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Mid-Willamette Conference: The league championship was split four ways last year with Dallas, Corvallis, Crescent Valley and West Albany all claiming a piece of the championship. West Albany seems the favorite to win the conference this year behind senior thirdbaseman Jackson Soto, who has signed to play at Oregon State. Dallas will be young with few varsity returners including Logan Hatley, Seth Fast and Dakota Nelson, but has the potential to be competitive again. Silverton has an interim coach in athletic director Greg Kaatz, who formerly coached at Stanfield and Hermiston. The Foxes return all-league players Dustin Myers and Austen Miller and senior pitchers Ben Vest and Cody Hernandez.

Oregon West Conference: Central looks to be a legitimate contender with Newport and Philomath for the league championship this year. The Panthers return all-league players in Wes Riddell, Kyle Flemming and Chris Rech as well as seniors Trevor Whitaker, David Vidal and Cramer Harlow, the latter a transfer from Glencoe. Stayton has six players – Cale Byers, Derek Buchheit, Hunter Gates, Josh Lindemann, Austin Rayar and Andrew Dudley – who have varsity experience and has the potential to improve from sixth in conference.

Tri-Valley Conference: North Marion is the defending league champion and has the talent to repeat. The Huskies return league player of the year Kyle Williamson, pitcher of the year Brock Breshears and all-league players Tristan Wampole, Shane McKillip, Josiah Ramon, Colin Barrow, Nat Barrell and Emry Patterson.

PacWest Conference: Pleasant Hill is the defending league and state champion. Santiam Christian is one of the premier programs in the state and was a state quarterfinalist last year. Blanchet returns seven starters and has a talent group of young players that should give the team the depth to compete for the league championship. The Cavaliers return two starting pitchers in seniors Mason Fessler and Bryce Santibanez along with all-league players Jake Handran, Gregor Angstrom and Nate Cantonwine and starters Jake Fessler and Trenton Gianella.

West Valley League: Horizon Christian was the state runner-up last year and looks like the favorite to win the conference again. Sheridan returns all-league senior Matt Bushbaum among five starters -Boone Meyer, Jackson Meyer, Cody Herron and Hayden Purrone – and has the potential to improve. Willamina has a young team with one senior in Dylan Blakely along with junior Nathan Johnson and sophomores including Brodey Bruckner, Tyler Healon and Bailey Goodman and has potential. Gervais, which placed third in the conference last year, returns junior utility player Nikita Kalugin, a first-team all-league selection.

2A/1A Special District 2: Kennedy and Regis tied for the league championship a year ago with Country Christian. Kennedy returns all-league players including Dalton Susee, Ty Sawyer, Blake Traeger, Mark Unrein and Max Jaeger and should be in contention for the top spot in the league again. Regis will be a quality team as always with all-league players Tim Frith, Colby Moll, Blake Minten, Jeremiah Grieser and Cody Heuberger.

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