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Archives: July 2011

July
28th

Football: Tacoma Baptist’s Walker Williams selected to Semper Fidelis game

Tacoma Baptist standout offensive lineman Walker Williams will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Phoenix in January.

Coincidentally, about an hour before receiving this release I spoke with Walker about setting up an interview for next week. He told me he’s planning to take an unofficial visit to the University of Wisconsin next week. Williams, who stands 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, has scholarship offers from Washington, Colorado, UCLA, Utah, Oregon State and Wisconsin.

Williams is one of four Washington players selected to play in the game. Mariner running back Kei’Varae Russell, Mercer Island quarterback Jeff Lindquist and Juanita offensive lineman Nathan Dean are the others. Dean and Lindquist have already given oral commitments to the University of Washington, while Russell is mulling more than a dozen offers.

Here’s the release and list of players:

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Announces Committed Players List

Elite High School Football Athletes Commit to East-West Matchup in Phoenix on Jan. 3, 2012

PHOENIX (July 27, 2011) – JuniorRank Sports has unveiled the names of the first round of players to commit to the highly-anticipated inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The East versus West gridiron matchup, presented in partnership with the United States Marine Corps, will feature 100 of the nation’s most highly recruited high school football players and is slated to take place on January 3, 2012, in Phoenix, at the height of bowl season.

“The players selected represent not only impressive athletic talent, but strong character, commitment and academic performance,” said Shaon Berry, Semper Fidelis Bowl founder and CEO of JuniorRank Sports. “Although we’re showcasing these young men on the football field, we’re also setting the precedent that off-the-field performance is equally as important.”
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July
27th

Football: Montesano HS, CWU grad shines in CFL

Adam Bighill, a graduate of Montesano High School — halfway between Olympia and the coast — and Central Washington University, is making a name for himself as a linebacker for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Here’s an excerpt from a feature on Bighill in the Vancouver Sun:

The Lions who gathered for training camp in Kamloops this year quickly learned that the Division II tag was a misleading label. From the start, Bighill was a white flash eager for a great collision.

Veteran defenders grew to appreciate the cut of his jib.

“We call him The

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July
27th

Football: Lakes appears in national rankings

Rivals.com is churning out its national Top-100 rankings this week — and here I thought doing preseason rankings for one state was difficult.

Lakes comes in at No. 77. After reaching the Class 3A state semifinals with a youthful team last season, coach Dave Miller told Rivals his team has a clear goal for 2011.

“We were really young last year but obviously talented,” coach Dave Miller said. “This year we are experienced and our talented kids all got better. I would say that anything less than a state title is really a disappointment. It may be a failure

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July
26th

Baseball: Black Hills coach Elway retires

Meg Wochnick of The Olympian wrote today of longtime high school baseball coach Lem Elway’s retirement.

“It’s been a great experience,” said Elway, 64. “I’ve always looked at the positive part of everything. I love dealing with the kids, and always felt they needed a positive role model.

During Elway’s seven-year stretch at Black Hills, the Wolves made the postseason the past three years. This past spring, Black Hills was 8-10, finished fourth in the EvCo, and earned its second consecutive 2A District IV tournament berth. The Wolves also had a 9-2 mark in their last 11 games against

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July
21st

Basketball: Vashon star walks-on at Washington

Alex Wegner, a 2011 Vashon High School graduate, will walk-on at the University of Washington men’s basketball team. Wegner played a large role in helping the Pirates become one of the most dominant teams in Class 1A over the past few seasons. Vashon won the state title in 2009.

The Huskies sent out this press release Thursday morning:

SEATTLE — Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar announced the addition of walk on Alex Wegner to the roster on Thursday. Wegner, from Vashon Island, Wash., will be a freshman in 2011-12.

“We are looking forward to Alex joining us,” Romar said. “He is a very good student, proven winner and hard worker.”

The addition of Wegner brings the Husky roster up to 15 players total: 13 on scholarship, two walk ons.
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July
20th

Football: Video from 2011 UPS team camp

I ventured out to watch the scrimmages at the University of Puget Sound football team camp on Wednesday and shot some video. I saw the following teams scrimmage: Arlington, Auburn Riverside, Bonney Lake, Curtis, Enumclaw, Gig Harbor, Skyline, Tahoma and Timberline.

A few quick observations:

1. Skyline quarterback Max Browne looked very good. Spartans coach Mat Taylor said Browne, a highly-recruited junior, is progressing and playing even better than last year. To put that in perspective, Browne threw for 4,182 yards, 50 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2010.

The Spartans defense shined, too, coming up with a few picks. And

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July
19th

Football: Who are the state’s top recruits over past 10 years?

This list of the country’s top 100 high school football recruits over the past 10 years got me wondering: Who are the top 10 football recruits in the state in that same span?

Without considering a player’s post-high school career, here’s my top 10:

1. Jonathan Stewart, Timberline 2005
2. Jake Locker, Ferndale 2006
3. Steve Schilling, Bellevue 2006
4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Gig Harbor 2011
5. Taylor Mays, O’Dea 2006
6. Kavario Middleton, Lakes 2008
7. Kasen Williams, Skyline 2011
8. Anthony Felder, O’Dea 2005
9. Jake Heaps, Skyline 2010
10. Sione Potoa’e, Lakes 2010
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July
19th

Football: Timberline’s Stewart cracks list of Top 100 recruits of past 10 years

Rivals.com compiled a list of the Top 100 high school football recruits of the past 10 years and on player from Washington made the list.

Timberline High School running back Jonathan Stewart was listed at No. 85. Stewart, who went on to play at the University of Oregon and is now with the Carolina Panthers, is the state’s all-time leading rusher with 7,755 yards. During his senior season, Stewart was the nation’s top rated running back.