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Cabrillo High School's Jeremy Hicks goes for the underhanded two-point try against two San Marcos defenders during Cabrillo's 50-49 defeat this past season. Hicks, an All-Channel League first-team member, is hosting the "Nothin' But Net" camp in the CHS gym from Monday through Friday. Proceeds of the camp will go toward the Noah Scott Foundation. 

Cabrillo’s Jeremy Hicks and Lompoc’s Ryan Morgan didn’t take long to make their impact on the hardwood during Channel League play — the first season in the league for both boys basketball programs.

Both are now 2018-19 All-League first team representatives.

The league on Tuesday announced its All-Channel League selections and the Conquistadore point guard and Braves forward are the Lompoc Valley honorees on the First Team.

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Lompoc's Ryan Morgan dunks over Cabrillo's Reggie Orr during their Channel League contest last season. Morgan earned All-Channel League honors during the winter season.

Hicks emerged as CHS’s top facilitator and scoring option for a Conqs team that went 9-18 overall and 3-7 in the Channel League. This past basketball year marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Conqs didn’t win or claim a share of a league championship.

Morgan went on to provide the rebounding and scoring for the Braves, who finished 12-15 overall and 2-8 in their first season as a C.L member.

The league announced the Santa Barbara High duo of Bryce Warraker and Stephen Davis as Co-Most Valuable Players of the league. Both Dons guided their team to a 29-5 season that ended in the CIF State Division III playoffs where they defeated Oxnard 52-50 in the first round before falling to Crescenta Valley 71-59.

Beau Allen of San Marcos was tabbed the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Santa Barbara head coach Dave Bregante won the league’s Coach of the Year honor.

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Eddy Little tries to chase after a loose basketball for Cabrillo against San Marcos. Little earned All-Channel League honors on Tuesday. 

Helping fill the first team was Merek Mercado of Santa Ynez. The senior bounced between point and shooting guard for a Pirates team that went 10-16 and 1-9 in the C.L under new head coach Ray Vazquez. Other first-team selections were Jackson Hamilton (Santa Barbara), Tommy Condon (San Marcos), Baylor Huyck (Dos Pueblos) and Jaron Rillie (Dos Pueblos).

The second-team saw two more Conqs land there: Forward Eddy Little and guard Blake Beecher; both of whom emerged as key rebounders and extra shooters. Lompoc’s Collin Oestereich joined them on the All-Channel League second team after providing a rebounding/post presence all season long. Santa Ynez’s Ryan Rennick was tabbed to the second team along with Kellen Pisacane (Dos Pueblos), Isaiah Hicks (San Marcos), Shakir Ahmad (San Marcos), Will Rottman (Santa Barbara) and Aiden Douglas (Santa Barbara).

Two area freshmen were named to the league’s honorable mention team: Cabrillo’s Reggie Orr and Santa Ynez’s Ryan Devitt.

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Santa Ynez's Nate Rogers goes for a layup in traffic during a preseason scrimmage at Santa Maria High School's Wilson Gym as teammates Siggy Porter, left, and Ryan Devitt look on. Rogers and Devitt went on to earn All-Channel League honors for their play, as the league announced its 2018-19 lineup on Tuesday. 

Nate Rogers of the Pirates earned honorable mention honors. Lompoc’s Benecio Cayabyab and Elijah Perkins landed on the honorable mention team as well. The rest who made the honorable mention list were Alex Perez (Dos Pueblos), Alex McCeney (Dos Pueblos), John Connolly (San Marcos), Jasper Johnson (Santa Barbara) and Jackson Gonzalez (Santa Barbara).

Boys Soccer

Despite a difficult transition to the Channel League that saw the Braves struggle against the Santa Barbara region schools, Lompoc High saw two of its own earn league first-team honors for boys soccer.

Sophomore defender Rueben Melero and junior defender Adalberto Anguiano landed on the league’s first-team listings, which were announced on Tuesday. They were the only Lompoc Valley representatives to earn first-team recognition.

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Santa Maria's Brian Gomez tries to block a pass by Santa Ynez' Nico Rocha. Rocha landed on the All-Channel League First Team on Tuesday for boys soccer. 

Santa Ynez saw two players land on the first team: Midfielders Erik Guerrero and Nico Rocha — who are a sophomore and junior, respectively.

The league named Juan Carlos Torres of Santa Barbara High as the offensive MVP, while Michael Palmer of San Marcos claimed the Defensive MVP honor.

Four players from the league champion Dons led the first-team selections: Ben Kyle, Jackson Wright, Connor Lambe and Brandon Garcia. The Royals finished with three first-team representatives in Jared and Caden Vom Steeg and Matt Hislop. Dos Pueblos’ Osvaldo Becerril and Lucas Eilbacher completed the league’s first-team selections.

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Lompoc's Adalberto Anguiano defends against Dos Pueblos during a Channel League contest from this past season. Anguiano was named to the league's All-Channel League First Team on Tuesday. 

Lompoc and Cabrillo combined had five second-team honorees. Junior forward Eli Pellot and senior defender Miguel Guerrero represented the Conqs, while senior goal keeper Ricardo Garay, sophomore defender Alejandro Bobadilla and midfielder Michael Reyes comprised the Braves’ trio who landed on the second team.

Santa Ynez had a pair of second teamers, as senior defender Ivan Virgen and junior midfielder Diego Reynoso joined that listing.

Lastly, the honorable mention list saw two athletes from Cabrillo, Lompoc and Santa Ynez each. For the Conqs, Francisco Ojeda (midfielder, junior) and Diego Torres (defender, sophomore) earned mention. Lompoc had Juan Montelongo (forward, senior) and Alexander Gonzalez (forward, junior) land among the honorable mention player selections. Santa Ynez’s duo of Ben Blacker (defender, senior) and Colin Janes (midfielder, freshman) helped fill the final team.   

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