Blake Gobel named 2019 4A/3A/2A/1A Prep Athlete of the Year
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PORTLAND, Oregon (July 9, 2019) -- Prestigious prep sports hardware is headed north to Banks High School.
Blake Gobel, who graduated in June, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Johnny Carpenter 4A/3A/2A/1A Prep Athlete of the Year award. The honor recognizes the most outstanding male athlete across the Oregon Schools Activities Association’s 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A classifications.
Gobel received his trophy on NBC Sports Northwest’s “The Noe Show” with Brian Noe at 12:40 p.m. today. Visit NBC Sports Northwest’s website here to listen to the interview.
Sport Oregon, which manages the Oregon Sports Awards, and NBC Sports Northwest have partnered to announce each of the 2019 award winners on television and radio segments from July 8-31.
Gobel was an integral part of the most successful boys sports season in Banks’ history. A three-sport athlete, Gobel led the Braves to 4A state championships in football, basketball and baseball.
The 6-7, 230-pounder played both tight end and defensive end for the Braves’ football team this fall. Gobel caught 6 passes for 88 yards and 1 score and finished with 6 total tackles and 1 sack in Banks’ 31-20 victory over Seaside in the state championship.
He garnered 4A and Cowapa League first team honors as a tight end after finishing the season with 47 receptions for 689 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Gobel recorded 33 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 1 interception.
Gobel will continue his football career as a defensive end at Eastern Washington University this fall.
On the hardwood, Gobel was named the 4A and Cowapa League Player of the Year after leading the Braves to a 27-3 overall record and their first-ever state title. He averaged 14.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game and tallied 24 points and 13 boards in Banks’ come-from-behind win over Seaside in the state championship.
Gobel was named to the 4A Boys Basketball State Championship first team and was also selected to participate in the 25th annual Northwest Shootout in April.
He played both pitcher and first base for Banks’ baseball team, which earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 6A Baseball Championship and finished league play with a 12-0 record en route to a state title. He hit over .300 for the Braves and served as both a starter and reliever on the bump, posting a sub-2.00 ERA.
Gobel is the first boys athlete from Banks to receive a Prep Athlete of the Year honor, which has been awarded annually since 1966. The 4A/3A/2A/1A categories were added to the award in 2009.
The 4A/3A/2A/1A Prep Girls Athlete of the Year will be revealed on July 12. To view this year’s finalists and past winners, click here.
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