PHS senior Teddy Benbow earned the Oregon West Conference Player of the Year honor. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Philomath High School goalkeeper Teddy Benbow earned the Oregon West Conference Player of the Year honor and three Warriors made the all-league first team in boys soccer. 

Benbow, one of 13 seniors on the PHS roster, has developed a reputation in Class 4A for being one of the toughest goalkeepers to beat. Benbow’s defining moment came during his junior season in a shootout for the state title against Hidden Valley. This season, the Warriors allowed only six goals all season — a 0.4 goals per game average — and shut out 10 opponents.

Seth Arthurs, left, and Mateo Candanoza were first-team all-league selections for the Warriors. (File photos by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The all-conference team is split up into field players, defenders and goalkeepers. On the first team, the Warriors had two field players in senior Mateo Candanoza and senior Seth Arthurs. Benbow was selected as the first-team goalkeeper.

On the second team, sophomore Silas Pittman earned the honor as a field player and senior Chase Ringwald was recognized as a defender. Honorable mention choices included junior Favian Aceves and senior Brody Bushnell as field players.

Stayton’s Chris Shields was named Coach of the Year. The Eagles won the conference title with a 7-0-3 record.

Overall, North Marion, Philomath and Stayton each had seven players recognized, followed by Newport (six), Cascade (four) and Sweet Home (two).

Oregon West Conference
Coach of the Year — Chris Shields, Stayton
Player of the Year — Teddy Benbow, Philomath
First Team
Field Players — Ismael Esparza, Jr., Stayton; Mateo Candanoza, Sr., Philomath; Seth Arthurs, Sr., Philomath; Jesse Wright, Jr., Stayton; Tony Gonzalez, Jr., Newport; Bryan Cortez, Sr., Cascade; Owen Samuell, Sr., Stayton; Aden Carillo, Jr., North Marion.
Defenders — Omar Garcia, Sr., Stayton; Drake Dougherty, Sr., Newport.
Goalkeeper — Teddy Benbow, Sr., Philomath.
Second Team
Field Players — Ivan Hernandez, Jr., Newport; Angel Garcia, Jr., Stayton; Josue Lomeli, So., North Marion; Marcos Mejia, Fr., North Marion; Silas Pittman, So., Philomath; Sam Horne, Sr., Cascade; Brock Spink, Jr., Newport; Adrian Vallejo, Jr., North Marion.
Defenders — Chase Ringwald, Sr., Philomath; Jacob Hampton, Sr., Cascade.
Goalkeeper — Luis Mejia, Sr., Stayton.
Honorable Mention
Field Players — Colton Savri, Jr., Sweet Home; Favian Aceves, Jr., Philomath; Brody Bushnell, Sr., Philomath; Spencer Horne, Sr., Cascade; Marion Acevedo, Sr., Newport.
Defenders — Kevin Aceves, Sr., Stayton; Alexander Perez Hernandenz, Sr., North Marion; Byron Velazquez, Sr., Newport; Alexis Lopez, Jr., North Marion.
Goalkeepers — Jonathan Vallejo, Sr., North Marion; Evan Towry, Sr., Sweet Home.
PHS senior Ben Hernandez was the top runner in the Oregon West Conference this past season. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)


All seven of Philomath High’s varsity boys runners earned Oregon West Conference all-league recognition. Individual champion Ben Hernandez, senior, led the way with his performance at the district meet. First-team honors also went to runner-up Mateo Candanoza, another senior, as well as a pair of freshmen in Leo Pausch and Lukas Hernandez.

Second-team honors went to senior Brody Bushnell, senior Jesse Erickson and senior Kellen Houchin.

Behind Philomath’s seven, Cascade and Newport each had three make all-conference and Stayton had one.

The Warriors dominated the OWC meet and went on to finish as the Class 4A runner-up. All-state honors went to Ben Hernandez (first team), Candanoza (second team), Bushnell (second team), Pausch (third team) and Erickson (honorable mention).

PHS sophomore Adele Beckstead was the top runner in the OWC this past season. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

For the OWC champion girls squad, six runners earned all-conference honors, including four on the first team. Sophomore Adele Beckstead led the way as individual champion. Freshman Ana Candanoza, sophomore Hallie Morrison and senior Ingrid Hellesto also made the first team.

Second-teamers included sophomore Hanna McDaniel and sophomore Brooke McDaniel.

In all, Philomath had six runners make all-OWC, followed by Cascade with four, Stayton with two and Newport and Sweet Home with one each.

The girls went on to finish as the state runner-up. All-state runners from PHS were Beckstead (first team), Candanoza (third team), Hellesto (third team) and freshman Lucy King (honorable mention), who had missed the district meet.

