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Category: Football


Yarrington hired as new football coach at Black Hills High School

By Meg Wochnick, from the Olympian

Dominic Yarrington is back in the South Sound coaching high school football, this time at Black Hills High School in Tumwater.

The move was announced Thursday by athletic director Don Farler. Yarrington will replace Jack Zilla, who resigned after 15 seasons.

Yarrington spent the past two seasons at West Seattle. Before that, he was at Tyee, Lindbergh and White River.

Yarrington becomes the third football coach at Black Hills, which went
4-5 last fall and missed the playoffs.


Patterson will play for U.S. high school all-star football squad for game in France

Connor Patterson, a tight end on the Wilson High School football team who will graduating this spring, has been selected to represent the United States in an all-star game against a team from France.

Patteron will play for the American Football Worldwide “Elite” squad that will take on a Under-19 team from France in Paris on March 30.

“This opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance to represent the US in the sport that I love,” Patterson said. “I’m looking forward to putting on that jersey on game day, and going out there to showcase what I can do.”

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Long excited once again, this time playing football at Colorado State

There he stood, tall and proud.

It was Signing Day. Yeah, Lakes High’s Sammie Long went through his share of unexpected late drama in the recruiting process. In the end, the talented 6-foot-4 receiver felt at ease, home – once again.

Lakes sent six seniors to college programs – maybe not to destinations folks around the program are accustomed to. Quarterback Rhys Gervais is headed off to Western Illinois. Running back Kevin Thompson signed with South Dakota-Mines. Lineman O’Ryan Ethington aligned with New Mexico Highlands. And defensive lineman Gerald Goldwire signed with Wayne State College in Nebraska.

Long thought he

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Humbled and hungry, Gamboa set to join receiving corps at Eastern Washington

With a portion of the library decked out in Eastern Washington University red and white, and a room of 100 supporters packed in, Washington High star receiver Victor Gamboa gave thanks.

He thanked God. He singled out his mother and father. He shared hugs with former coaches from the Parkland Raiders youth football team. He saluted Patriots’ teammates he was especially close to – and that coaching staff as well.

He would have thanked Eagles’ coach Beau Baldwin himself had he attended the signing-day ceremony.

“It means a lot,” Gamboa said. “If I didn’t get a scholarship, I don’t know

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From Bellarmine Prep to Boulder, Liufau makes it official by signing with Colorado

This morning, there was no quick “Hut-Hut!” No hurry-up offense was in order, even though it was a moderate surprise that Bellarmine Prep’s Sefo Liufau did not have a fax machine hooked up in his bedroom – just as an emergency stipulation.

Liufau waited – patiently. He went through the school’s planning signing ceremony with teammate Calvin Chandler (Yale) outside the gymnasium on campus at 7:30 a.m., posed for a few photographs, conducted a couple of interviews.

By 7:50 a.m., he was ready – and headed down to the main office to make it official by faxing in his national

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Lakes QB Gervais commits to play football for Western Illinois

Another Gervais will try and lead a college program at quarterback.

Rhys Gervais, who finished up his prep career last season at Lakes High School, leading the Lancers to the postseason, has given an oral commitment at Western Illinois, an FCS program in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Western Illinois hired a whole new coaching staff after its 3-8 finish last season.

“His skill set really matches the offensive scheme they want to run. It is a spread offense, but there is some zone read in there,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “It requires an accurate thrower, and he is athletic

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Gamboa, two-time SPSL 2A player of year, commits to Eastern Washington University

Victor Gamboa, the South Puget Sound League 2A’s two-time football player of the year, and member of The News Tribune’s 2012 All-Area team, gave an oral commitment Wednesday night to play at Eastern Washington University.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder caught 44 passes for 719 yards and eight touchdowns. He is also regarded as an outstanding downfield blocker.

The Eagles have mined receivers from the SPSL 2A in the past, signing Steilacoom receiver Greg Ford (who left and went to Pacific Lutheran) and Greg Herd.


Ex-Decatur star training Northwest football standouts for ‘biggest job interview’ of their lives

Tracy Ford knows what football players need.

He played at Decatur, then starred on the Bellevue High squad at tailback in 2004 before going on to Idaho, then Portland State – and finally a short stint in the Canadian Football League.

He also knows what players need to function properly – he has been the head strength and conditioning coach at Bellevue High School, as well as an owner of a private gym (EndZone Athletics) in Kirkland.

And now, Ford is opening new doors for Northwest products hoping to make the jump to professional football with his UnderDogNation Elite Training

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