Two local players named to AP all-state basketball teams

Marysville Pilchuck’s RaeQuan Battle and South Whidbey’s Kody Newman received first-team all-state honors.

South Whidbey’s Kody Newman drives for a layup during a game against Cedar Park Christian on Jan. 11, 2019, in Bothell. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

South Whidbey’s Kody Newman drives for a layup during a game against Cedar Park Christian on Jan. 11, 2019, in Bothell. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck High School senior RaeQuan Battle and South Whidbey senior Kody Newman received Associated Press first-team all-state basketball honors after standout campaigns this past season.

The 2018-19 all-state basketball teams, released Wednesday, were voted on by sportswriters across the state and compiled by the Associated Press.

Battle, a University of Washington signee and The Herald’s 2019 Boys Basketball Player of the Year, was one of five players named to the Class 3A boys team. The nationally ranked recruit averaged 22 points and nine rebounds per game while leading Marysville Pilchuck to the Wesco 3A/2A title, a district crown and a program-best fourth-place state trophy.

Newman, the North Sound Conference most valuable player, was named to the 1A boys team. He averaged 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game in leading South Whidbey to a 14-8 record.

In addition, three local players received all-state honorable mention: King’s freshman Tyler Linhardt (1A boys), Cedar Park Christian junior Irena Korolenko (1A girls) and Grace Academy senior Ashley VanDam (1B girls).

Linhardt averaged 17.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, helping lead King’s to the North Sound Conference title and a third-place state trophy.

Korolenko, the North Sound Conference co-most valuable player, averaged 21 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 steals per contest.

VanDam, the Northwest 1B League most valuable player, averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and 2.6 steals per game. She led Grace Academy to its first-ever league title and first state appearance in program history.

Gonzaga Prep senior Anton Watson was voted the overall boys state player of the year.

Boys players of the year by classification were: Watson (4A), Kelso senior Shaw Anderson (3A), Lynden senior Clayton Whitman (2A), Lynden Christian senior Cole Bajema (1A), Kittitas senior Brock Ravet (2B) and Sunnyside Christian senior Ross Faber (1B).

Kamiakin senior Oumou Toure was voted the overall girls state player of the year.

Girls players of the year by classification were: Eastlake junior Keeli Burton-Oliver (4A), Toure (3A), Washougal senior Beyonce Bea (2A), Cashmere junior Hailey Van Lith (1A), Tri-Cities Prep sophomore Talia von Oelhoffen (2B) and Colton senior Dakota Patchen (1B).

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