By Jeremy McDonald
By Jeremy McDonald
South Salem’s Samiu Letisi (Wrestling(, the Saxons Anton Chacon (Wrestling), Sprague’s Alyssa Meza (Basketball), Salem Academy’s Aly Herber (Basketball), Sprague’s David Sherman (Wrestling), Sprague’s Josh Camillo (Wrestling), South Salem’s Maddie Dustin (Basketball), North Salem’s Gabby Tata-Rodrigues (Wrestling), North Salem’s Vance Lund, the Vikings Quilaztli Miguel-Lapham (Wrestling), Sprague’s Owen Scott (Wrestling), Salem Academy’s Benett Bos (Basketball), McNary’s Leah Doutt (Basketball), West Salem’s Lizzy Bennett (Basketball) and McKay’s Tess Barnett (Wrestling) were honored by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club on June 25.
Salem Sports and Breakfast Club (since 1954)
Les Schwab (since 2013) Athletes of the Week/Senior Athletes of the Year
June 25th, 2021
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Wrestling, is Samiu Letisi. Samiu, a senior, pinned his way through the district tournament in the 285-pound weight class on his way to his third 6A state tournament where he will go in as the eighth seed. He is undefeated on the year. Samui’s is a story of dedication and perserverance. An offensive and defensive lineman for the Saxons who will be headed to Butte College in Chico, California, he came into the wrestling season at 315 pounds. Unable to wrestle until his weight got down to 287, Samui stuck with the program throughout the season, continued to workout and practice, and lost the 30 pounds necessary to participate. From Coach Scott DuFault, “Many a senior, especially one who knew he would have graduated before the season came to an end, would have decided to concentrate on football and just moved on. Samui didn’t do that.” Samui will complete wrestling this Saturday at Newberg High School and report to Les Schwab Bowl football practices on Sunday. Congratulations to Samiu Letisi from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Wrestling, is Anton Chacon. Anton, 9-2 on the season, wrestled at 152 pounds for the Saxons. In the district tournament he defeated the top two seeds to claim his first district title. As a 9th grader Anton, despite wrestling at 138 pounds throughout the year, wrestled at 152 pounds, and just missed qualifying for the state tournament. Anton is described by Coach Scott DuFault as someone who has always been active in both school and club wrestling. “He doesn’t dabble in wrestling but immerses himself in it. He has a very bright future in the sport.” Anton will go into the 6A state wrestling tournament at Newberg High School seeded sixth at 152 pounds. Congratulations to Anton Chacon from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Sprague Girls Basketball, is Alyssa Meza. Alyssa, a sophomore, averaged 11.3 points over her last three games, knocking down nine 3-pointers over that span. The Olys are a young team that includes five 9th graders and three sophomores. Coach Trevor Bodine says this about Alyssa, “Alyssa makes us go. As our primary ball handler, she has a lot of responsibility for getting us into our offense and for being a score-first point guard this year. With an inexperienced team learning all new offensive and defensive schemes this year, I needed her to be that and she handled it well. Alyssa is pretty quiet so I am looking to her to provide a voice out on the court next year and I know she will take that challenge head on!” Congratulations to Alyssa Meza from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Salem Academy Girls Basketball, is Aly Herber. Aly, a sophomore, plays post for the 9-3 Crusaders. In the last week of conference play, as Salem Academy pushed for the playoffs, Aly helped them qualify by averaging 15 points on 45% shooting in addition to 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals for the 3rd place Crusaders. Coach Derek Imig says “Aly is a great kid who is hungry to learn the game and keep improving.” Congratulations to Aly Herber from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Sprague Wrestling, is David Sherman. From Coach Nolan Harris, “David is having a great junior season for Sprague Wrestling. He is a team guy and has been wrestling at heavyweight all season and boasts a record of 8-2 with 7 falls while. He made the drop down to 220 this past weekend and won his 2nd straight Mountain Valley Conference title. He is reliable and consistent. He doesn’t miss a practice. As coaches, we can count on him to always be at practice, working hard, and making sacrifices for the team. This is evident in his wrestling at heavyweight all season to strengthen our dual lineup. He is also durable. Halfway through the season he broke his nose yet he continues to practice and compete at a high level. He’s a great teammate and embodies the program motto of ‘Train Right, Fight Right, Live Right’.” David will be competing in the state tournament at Newberg High School this weekend. Congratulations to David Sherman from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Sprague Wrestling, is Josh Camillo. From Coach Nolan Harris: “Josh is hungry to compete at the state tournament [at Newberg High School] this weekend. This past weekend he won his second Mountain Valley Conference title in as many years. Last season, however, he was unable to compete due to illness. This year he is excited to have the opportunity to compete at the state tournament and continue an already stellar sophomore season. So far, he is 10-0 on the season with 6 falls. This is a testament to his work ethic. He doesn’t miss a practice and is dedicated to constant improvement. More importantly, he is humble. He understands that wins and losses don’t define him and has found the balance between confidence and humility. He is a good teammate and can often be found matside cheering them on. He’s a great student and a great leader. Indeed, he embodies the program motto of Train Right, Fight Right, Live Right and the coaching staff is excited to see him compete this weekend as well as throughout the remainder of his high school career.” Congratulations to Josh Camillo from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club.
