Brauckmiller, Strand Take Home Top Defensive Honors

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The Canby Cougars football team and several other fall activities cleaned up in league awards this week.

While the Cougs have made their reputation on their high-powered offense all season, leading the Northwest Oregon Conference West in points scored and coming within two points of topping Silverton for the statewide crown, it was actually several defensive players who captured the most coveted awards.

Senior Jacob Strand, who has verbally committed to Oregon State University, was named League Lineman of the Year while also taking home first-team honors as tight end and defensive lineman.

And Senior Joe Brauckmiller, who has been a wrecking ball on that side of the field all year, shared 2021 Defensive Player of the Year honors with Wilsonville’s Jack Johnson. Brauckmiller also earned a first-team nod as one of the league’s top linebackers.

Senior Joe Brauckmiller was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Super sophomore Tyler Konold earned first-team NWOC West bids for offense, defense and special teams — as a running back, cornerback and kick returner, respectively.

Another two-way standout was senior Casey Langdale, who was named to the first team as an offensive and defensive lineman. His twin brother and linemate Clayton Langdale (tackle) and Matthew Hagen (center) nabbed honorable mentions, while guard Colin Kennedy made the first team. All three are seniors.

Rounding out the first-team awards for the Cougs were senior safety Matthew Soles and junior linebacker Braden Snoderly. Seniors Mikey Gibson (quarterback), Bryce Oliver (running back), Davis Hagen (linebacker) and Cameron Lee (linebacker) were all honorable mentions.

Opposing defenders spent all season chasing sophomore Tyler Konold.

In boys soccer, senior David Villegas was named Three Rivers League Goalkeeper of the Year and first-team goalie, while junior midfielder Vladimir Bernal Lopez took home second-team honors.

Senior midfielders Cristian Sanchez Ramirez and Riley Hemsi-Walters, and forward Heladio Vera Morales, midfielder Sammy Barajas and defender Carlos Perez Garcia — all juniors — earned honorable mentions.

Junior Natalie Just captured TRL second-team honors in volleyball, while senior Samy Vandecouevering, junior Chloe Annas and senior Gabrielle Gray earned honorable mentions.

Junior Maddox Oliver led his team to its first state finals in 15 years and took home TRL first-team honors.

The Canby boys cross country team had their best season in over a decade, earning a bid to the state championships for the first time in 15 years, and league awards reflected that.

Junior Maddox Oliver was named to the Three Rivers League First Team, while his senior co-captain Tommy O’Neil took home second-team honors. Senior Joel Ibarra and junior Jack Joyce were honorable mentions.

Seniors Ashley Peterson, Kathryn Frentress and Katie Anderson, along with freshman Kendel Johnson, were awarded TRL honorable mentions in girls soccer.

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