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Monday, December 12, 2011
Five Days of List-Mas: OR's A-List

By David Auguste

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Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Oregon A-Listers

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Oregon this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Jaime Velasco, Senior
Westview, Soccer
Credentials: Netted a school-record 30 goals, including the game winner in the Class 6A title game, to lead Westview to 16 wins this fall; committed to Portland.

Steven Long, Senior
Lake Oswego, Football
Credentials: Gatorade State Player of the Year piled up 324 yards and four scores to power the Lakers to the 6A crown; scored 37 touchdowns this fall and has committed to Portland State.

Jake Ehlers, Senior
Corvallis, Basketball
Credentials: Reigning Class 5A Player of the Year is a lethal scorer and a nightmare assignment for defenders; committed to Portland.

Jacob Pebley, Senior
Crescent Valley, Swimming
Credentials: Rated nation's No. 4 senior swimmer by CollegeSwimming.com; won a gold medal at the World Junior Swimming Championships.

Carson Kelly, Senior
Westview, Baseball
Credentials: Projected first-round pick helped Team USA capture gold at the COPABE 18U/AAA Pan American Championships in Cartagena, Colombia; belted 14 homers and 51 RBIs last spring.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Oregon.

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