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Tag: California


Football: Is Butch Goncharoff leaving Bellevue? (UPDATE)

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. Tuesday): Bellevue High football coach Butch Goncharoff has submitted an application for the head football coaching vacancy at Orange Lutheran High in California, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Eric Sondheimer.

Orange Lutheran has received more than 50 applicants for the position, so it’s not a sure thing that Goncharoff will get the job. But I’d expect he’d get serious consideration. What he’s done at Bellevue is remarkable — nine state titles in 11 years — and ending De La Salle’s 151-game winning streak is a major boost to his credibility in California.

I’m not sure what else there is for Goncharoff to achieve in Washington. He’s won nine state titles and turned Bellevue into a nationally-known program. Bellevue is so well-regarded that it’s possible that Euless Trinity, one of the top programs in Texas, will travel to Seattle next season.

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No drama at Lakes High on signing day

For a third day in a row, football jerseys were laid out on tables on stage at Lakes High’s performing arts center.

This time, there was no media horde and no suspense over what school an All-American football recruit would pick. Just five football teammates and volleyball player Anitaka Knight getting the spotlight after they each signed letters of intent on Wednesday.

“Not many schools can equal this,” said USC-bound offensive tackle Zach Banner. “We had two All-Americans, two guys going to D-2 schools another going to Idaho, and that’s not all. There will be other guys that sign and other guys that walk-on.”

Banner said he had no second-thoughts since orally committing to USC on Monday.

“I’m happy,” he said, “we’ve got a top-10 recruiting class and we’ll be competing for national championships every year for the next four years.”
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