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Vote now: Who is the best player in the 5A Midwestern League?

Who will prove himself this season as the best player in the 5A Midwestern League?

By René Ferrán and Jarrid Denney

We’ve spent the past four weeks highlighting more than 100 teams and more than 1,000 players in Oregon high school football.

Now we want to hear from you: Who will prove himself this season as the best player in the 5A Midwestern League? Cast your vote below and let us know who you think will be the Midwestern’s top star in the fall of 2021.

We will send a free SBLive T-shirt to the winner of this poll! (Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, and we’ll announce the winner the following week.)

Sidon Green (North Bend) photo by Leon Neuschwander

QB/WR Ronin Kimbrough, Sr., Ashland: Kimbrough is a versatile athlete who would have competed for Ashland’s starting quarterback job last season if things had gone as planned. During preseason workouts before his junior year, he broke a bone in his arm and was unable to throw a football. He still played receiver in the spring. Fully healthy, he’ll aim to be back under center this fall. (Ashland season preview)

QB/WR Jackson Kemper, Sr., Ashland: A standout baseball player, Kemper was Ashland’s de facto quarterback in the spring after Kimbrough was injured. The two will be competing for the starting spot this season. If he doesn’t start under center, Kemper could have a massive impact as a receiver. (Ashland season preview)

OL/DL Brycen Thomas, Sr., Churchill: The Lancers are loaded on the offensive line, where they return a wealth of experience. The leader of that group is Thomas, who started at center and guard last season. (Churchill season preview)

WR/DB Danny Womack, Sr., Churchill: Womack is a ball-hawking corner who pulled in three interceptions last season — third-most in 5A. He was a first-team all-league selection in the spring and will be a lockdown presence on the perimeter once again. (Churchill season preview)

OL/DL Jaeden Frye, Sr., Churchill: Frye started his high school career at South Eugene but transferred to Churchill after the Axe canceled their spring season. He was solid in his debut season with the Lancers and could take a massive step forward this fall. He’s one of the most physically gifted linemen in the league at 6-foot-3, 340 pounds. (Churchill season preview)

WR/DB Riley Van Camp, Sr., Churchill: Churchill returns a second-team all-league receiver in Van Camp, who had four touchdown catches during his junior season and will be the team’s go-to weapon in the passing game. “He has definite college potential,” coach AJ Robinson said. “He’s like 6-4, 180, and just needs to put it all on film this season.” (Churchill season preview)

TE/DE Braden Rohde, Sr., Churchill: Rohde had four sacks in the spring season, tied for second in 5A. Robinson isn’t shy about his expectations for Rohde this fall. “I expect him to be the top defensive player in the league,” Robinson said. “He is extremely physical and was hard to block last season. He has a college future.” (Churchill season preview)

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