Denied a chance to compete for the state championship, the Astoria girls basketball team at least swept the Cowapa all-league awards, announced a week before the state playoffs began.

In addition to winning the league title, the Lady Fishermen walked off with the Cowapa League Player of the Year honors (senior Brooklynn Hankwitz), Coach of the Year (Mike Jacobson) and Defensive Player of the Year (junior Kelsey Fausett).

All five Astoria starters earned awards, with seniors Julia Norris, Hailey O’Brien and Hankwitz named to the first team, along with junior Halle Helmersen. Senior Kajsa Jackson was selected honorable mention.

The Seaside girls placed three players on the all-league team — senior Ruby Douglas and sophomore Lilli Taylor made the first team, and junior Tristyn McFadden was selected honorable mention.

Cowapa All-League

Player of the Year: Brooklynn Hankwitz, Astoria

Coach of the Year: Mike Jacobson, Astoria

Defensive Player of the Year: Kelsey Fausett, Astoria

First Team Brooklynn Hankwitz, Sr., Astoria Lexie Crabtree, Sr., Tillamook Ruby Douglas, Sr., Seaside Halle Helmersen, Jr., Astoria Josie Napoli, Jr., Valley Catholic Julia Norris, Sr., Astoria Hailey O’Brien, Sr., Astoria Lauren Snook, Jr., Valley Catholic Maggie Streblow, So., Banks Lilli Taylor, So., Seaside Cameron Wilder, Jr., Valley Catholic

Honorable Mention Lexie Braxling, So., Tillamook Hailey Evans, Fr., Banks Lauren Goodno, Sr., Valley Catholic Kajsa Jackson, Sr., Astoria Tristyn McFadden, Jr., Seaside Alex Saunders, Fr., Banks Sydney Stevens, Sr., Tillamook

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

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