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WHAT’S

HOT IN FOOTBALL EASTMONT’S LUCAS MCGILL AND THE SPREAD OFFENSE

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Quarterbacks like Eastmont’s Lucas McGill shine in the spread offense with their run and pass abilities posing equal threats to opposing defenses. Location courtesy of Farwest Iron Works of Wenatchee.

Traditionalists

Two of a kind

Reloaded

Cashmere’s success owed to old offense Page 4

Wenatchee’s defense anchored by LB duo Page 6

Eastmont replaces 31 seniors Page 8


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CONTENTS Cashmere’s tradtional offense results in wins Page 4 Wenatchee linebacker duo means double trouble Page 6 Eastmont youth join select veterans Page 8 New website ties together Caribou Trail League Page 9 Cashmere debuts shiny new grandstand Page 10 Jacks-Tigers rivarly continues Page 15 Game schedules Page 21 Half of the coaches in the 2B league are new Page 22

CREDITS Writers Brian Adamowsky Brent Stecker Rachel Hansen Doug Flanagan Kurtis J. Wood Nathan Mesler Photographers Don Seabrook Mike Bonnicksen Layout Brent Stecker Rachel Hansen Editor Cal FitzSimmons Questions? Comments? sports@wenatcheeworld.com (509) 664-7145

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DO THE EVOLUTION

After decades of smash-mouth football, the spread is all the rage

BY BRENT STECKER BRIAN ADAMOWSKY World sports writers

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ootball has always been a game of evolution. Without it, forward passes would still be illegal, helmets would be nonexistent, and touchdowns and field goals would both be worth five points. So it comes as no surprise that one type of offense, the shotgun spread, has become the hot new trend in prep football over the last decade. But then again, it’s doubtful many people foresaw just how popular it would become — especially among North Central Washington teams. For the most part, the days of the proverbial “three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust” runheavy offenses are gone, replaced instead by shotgun schemes with up to five receivers and no more than one running back that are drawn up to spread out the defense and take advantage of certain players’ speed. “We’ve all been influenced over time by the West Coast offenses that we see, and that has flowed down through our clinics, flowed down to the type of athletes we have,” said Chelan coach Darren Talley, who has used the spread heavily in the past two seasons. “You have a lot of skilled multi-sport athletes, and that gets a lot of people involved.” “It just seems like a lot more teams are implementing shotgun spread into at least a portion of their offense,” Cascade coach Elia Ala`ilima-Daley said. “It gets your athletes into space a lot quicker.” Wenatchee coach Scott Devereaux and his staff installed more shotgun schemes into their offense in 2010, but the Panthers still do it less than many of their Big Nine 4A opponents. “A lot of it comes from the college ranks. Those guys are the real innovators. They’re way ahead of the pros when it comes to stuff like that, and it trickles down to the high school guys,” Devereaux said. “We’ve all watched teams like Nevada and Boise State win so many games, that any time one of their coaches is speaking, we go listen and try and implement some of what they’re saying.” Talley said the offense is all-inclusive and can get athletes involved who otherwise might not turn out. “What it does, especially at the smaller school level, is it gives you the ability to get those athletes out that may not have come out for football. Now they can be an integral part of that offense and make a great impact,” he said. “I think (the spread) will stick around. It’s legitimate.”

World file photo/Don Seabrook

Eastmont’s Lucas McGill scrambles for yardage against University in a playoff game last season. The senior quarterback is the centerpiece of Eastmont’s spread offense.

Shotgun spread formation WR

LT LG C RG RT WR

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QB RB New kind of athlete A team needs a mobile quarterback at the helm to run a successful spread offense, much like Eastmont’s Lucas McGill (1,068 yards passing, 601 yards rushing in 2010) or Chelan’s Michael Amsel, Jr. (2010 Caribou Trail League Offensive Player of the Year). “As a quarterback it’s a lot more fun. There are more opportunities to pass and run,” said McGill, who helped the

Wildcats finish second in the Big Nine 3A last year. “We’ve got a lot of quick guys and great athletes. I like to think of myself as a mobile quarterback, and if you spread it out it’s to our advantage.” The shifty Amsel has helped Chelan reach the 1A state quarterfinals two years in a row. “Mike Amsel has been such a triple threat. Please see EVOLUTION, Page 4


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North Central Washington’s 10 longest-tenured coaches The retirement of Okanogan coach Denny Neely after 16 years at the helm of the Bulldogs has left North Central Washington with a new longest-tenured coach. Here’s how the top 10 shakes out this year. 1. Phil Zukowski, Cashmere (16 years)

2. (tie) Ric Bayless, Mansfield (12) 2. (tie) Tam Hutchinson, Oroville (12) 4. (tie) Jay Hawkins, Tonasket (11) 4. (tie) Jay Mills, Ephrata (11) 6. (tie) Scott Devereaux, Wenatchee (8)

(Waterville) have all coached for more than 15 years at different schools, but have only been in their current positions for one or two years.

6. (tie) Doug McGill, Eastmont (8) 6. (tie) Elia Ala’ilima-Daley, Cascade (8) 9. (tie) Darren Talley, Chelan (6) 9. (tie) Nick Sackman, Omak (6) Note: Coaches Brooks Smith (Brewster), Joe Worsham (Soap Lake) and Mike Gray

— World staff

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Joe Worsham

Go Wenatchee Panthers! For more information on Wenatchee High School sports go to: whs.wsd.wednet.edu/Faculty/Athletics/Athletichome.html GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL GIRL’S SWIMMING Date Sept. 10 Sept. 15 Sept. 23 Sept. 24 Sept. 29 Oct. 1 Oct. 7 Oct. 8 Oct. 13 Oct. 21 Oct. 22 Oct. 27 Oct. 28-29 Nov. 10-12

Opponent Site Tahoma/Kentwood/ML/EM Home Moses Lake Home 11 Dive Meet (Kennewick) Away Walla Walla Away Ike/Davis Away Mukilteo Away 11 Dive Meet (Ellensburg) Away Eastmont TBD Southridge Home 11 Dive Meet (Ellensburg) Away Richland/Eastmont Away District (Dive) Away District Away State Away

Meet Time 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. TBD 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. TBD 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. TBD TBD TBD

Date Opponent Site Game Time Sept. 3 Jamboree Home 10:00 a.m. Sept. 6 Davis Away 7:00 p.m. Sept. 8 Moses Lake Home 7:00 p.m. Sept. 13 Eisenhower Away 7:00 p.m. Sept. 15 Cascade Away 7:00 p.m. Sept. 16-17Kent Classic Tournament Away TBD Sept. 20 Chiawana Away 7:00 p.m. Sept. 22 Richland Home 7:00 p.m. Sept. 24 Walla Walla/Double Home 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 Davis Home 7:00 p.m. Oct. 4 Moses Lake Away 7:00 p.m. Oct. 6 Eisenhower Home 7:00 p.m. Oct. 13 Chiawana Home 7:00 p.m. Oct. 15 Wenatchee Invite Home 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18 Richland Away 7:00 p.m. Oct. 27/29 Districts Away TBD Nov. 4-5 Regionals Away TBD Nov. 10-12 State Away TBD

CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Sept. 3 2-Mile Time Trial Sept. 8 Eastmont Sept. 15 Eisenhower Sept. 17 UW Sundodger Invite Sept. 23-24Nike Pre-Nationals Sept. 24 Wenatchee Invite

Site Meet Time Home 9:00 a.m. Away 4:00 p.m. Away 3:30 p.m. Away 9:00 a.m. Away TBD Home 11:00 a.m.