Oregon West Conference
First Team
Ben Hernandez, Sr., Philomath; Mateo Candanoza, Sr., Philomath; Connor Brown, So., Newport; Leo Pausch, Fr., Philomath; Lukas Hernandez, Fr., Philomath; Ethan Kuntz, Sr., Cascade; Arlen Kuenzi, Sr., Cascade.
Second Team
Julius Pokorny, Jr., Stayton; Calvary Votaw, Jr., Newport; Brody Bushnell, Sr., Philomath; Jesse Erickson, Sr., Philomath; Kellen Houchin, Sr., Philomath; Noah Larsen, So., Newport; Scott Christiansen, Sr., Cascade.
Oregon West Conference
First Team
Adele Beckstead, So., Philomath; Haley Butenschoen, So., Stayton; Hope Bridge, Sr., Stayton; Makaila Kuenzi, Fr., Cascade; Ana Candanoza, Fr., Philomath; Hallie Morrison, So., Philomath; Ingrid Hellesto, Sr., Philomath.
Second Team
Ameli Llumiquinga, Sr., Newport; Hanna McDaniel, So., Philomath; Mckenzie Miller, Fr., Sweet Home; Brooke McDaniel, So., Philomath; Jaci Nixon, So., Cascade; Abigail Scott, Sr., Cascade; Grace Hinkle, Sr., Cascade.
PHS senior Abigail Brown was a first-team selection in volleyball. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)


Warriors senior Abigail Brown was named to the first team in volleyball. A 6-foot-3 right-side hitter, Brown led the team in kills this season for a Warriors squad that reached the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Sophomore setter Ashleigh Brown and senior libero Kori Galvan were named to the second team. Junior outside hitter Ahnika Tryon, sophomore defensive specialist Madison Provance and freshman outside hitter Shaylee May earned honorable mentions.

Cascade swept the individual awards with Cristina Williams (Coach of the Year), Meah Carley (Player of the Year) and Lucretia Bonolken (Honorary Player of the Year).

Philomath and Sweet Home shared honors for most players receiving all-conference recognition with six apiece. Conference champion Cascade and Stayton each had five selections. Newport and North Marion each had two players honored.

Oregon West Conference
Coach of the Year — Cristina Williams, Cascade
Player of the Year — Meah Carley, Cascade
Honorary Player of the Year — Lucretia Bonolken, Cascade
First Team
Annabelle Peterson, Jr., Cascade; Brooklyn Hanni, Jr., Sweet Home; Abigail Brown, Sr., Philomath; Jaydn Daviscourt, Jr., Cascade; Bella Oliver, Jr., Cascade; Lydia Bielenberg, Sr., Stayton.
Second Team
Kaylynn Mamac, So., Sweet Home; Molly Schotthoefer, Jr., Stayton; Ashleigh Brown, So., Philomath; Bayless Mark, Jr., Sweet Home; Kaley Sitton, Jr., Stayton; Kori Galvan, Sr., Philomath.
Honorable mention
Ahnika Tryon, Jr., Philomath; Makayla Guthrie, Sr., Sweet Home, Natalie Paranto, So., Newport; Mercedes Comstock, Sr., Stayton; Kaylene Zajic, Jr., Sweet Home; Natalie Summers, Jr., Sweet Home; Madison Provance, So., Philomath; Madi Smallwood, Fr., Newport; Clara Miller, Sr., North Marion; Amilia Buckland, Jr., North Marion; Laina Atiyeh, So., Stayton; Kamryn Sande, So., Cascade; Tayler Kamm, Jr., Cascade; Shaylee May, Fr., Philomath.
Warriors senior Ty May was the first-team tight end on offense. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)


Philomath High’s Ty May earned a spot on the Special District 3 first team at tight end. May, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior, excelled at the position both catching the ball and on blocking schemes. May’s plans are to continue playing football at the collegiate level.

Another senior, Ty Olson, was named to the second team offense at running back. On defense, the Warriors had four on the second team with senior lineman Chad Russell, junior inside linebacker Kaden Muir, junior inside linebacker Mason Stearns and senior outside linebacker David Griffith.

Honorable mention recognition went to Muir at quarterback, senior Gio Abdelsayed at guard, sophomore Warwick Bushnell at defensive back and freshman CD Nuno at defensive back.

The league’s special honors all went to Marist Catholic with Frank Geske (Coach of the Year), AJ Sargent (Offensive Player of the Year), Aiden Hazen (Defensive Player of the Year) and Sam Keen (Lineman of the Year). Marist Catholic had 11 on the first team.

Overall, Marist had players honored at 17 positions with Stayton close behind at 16. Junction City had 14 all-league players, followed by Cascade with 13, Philomath with 10, Sweet Home with seven and Cottage Grove with six.

