(Brendan Carl | The Daily World) Hoquiam’s Artimus Johnson, seen here against Montesano at Olympic Stadium, finished third in the state 1A player of the year award voting on Thursday. Johnson had 2,319 yards of offense, 158 total tackles on defense and 26 total touchdowns for the Grizzlies this season. Montesano’s Taylor Rupe and Carson Klinger and PWV’s Kaelin Jurek also received votes in their classificiations.

Hoquiam’s Artimus Johnson takes third in all-state 1A player of the year voting

  • Thu Dec 22nd, 2016 5:19pm
  • Sports

SEATTLE — Hoquiam senior running back/linebacker Artimus Johnson finished third in voting for the Washington state player of the year honors on Thursday afternoon.

Johnson, who finished with 2,319 yards of offense and 158 total tackles on defense (26 total touchdowns) for the state-qualifying Grizzlies this year, finished with 45 points, with Connell’s Brian Hawkins second and Royal’s Kaden Jenks as the state 1A player of the year.

The Montesano duo of Carson Klinger and Taylor Rupe also received votes, but missed the top-five rankings. In the Class 2B ranks, Pe Ell/Willapa Valley’s Kaelin Jurek also received votes.

Camas quarterback Jack Colletto was voted the Associated Press Washington state player of the year for all classification.

Colletto was a landslide winner in the voting of sports writers and editors from around the state. Colletto collected 68 total points in the voting, easily outpacing Kamiakin senior Zach Borisch, who finished in second place.

Colletto threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, while adding another 1,253 yards and 21 scores on the ground in leading the Papermakers to the Class 4A state title.

Colletto was also voted the Class 4A player of the year, while Borisch was honored as the Class 3A player of the year after leading Kamiakin to the 3A state title.

Cade Otton of Tumwater was voted the Class 2A player of the year edge Anfernee Gurley of Archbishop Murphy. Both Class 1A and Class 2B had runaway player of the year winners from state champions. Jenks was honored in Class 1A — and finished fourth overall in the state player of the year voting — after the Knights won their seventh state title. Napavine quarterback Wyatt Stanley was voted player of the year in Class 2B after leading his team to the state title throwing 46 touchdown passes.

It is the second straight player of the year honor for Stanley, who shared the honor last season.

And in Class 1B, junior Rwehabura Munyagi of Neah Bay was the player of the year honoree.

Voting was compiled on a point system with five points for a first-place vote, four points for second place, three points for third place, two points for fourth place and one point for fifth place.

STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (all classifications)

1. Jack Colletto, sr., Camas. 68 points

2. Zach Borisch, sr., Kamiakin. 25 points

3. Andrew Vargas, sr., Chiawana. 19 points

4. Kaden Jenks, sr., Royal. 17 points

5. Foster Sarell, sr., Graham-Kapowsin. 16 points.

6. Cade Otton, sr., Tumwater. 14 points.

7. Connor Wedington, sr., Sumner. 13 points.

8. Brigham Whitby, sr., Richland. 12 points.

9. Anfernee Gurley, sr., Archbishop Murphy. 11 points

10. Connor Johnson, sr., Archbishop Murphy. 8 points.


1. Jack Colletto, sr., Camas. 64 points.

2. Andrew Vargas, sr., Chiawana. 38 points

3. Foster Sarell, sr., Graham-Kaposwin. 31 points

4. Brigham Whitby, sr., Richland. 26 points.

5. Connor Wedington, sr., Sumner. 20 points.

Others receiving votes: Conor Bardue jr., Lake Stevens; J.J. Jerome, sr., Monroe; Henry Bainivalu, sr., Skyline; Michael Matthews, Camas; Brian Greene, sr., Eisenhower; Scott Gunther, sr., Olympia; Ben Wilson, jr., Sumner; Nathaniel Holcomb, sr., Puyallup.


1. Zach Borisch, sr., Kamiakin. 62 points.

2. Drew Tingstad, sr., Meadowdale. 37 points.

3. Hunter Bryant, sr., Eastside Catholic. 24 points.

4. Caleb Davis, sr., Bonney Lake. 22 points.

5. Keegan Stich, jr., Snohomish. 18 points.

Others receiving votes: Quazzel White, sr., Lincoln; Ben Peterson, sr., Squalicum; Ben Broselle, sr., Ferndale; Princeton Lollar, sr., Oak Harbor; Anthony Hathaway, sr., Timberline; Max Novak, sr., Stadium; Cale Lindsay, sr., Lakes; Chris Penner, soph., Capital.


1. Cade Otton, sr., Tumwater. 49 points.

2. Anfernee Gurley, sr., Archbishop Murphy. 34 points.

3. Willie Patterson, sr., Franklin Pierce. 24 points.

4. Ben Hines, jr., Archbishop Murphy. 21 points.

5. Connor Johnson, sr., Archbishop Murphy. 19 points.

Others receiving votes: Tanner Bolt, sr., Prosser; Kyler Gordon, jr., Archbishop Murphy; Kelle Sanders, sr., River Ridge; Abraham Lucas, sr., Archbishop Murphy; Bryce Hornbeck, sr., Sedro-Woolley; Trey Dorfner, sr., River Ridge; Gavin Velarde, jr., Sequim.


1. Kaden Jenks, sr., Royal. 72 points.

2. Brian Hawkins, sr., Connell. 50 points.

3. Artimus Johnson, sr., Hoquiam. 45 points.

4. Jed Schliemer, sr., Mount Baker. 30 points.

5. Ryan Slack, sr., Zillah. 12 points.

Others receiving votes: Carson Klinger, Montesano; Tyquan Coleman, jr., Cascade Christian; Jeffrey Mayolo, La Center; Taylor Rupe, Montesano.


1. Wyatt Stanley, sr., Napavine. 73 points.

2. Budda Luna, sr., LaConner. 30 points.

3. Tyler Haas, sr., Liberty (Spangle). 25 points.

4. (tie) Austin Filley, sr., Napavine. 19 points.

4. (tie) Dalton Yoder, sr., Toledo. 19 points.

Others receiving votes: Kaelin Jurek,, Pe-Ell/Willapa Valley; Jacob Dunn, sr., Dayton-Waitsburg; Cal Martin, sr., Dayton-Waitsburg; Ian Russell, jr., Rainier.


1. Rwehabura Munyagi, jr., Neah Bay. 60 points.

2. Sage Elder, sr., Odessa-Harrington. 46 points.

3. Raven Borsey, sr., Lummi. 39 points.

4. (tie) Cameron Buzzell, sr., Neah Bay. 28 points.

4. (tie) P.J. Talen, sr., Tacoma Baptist. 28 points.

Others receiving votes: Chance Marsh, jr., Sunnyside Christian.