West Valley Hutchison Flag Football

Hutchison’s Paityn Taylor (3) extends her arms to catch a pass while being covered by West Valley’s Kameryn Bartlett (7). Hart Pisani/News-Miner

The final edition of the All-Fairbanks Team is here. Today, we’re doing flag football. Let’s get to it.

Maisy O’Neil, West Valley

West Valley was the interior conference champion and O’Neil was a huge reason for that. The standout finished the year with 1,118 all-purpose yards, eight touchdowns on offense and one on a punt return to go with six interceptions on defense.

Kameryn Bartlett, West Valley

Bartlett was just as instrumental to the Wolfpack’s success this season as anyone else. The stud led the team with nine interceptions on defense and three touchdowns on offense.

Aysha Peter, West Valley

In case it wasn’t obvious, West Valley had a squad this year. Peter accounted for six interceptions on defense while accounting for nine passing touchdowns, 1,317 passing yards, and 206 rushing yards on the season.

Aaliah Hanson, West Valley

Hanson led the Wolfpack with six touchdown catches, but the most impressive aspect of her game was her ability to come through in the clutch. The first time the Wolfpack played Lathrop, Hanson caught the only touchdown of the game to give West Valley the win. The second time the two teams played, Hanson scored a walk-off TD to win it for West Valley.

Alicia Guzman, North Pole

You didn’t really think we’d leave Guzman off this list, did you? West Valley had the best team this year, but North Pole may have had the best player in Guzman. The sensational junior rushed for 1,218 yards, threw for 198 more, led the team with 52 tackles and four interceptions, and scored 14 total touchdowns on the season. Wherever there’s college flag football, you bet Guzman should be getting a scholarship offer.

Dezi Dutra, North Pole

If Guzman was thunder, Dutra was lightning. The standout junior rushed for 888 yards, seven touchdowns and five extra points on offense in a stellar campaign.

Tiahna Guzman, North Pole

The younger Guzman made a name all for herself this season. The phenomenal freshman contributed 246 all-purpose yards, five touchdowns and four extra points on offense while contributing 30 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

Ruby Scanlon, Lathrop

Stats weren’t available for Lathrop’s team, but you didn’t need to know any stats to know watching Scanlon that she was a force. When the Malemute defense needed a stop, sack, tackle for a loss, or anything else, Scanlon was there to make it happen all season long.

Torrin Johnson-Oates, Lathrop

Johnson-Oates was an all-around stellar performer on both sides of the ball. The senior is also an outstanding track and basketball star.

Paityn Taylor, Hutchison

The Hawks may not have won a game this season, but they were competitive in nearly every single match they had with Taylor being a big reason why. She accounted for more than one long touchdown run this year and was stout on defense as well.

Special shoutout: West Valley head coach Noah Harris, North Pole Assistant Coach Jeff Darby, Lathrop AC Steve Zanazzo, and Hutchison principal Robyn Taylor for making my job much easier this year.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

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