The Cowapa League was well-represented in the 4A state championship football game (Banks vs. Seaside), and also on the recently released 4A all-state football team. Specifically, the Braves and Gulls combined for 12 of the 26 total first-team selections.

Among the 104 all-state first team, second team and honorable mention positions, state champion Banks had 11 selections, including several players who were named both all-state offense and defense.

Topping the list were Banks seniors Blake Markham and Hayden Gobel (the offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively), while the Braves’ Cole Linehan was named coach of the year.

The Gulls finished with seven total selections, including four on the first-team offense. Senior Alexander Teubner was one of two first-team running backs, after finishing the 2018 season with 2,420 yards rushing and 44 touchdowns.

Ironically, Markham was not named the offensive MVP of his own league — that honor went to Teubner, the Cowapa League’s offensive player of the year for 2018.

Teubner spent much of his season running behind offensive line teammates such as seniors Travis Fenton, Isaias Jantes and Paxson VanNortwick — who were three of the five first-team all-state offensive linemen.

Joining those four was senior Payton Westerholm, an honorable mention quarterback.

Teubner was also named as a first-team defensive back, and senior Gio Ramirez was selected as a linebacker on the second-team defense.

Astoria’s lone all-state selection was Justin Villa, a senior honorable mention receiver.

4A All-State Football

Offensive Player of the Year: Blake Markham, Banks

Defensive Player of the Year: Hayden Gobel, Banks

Coach of the Year: Cole Linehan, Banks

First Team Offense

QB: Hayden Vandehey, Sr., Banks

RB: Alexander Teubner, Sr., Seaside

RB: Chris Zakour, Sr., Mazama

WR: Erick Giffen, Sr., Cottage Grove

WR: Ben Hill, Sr., Gladstone

WR: Blake Markham, Sr., Banks

TE: Blake Gobel, Sr., Banks

C: Travis Fenton, Sr., Seaside

OL: Isaias Jantes, Sr., Seaside

OL: Jackson Simmons, Sr., Gladstone

OL: Greg Stump, Sr., Marshfield

OL: Paxson VanNortwick, Sr., Seaside

K: Jacob Slifka, Jr., Banks

First Team Defense

DL: Macoy Christman, Sr., Cascade

DL: Jackson Simmons, Sr., Gladstone

DL: Corey Stover, Sr., Marshfield

DL: Risdon White, Jr., Banks

LB: Hayden Gobel, Sr., Banks

LB: Jake Healy, Sr., Mazama

LB: Jagger Hogan, Sr., Klamath Union

LB: Nate Virtue, Sr., Sweet Home

DB: Erick Giffen, Sr., Cottage Grove

DB: Chase Howerton, Sr., Marshfield

DB: Blake Markham, Sr., Banks

DB: Alexander Teubner, Sr., Seaside

P: Erick Giffen, Sr., Cottage Grove

(Only Cowapa League players are listed for second team and honorable mention selections)

Second Team Defense

LB: Gio Ramirez, Sr., Seaside

Honorable Mention Offense

QB: Payton Westerholm, Sr., Seaside

WR: Justin Villa, Sr., Astoria

C: Andrew Nichols, Jr., Banks

OL: Isaac Flemmer, Sr., Valley Catholic

Honorable Mention Defense

LB: Bryson Cook, Jr., Banks

LB: Josiah Ochoa, Sr., Banks

DB: Gabe Streblow, Jr., Banks

P: Kaleb Boomer, Jr., Tillamook

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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