Special District 3
Coach of the Year — Frank Geske, Marist Catholic
Offensive Player of the Year — AJ Sargent, Sr., Marist Catholic
Defensive Player of the Year — Aiden Hazen, Jr., Marist Catholic
Lineman of the Year — Sam Keen, Sr., Marist Catholic
First Team
QB — Cody Leming, Sr., Stayton. RB — Ty Borde, Sr., Stayton; Drew Prickel, Sr., Marist Catholic; Parker Nelson, Sr., Marist Catholic. SB — Karsten Sande, Jr., Cascade. TE — Ty May, Sr., Philomath. WR — AJ Sargent, Sr., Marist Catholic; Brady Nichols, Sr., Sweet Home; Jace Aguilar, Sr., Stayton. C — Noah Sitterly, Sr., Junction City. G — Sam Keen, Sr., Marist Catholic; Matthew Prescott, Sr., Junction City. T — Gabe Erickson, Sr., Stayton; Sammy Espinosa, Sr., Junction City.
DL — Sam Keen, Jr., Marist Catholic; Brody Borrevik, So., Marist Catholic; Brock Hubert, Sr., Stayton; Nathan Aker, Jr., Sweet Home. ILB — Aiden Hazen, Jr., Marist Catholic; Kale Hubert, So., Stayton; Brett McKee, Sr., Junction City; Trenton Wymore, Sr., Cascade. OLB — Ty Borde, Sr., Stayton; Gunner Rothenberger, Sr., Junction City; Kaden Starr, Sr., Marist Catholic. DB — AJ Sargent, Sr., Marist Catholic; Tanner Starbuck, So., Stayton; Jaxson Kister, Sr., Junction City; Karsten Sande, Jr., Cascade.
K — Sebastian Nogales, Sr., Marist Catholic. P — Cody Leming, Sr., Stayton. RET — AJ Sargent, Sr., Marist Catholic.
Second Team
QB — Jackson Gibeau, Sr., Marist Catholic; Heath Nichol, Sr., Sweet Home. RB — Brett McKee, Sr., Junction City; Jacob Bell, Sr., Cascade; Ty Olson, Sr., Philomath. SB — Travis King, Sr., Stayton. TE — Brock Hubert, Sr., Stayton. WR — Kaleb Burnett, Sr., Junction City; Peyton Tyner, Jr., Marist Catholic; Ethan Peterson, Sr., Cottage Grove. C — Dante Thanhardt, Sr., Marist Catholic. G — Brayden Scott, Jr., Cascade; Evan Fitzgerald, Sr., Cascade. T — Teagen Allen, Jr., Cascade; Cole Records, Sr., Cascade.
DL — Chance Ellingsworth, Sr., Stayton; Brayden Lekkerkerker, Sr., Cascade; Sammy Espinoza, Sr., Junction City; Chad Russell, Sr., Philomath. ILB — Kaden Muir, Jr., Philomath; Mason Stearns, Jr., Philomath. OLB — Roman Rasmussen, Sr., Marist Catholic; David Griffith, Sr., Philomath. DB — Jack Kiefer, Sr., Marist Catholic; Drew Salnas, Sr., Marist Catholic; Bishop Smyzd, Jr., Stayton; Kaleb Burnett, Sr., Junction City.
K — Jaxson Kister, Sr., Junction City. P — Cooper Rothenburger, Jr., Junction City. RET — Karsten Sande, Jr., Cascade.
Honorable Mention
QB — Gunner Rothenberger, Sr., Junction City; Kaden Muir, Jr., Philomath. RB — Karson Willmarth, Sr., Cottage Grove. SB — Grant Barnes, Jr., Junction City; Tanner Starbuck, So., Stayton; Haydn Peterson, Sr., Cottage Grove. TE — Jackson Walsh, Sr., Cascade. WR — None. C — None. G — Mason Maurer, Sr., Stayton; Gio Abdelsayed, Sr., Philomath; Nathan Aker, Jr., Sweet Home; Tristan Bentley, Sr., Cottage Grove; Evan Jensen, Sr., Sweet Home. T — None.
DL — AJ Xiong, Cascade; Karson Willmarth, Sr., Cottage Grove. ILB — Kayo Ebbs, So., Sweet Home. OLB — None. DB — Warwick Bushnell, So., Philomath; Gaje Nicholson, Jr., Cascade; Jacob Sieminski, Sr., Sweet Home; Jace Aguilar, Sr., Stayton; Brayden Crump, Sr., Cottage Grove; CD Nuno, Fr., Philomath.
K — None. P — None. RET — None.

Girls Soccer

The Oregon West Conference has not yet released the all-conference team for girls soccer. (Update: Read about the girls soccer all-conference team here).

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