Wallowa County 1A athletes garnered their fair share of both league and state athletic awards for fall sports. The Joseph volleyball team and Wallowa football team led the way in awards with the coaches on both teams winning “coach of the year” awards.
Joseph volleyball placed two players, junior Emma Hite and senior Alexis Sykora on the Old Oregon League 1st-team. Freshman Sabrina Albee found a place on the second team and junior Tori Suto garnered an honorable mention.
Wallowa High School’s Rylee Goller received an invitation to the second team while sophomore Ashlyn Young rated an honorable mention.
Wallowa football stacked the league with selections as offensively junior Gus Ramsden won first-team honors for quarterback while senior Patrick Ritthaler and junior Austin Brockamp filed the rest of the first-team backfield slots. Senior Ethan Burns earned a first-team selection as an offensive lineman.
Defensively for the Cougars, Burns got the nod for first-team as a linebacker while Brockamp and Ritthaler filled out the second team at the position. Ramsden chalked up another first-team award as a defensive back and junior Joe Robb earned first-team honors as a defensive lineman. Freshman Zeb Ramsden chalked up an honorable as a kick returner.
The Joseph football offense saw junior Trey Wandschneider on the first team as a tight end and wide receiver while junior Tyler Homan received an honorable mention as running back. Senior Rylie Warnock was awarded a second-team slot as an offensive lineman.
The Eagles defense saw Warnock with an honorable mention in the linebacker slot and Homan with first-team kudos as a defensive back.
Wallowa coach Matt Brockamp and Cougars quarterback Gus Ramsden won coach of the year and player of the year, respectively.
Jill Hite, Joseph volleyball coach, was also named coach of the year.