Kaleb Floyd crowns Bulldogs basketball career with CRL Player of the Year

Rusty Rae/News-Register file photo## Willamina striker Kaleb Floyd throws a jumper during a league match against Rainier. Floyd was recently named Coastal Range League Player of the Year for leading the Bulldogs to the 2021 league title. He paced the team in scoring and rebounding for the second season in a row.

Floyd propelled the Bulldogs to their first conference title since the 2005 season. Willamina finished the year with a 9-4 overall record and a stellar 7-1 record in the CRL.

Bulldogs head coach Cliff Toney was named CRL Coach of the Year for his role in steering the program to a league championship.

Floyd’s versatile skills as a small forward proved instrumental in Coach Toney’s movement offense. The elder led the team in scoring and rebounding for the second year in a row, often hitting mid-range on pull-up jumpers.

Defensively, Floyd’s reach allowed him to keep opponents like the towering Seely-Roberts twins of Yamhill-Carlton – Malachi and Moroni – in the first round of the state playoffs. As Willamina fell in the first round of the playoffs, Floyd scored 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots.

“I’m going to miss the hell out of Kaleb,” Toney noted after the playoff loss. “What a great kid. He never did anything but give me everything he had. What a great representative for our school.

Floyd was an all-CRL first-team selection.

Senior forward Antonio Hernandez, freshman point guard Cohen Heller and freshman winger Kaleb Cruickshank were the second team.

Senior goalkeeper Daniel Portugal was an honorable mention.

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