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Opponent Sunfair Invite Richland Invite Walla Walla Districts Regionals State

Site Meet Time Away 9:30 a.m. Away 11:00 a.m. Away 3:30 p.m. Home 1:15 p.m. Away TBD Away TBD

GIRL’S SOCCER Opponent

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Southridge (JV)

Away

Sept. 7

Seattle Prep

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Eastmont (V)

Home 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 10

Davis

Home 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 12

Eastmont (JV)

Away

6:00 p.m.

Sept. 13

Moses Lake

Away

7:00 p.m.

Sept. 16

Walla Walla (V)

Away

7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15

Eastmont

Home 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 19

Walla Walla (JV)

Home 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 17

Eisenhower

Home 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 23

Moses Lake (V)

Home 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20

Chiawana

Home 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 26

Moses Lake (JV)

Away

5:00 p.m.

Sept. 24

Walla Walla

Away

1:00 p.m.

Sept. 30

Eisenhower (V)

Away

7:30 p.m.

Sept. 27

Richland

Away

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 3

Eisenhower (JV)

Home 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 4

Moses Lake

Home 6:00 p.m.

Oct. 7

Richland (V)

Home 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 8

Davis

Away

12 Noon

Oct. 10

Richland (JV)

Away

Oct. 11

Eisenhower

Away

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 14

Lake City (V)

Home 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 15

Walla Walla

Home 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 15

Lake City (JV)

Away

1:00 p.m.

Oct. 18

Chiawana

Away

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 21

Davis (V)

Away

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22

Richland

Home 10:00 a.m.

Oct. 24

Davis (JV)

Home 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 29

District

TBD

TBD

Oct. 28

Chiawana (V)

Away

Nov. 5

Regionals

TBD

TBD

Oct. 31

Chiawana (JV)

Home 4:00 p.m.

Nov. 8

State

TBD

TBD

Nov. 4

Big 9 GSL Crossover (V)

TBD

TBD

Nov. 11-12 State Round 1

TBD

TBD

Nov. 11-12 State Round 1 (V)

TBD

TBD

Nov. 15-16 State

TBD

TBD

Nov. 18-19 State Round 2 (V)

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Cashmere sticks to tradition Old-school Bulldogs still rely on option World file photo/Don Seabrook

Shifty Chelan quarterback Michael Amsel, Jr. is adept at both running and throwing in the Goats’ spread offense.

Evolution From Page 2

He’s kind of a throwback to the 40s, 50s, 60s type of an athlete,” Talley said. “Because of his triple threat it’s an advantage because defenses are trying to set up against him.” Devereaux added that the basic body type of quarterbacks is changing as a result of the advent of the spread, as the muscle-bound statues of yesteryear are becoming less prevalent. “It used to be that you wanted a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guy that could drop back and throw the ball down the field, a Drew Bledsoe-type,” he said. “There are some teams that still have that, but they have to be mobile also. The zone blitz has kind of taken away those guys that stand in the pocket.” The zone blitz, which employs dropping pass-rushers into coverage while blitzing linebackers or defensive backs, has been one of the tools defenses have enlisted to respond to spread offenses. “There was a while where the defenses were way behind the offenses, but people eventually found ways to defend it,” said Devereaux, who also serves as Wenatchee’s defensive coordinator. “A quarterback like McGill or the Southridge kid (Matt Mendenhall) that we’re going to see, they are such great athletes that on defense you have to account for them as a threat,” said Wenatchee inside linebackers coach Todd Fryhover. “Years ago, the quarterback wasn’t seen as a threat that way. We have to have guys on defense in the interior seven who are athletic enough to run with those guys.” Since these new schemes involve so much pre-snap motion and misdirection, the ability of defenders to recognize and react to what’s happening is more important than ever. Devereaux said his teams often assign Please see EVOLUTION, Page 20

BY DOUG FLANAGAN World sports writer CASHMERE — When Cashmere High School left the Caribou Trail League to join the 2A ranks for the 19992000 school year, football coach Phil Zukowski knew he needed to make some drastic changes if the Bulldogs were to compete in a league with bigger schools. “(Our 1999 team) was the smallest, slowest team I’ve coached,” Zukowski said, “and I coached B-11 football.” Zukowski figured that the spread attack that worked so well for his squad in the CTL wasn’t going to work as well against bigger, faster players. He started to do some research and became intrigued after watching some footage of college games featuring the Air Force and Naval academies, which ran the option offense. “I thought, ‘You know, if the academies can win with smaller, slower guys, maybe they’re running the right offense for us,’ ” he said. Zukowski wasn’t content to simply read about the offense and watch games on television, though — he went straight to the source. In the spring of 1999, Zukowski attended a week-long coach’s clinic at Air Force, and he absorbed everything he could about the flexbone option offense. “They invited me to every-

World photo/Mike Bonnicksen

Cashmere football team members work on their ball-handling skill during practice in August. The team has been using the same option offense since 1999. thing,” he said. “I was in all their staff meetings, every practice. Chuck Petersen was their offensive coordinator, and he took me under his wing. It was a great learning opportunity (and) the best coaching clinic I’ve attended in my life.” Zukowski installed the option in the fall, and the following year, the Bulldogs advanced to the state quarterfinals. They’ve been running the same offense ever since, even as many other teams have switched to the spread or pistol offense. The Bulldogs sport a 102-33 record since 1999 and won the 2009 1A state championship. Over the past four seasons, the team has averaged about 3,100 yards rushing. “I think this offense (has given our program an iden-

tity),” Zukowski said. “I’ve had comments from other coaches in the league, asking when we’re going to change our offense. That’s a real compliment to the program because they know we’re running the triple-option.”

The flexbone offense (or double-slot option, as Zukowski calls it) features a fullback and two ‘slotbacks’ that bracket each side of the offensive line a yard or two Please see CASHMERE, Page 5

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behind the line of scrimmage. It’s an ofense that relies on timing, precision, versatility and, most importantly, efficient decision-making. The term ‘triple option’ receives its name from the three choices, or options,

the quarterback has when he gets the ball from center. He can hand the ball of to the fullback behind him; pitch it to one of the slotbacks, cutting across the line; or run with the ball himself. “You have to put a lot of faith in your quarterback,� Zukowski said. “Last year with Tyler McNair as quarterback, we were much more of an inside running team. This year, if it’s Casey (Ruether) at quarterback, we’re going to be more of an outside running team. If it’s Brock

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(Grams) at quarterback, we’re going to be more of a passing team. It’s easily adjustable without changing anything.� The slotbacks must have the ability to block, run the ball inside and outside and catch passes. “The slots are kind of a hybrid position,� Zukowski said. “Are they more like tight ends? Then that’s the types of plays we’ll run. If they’re more like receivers, we’ll get the ball to them on the outside.� Of course, the play of the ofensive line-

men is crucial in the option ofense as well. “(Ofensive linemen) have to get leverage — my pad under your pad,� Zukowski said. “If he gets a little bit of movement, then we’ve got the play.� Other CTL coaches know what Cashmere is going to do on ofense, of course. But that doesn’t really matter too much to the Bulldogs’ players, according to senior Please see CASHMERE, Page 19

