innings, with 37 walks and an ERA of 1.72. She also batted .626 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Smith hit .438 with an on-base percentage of .590. She drove in 19 runs and rapped eight doubles while playing outfield, first base and pitcher.

Eagles junior catcher Samantha Thompson was second team and junior infielder Gillian Willis was third team.

Crater senior infielder Emily McCollum received honorable mention.

Marist’s Lauren Burke was player of the year, Dallas’ Kaelynn Simmons the top pitcher and Marist’s coaches were the staff of the year.

3A ALL-STATE: Rogue River senior utility player Elly Moulder made the all-state second team.

Chieftain senior outfielder Sarah Smith earned honorable mention.

Scio’s Ashton Phillips was player of the year, and Dayton’s Haley Couch and Rainier’s Haley Schimmel were co-pitchers of the year. Rainier’s Jim Knox landed the top coaching honor.


6A ALL-STATE: South Medford’s Jacob Melton and North Medford’s Justin Geyer made the first team.

Melton, a junior outfielder, slugged nine home runs and batted .430 for the Panthers, while striking out only eight times in 86 at-bats. He had 36 runs, 29 RBIs and five triples.

Geyer, a senior catcher, recorded 23 RBIs while batting .420 with a .530 on-base percentage.

Grants Pass senior infielder Vincent Zavolta was second team, while honorable mention went to South Medford senior pitcher Ethan Whitney, North Medford senior outfielder Kasey Buchanan and Grants Pass junior outfielder Tyler Rund.

Centennial’s Dawson Day was player of the year, Century’s Kolby Somers pitcher of the year and Clackamas’ John Arnston coach of the year.

5A ALL-STATE: Crater placed two players on the all-state first team, pitcher Larson Kindreich and outfielder Jace Godley.

Kindreich, a junior, had an 11-2 record as the Comets advanced to the state title game, losing 5-1 to Churchill. He had an ERA of 1.21 and struck out 116 batters in 75⅓ innings. He walked 16.

Godley, a senior, batted .465 with five home runs, 32 RBIs and 30 runs.

Ashland had two second-teamers in senior Peyton Fuller, a pitcher, and Nick Sanderson, a first baseman. Receiving honorable mention were Crater senior catcher Sean Bartlett, junior first baseman Nick Bastendorff and senior designated hitter Jake Ireland.

Churchill swept top honors for player (Jose Chavez), pitcher (Brock Townsend) and coach (Kenny Niles).

3A ALL-STATE: State-champion St. Mary’s had three players on the all-state first team in pitcher Brandon Letendre, first baseman Joe Johnson and infielder Travis Danielson.

Letendre, a junior, was 12-0 with a 1.28 ERA. He pitched seven complete games and had 75 strikeouts in 67 innings.

The senior Johnson hit .524 with six home runs, five triples, 35 RBIs and 40 runs.

Danielson, a senior who started and pitched the win in the 5-3 title victory over Glide, batted .452 with six home runs, 12 doubles, 28 RBIs and 41 runs.

Cascade Christian senior pitcher Jeff Letendre was a second-team choice, as was St. Mary’s senior infielder Ben Robinson, Cascade Christian senior outfielder Cade Wager and Cascade Christian junior utility player Kyle Reese.

St. Mary’s senior infielder Calder Pruhliere was third team, and Rogue River sophomore infielder Derek Nelson earned honorable mention.

Stanfield/Echo’s Dylan Grogan was player of the year, edging out Johnson, and co-coaches of the year were La Pine’s Bo DeForest and Dayton’s Dave DeSmet.

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