In conjunction with the Oregon Sports Awards, we are asking you, the fans, to help select male and female Oregon high school athletes of the month for October in football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
Cast your vote in each of the categories listed below before the polls close on Thursday, November 7 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Only one vote per person per category is allowed. Winners will be announced on Friday, November 8.
Here are the nominees for the month of October:
Keegan Lawrence, sr., Sherwood: Lawrence’s big games in October included a four-touchdown performance in the Bowmen’s win over rival Wilsonville. He needed only seven carries to amass 227 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 62-7 win over Putnam on Oct. 25.
Noah Kyllo, sr., Canby: Kyllo was The Oregonian’s High School Football Honor Roll winner for Oct. 13-19 for his record-setting game against West Linn on Oct. 18. Kyllo, who began the season as a wide receiver but was moved to running back due to injuries, rushed for a school-record 362 yards and added two touchdowns in that game.
Jake LaCoste, sr., West Albany: LaCoste ended his regular season with a bang, rushing for five touchdowns in the first quarter alone against Corvallis on Oct. 25. Before his stellar performance against Corvallis, he rushed for 896 yards and five touchdowns in his previous three October games.
Dakota Senger, sr., South Umpqua: Senger continued his tear in October, leading the state in rushing yards (2010) and rushing touchdowns (27). His highlights for the month included a 324-yard, six-touchdown game against Sutherlin on Oct. 4, and a 346-yard, three-touchdown game against Douglas on Oct. 18.
Cameron Bennett, so., Lincoln: The sophomore goal keeper ended the month of October with four straight clean sheets. He allowed only three goals in six games during the entire month, helping Lincoln stay undefeated in October.
Antonio Porreco, sr., Jesuit: Porreco gave Jesuit a 1-0 win over Beaverton on Oct. 24 by scoring the game’s only goal late in the second half. The win capped a perfect Metro League record for Jesuit, and helped them grab a No. 2 seed in the Class 6A playoffs.
Riley Philippi, sr., Banks: The senior had two goals and an assist last Wednesday to lead his team to a 6-1 home win over Yamhill-Carlton — Banks’ most lopsided Cowapa League victory since the program was reinstated in 2009. He took home The Oregonian’s Athlete of the Week honors for his effort.
Sami Moellmer, jr., Hillsboro: Moellmer earned The Oregonian’s High School Athlete of the Week for Oct. 13-19 aftwer she scored all three goals in a 3-0 victory over McMinnville. Moellmer’s hat trick helped vault the Spartans into fourth place in the Pacific Conference standings.
Sydney McRae, fr., Sunset: In the Apollos’ 2-1 win at Beaverton on Oct. 21, McRae assisted on her team’s first goal – a score from teammate Adalina Bajrami with 26 minutes remaining in the game. Then, McRae scored off a free kick from Taylor Coon less than five minutes later to ensure the win. The win helped Sunset to a second place finish in the Metro League.
Lauren Hill, fr., Banks: Hill recorded her first career hat trick on Oct. 24 against Tillamook in a 5-1 win. She completed the hat trick in just over one half of play. The win was the third in a row in the Cowapa League for Banks.
Madison Vicknair, jr., McMinnville: The junior outside hitter opened the month by leading the Grizzlies to Pacific Conference wins over Tigard, Hillsboro and Tualatin with 42 kills and 11 service aces. This earned her The Oregonian’s Athlete of the Week nod. McVair also added an impressive 21 kills and 6 solo blocks in a losing effort against Glencoe on Oct. 17.
Alexis Thompson, jr., Wilsonville: The Wildcats junior had 18 kills and dominated in other phases of the match to lead Wilsonville to a five-game win over St. Helens on Oct. 15, handing the Lions their first loss in Northwest Oregon Conference competition this season.
Lauren Messmer, jr., Glencoe: Messmer led the Crimson Tide to an upset over Southridge in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Oct. 30. The junior led her team in kills during the match, notching two especially key kills in the deciding fifth set to help seal the victory.
Boys Cross Country
Matthew Maton, sr., Summit: The Storm senior won the George Fox Classic in Brooks in a time of 14 minutes, 32.7 seconds. It was the nation’s fastest cross country time recorded by a high school boy this fall. Maton also won the Oxford Classic in Bend on Oct. 4 with a time of 15:01.80.
Ahmed Ibrahim, sr., Reynolds: Ibrahim easily won a four-way meet involving Central Catholic, David Douglas and Barlow with a time of 15 minutes, 28.6 seconds at Fernhill Park. Ibrahim has finished first in five of six meets this season.
Reilly Bloomer, jr., South Eugene: Bloomer won the Southwest Conference district meet at Roseburg High School on Oct. 24 with a time of 15:20.00. He also finished second in the Oxford Classic on Oct. 4 with a time of 15:25.20, and came in third in the George Fox Classic on Oct. 12 with a time of 15:11.30. His mark at the George Fox Classic was the fastest 5,000-meter time of the season among Class 6A boys.
Girls Cross Country
Allison Martinez, sr., Aloha: Martinez made her 2013 Metro League debut a keeper, running to victory in the four-team meet featuring Aloha, Beaverton, Sunset and Westview at Tualatin Hills on Oct. 2. Martinez finished with a winning time of 18 minutes, 46.96 seconds, beating Sunset senior Charlotte Corless, the defending Metro champion, who took second at 18:51.16.
Ella Donaghu, so., Grant: Donaghu has been virtually unbeatable all season. She took the Three Rivers League championship title on Oct. 23 with a time of 18 minutes, 36.31 seconds, marking her seventh first-place finish this season. DyeStat named Donaghu the 21st best high school girls cross country runner in the nation in their latest rankings on Oct. 24.
Samantha Slusher, fr., Catlin Gabel: Slusher won the District 1 championship as just a freshman, finishing the race in a time of 19:34 to help win her team a berth in the upcoming state meet.