Go Eastmont Wildcats! For more information on Eastmont High School sports go to: www.eastmont206.org

GIRL’S SOCCER

GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL GIRL’S SWIMMING Date Opponent Sept. 10 Wenatchee Invite Sept. 13 Southridge Sept. 17 CWU Pentathlon Sept. 22 West Valley Sept. 23 All Schools 11-Dive Meet Sept. 29 Kamiakin Oct. 1 Mukilteo Invite Oct. 7 All Schools 11-Dive Meet Oct. 8 Wen Valley Champs Oct. 13 Kennewick Oct. 21 All Schools 11-Dive Meet Oct. 22 Handford Oct. 27 Dist. Champ Diving Oct. 28-29 Districts Nov. 11-12 State

Site Away Away Away Away Away Away Away Away Away Home Away Home Away Away Away

Game Time 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. TBD 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. TBD 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. TBD TBD

Date Sept. 3 Sept. 6 Sept. 8 Sept. 13 Sept. 17 Sept. 20 Sept. 22 Sept. 27 Sept. 29 Oct. 4 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 11 Oct. 13 Oct. 15 Oct. 18 Oct. 20 Oct. 29 Nov. 4-5 Nov. 11-12

Opponent Jamboree Sunnyside West Valley Kennewick Pasco Kamiakin Southridge Hanford Sunnyside West Valley Kennewick Cross Over Game Pasco Kamiakin Wenatchee Invite Southridge Hanford District Finals Regionals State

Site Away Home Away Home Away Away Home Away Away Home Away Away Home Home Away Away Home TBD TBD TBD

Game Time 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TBD 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD

CROSS COUNTRY Date Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Oct. 1

Opponent Eastmont Invite Pasco/Hanford/Kenn/Kam/WV/SS/SR Moses Lake Invite Wenatchee Invite Sunfair Invite

Site Game Time Home 4:00 p.m. Home 3:30 p.m. Away 10:00 a.m. Away 11:00 a.m. Away 9:30 a.m.

Date Oct. 8 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 29 Nov. 5

Opponent Richland Invite Pasco/Hanford/Kenn/Kam/WV/SS/SR District Meet Regionals State

Site Game Time Away 10:00 a.m. Away 3:30 p.m. Away 3:00 p.m. Away TBD TBD TBD

Date Opponent Sept. 2 Moses Lake Sept. 10 Sunnyside Sept. 13 West Valley Sept. 15 Wenatchee Sept. 17 Kennewick Sept. 20 Kamiakin Sept. 24 Pasco Sept. 27 Southridge Sept. 29 Hanford Oct. 4 West Valley Oct. 8 Sunnyside Oct. 11 Kennewick Oct. 15 Pasco Oct. 18 Kamiakin Oct. 22 Southridge Oct. 25 Hanford Oct. 27 Districts Oct. 29 Districts Nov. 1 Regionals Nov. 5 Regionals Nov. 8 State Nov. 12 State Nov. 18-19 State

FOOTBALL Site Home Home Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Away Away Home Away Away Home Away TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Game Time 4:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Date Sept. 2 Sept. 6 Sept. 9 Sept. 12 Sept. 15 Sept. 16 Sept. 19 Sept. 23 Sept. 26 Sept. 30 Oct. 3 Oct. 7 Oct. 10 Oct. 14 Oct. 17 Oct. 21 Oct. 24 Oct. 28 Oct. 31 Nov. 4 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Nov. 26 Dec. 3

Opponent Davis (V) Davis (JV) Wenatchee (V) Wenatchee (JV) Waterville (JV) Kennewick (V) Kennewick (JV) Southridge (V) Southridge (JV) Pasco (V) Pasco (JV) West Valley (V) West Valley (JV) Hanford (V) Hanford (JV) Sunnyside (V) Sunnyside (JV) Kamiakin (V) Kamiakin (JV) Cross Over Game(V) Round 1 State (V) Round 2 State (V) State Semi-Finals (V) State Championships (V)

Site Home Away Away Home Away Away Home Home Away Away Home Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Away TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Game Time 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

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Bulked-up linebacking duo leads Panther ‘D’ LBs Harvey and Sells friends on field and off BY BRIAN ADAMOWSKY World sports writer WENATCHEE — For the Wenatchee Panthers defense, it’s all about Harvey and Sells. Who made that tackle? Harvey and Sells. Who was blitzing on that play? Harvey and Sells. Taylor Harvey and Nick Sells are junior inside linebackers at Wenatchee, and their coaches say they’re growing into one of the more cohesive duos in the Big Nine at that crucial position. The fact that they’re best friends and push each other relentlessly to improve has only accelerated their growth. Nick Sells Wenatchee “We haven’t had two linebacker kids that have worked harder in the weight room,” Wenatchee coach Scott Devereaux said of Harvey and Sells, who are turning heads with their lifting prowess. “They’re at a level that doesn’t happen a whole lot for high school Taylor Harvey kids their age. They Wenatchee weren’t born that way. linebacker They worked hard to get there.” “We were lifting together every day during the winter and summer,” said Harvey, who said he and Sells each gained 30 pounds, up to 205, from last year. “There hasn’t been a day that we haven’t been together or hanging out.” Harvey and Sells survived being thrown into the proverbial fire as sophomores last season when position stalwarts Jacob Sealby and Ryan Phelps graduated, and were part of a rotation of inside linebackers for the 5-5 Panthers. They gradually earned more and more playing time as the season went along. This year, they’ll be the primary guys in the middle, and their ability to make tackles in space has impressed the Wenatchee staff since practice began on Aug. 17. In Wenatchee’s 5-2 scheme, the goal is to funnel opposing ballcarriers toward the center of the field, into the grip of

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Wenatchee Panther football players Nick Sells, at left, and Taylor Harvey stand together during practice. The junior inside linebackers are growing into one of the more cohesive duos in the Big Nine at that crucial position, according to their coaches. the waiting Harvey and Sells. “Those inside linebackers should be making 60-70 percent of the tackles, and those two kids want to do nothing more than hit somebody,” said Wenatchee inside linebackers coach Todd Fryhover. “Those two kids are strong and physical enough to stand up to that.” Harvey and Sells took different routes to their current positions. Harvey has been playing football since he was eight, and when asked about his favorite thing about the sport, he answered succinctly, “I like to hit.” Harvey’s grandfather Chester played for the University of Washington years ago, and he has grown up with the game. Sells didn’t step on the field until his freshman season in 2009, at his buddy’s urging. “The reason I started playing is this guy right here,” he said, pointing to Harvey. “He and his dad kept pushing me to Please see PANTHERS, Page 18

Home field: Apple Bowl Head coach: Scott Devereaux (eighth year, 44-27) Last year’s record: 5-5 League finish: 3-3 Returning starters: 3 offense, 4 defense Key players: Mitch Marboe, OL/DL, sr.; Connor Black, WR, sr.; Cody O’Connell, OL/DL, jr. Impact newcomers: Isaiah Brandt-Sims, RB/ DB, so.; Spencer Smith, RB/DB, so.; Blake Aguilar, RB/DB, so. The preseason story line: Wenatchee coaches have said that this is the most talented team they’ve seen in several years, but there is still work to do in terms of game IQ. The Panthers

must work on incorporating the new faces into the team. Where lack of depth may hurt: The Panthers are thin on the line and an injury or two could cause some reshuffling for the team up front. Can go to the playoffs if: The youngsters find consistency quickly. This has the feel of a roller-coaster team. When they’re good they’ll be exciting to watch, but there could be some growing pains as the sophomores adjust to Big Nine football. —Nathan Mesler and Brian Adamowsky, World staff


