PHS coach Dave Ellis hugs Mark Grimmer
PHS coach Dave Ellis hugs Mark Grimmer after the team defeated Hidden Valley for the 4A state title. Grimmer was named Player of the Year and Ellis was Coach of the Year on the all-state team recently released. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Others in boys soccer, volleyball, girls soccer, cross-country also among those receiving recognition

It’s been a season to remember for Mark Grimmer and the Philomath High School boys soccer program. After all of the accomplishments that included Grimmer scoring in every game and the team winning the Class 4A championship, another piece of recognition went in the Warriors’ direction recently with the release of the all-state team.

Grimmer, a senior, earned the 4A Player of the Year honor after pulling off the rare feat of scoring in all 18 of Philomath’s soccer games this fall, finishing with 30 for the season.

“I’ve never had a player in all of my years of coaching who was so committed to scoring … just nothing would stop him,” PHS coach Dave Ellis said a few weeks ago during an interview for a story on the all-conference team.

Ellis himself earned an honor as the 4A Coach of the Year.

Besides Grimmer, Warriors goalkeeper Teddy Benbow, a junior, also earned first-team recognition.

Senior Dylan Bell and junior Mateo Candanoza earned all-state honors as well with inclusion on the second team.

Two Philomath players made the all-state team in girls soccer. Sophomore Bailey Bell and senior Reese Grube were both selected for the second team.

Philomath High graduate and former Warriors co-coach Andrea Whiteman who is now at Woodburn was named the 4A Coach of the Year. Woodburn senior Myranda Marquez was named Player of the Year.

Senior Sage Kramer earned a spot on the 4A all-state second team in volleyball. 

Sweet Home’s Jamie Seward was the Player of the Year and Cascade’s Cristina Williams was named Coach of the Year.

In cross-country, all-state honors are based on athletes’ performances at the state meet. For the boys, Candanoza made the first team with his sixth-place finish at state. Junior Ben Hernandez and junior Jesse Erickson qualified for honorable mention honors.

For the girls in cross-country, freshman Adele Beckstead’s seventh-place finish earned her a spot on the first team. Junior Ingrid Hellesto’s 10th place gets her a spot on the second team. Senior Kaeleigh Houchin made the third team and freshman Kateri Pindell earned honorable mention status.

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