Nyquist, Ensign, Hammack Named To 4A Girls Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

STAYTON, Ore.–  Imagine being a Senior on a team that was young in Varsity minutes and having to step up as a leader.

Stayton’s KJ Nyquist had to do just that adjusting into more of a leadership role her Senior Year as the Eagles, under first-year Head Coach Wendi Nyquist, as Stayton finished 17-8 and 8-4 in the Oregon West Conference.  Nyquist was named Second Team All-State as a Senior.

“KJ showed tremendous leadership this season. We had a new coach a new system and a whole new team that had competed very little on a varsity floor. Our success was a direct reflection of her leadership. KJ is a fierce competitor. She will do whatever it takes to win,” said Wendi Nyquist of KJ.  “That being said, with this team, KJ knew how important it was for her teammates to feel comfortable and confident. We had success this season because KJ was a selfless leader.

“She never put herself above the team. She loved her teammates and always found a way for all teammates to feel involved and loved.”

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Mya Hammack (3) and Katie Ensign (12, right) were named to the All-State Team.  Ensign received First-team honors, Hammack Honorable Mention honors (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

 

North Marion had plans to return to the Elite 8 once more, but after a slow 2-6 start the Huskies wheeled off of 17 straight wins and were the hottest team entering the 4A State Playoffs in Forest Grove before the Coronavirus cooled off their hot-hand.

Senior Katie Ensign was named to the First Team All-State team and Junior Mya Hammack was named to the Honorable Mention All-State Team.

“We had big plans for the final 8 with a defense I have never used before and the girls were really understanding it well.  Obviously very disappointed that we couldn’t play but certainly understood the risks,” said North Marion Head Coach Trevor Bodine.  “I feel bad for the seniors on all the teams that didn’t get a chance to finish things out the right way. I was very proud of my team and coaching staff in how we came together after December and really developed as a unit.

“As far as Katie and Mya go, they really did a great job leading the team this year.  Katie averaged a double-double in league and Mya does what she always does.  The only one that was able to stop Mya this year was Mya. Both Katie and Mya developed their all-around games and became more multi-dimensional which was great to see especially from Katie because most people thought she was just a three-point shooter.”

See the full 4A Girls Basketball List here:

First Team:

Katie Ensign- North Marion

Kaiah Fisher- Hidden Valley

Brooklynn Hankwitz- Astoria

Sage Kramer- Philomath

Sydney Younger- Baker

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KJ Nyquist going after a loose ball against Mannahouse Chrisitan Academy January 2 (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Second Team

Camryn Collman, La Grande, junior

Matty Ladd, Cottage Grove, junior

Josie Napoli, Valley Catholic, junior

KJ Nyquist, Stayton, senior

Emma Pankalla, Philomath, senior

North Marion
North Marion’s Mya Hammack taking a moment to gather herself against Madras February 14 as the Junior received Honorable Mention honors (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Honorable Mention

Ella Dunlap, La Grande, junior

Mya Hammack, North Marion, junior

Teryn Powers, Hidden Valley, sophomore

Mia Rust, Philomath, junior

Jiana Smith-Francis, Madras, senior

 Coach of the Year:  Ben Silva, Philomath 

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