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2011 PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

EXPERIENCE IN SKILL POSITIONS WILL KEEP EASTMONT AFLOAT BY BRENT STECKER World sports writer EAST WENATCHEE — In the world of prep football, losing dozens of seniors is akin to starting over. Considering that fact, the Eastmont Wildcats somehow made it out of graduation with a surprising amount of their team still intact. Yes, there are just two returning starters on offense and three on defense, but those players happen to be among some of the more crucial pieces in last year’s second-place Big Nine 3A team. Live wire defensive end Berlie Walker is back off a first-team All-League selection to lead the defense, while dual-threat quarterback Lucas McGill returns with 16 career starts and a refined throwing motion to his credit. The duo, along with lineman Christian Reyes and running back/defensive back John Wehrer, give the Wildcats a small but solid group of senior leaders. “Our numbers are way down, from 28 to 13 (seniors), but we have some real strong leadership,” eighth-year Eastmont coach Doug McGill said. “The kids in that class treat the other kids with respect, and it really gives everybody the best shot. They’re a smart bunch and have played quite a bit.” The Wildcats will need every bit of that leadership if they’re going to post a record over .500 for the second season in a row. Walker, the son of offensive line coach Bill Walker, should have no problem fitting that bill, coach McGill said. “Berlie is hands-down one of the toughest football players that will be in our league, our region and maybe the state,” McGill said. “It’s his third year too, and as a motivator he’s showed a lot of leadership.” He’ll also be expected to pitch in on offense for the first time at the varsity level, sliding into the H-back spot, the team’s running back/wide receiver hybrid position. “Berlie has really improved on his catching,” McGill said. “He’s just such a competitor, he doesn’t allow himself to make mistakes. Sam (Gwinn) left some big shoes to fill, but I really feel Berlie will prove to be a worthy offensive player.” “Berlie is really fun to watch run. You never know what will happen,” Lucas McGill said. “He’s a versatile back, a good fit.” Walker will have the luxury of catching passes and taking hand-offs from the talented Lucas McGill, a prototype of a quarterback if there is one. “I really think that he’s confident in what he can do,” said coach McGill, who

World file photo/Don Seabrook

Eastmont’s Trenton Osborn takes down University’s Jory Zettle in a playoff game last season. Osborn, a junior, is part of Eastmont’s talented secondary this year. traveled to numerous football camps with on the scene. We have lots of guys that his son during the offseason. “He has can play really good football, it’s just experience and decithat lots of them sion-making skills, don’t have a lot of and he’s a pretty “We have some real strong experience, and tough runner. He’s a that’s something little deceptive with leadership. you can’t really his long gait — he practice.” They’re The running doesn’t look as fast backs could be canas he is, but he eats a smart bunch didates to break out up some ground.” and have played this season. Coach Lucas McGill McGill thinks highly threw 10 intercepquite a bit.” of both senior John tions to nine touchDOUG MCGILL Wehrer and junior downs last season, Darin Hardgrove, but spent a lot of Eastmont coach both hard runners time working on his and workers who accuracy. will take turns carrying the ball. “His throwing looks a lot crisper and The defense looks to be a little more fundamentally sound. That was a really solidified with high-caliber athletes Wehbig focus for us, his delivery,” coach rer, Hargrove and Trenton Osborn in McGill said. the secondary and Kyle Hoffman at lineThere are a few questions surroundbacker, but like on offense the young line ing the offense, however. The beefy and will be tested from the get-go. The loss of experienced offensive line of last year is junior defensive back Trea Thomas, who no more, and reliable receiving targets like Darren Spaeth and Reed Jaspers also did not turn out to concentrate on basketball, will also hurt. graduated, meaning there will be plenty Eastmont will have its hands full with of on-the-job training for the Wildcats. reigning league champ Kamiakin and “Our o-line is going to have to jell, because teams are going to be aggresperennial contender Southridge, who sive to get pressure and make us pass,” the Cats beat for the first time in school coach McGill said. “Every year we have history in 2010. “We’re looking at everybody as a tough other guys who step up — (running game,” coach McGill said. “We have to back/safety) Ryan Pierce was that guy earn anything we get this year.” last year and Reed Jaspers also flashed

Home field: Wildcat Stadium Head coach: Doug McGill (eighth year, 25-45) Last year’s record: 6-4 League finish: 6-1 Returning starters: 3 offense, 2 defense Key players: Lucas McGill, QB, sr.; Berlie Walker, DE/ RB/WR, sr.; John Wehrer, DB/RB/WR, sr. Impact newcomers: Darin Hardgrove, RB/S, jr.; Austin Port, OL/DL, so.; Dalin McDonnell, WR, jr. The preseason story line: The Wildcats lost 31 seniors from their second-place Big Nine 3A team in 2010, the first of the McGill era to finish above .500. A small but talented group of senior Berlie Walker leaders remain, but lack of All-League size and experience is all defensive end over the field for Eastmont. Where lack of depth may hurt: Offensive and defensive line Can go to the playoffs if: The unproven offensive linemen and receivers develop early on in the season. Lucas McGill has the skills, experience and confidence to get the job done, but he will need time to throw and reliable targets to haul in passes for it to do any good. On defense, energetic All-League defensive end Berlie Walker and some hard-working defensive backs will need to rally the troops. — Brent Stecker, World staff

Big Nine 3A 2010 standings Kamiakin Eastmont Kennewick Southridge Sunnyside Pasco West Valley Hanford

League 7-0 6-1 5-2 4-3 2-5 2-5 1-6 1-6

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What’s new with Caribou

CTL GETS A WWW BY RACHEL HANSEN World staff writer WENATCHEE — Schedule? Roster? Team standings? Check, check and check. CTLathletics.com has the league covered. The Caribou Trail League launched a new website for the 2011-12 school year, where all the information is updated directly by coaches for every sport in the league. It offers a league blog, photos and email alerts speciďŹ c to the school and sport. The website is also an interface for coaches to schedule games and athletic facilities, said

Chelan Athletic Director Scott Raab. That’s part of the reason why the league decided to switch from their former contractor, Digital Sports. “The ultimate goal is to avoid double-booking or mischeduling a team,� he said. “We have a joke between athletic directors that we never want our two busses to pass on the road.� Athletic directors also liked the new website’s historical stats tracking and the direct customer service, Raab said. The new website is part of a growing network that began four years ago with the Northwest Conference, a Skagit Valley

league. Mark Martin, the technology director for Nooksack School District, runs the network for six leagues, which represents 60 schools, from north Seattle to the Canadian border. Raab said he heard of Martin’s websites last year at a conference. “(The) Northwest Conference was just raving about the product and how good it was,� he said. The new website cost the same as the league’s old system, although Raab wouldn’t say how

much. Eventually, Martin hopes to sell enough online advertising to make the website free. “It’s starting to grow into a real business,� Martin said. “As it gains popularity it might become a full-time job. Right now I’m just watching it grow and working on something that’s my passion. I love high school sports and being around the kids.� Rachel Hansen: 664-7139 hansen@wenatcheeworld.com

