Gonzaga Prep senior Devin Culp was named to the Associated Press 4A all-state first team at tight end on Friday following voting by sports media from around the state.
Culp, who played mostly at wide receiver and running back in the Bullpups’ spread offense, is slated to play tight end at Washington next year. He gave an oral commitment to the Huskies earlier this year and signed his official letter of intent during the early signing period on Wednesday.
Offensive lineman Triston Kelley of Central Valley was also named to the 4A first team. The Bears enjoyed their best season in a number of years, reaching the state semifinals before falling to eventual state champion Richland.
Two players received honorable mention: offensive lineman Campbell Barrington of University, who signed with BYU on Wednesday, and defensive lineman Wyatt Wickham of Central Valley.
In 3A, the only local player recognized was kicker Cody McDonald of Mt. Spokane, who received honorable mention.
West Valley’s Connor Whitney was named to the 2A first team at defensive back. The all-Great Northern League defensive MVP – and first-team wide receiver and punter – signed with Idaho this week. Tight end Jared Holstad of Pullman joined Whitney on the first team.
East Valley’s Rodrick Fisher, who graduated early and signed with Washington State this week, earned honorable mention at wide receiver and defensive back.
Offensive lineman Josh Moss of West Valley also received honorable mention. The Eagles went 12-0 and gained the 2A semifinals, falling to eventual state champ Hockinson.
Colville placed three seniors on the 1A first team: defensive lineman Scout Walker, linebacker Tristan Lewis and punter Braxton Fitzsimmons. Colville reached the quarterfinals in the State 1A tournament. Tight end Mikal Paler of Deer Park received honorable mention.
State 1B champion Almira/Coulee-Hartline was well represented. Junior quarterback Maguire Isaak was named 1B player of the year. Isaak was honorable mention at quarterback behind 2B player of the year Alex Dyer of Kalama.
In a voting change for this year, the B all-state team combined 2B and 1B nominees.
ACH defensive lineman Payton Nielson earned a first-team selection.
State 2B runner-up Liberty placed on the first team running back James Heer, offensive lineman Beau St. John and defensive back Juwuan Nave. St. John also received an honorable mention on the defensive line.
O’Dea senior Jamyn Patu was voted the AP state player of the year for all classifications after leading the Irish to their first state title in 22 years.
Patu also shared the 3A player of the year honor with Garfield star Tre’Shaun Harrison. Patu rushed for 2,208 yards and 28 touchdowns as O’Dea won its first state title since 1995.
Adam Weissenfels from state champion Richland was the 4A player of the year. Weissenfels was a standout on defense for the Bombers, who won their first title since 1999.
Hockinson quarterback Canon Racanelli was the 2A player of the year after throwing for 4,128 yards and 57 touchdowns in leading his team to the state title. Meridian quarterback Simon Burkett was the 1A player of the year.
Dave Nichols of The Spokesman-Review was one of the voting members of the media.