Taylor Rarick leads area all-league selections
Having earned all-league first team honors twice and Class 6A all-state honorable mention accolades, Taylor Rarick, was already set to leave Newberg as one of the most decorated basketball players in program history before completing her senior season.
Rarick's latest haul of awards is just beginning, as the dynamic point guard was named to the All-Three Rivers League first team for the third time in three seasons as a full-time varsity player.
After finishing third in the state in scoring in 2015-2016 as a junior, the NCAA Division II Concordia-Irvine recruit finished the season averaging 18.9 points, 3.6 steals and 3.4 assists per game while leading the Tigers into the first round of the 6A state playoffs.
She finished second in voting to Player of the Year Award winner Bendu Yeaney of St. Mary's Academy, who has committed to play at Indiana University.
Rarick capped off her career with a 23-point performance in the second half of Newberg's playoff loss to No. 4 Grant, as she rallied the Tigers back from a big halftime deficit, and will likely earn all-state honors for the second time later this spring.
"What an incredible career she's had. I'm glad she was able to put on that kind of performance and showcase herself the way she did," Newberg coach Luke Lindell said following the team's playoff exit. "That second half shows to the state what she's all about. We're going to miss her as a basketball program."
Seniors Savanna Milroy and Shannon Leffler were also recognized by league coaches with honorable mention honors.
Leffler, who missed the past two seasons with injuries, posted 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in her long-awaited return to the court.
Milroy nearly averaged a double-double this season, scoring 9.7 points and hauling in 9.1 rebounds per game, and would likely be a second-team choice in many other leagues.
St. Paul certainly knows all about playing in an ultra-competitive league after spending the past three years in the Tri-River Conference, which has dominated the state at the Class 2A level.
This year, the Bucks were left on the outside looking in after losing a tiebreaker game for fourth-place, with all four league teams advancing to the 2A state tournament, where Western Mennonite won the championship.
Freshman post Erin Counts was rewarded for a stellar debut season with second-team all-league accolades after averaging 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Senior Elizabeth Brentano and Griselda Vargas-Ayala were also honored with third-team and honorable mention nods. A forward, Brentano averaged 9.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, with guard Vargas-Ayala putting up 6.1 points, 2.8 steals and 2.2 assists per game.
Junior Campbell Smith was one of two St. Paul boys named All-Tri-River Conference by league coaches, earning third-team honors after leading the Bucks in scoring. Sophomore guard Jaidyn Jackson also received honorable mention.