“(The) Northwest Conference was just raving about the product and how good it was.� SCOTT RAAB Chelan athletic director

Go Cashmere Bulldogs! For more information on Cashmere High School sports go to: www.cashmere.wednet.edu/hs

FOOTBALL

CROSS COUNTRY Date Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Sept. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 8 Oct. 8 Oct. 11 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 5

Opponent Ellensburg Invite Highland Invite Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Wenatchee Invite Sunfair Richland Invite Cascade Invite Cascade Mini Meet CLT Championships District State

Site Game Time Away 11:00 a.m. Away 11:00 a.m. Away 10:00 a.m. Away 11:00 a.m. Away 9:00 a.m. Away 9:00 a.m. Away 11:00 a.m. Away TBD Away 3:30 p.m. Away 1:00 p.m. Away 12 Noon

Date Opponent Sept. 2 Royal (V) Sept. 6 Royal (JV) Sept. 9 Cle Elum (V) Sept. 12 Cle Elum (JV) Sept. 16 Connell (V) Sept. 23 West Valley (V) Sept. 30 Tonasket (V) Oct. 3 Cascade (JV) Oct. 7 Okanogan (V) Oct. 14 Chelan (V) Oct. 17 Chelan (JV) Oct. 21 Cascade (V) Oct. 24 Cascade (JV) Oct. 28 Omak (V) Nov. 4 Crossover with NEA (V) Nov. 11-12 1A State First Round Nov. 18-19 1A State Quarter Finals Nov. 25-26 1A State Semi Finals Dec. 3 1A State Finals

Site Game Time Home 7:00 p.m. Away 5:30 p.m. Away 7:00 p.m. Home 5:30 p.m. Away 7:00 p.m. Home 7:00 p.m. Away 7:00 p.m. Away 5:30 p.m. Home 7:00 p.m. Home 7:00 p.m. Away 5:30 p.m. Away 7:00 p.m. Home 5:30 p.m. Home 7:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD Away TBD Away TBD Away TBD

GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL

GIRL’S SOCCER

Date Sept. 6 Sept. 8 Sept. 10 Sept. 15 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 13 Oct. 15 Oct. 18 Oct. 20 Oct. 22 Oct. 25 Oct. 30 Nov. 5 Nov. 11-12

Date Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 20 Oct. 1 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 18 Oct. 22 Oct. 25 Oct. 29 Nov. 11-12 Nov. 18 Nov. 19

Opponent Ellensburg Jamboree Chelan Omak Okanogan Tonasket Manson Quincy Invite Cascade Chelan Okanogan Wenatchee Invite Cascade Ephrata Omak Chelan Tonasket District Tournament IA State Tournament

Site Game Time Away 5:00 p.m. Home 6:30 p.m. Home 6:30 p.m. Away 6:30 p.m. Home 6:30 p.m. Home 1:00 p.m. Away 10:00 a.m. Away 6:30 p.m. Away 6:30 p.m. Home 6:30 p.m. Home 8:30 a.m. Home 6:30 p.m. Away 6:30 p.m. Away 6:30 p.m. Home 6:30 p.m. Away 6:30 p.m. TBD TBD Away TBD

Opponent Omak Okanogan Cascade Tonasket Chelan Okanogan Cascade Omak Chelan Tonasket 1A State 1A State Semi-Finals 1A State Finals

Site Home Away Away Home Away Home Home Away Home Away Away Away Away

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What’s new with Caribou

TIME TO RUMBLE Cashmere’s new grandstand, finished in time for football BY RACHEL HANSEN World staff writer CASHMERE — Cashmere football fans will rumble like thunder Friday on their shiny new grandstand. After three months of excavation and construction, Cashmere School District finished the project ahead of schedule and within budget last week, Superintendent Glenn Johnson said. “Any true The district razed the football fan 40-year-old wooden bleachthis spring after an engiwants to watch ers neer found evidence of rotthe game from ting and condemned the structure last fall. In its as high up as place, White Bird Construction of Wenatchee erected possible.” a 1,600-seat steel structure with handrails and a wider PHIL ZUKOWSKI ramp and landing that are Cashmere coach both wheelchair accessible. Cashmere football coach Phil Zukowski said he and his wife walked by the site weekly to check on the progress. “Number one, it’s going to be safer,” Zukowski said about the grandstand. “Secondly, it will be taller which is nice. Any true football fan wants to watch the game from as high up as possible.” Johnson said the new bleachers can accommodate 400 more people, which means the district will not likely bring in additional seating for big events like graduation or the Pear Bowl game vs. Cascade. A crane placed a pre-fabricated press box on top of the structure in mid-August. In addition to the grandstand, the district replaced the

Photo by Steve Godfrey

A crane lowers a pre-built press box onto the new grandstand in Cashmere on Aug. 16. The 1,600-seat structure replaced the 40-year-old wooden bleachers condemned last spring. The first game will be Friday. stadium’s 40-year-old lighting with a brighter, more efficient system on four poles instead of six. The total cost is estimated at $627,000, including the grandstand, lighting, press box, architect and engineering fees, sales tax and contingency. The school district financed the project with a $650,000 loan, which will be paid back with taxes from a six-year $600,000 levy, a $27,000 donation from the Cashmere Rotary Club, $1,000 from Wenatchee North Rotary and the district’s general fund. Johnson had not yet added up the final costs, but believed the school board may have enough left over

from the project make early payments on the debt. “It’s been a pretty clean project,” Johnson said. “We’re just really thankful for the support of the community that allowed us to do this.” Cashmere also resurfaced the track as part of the outgoing maintenance and operations levy. The work was originally scheduled last year, but the district waited a year because of budget cutbacks. The delay saved the district an estimated $40,000, Johnson said. Rachel Hansen: 664-7139 hansen@wenatcheeworld.com

CTL teams at a glance

CASHMERE BULLDOGS Home field: No formal name Head coach: Phil Zukowski (16th year, 121-44) Last year’s record: 9-3 League finish: 3-2 Returning starters: 4 offense, 5 defense Key players: Caleb Barnes, OL, sr.; Joey Michael, DB, sr.; Moe Roberts, C/FB, jr. Impact newcomers: Brock Grams, jr., QB,

Casey Ruether, so., QB/LB. The preseason story line: The Bulldogs have lost a few cornerstones, but Zukowski’s teams always seem to reload. “We’ve had a great spring and played well at the Central camp,” he said. “I’m pleased with what I’m seeing so far.” Brock Grams and Casey Ruether are waging a preseason battle for the quarterback spot, and both bring different strengths to the table. Grams is the better pure passer, and Ruether can really run. Where lack of depth may hurt: Linebacker, especially if Ruether wins the quarterback battle and doesn’t play as much on defense.

Can go to the playoffs if: They can use their speed to their advantage. “We have a good line returning on both sides of the ball, but we don’t have an explosive running back returning this year,” Zukowski said. “We’re going to have to move the ball out to the perimeter.”

