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Football: Rahmel Dockery picks WSU

Rahmel Dockery needed a few extra minutes to make sure he was making the right decision.

While four of his classmates were being introduced during a signing day ceremony at Curtis High School, Dockery was huddling with his parents outside the staff development room running through a list of pros and cons for Washington State University and Oregon State University.

“It was a last-minute thing,” said Dockery, The News Tribune’s all-classification state football player of the year in 2010. “We talked about the schools and it was a 50-50 thing on where I was going.”

Minutes later, Dockery, with his mother Leata Alaalatoa standing next to him, told the packed room that he would sign with WSU.
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Football: Recruiting notebook (Updated)

The News Tribune will publish its 24th annual Northwest Nuggets recruiting package on Sunday, Jan. 23. Here are some recruiting tidbits to tide you over until then:

Curtis football standout Rahmel Dockery’s recruitment was ratcheted up this week.

The receiver/cornerback and his family met with Oregon State head coach Mike Riley Wednesday night and Washington State assistant coach Mike Levenseller on Thursday, said his father, Steve.

Dockery, The News Tribune’s all-classification football state player of the year in 2010, has taken official visits to Hawaii and Oregon State, and will visit Washington State next weekend.

Cornelius Edison gave an oral commitment to Portland State University after taking an official visit to the campus last weekend. Edison, a 6-foot-4 and 280-pound senior, also had an offer from Army and was being recruited by Eastern Washington, San Diego and Central Washington.

Edison was a member of The News Tribune’s All-Area team and was named the SPSL South’s offensive and defensive lineman of the year in 2010.

Graham-Kapowsin senior lineman Thomas Gomez has given an oral commitment to play football at Eastern Washington University, according to G-K coach Eric Kurle. Gomez, who stands 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, was a member of The News Tribune’s All-Area football team in 2010.

Eastern Washington won the NCAA Division I Football Championship last season.
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Football: Curtis eyeing a third straight league title

It’s a small sample-size, but Curtis football coach Clay Angle enjoyed what he saw during the first practice of the season on Wednesday.

“We are farther along with our installation packages than we’ve been in the past,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the retention we had from off-season and seven-on-seven drills. We have a large veteran group back that played as juniors and sophomores last year. They remembered it and we’re ahead of where we’ve been in the past.”

At Curtis, where players and coaches are dodging construction crews to get from the locker room to the field, the Vikings are looking to capture a third straight SPSL South championship crown.

“We’re not going to sneak up on anybody,” Angle said. “We know that other people are pointing toward us.”
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TNT’s All-State Football Team

Here is The News Tribune’s All-State football team. This includes players from all classifications. If you’re looking for an all-state football team for each classification, sports writers from around the state will vote on that after the season ends and the Associated Press will tally up the votes and release the team.

Jake Heaps, Quarterback, Skyline

6-2, 205, Senior
In three seasons as Skyline’s starting quarterback, Heaps has an overall record of 39-2 and 14-0 in the postseason. The BYU-bound signal caller will try to lead the Spartans to a third-consecutive state championship on Saturday. This season, Heaps has completed 198 of 328 passes for 2,936 yards and 41 touchdowns. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January at San Antonio.
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Record-breaking year in 4A SPSL football

I went through the South Puget Sound League record book to find what records had been set this season and here’s what I found. No surprise that Federal Way’s Trenton Pinson owns a couple records after his seven-touchdown perfomance a week ago.

Single Game
Most points in a quarter:
Federal Way, 42 in the first quarter against Jefferson on Oct. 29, 2009. Previous – Curtis, 37 against Emerald Ridge, 2008.

Total points:
Auburn 416. Previous – Puyallup 400, 1997

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