Hennessey voted 4A state player of year by media

11 players from Clark County on all-state teams

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter



The Camas Papermakers continue to pick up post-season honors after their 13-1 season and a spot in the Class 4A state championship game.

Reilly Hennessey was voted as the Class 4A state player of the year, while Zach Eagle, Drew Clarkson, and Michael DiGenova were all voted to the first team of The Associated Press’ all-state Class 4A football team, released Thursday.

The Camas four lead 11 athletes from Clark County/Southwest Washington who made either first or second teams in all classifications.

Eli Whitmire of Woodland made first-team running back for Class 1A.

Hennessey, the 4A first-team quarterback, threw for 3,387 yards and 38 touchdowns and was named the Gatorade’s state player of the year.

Eagle was Hennessey’s leading receiver, catching 65 balls for 1,282 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Clarkson was the lead blocker for the Camas offensive line, helping the Papermakers average more than 53 points per game.

DiGenova, a linebacker, was the 4A Greater St. Helens League’s defensive player of the year.

“Very deserving, but I’m biased,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said.

Earlier in the week, Zach Eagle, Clarkson, and DiGenova were named to the Seattle Times’ all-state team, which does not differentiate between classifications.

Whitmire, meanwhile, did a lot with limited touches for the Woodland offense. A first-team running back for the 1A team, Whitmire rushed for 985 yards on 69 carries (14.3 ypc) with 18 touchdowns. He also had 353 yards receiving and four more scores.

Union running back Leon Siofele, who led Southwest Washington with 1,956 yards, was voted to the 4A’s second team.

Also on the second team were Evergreen kicker Connor Finnegan and Union punter Tyler Dionne.

Woodland’s Hunter Huddleston (26 touchdown passes, 11 rushing TDs) was the second-team quarterback for Class 1A. Woodland receiver Vince Nigro (6 TDs) also was second team.

La Center’s Connor Wonderly, who helped the Wildcats to the 1A state quarterfinals, was selected to the second team as a defensive back.

Budda Baker of Bellevue was voted the player of the year for all classifications. Trent Postma of Lynden was the 2A player of the year. Markus Goldbach (Freeman) and Brady Widner (Zillah) were co-players of the year for 1A.

For all of the all-state teams, go to the high school sports blog at 360preps.com.