CASCADE KODIAKS Home field: Peshastin-Dryden Sports Complex Head coach: Elia Ala’ilima-Daley (eighth year, 46-25) Last year’s record: 3-6

League finish: 1-4 Returning starters: 5 offense, 5 defense Key players: Dwight Stoddard III, FB/LB, sr.; David Sorensen, TE/LB, sr.; Marcos Treviño, QB/LB, sr.; Nick Wood, RB/DE, sr. Impact newcomers: Fabian Alvarez, DB, jr.; Elijah Nash, DB, jr. The preseason story line: The Kodiaks have a lot of athleticism, something that showed in Please see Page 11


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CTL teams at a glance

Caribou Trail League 2010 standings League Chelan 5-0 Omak 4-1 Cashmere 3-2 Cascade 1-4 Okanogan 1-4 Tonasket 1-4

Overall 10-2 9-4 9-3 3-4-1 5-5 3-6

upright for the Kodiaks to have a chance. Can go to the playoffs if: They stay consistent from week to week. They’ll be battling Cashmere and Omak for a playoff spot, and will have to beat those teams somewhere along the way.

CHELAN GOATS

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their seven-on-seven workouts this summer. How well they play in the trenches might determine how far they go in 2011. Where lack of depth may hurt: Quarterback. There’s not much in the cupboard behind Treviùo, so the offensive line has to keep him

Home field: Sargent Field Head coach: Darren Talley (sixth year, 29-21) Last year’s record: 10-2 League finish: 5-0 Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense Key players: Michael Amsel, Jr. QB/OLB, jr.; Matt Peterson, RB/FS, sr.; Jose Aparicio

OL/DL, sr.; Cole Schwartz, OLB/FB, sr.; Jerry Eisenhart DT/OT, sr.; Asa Schwartz C/DE, so.; Alex Cortez OL/LB, jr.; Mikey LeHaye, jr., DL. Impact newcomers: Matt Robinson, WR/DB, sr.; Erick Oscarson, WR, jr.; Tyler Hood, MLB/ OL, sr. Konnar Stevens, RB, so. The preseason story line: Michael Amsel Jr.’s eligibility is the dominant story out of Chelan this summer. If he works out his enrollment issues and can get back on the field, the Goats are a league title contender again and could punch a third straight ticket to the state tournament. If not, Chelan will be hard-pressed to replace such a dynamic athlete. Where lack of depth may hurt: All over the place. “It’s always a problem,� Talley said. “We have great athletes, but not a lot of depth at any position.� Can go to the playoffs if: Amsel returns to the team and if they use their athleticism to their advantage.

OKANOGAN BULLDOGS Home field: No formal name Head coach: Erick Judd (first year) Last year’s record: 5-5 League finish: 1-4 Returning starters: 5 offense, 5 defense Key players: Joe Townsend, sr., QB; Marty Staggs, sr., WR; Alex Sandoval, sr., OL/DL The preseason storyline: Big things were expected from Okanogan last season, but the Bulldogs suffered one of those nightmare seasons where nothing really went right. They did regroup to win their final two games of the season, though, and hope to bring that momentum into this campaign. The expecPlease see CTL, Page N17

Go Cascade Kodiaks! For more information on Cascade High School sports go to: www.cascade.wednet.edu

FOOTBALL

CROSS COUNTRY Date Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 20 Sept. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 4 Oct. 8 Oct. 11 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 5

Opponent Tonasket Invite South Whidbey Invitational Liberty Bell Invite Wenatchee Invite Sunfair Omak Invite Cascade Invite Cascade Mini Meet CTL Championships CTL/NEA Bi-District Champ. 1A State

Site Away Away Away Away Away Away Home Home Away Away Away

Game Time 12 Noon 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. TBD 3:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 12 Noon

Date Opponent Sept. 1 Sultan (V) Sept. 6 Sultan (JV) Sept. 9 Naches Valley (V) Sept. 12 Naches Valley (JV) Sept. 16 Cheney (V) Sept. 19 Chelan (JV) Sept. 23 TBD (V) Sept. 26 Chelan (JV) Sept. 30 Omak (V) Oct. 3 Cashmere (JV) Oct. 7 Tonasket (V) Oct. 10 Quincy (JV) Oct. 14 Okanogan (V) Oct. 21 Cashmere (V) Oct. 24 Cashmere (JV) Oct. 28 Chelan (V) Nov. 4 NEA Cross Over Games (V) Nov. 11-12 1A State Round 1 (V) Nov. 18-19 1A State Quarterfinals (V) Nov. 25-26 1A State Semi-Finals (V) Dec. 3 1A State Finals (V)

Site Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Away Home Away Away TBD TBD TBD Away Away

Game Time 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 pm. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL

GIRL’S SOCCER

Date Opponent Sept. 9 Sun Dome Tournament Sept. 13 Chelan Sept. 15 Wenatchee Sept. 20 Selah Sept. 24 Tonasket Sept. 29 Moses Lake Oct. 1 Okanogan Oct. 4 Chelan Oct. 6 Cashmere Oct. 11 Omak Oct. 15 Wenatchee Invite Oct. 18 Cashmere Oct. 20 Kentwood Oct. 22 Tonasket Oct. 25 Omak Oct. 29 Okanogan Nov. 5 District Tournament Nov. 11-12 1A State Tournament

Date Opponent Sept. 6 Chelan Sept. 8 La Salle Sept. 10 Highland Sept. 15 Quincy Sept. 17 Sultan Sept. 20 Cashmere Sept. 24 Tonasket Sept. 29 Brewster Oct. 1 Okanogan Oct. 11 Omak Oct. 15 Chelan Oct. 18 Cashmere Oct. 20 Cle Elum Oct. 22 Tonasket Oct. 25 Omak Oct. 29 Okanogan Nov. 11-12 1A State Nov 18 1A State Semi-Finals Nov. 19 1A State Finals

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Surprising Pioneers on the radar Omak is a target in CTL after surging in state play two straight years BY RACHEL HANSEN World staff writer OMAK — Omak is the team nobody sees coming. Not two years ago, when the team reached the state quarterfinals. Not last year, when the Pioneers made the semi-finals. Despite the team’s successes, Omak wasn’t ranked in the top 10 until the playoffs in 2011. “We seem to play well at the end of World file photo/Mike Bonnicksen the year,” said Omak football coach Nick Omak’s Dylan Green runs in an upset of Sackman. “In the last couple of years, we’ve lost games early, and that has Cashmere in the 2010 state playoffs.

allowed us to see our weaknesses early in the year, and allowed us to fly under the radar.” Omak’s days of obscurity may be numbered. The team was ranked third in class 1A by the News Tribune pre-season poll. The roster is packed Nick Sackman with experience — about Omak coach 18 seniors — including Dylan Green, an All-League, All-State linebacker; wide receiver Joseph LaGrou;

quarterback Cade Roy and offensive tackles Vince Carden and Josh Arzola. “We have a group of kids who understand how to win football games, and that goes a long way to having a good program,” Sackman said. “The CTL is a tough league, so I think the pressure is on whether we’re ranked or not. We have to come with our best game every night.” Omak’s first game will be against Kettle Falls on Friday. Rachel Hansen: 664-7139 hansen@wenatcheeworld.com

Judd takes over Okanogan Win a trip FOR TWO BY RACHEL HANSEN World staff writer OKANOGAN — Hard work, good kids. Erick Judd knew the Okanogan football tradition long before he replaced longtime coach Denny Neely last spring. Judd, 37, volunteered for seven years as Neely’s assistant coach. He specialized in training defensive backs and running backs, which was the position he played for Okanogan High School years ago.

