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Bruins, Spudders Score Big In Voting For All-League Honors

CHS's Verley shares player of year award with Ridgefield's Patee

Just as they dominated league play this past season, Ridgefield and Columbia High led the way for 2002 All-Trico League selections.

The Spudders and the Bruins -- who finished 1-2 in league standings -- each had five players named to the All-Trico first team, which was selected by a vote of the league's five head coaches.

Moreover, CHS sophomore Brandon Verley and Ridgefield senior Nick Patee shared Player of the Year honors.

Coach of the Year honors went to Ridgefield's Ossie Osmundson, who guided the Spudders to the 2002 Class 2A state championship two weeks ago.

Columbia High seniors Bryan Charters (OF), Chris Peck (utility) and Hayden Weiler (IF), and junior Eric Crause (pitcher) joined Verley (IF) on the 13-player first team.

CHS senior Adam Hogberg (IF) made the second team, and sophomore Dayne Combelic (DH) received honorable mention.

Verley was CHS's only repeat first-teamer, while Charters and Crause both earned second-team nods a year ago.

Verley led the Bruins in most offensive categories in 2002.

The left-handed slugger posted a .494 batting average (38 for 77) and a .686 on-base percentage in 27 games.

He also led CHS in stolen bases (21 of 21), extra-base hits (17, including eight home runs and eight doubles), runs (43) and the number of times he was hit by pitch (7).

Moreover, Verley went 4-1 as a pitcher, with a 2.63 earned-run average in 32 innings.

Charters finished the year with a .263 BA and .490 OBP. CHS's lead-off hitter scored 31 runs, was successful on 16 of 17 steal attempts, and paced the club with two triples.

Crause tied for the team lead in wins (7, in 10 decisions), working a team-leading 61 innings. His 2.41 ERA also was the best on the staff, as were his 41 strikeouts.

Peck, the Bruins' clean-up hitter, was second on the team in hitting (.477 BA), but tops with 41 basehits, including a home run and a team-high nine doubles. He also went 7-2 as a pitcher, with a 3.00 ERA and just five walks in 42 innings.

Weiler led CHS with 94 at-bats, in which he connected for 35 hits and a .372 BA. Five of his hits were doubles, four were homers. He also scored 38 runs and stole 9 of 9 bases.

Hogberg had the third-best OBP (.604) on the team, batted .324, scored 23 times, stole 14 of 15 bags, and took six pitches for the team.

Combelic, CHS's designated hitter, hit .290 during his varsity rookie season, with three extra-base hits (two doubles, one homer).

ALL-TRICO LEAGUE

FIRST TEAM

Players of the Year --

Brandon Verley, Columbia-White Salmon, and Nick Patee, Ridgefield.

Infielders --

Brandon Verley and Hayden Weiler, Columbia-White Salmon; Nick Patee, Ridgefield; Dustin Vinson and Kyle Wheeler, Castle Rock.

Outfielders --

Bryan Charters, Columbia-White Salmon; Josh Pfeifer and Jon Parnell, Ridgefield.

Catcher --

Steve Hefflin, Ridgefield.

Pitchers --

Eric Crause, Columbia-White Salmon; Josh Williamson, La Center.

Designated Hitter --

Drew Shaffer, Ridgefield.

Utility player --

Chris Peck, Columbia-White Salmon.

Coach of the Year --

Art (Ossie) Osmundson, Ridgefield.

ALL-TRICO LEAGUE

SECOND TEAM

Infielders --

Adam Hogerg, Columbia-White Salmon; Paul Ambrose and Bo Henderson, La Center; Joel Fern, Ridgefield.

Outfielders --

Stu Draper, Ridgefield; William Williams, La Center; Londo, Castle Rock.

Catcher --

Coulter Martinsen, Castle Rock.

Pitchers --

Billy Jones, Ridgefield; Nathan Robicheck, Castle Rock.

Designated Hitter --

Eric Foster, Castle Rock.

Utility player --

Mark Vaught, Woodland.

HONORABLE MENTION

Dayne Combelic, Columbia-White Salmon; Zack Daw, Woodland; Zack Parnell, Ridgefield.

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