The Cowapa League was well-represented in the 4A state championship game (Banks vs. Seaside), and also on the recently-released all-state football team. Specifically, the Braves and Gulls combined for 12 of the 26 total first team selections.
Among the 104 all-state positions on the first team, second team and honorable mention teams, state champion Banks had 11 all-state selections, including several players who were named both all-state offense and defense.
Topping the list were Banks seniors Blake Markham and Hayden Gobel (the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively), while the Braves' Cole Linehan was named Coach of the Year.
The Gulls finished with seven total selections, including four on the first-team offense. Senior running back Alexander Teubner finished the 2018 season with 2,420 yards rushing and 44 touchdowns.
Ironically, Markham was not the offensive MVP of his own league — that honor went to Teubner, the Cowapa League's Offensive Player of the Year for 2018.
Teubner spent much of his season running behind offensive line teammates such as seniors Travis Fenton, Isaias Jantes and Paxson VanNortwick — who were three of the five first-team all-state offensive linemen.
Joining those four was senior Payton Westerholm, an honorable mention quarterback.
Teubner was also named as a first-team defensive back, and senior Gio Ramirez was selected as a linebacker on the second-team defense.
4A All-State Football
Offensive Player of the Year: Blake Markham, Banks
Defensive Player of the Year: Hayden Gobel, Banks
Coach of the Year: Cole Linehan, Banks
First Team Offense
QB: Hayden Vandehey, Sr., Banks
RB: Alexander Teubner, Sr., Seaside
RB: Chris Zakour, Sr., Mazama
WR: Erick Giffen, Sr., Cottage Grove
WR: Ben Hill, Sr., Gladstone
WR: Blake Markham, Sr., Banks
TE: Blake Gobel, Sr., Banks
C: Travis Fenton, Sr., Seaside
OL: Isaias Jantes, Sr., Seaside
OL: Jackson Simmons, Sr., Gladstone
OL: Greg Stump, Sr., Marshfield
OL: Paxson VanNortwick, Sr., Seaside
K: Jacob Slifka, Jr., Banks
First Team Defense
DL: Macoy Christman, Sr., Cascade
DL: Jackson Simmons, Sr., Gladstone
DL: Corey Stover, Sr., Marshfield
DL: Risdon White, Jr., Banks
LB: Hayden Gobel, Sr., Banks
LB: Jake Healy, Sr., Mazama
LB: Jagger Hogan, Sr., Klamath Union
LB: Nate Virtue, Sr., Sweet Home
DB: Erick Giffen, Sr., Cottage Grove
DB: Chase Howerton, Sr., Marshfield
DB: Blake Markham, Sr., Banks
DB: Alexander Teubner, Sr., Seaside
P: Erick Giffen, Sr., Cottage Grove
Second Team Defense
LB: Gio Ramirez, Sr., Seaside
Honorable Mention Offense
QB: Payton Westerholm, Sr., Seaside