As a coach, he describes himself as “no frills, hardworking and hardnosed.” Judd said his goal is to increase participation. About 35 athletes joined the team this year, but Judd believes there’s room to grow. “I know the kids, I know the program and my first year is not going to be a lot different from what we’ve done in the past,” Judd said. “I want to keep the intensity going.”

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RIVAL JACKS, TIGERS TO MEET TWICE AGAIN BY KURTIS J. WOOD For the World For the second straight year, Ephrata and Quincy will duke it out on the football ďŹ eld — not once, but twice. While the Jackrabbits are looking for a repeat of last season, the Tigers are just looking to get out of the cellar. Quincy won both rival games en route to a 4-6 season, while Ephrata suffered through a 1-9 campaign. The Basin rivals will open the year in Quincy Friday for a chance to kick off their season on a winning note. “It is always important when you play Quincy,â€? Tiger coach Jay Mills said. “It’s bigger than us. You’ve got neighbors, uncles and brothers who have played in this game. You play for the community and bragging rights.â€? For Quincy, the extra motivation in the preseason is helping the coaches and players keep their focus. “This is a topic to talk about and it keeps the kids motivated,â€? said Jackrabbits coach Stephen Wallace. “It’s not just a ďŹ rst game. We are playing Ephrata, and we told them not to overlook them.â€?

Quincy Quincy will counter the speedier Tigers with sheer mass. In Jose Solorio and Armando Tafoya, the Jacks have a pair of 250-pounders that will

anchor the right side of the offensive line and pair up as inside linebackers. “They are two beasts on the right side,â€? Wallace said. “They’ve been picking up on a couple of things. They are potential AllLeague guys.â€? The beef does not stop there, as left guard Zack Gates, a 6-1, 295-pound sophomore, returns after being sidelined early last season. “He got a personal trainer to help him,â€? Wallace said. “His motivation is to start both ways.â€? The left side tackle is still up for grabs with Tony Thornton (6-4, 315), Alejandro Hernandez (5-10, 210) and Jose Guradado-Chavez (5-11, 210) vying for the ďŹ nal starting spot on the line. With a heated competition on the line, the Jacks ďŹ nd themselves with a little more depth heading into the season. “I’ve got lists and lists of guys,â€? Wallace said. “This year we’ve already changed out starting lineup ďŹ ve times. We have depth.â€? Jacob Durfee will assume the quarterback role after backing up Jackson Hodges last season. Durfee is more apt to run, but has the ability to throw upwards of 50 yards on the y. “He can heave the ball down there,â€? Wallace said. “Durfee’s thing is his footwork. He has the the arm

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for it.” His two mains targets will be All-State senior receiver Kody Berens (6-foot, 160) and senior receiver Cole Stanley (6-2, 185). Berens has an impressive résumé after tallying over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and Stanley will move from the line to the outside to help block and use his frame down the field. “Stanley is going to be tough inside the 20,” Wallace said. “So he’s going to be tough going up and getting it. He is also one of our fastest guys and very eicient.” Yet the Jacks will look to run the ball 70 percent of the time. Senior Cai Yamamoto (5-7, 175) and sophomore Antonio Melendez (5-7, 170) will fill the halfback roles, while Michael Heitstuman (5-7, 195) and Diego Garcia (5-7, 240) will be the fullbacks. Others in the mix are Darren Hodges (5-8, 170) and Javier Santana (5-11, 155).

Ephrata The Tigers have a little lightning in a bottle with Micah Ohl. The senior speedster is a statecaliber sprinter, and the Tigers coaching staff is going to find ways to get the ball in the hands of the 5-8, 160-pounder. Last season he was the featured back, but this sea-

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son Mills is sliding his star to a slot position to better use his 11.09-second 100-meter speed. “He is a perimeter threat,” he said. “We’re going to try to get him the ball in numerous positions and situations. He is one of the fastest kids I’ve coached.” Ohl is not the only returner from last year’s squad to switch positions. The Tigers will run a wing-T, so they plucked a few seniors from the offensive line to tote the ball. Fidel Bazan (5-11, 200) moves from a guard to a fullback and sprinter Jacob Green (5-10, 175) moved from guard to running back. “When you are the 400 champion in the league (Green), you’ve got to (give him the ball),” Mills said. Rocky Cobb (5-10, 175) also returns to the backfield, while Jacob Crowder (6-3, 165) will be the featured wide receiver. “He ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash,” Mills said. “You’ve got to get him the ball with that kind of speed and height.” The quarterback duties is still in the competition stage, but junior Tyler Clark (6-foot, 175) has a slight edge over sophomores Evan Brooks (5-7, 165) and Tyson Martin (5-foot, 175). “If we played tomorrow it would be Tyler. But it’s open. That’s what we’re going for — competition across the board. Your job is up for grabs,” Mills said. Kurtis J. Wood is Sports Editor for the Quincy Valley Post Register.

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Quincy Jackrabbits Home field: Jaycee Stadium Head coach: Stephen Wallace (third year, 7-13) Last year’s record: 4-6 League finish: 3-6 Returning starters: 5 offense, 6 defense Key players: Kody Berens, WR, sr.; Armando Tafoya, LB, jr.; Jose Solorio, G/LB, so. The preseason story line: The Jacks have a couple of strong receivers in Kody Berens and Cole Stanley, but Wallace expects to utilize a more option- and run-heavy offense in the always tough CWAC. Impact newcomers: Jacob Durfee, QB; Cole Stanley, WR, sr.; Antonio Melandez, FB/LB, so.

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Where lack of depth may hurt: Offensive line Can go to the playoffs if: The offensive players grasp Wallace’s system quick enough that the gamble of trying out the new offensive scheme pays off.

7 defense Key players: Micah Ohl, RB/WR, sr.; Fidel Bazan FB, sr.; Jacob Green, RB, sr. The preseason story line: The Tigers sent 55 players to team camp in Ellensburg and had 85 players out the first day of practice. Impact newcomers: Tyler Clark, QB, jr.; Jacob Crowder, WR. Where lack of depth may hurt: Offensive line Can go to the playoffs if: The Tigers coaching staff is looking for more consistency on and off the field. If they keep their nose on the football, their recent woes might become a distant memory.

