It’s not often for a Southwest Washington volleyball athlete to be named a Gatorade State Player of the Year. In fact, it never happened until May 2021 when Woodland’s star senior Emma Swett earned the prestigious honor.
The 6-foot-1 outside hitter and setter racked up 159 kills and 118 digs to lead Woodland (9-4) to second place at districts.
Swett, who was also named the 2A Greater St. Helens League’s Player of the Year, added 77 assists, 22 aces and 16 blocks.
The University of Portland-bound standout finished her career with 771 kills, 584 assists and 572 digs.
Joining her with first-team, all-league honors was senior Kennedy Huesties, while senior Mackenzie Gilchrist was on the second team.
Tacking on first-team honors were senior tight end Emmanuel Cruz, senior offensive lineman Jason Bowman, senior defensive lineman Michael Karchesky and sophomore linebacker Daeton Lofgren.
Second-team picks included senior quarterback JJ Fuerst, junior defensive lineman Mark Morals and sophomore defensive back Justin Philpot.
On the boys side, Gaige Pilot (106), Judea Sanders (113) and Josiah Sanders (120) all were named to the first team. On the girls side, Jordyn Miller (140) also earned first-team honors.
Track and field
Senior Lucy George was named to the first team in the girls javelin, high jump and long jump. Senior multi-sport athlete Kennedy Huesties was first team in the girls triple jump.
Boys cross country
Junior Joran Lamoreaux was the Beavers’ lone first-team pick, while senior Nathan Gassaway came away with second-team honors.
Senior Emersyn Finn was the lone all-league selection, earning first-team honors.