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Escalante named to all-state football team

Elma linebacker Ricky Escalante received first-team recognition on the Associated Press all-state football team announced Thursday.

Escalante, Wishkah back Keigan Gardiner and Wishkah offensive lineman Trey Berge were named to the first teams in their respective classifications.

Others named to the second team included Aberdeen defensive lineman Chase Johnson, Montesano offensive lineman Evan Bialkowsky and Wishkah wide receiver/defensive lineman Dillon Mitchell.

Balloting was conducted by state sports writers and compiled by the Yakima Herald-Republic.

The Evergreen 1A League’s Defensive Most Valuable Player, Elma’s Escalante had a hand in 86 tackles — 43 primary stops and 43 assists — and was credited with seven sacks.

Gardiner achieved what may have been a milestone for Harbor athletes. The Wishkah senior was a three-way first-team selection — on offense, defense and as an all-purpose player.

Berge did a good share of the blocking for a Wishkah attack that produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.

Camas quarterback Reilly Hennessey was chosen as the state all-classification Player of the Year. Other Players of the Year in their respective classifications were Bellevue’s Budda Baker in 3A, Lynden’s Trent Postman in 2A, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague’s Dylan Hartz in 2B and Neah Bay’s Josiah Greene in 1B. Freeman’s Markus Goldback and Zillah’s Brady Widner shared the honor in 1A.