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tations won’t be as high this season as they were last season, which could help to make Okanogan a sleeper. Where lack of depth may hurt: The Bulldogs suffered a number of injuries last season that depleted their defensive depth, and it showed in a 46-point average allowed in league games. Judd hopes that if his players can simply stay healthy this season, the quality of unit’s performance will rise substantially. Can go to the playoffs if: They build on the momentum from the end of last season, their defense comes comes together and Townsend can continue to improve after taking over for the injured Ryan Price late last season. “We have to keep up the intensity and play more consistent and limit our mistakes and not let games get away early,� Judd said. “If we can do that, we’ll fight out some wins.�

Home field: Pioneer Field Head coach: Nick Sackman (sixth year, 29-24) Last year’s record: 9-4 League finish: 4-1 Returning starters: 6 offense, 7 defense Key players: Dylan Green, sr., RB/LB; Cade Roy, sr., QB; Joseph LaGrou, sr., WR Impact newcomers: David Cutrell, OL/DL, sr.; Marvin Frank, WR/DB, jr.; Cody Thorp, WR/ DB, sr. The preseason storyline: The Pioneers finished second in the CTL a year ago and advanced to the 1A state semifinals, where they lost to Connell. They’re ranked third in the Tacoma News-Tribune 1A state poll and should fight with Cashmere and Chelan for

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the league title. The team has 18 seniors, including Green, last year’s CTL defensive player of the year, and Sackman said the squad welcomes the challenge of meeting high expectations. “We talk a lot about what we accomplished last season, and our motto for this year is, ‘One step further,’ � he said. “I don’t think they feel any pressure. We’re up here 100 miles from nowhere. People don’t know much about us, and I’d like to keep it that way — until the playoffs.�

RESULTS Omak vs. Okanogan 2010 *Omak 34, Okanogan 14 Omak 43, Okanogan 7 2009 Omak 42, Okanogan 7 2008 Omak 29, Okanogan 7 2007 Omak 19, Okanogan 6 2006 Omak 20, Okanogan 17, 3OT

Where lack of depth may hurt: Quarterback. New starter Cade Roy takes over for the graduated Brenden Aguilar, and while Sackman likes Roy’s accuracy and moxie, the coach will be forced to scramble to find another unproven option if Roy is unable to perform at an acceptable level. Can go to the playoffs if: They simply play like they’re capable. On paper, at least, the Pioneers start the season as one of the best teams in the state.

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2011-12 CROSS COUNTRY Date Sept. 10 Sept. 20 Sept. 24 Sept. 27 Oct. 1 Oct. 4 Oct. 8 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 5

Opponent Site Game Time Tonasket Invite Away 12 Noon Liberty Bell Invite Away 4:00 p.m. Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Away 10:00 a.m. Chelan Invite Home 5:00 p.m. Colville Invite Away 11:00 a.m. Omak Invite Away 4:00 p.m. Hole in Wall Invite Away TBD CTL Championships Away 3:30 p.m. CTL/NEA Bi-District Champ. Away 1:00 p.m. 1A State Away 12 Noon

Date Opponent Sept. 2 Vashon (V) Sept. 9 Connell (V) Sept. 12 Connell (JV) Sept. 16 Cle Elum (V) Sept. 19 Cascade (JV) Sept. 23 Foster (V) Sept. 26 Cascade (JV) Oct. 30 Okanogan (V) Oct. 3 Okanogan (JV) Oct. 7 Omak (V) Oct. 10 Omak (JV) Oct. 14 Cashmere (V) Oct. 17 Cashmere (JV) Oct. 21 Tonasket (V) Oct. 24 Tonasket (JV) Oct. 28 Cascade (V) Nov. 4 NEA Crossover Games Nov. 11-12 1A State First Round Nov. 18-19 1A State Quarter Finals Nov. 25-26 1A State Semi-Finals Dec. 3 1A State Finals

Site Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Away Home Home Away Away Home Home Away Home TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Game Time 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Date Opponent Sept. 3 Wenatchee Jamboree Sept. 6 Moses Lake Sept. 8 Cashmere Sept. 13 Cascade Sept. 15 Brewster Sept. 20 Tonasket Sept. 22 Okanogan Sept. 24 South Whidbey Invite Sept. 27 Wenatchee Oct. 4 Cascade Oct. 6 Omak Oct. 8 Cashmere Oct. 15 Wenatchee Invite Oct. 18 Tonasket Oct. 20 Okanogan Oct. 25 Cashmere Oct. 29 Omak Nov. 5 District Tournament Nov. 11-12 1A State

Site Away Home Away Home Home Home Away Away Away Away Away Home Away Away Home Away Home TBD Away

GIRL’S SOCCER Game Time TBD 7:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. TBD TBD

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Opponent Cascade Liberty Bell Bridgeport Tonasket Okanogan Brewster Manson Omak Cashmere Brewster Cascade Tonasket Okanogan Cashmere Manson Omak 1A State 1A State Semi-Finals 1A State Finals

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The next step in their development, one that both Harvey and Sells hope ends with a college football scholarship, is the mental side of being a lineFrom Page 6 backer. “The key to being a good linedo it.â€? backer is having a feel for where the Devereaux said Sells is more cere- ball is going and knowing where your bral and Harvey is the more aggresresponsibility is,â€? said Fryhover, who sive player. played linebacker at Idaho. “That’s “Taylor is just all physical right what we’re going to teach them this now,â€? Devereaux year. They’re said. “He brings a going to learn how bad attitude to the to read those keys. “They’ve ballcarrier, and we Once they pick grown up in like it.â€? that up, they’re “He bent his going to be so that position facemask on somefast getting into together.â€? one in one of our the backďŹ eld. It’s home games last going to be specSCOTT DEVEREAUX year,â€? Sells said. tacular.â€? Wenatchee coach No one quesHarvey and Sells tions whether Harhave already seen vey and Sells have improvement in the physical tools to be two of the bet- themselves. ter linebackers in the division, and “A year of experience really showed Devereaux and Fryhover both agree in team camp this year,â€? Sells said. that they communicate well within the “We’re reading the plays so much easidefensive framework. er. We know how people are coming at “Each of them knows exactly what us now and we’re going to stop them.â€? the other one’s doing when they’re out there,â€? Devereaux said. “They’ve Brian Adamowsky: 664-7157 grown up in that position together.â€? adamowsky@wenatcheeworld.com

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WENATCHEE VS. EASTMONT: BRIDGE OF SPORTSMANSHIP RESULTS 2010: Wenatchee 24, Eastmont 21 2009: Wenatchee 38, Eastmont 0 2008: Wenatchee 26, Eastmont 14 2007: Wenatchee 34, Eastmont 7 2006: Eastmont 21, Wenatchee 16 2005: Wenatchee 34, Eastmont 6 2004: Wenatchee 25, Eastmont 22 2003: Wenatchee 16, Eastmont 14 2002: Wenatchee 45, Eastmont 14 1998: Wenatchee 39, Eastmont 20 1997: Wenatchee 38, Eastmont 13 1996: Eastmont 24, Wenatchee 20 1995: Wenatchee 37, Eastmont 0 1994: Wenatchee 30, Eastmont 3 1993: Eastmont 21, Wenatchee 16 1992: Eastmont 21, Wenatchee 12 1991: Wenatchee 14, Eastmont 6 1990: Eastmont 16, Wenatchee 7 1989: Wenatchee 10, Eastmont 0 1988: Eastmont 36, Wenatchee 7 1987: Wenatchee 24, Eastmont 17, OT

1976: Wenatchee 42, Eastmont 7 1975: Eastmont 10, Wenatchee 9 1974: Wenatchee 43, Eastmont 0 1973: Wenatchee 49, Eastmont 0 1972: Wenatchee 47, Eastmont 6 1971: Wenatchee 35, Eastmont 0 1970: Wenatchee 49, Eastmont 0 1969: Wenatchee 24, Eastmont 7 1968: Wenatchee 24, Eastmont 0 1967: Wenatchee 42, Eastmont 0 1966: Eastmont 14, Wenatchee 7 1965: Wenatchee 6, Eastmont 3 1964: Wenatchee 34, Eastmont 7 1963: Wenatchee 26, Eastmont 6 1962: Wenatchee 26, Eastmont 6 1961: Eastmont 33, