Playoffs end at Crater for Warriors in football, volleyball

Lebanon’s football and volleyball teams both made the playoffs, but both their runs ended at Crater. 

The Warriors thought they had a home game in football, but that ended up being at Crater as well. 

Lebanon rolled up 520 yards of offense, to 360 for the Comets, but lost 47-41 in the first round on Nov. 2.

“Football just didn’t play great,” said Athletic Director Kraig Hoene. “We had two big turnovers and a blocked punt that cost us.

“But Crater’s a good team. They’re coached well. They did what they had to do.”

Lebanon (7-2, 7-3) finished third in the Mid-Willamette Conference. 

Senior quarterback Colton Shepard was named Offensive Player of the Year and,  along with sophomore running back Keith Brown, senior offensive linemen Corbin Anderson, Lebanon and Zar Grimes, to the  All-League First Team.

Anderson was also named a First Team defensive lineman. Other Warriors honored as First Team defensive selections were linebackers Landon Kisling, a junior, and senior Dillin Weber.

Second Team offensive selections from Lebanon were senior running back Chaz Daniels, senior wide receiver Eddie Kennedy, Weber at tight end, and sophomore lineman Gideon Osborne. 

Defensive Second Teamers were senior lineman Dylan Studar and sophomore defensive back Dayne Sipos.  

Honorable mention picks for the Warriors were junior running back Brock Barrett, senior offensive lineman Lane Blisseck, sophomore kicker Tomas de Jong, and Sipos as a kick returner. Defensively, senior lineman Steven Wilson, Brown at linebacker and punter, senior defensive back Raymond Knuth, 

In volleyball, the Warriors got a first-round match-up with the Comets on Oct. 27, losing 25-17, 25-21, 25-19 in Medford. 

“Our volleyball team actually played pretty well,” Hoene said. “We lost in three, but they were hard-fought. Jordan’s teams always are.”

Lebanon finished 8-8, 9-13, good for fifth in the Mid-Willamette Conference. League champion Corvallis (16-0, 25-2) beat Ridgeview for the state championship on Nov. 3.

Senior Cheyenne Whitebird was named to the All-League First Team at rightside-opposite. 

Named to the second team were senior Nicole Christie at outside hitter and senior Nicole Bender at setter.

Honorable mention picks were senior Cessna Trembath at libero,and  junior McKenzie Crenshaw at middle blocker.