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Girls Basketball, is Maddie Dustin. Maddie, a 9th grader, has helped lead the Saxons to an overall 10-5 record and 2-2 conference record. Over the last four games she has averaged 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.3 steals in four consecutive wins. Coach Adrian Lewis described Maddie as an “up and coming star in the Salem area” who “loves to compete” and “puts in the work and has a bright future ahead of her”. In Monday’s game versus West Albany she had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in South’s 53-45 win. Congratulations to Maddie Dustin from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club.
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for Girls Wrestling, from North Salem Wrestling, is Gabby Tata-Rodrigues. From Coach Andy Pickett, “[Gabby] won the regional tournament (state qualifier) in dominating fashion (3 pins and an 8-2 decision in the finals). She has always displayed great attitude and leadership in all her sports. She came out late this season for wrestling because sports seasons overlapped. She ended up winning a state title in track and field (discus) on a Saturday and then was in the wrestling room on Monday to start mat training. She pushes and inspires all of our athletes (not just the girl wrestlers) to give more effort, try harder, and always do it with a positive attitude.” Gabby finished her high school career with a 14-2 season record and as a 2021 fourth-place finisher at the state tournament. Gabby was a two-time SSBC Athlete of the Week for wrestling and also an Athlete of the Week for track. Congratulations to Gabby Tata-Rodrigues from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club.
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from North Salem Wrestling, is Vance Lund. Vance, a junior, plays football and baseball in addition to his wrestling activities. From Coach Andy Pickett, “[Vance] has helped elevate the sports culture at North Salem because of his participation, work ethic, and leadership. He has had a tough season in wrestling, taking on some rough losses. He put everything behind him and wrestled the best tournament of his [high school] career and took first at wrestling regionals this past weekend. His game plan was to be patient and explode when a scoring opportunity presented itself. He displayed extreme discipline and focus in all of his matches, beating a former state qualifier from Central and a tough Crescent Valley kid in the finals.” Vance will be wrestling in the state tournament at Newberg High School this weekend. Congratulations to Vance Lund from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club.
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from North Salem Wrestling, is Quilaztli Miguel-Lapham. According to Coach Andy Pickett, Quilaztli, a senior, took first place at the girls regional wrestling tournament “… by dominating the competition. We have been developing match game-plans with her and she implemented this last weekend to perfection. I would need to confirm this stat, but I do not think she gave up any offensive points in the state qualifying tournament [she was never taken down nor did she experience a near fall or a reversal]. From set-up to finish I think Quili has the cleanest sweep single I have ever seen from a girl wrestler. I plan to video tape her at the state tournament so that I can show future wrestlers a perfect single leg in competition.” Quilaztli continued her dominance at the state championships in Newberg where, once again, she gave up no offensive points on her way to a state championship. Quilaztli was previously named an SSBC Athlete of the Week as well. Congratulations to state champion Quilaztli Miguel-Lapham from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for Boys Wrestling, from Sprague Wrestling, is Owen Scott. From Coach Nolan Harris, “Owen has come a long way as a wrestler in his short four year career. He started wrestling as a freshman and placed at the novice district tournament. By his sophomore season he made the JV lineup and finished 6th at the conference championship. His junior year he was 4th in the Mountain Valley Conference and wrestled at the state tournament. Like most senior wrestlers, he thought his high school career was done this past past winter. However, the moment he found out that there was a path to compete, he rearranged his work and school schedules to assure he could complete his career. It has paid off. He’s had a great senior season. He’s 10-0 with 9 falls and finished last week as the MVC Champion at 195 pounds— pinning all of his opponents!
