BADGERS' BAXTER, FEIK MAKE OREGON 1A FIRST TEAM

January 17, 2003 12:00 am
FIRST TEAMER: Powder Valley's Todd Baxter, here playing in the 1A State Semifinals against St. Paul, was named to the Oregon 1A first-team this week, along with      teammate Brad Feik. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
FIRST TEAMER: Powder Valley's Todd Baxter, here playing in the 1A State Semifinals against St. Paul, was named to the Oregon 1A first-team this week, along with teammate Brad Feik. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

Powder Valley's quarterback Todd Baxter capped off a spectacular season this week by being named to the Class 1A Oregon state football team.

Baxter was joined on the first team by nose guard Brad Feik. Making the second team was lineman Rusty Fincher.

Baxter put up some mind-boggling numbers, even for eight-man football. He completed 147 passes in 249 attempts (59 percent) for 2,679 yards and 36 touchdowns in 11 games. He also ran 126 times for 1,735 yards (a 13.8 average) and 28 touchdowns. He generated 4,414 yards (more than 401 yards a game) and was responsible for a total of 64 touchdowns.

Baxter led the Badgers to the state semifinals, and in that game against St. Paul played in a horrendous windstorm in Hillsboro, he might have had his best performance. He gained more than 510 yards of total offense.

Baxter wasn't aware he had made the first team. He was informed by The Observer. "I don't know what to say. ‘Cool,' I guess," he said.

His coach Alan Stanfield said the best is yet to come for Baxter. He is just a junior and will be returning next season.

"This is a great recognition for Todd. It gives him the incentive to break some more records. He set the bar pretty high (this season)," said Stanfield.

Baxter said he is excited for next year. While the Badgers lose Feik and Fincher to graduation, they return most of their skill players. Stanfield said the other Class 1A coaches in the region "are kind of in shock" at how many sophomores and juniors play for Powder Valley.

"I think we can do better," said Baxter. "We're all looking forward to next year."

Feik had a great year, too. He had 13 quarterback sacks from his nose guard position.

Named the 1A player of the year was St. Paul quarterback Damon Wylie. St. Paul beat Powder Valley in the state semifinals en route to winning the state championship. In that game, Wylie had 267 total yards, threw for three touchdowns and ran for another.