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All-league girls soccer honorees include 8 Warriors with 3 on 1st team

The attackers who score a bunch of goals or serve up assists tend to get a lot of the attention in the game of soccer, but that does not lessen the importance of the back-line defenders. It’s those players who frustrate opponents by making big tackles and clearing the ball.

For Philomath High this past season, senior Reese Grube’s abilities in the back could change a game. Oregon West Conference coaches obviously took note of her talent with Grube making the all-league first team.

Warriors coach Mat Phelps called Grube a consistent player that could always be counted on.

“This year, she moved to center defense and it was just so obvious — she kept our team running, she kept us organized … she was a vocal leader, she could do it all,” Phelps said. “I think it was evident from watching our games like who was in control in the back — it was Reese. That’s pretty good that the other coaches in the league saw that, too.”

Grube even missed a few games during the season because of an ankle injury.

“Overcoming that and still being able to show everybody how valuable she is is really good,” he said.

A pair of Philomath High sophomores also made the first team in Bailey Bell and Kamilla Grimmer. Seniors K Bacho and Ella Weickum were named to the second team and honorable mention picks included junior Mia Cook, junior Elizabeth Morales-Marquez and junior Hailie Couture.

Bailey Bell
First-teamer Bailey Bell, sophomore, scored 10 goals and had 15 assists in league play this fall. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Bell led the team in scoring this past season with 10 goals and 15 assists in Oregon West Conference play.

“So much of the offense goes through her,” Phelps said. “She had 15 assists in league, which is unheard of. Just a really dominant player to be able to create opportunities for her teammates and knowing when to pass and when to take the opportunities herself.”

Bell could be found all over the field.

“I think it’s obvious because she plays on the outside, she tracks back for defense and has a motor that just goes all day,” Phelps said. “Her impact is just so obvious on the field. It’s hard not to see her as one of the strongest players.”

Kamilla Grimmer
Sophomore Kamilla Grimmer made the first team as a field player. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Grimmer was another player that was often on the scoring end, finishing with nine league goals.

“(She was) really creative as a forward making good diagonal runs and creating space for herself, for her teammates,” Phelps said. “She had a few assists as well and she can play multiple positions out there and would just go hard all the time.”

Bacho and Weickum both made the second team as “field players.” On the honorable mention list, Cook and Morales-Marquez were also listed as field players with Couture recognized as a goalkeeper.

The PHS girls went 10-3-3 this past season and reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs. The Warriors finished second in the Oregon West behind eventual state champion Woodburn with an 8-1-3 mark.

Woodburn senior Myranda Marquez earned the league’s Player of the Year honor. The Coach of the Year award was shared by Newport’s Travis Leonard and Woodburn’s Andrea Whiteman, a PHS graduate and former Warriors soccer coach.

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Player of the Year: Myranda Marquez, Woodburn
Co-Coaches of the Year: Andrea Whiteman, Woodburn; Travis Leonard, Newport
Field—Myranda Marquez, Sr., Woodburn; Bailey Bell, So., Philomath; Anya Shockley, Sr., Sisters; Luz Rojas, Jr., Woodburn; Layla Newell, So., Newport; Hollie Lewis, Sr., Sisters; Kamilla Grimmer, So., Philomath; Maddie Harris, Sr., Sweet Home. Defenders—Analise Backus, Jr., Sisters; Reese Grube, Sr., Philomath. Goalkeeper—Josie Patton, Jr., Sisters.
Field—Diana Burnell, Fr., Cascade; K Bacho, Sr., Philomath; Tori Nyquist, Sr., Stayton; Marley Holden, So., Sisters; Crystal Garcia, Jr., Woodburn; Brisa Aguilar, Fr., Newport; Ariel Tobiasson, Sr., Cascade; Ella Weickum, Sr., Philomath. Defenders—Caitlynn Spencer, Jr., Woodburn; Alyssa Rios, Jr., Woodburn. Goalkeeper—Litzy Gonzalez, Jr., Woodburn.
Field—Haili Nyquist, Jr., Stayton; Itzel Arrizmendi, Sr., Newport; Mia Cook, Jr., Philomath; Alissa Humphreys, Sr., Stayton; Jenica Trujillo, Sr., Stayton; Thalia Monroy, Jr., Woodburn; Emma Lutz, Sr., Sisters; Reese Harwell, Sr., Sisters; Meagan Baham, Sr., Sweet Home; Cassidy Garibaldo, Jr., Woodburn; Elizabeth Morales-Marquez, Jr., Philomath; Kianna Leonard, Fr., Newport. Defenders—Sage Wyland, Jr., Sisters; Adrianna Frank, Jr., Stayton; Charlotte Gardner, So., Newport; Rian Hill, Sr., Stayton; Zianna Duncan, So., Sweet Home; Larissa Fregoso, Sr., Woodburn; Brooke Burke, Jr., Sweet Home; Tatiana Yaknitsa, So., Cascade; Abigail Green, Jr., Newport; Shae Wyland, Fr., Sisters; Christine McCants, So., Stayton. Goalkeepers—Kami Hart, Sr., Sweet Home; Hailie Couture, Jr., Philomath; Avonly Wolf, Jr., Newport.

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