“[Owen’s] success is due to his hard work and dedication and that isn’t limited to his practice regimen. He is an honor roll student and he was consistently the highest performer throughout our fundraising sales. Indeed, he does the little things right. His positive attitude and ability to see his commitments through have led to his success. He is a great ambassador for Sprague Wrestling and we’re excited to see how his career concludes at the state tournament this weekend [at the state championships at Newberg High School]. Regardless of the outcome, his legacy of dedication, hard work, and selflessness will remain with the wrestlers that come after him.” Nothing we can say would equal those words from his coach. Congratulations to Owen Scott from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for Boys Basketball, from Salem Academy, is Bennett Bos. In the words of Coach Ben Brown, “Benett Bos has been the backbone of our basketball program here at Salem Academy the last two years. Benett averaged twenty plus points per game this season [and] seven rebounds a game. Stats only give one side to Benett and his impact here at SA. Benett studies the game, plays year around, and never stops training. As his coach I see how contagious this is to our younger student-athletes and how he inspires them to share in his passion! A big part to me and what I appreciate very much about Benett is his demeanor on the floor. He respects his opponents, the officials, and he will be the first to acknowledge someone else’s accomplishments before his own.” Benett averaged 21 points per game this season and scored 18 points versus Gervais, had 28 points and 5 assists versus Sheridan, and 17 points versus Kennedy in the final week as he led the Crusaaders to the Tri-River Conference championship and an undefeated season. Benett was previously named an SSBC Athlete of the Week. Congratulations to Benett Bos from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for Girls Basketball, from McNary, is Leah Doutt. Leah averaged 18.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.1 steals per game this season in leading the Celts to a 4-0 conference record and a 12-3 overall record. From Coach Liz Dorn, “Leah is a talented athlete and a skilled basketball player. She was instrumental in our team’s success this year. Her ability to shoot the three and finish around the basket make her very difficult to guard. I am proud of how Leah took on more of a leadership role this year and I am also very proud of Leah and her teammates’ defensive intensity this season. We held 13 of our 15 opponents under 30 points.” Leah will be attending Utah State in the fall to study accounting. In addition to the Senior Athlete of the Year for Girls Basketball, Leah has three times been named an Athlete of the Week. Congratulations to Leah Doutt from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Senior Athlete of the Year for Girls Wrestling, from McKay, is Tess Barnett. Tess won the district tournament at 115 pounds before going on to the state tournament in Newberg and finishing in 2nd place. Her season record was 19-2. From Coach Eric Harder, “It is clear that Tess has a certain “it” factor when she is on the mat. She controls her opponents and always capitalizes on scoring points and getting pins. Her work ethic and determination make her one of the best athletes in the state.” Tess won the state championship at 110 pounds last season and is a three-time state placer. She also has been named an SSBC Athlete of the Week twice previously. Congratulations to Tess Barnett from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from West Salem Girls Basketall, is Lizzy Bennett. Lizzy, a sophomore, averaged 17 points per game, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks in leading the Titans to an 8-5 overall season and a 3-1 league record. She had 5 games of 20 points or more this season and a triple-double – 16 points, 11 steals, and 10 rebounds – in the win over West Albany in the season’s final week. Coach Katie Singleton describes Lizzy as “a great player and teammate [who] has a competitive drive that will take her very far.” Congratulations Lizzy, from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!