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Honors recognize Paisley athletes

Following the conclusion of the Mountain Valley 1A League’s regular season play, a number of Paisley athletes were recognized with postseason honors.

For the girls, Tess O’Leary was named to the all-league first team, said girls head coach Michael Jones. O’Leary additionally was named as the co-Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the league, a significant achievement. She shares this honor with Carly Bigby of Hosanna Christian in Klamath Falls.

Jones said that Paisley has not had an MVP athlete selected out of the league in the past 19 years.

“Tess was the runner-up last year, and just very, very deserving this year,” he said. “She could be relied upon to score every minute and a half she played. (She’s) just a phenomenal all-around player.”

Over the course of the season, O’Leary averaged 11.5 rebounds per game, had 69 assists and 30 blocks, which amounted to one-third of the team’s total, Jones said. She also had 74 steals over the season, which marked a quarter of the team’s total.

Out of 850 points scored by the Lady Broncos this season, O’Leary’s scoring accounted for 45 percent and she also shot 34 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free-throw line.

Jessica Arrington received an honorable mention honor, as did Rowdy O’Connor and Martin McKay on the boys’ team, Jones said.

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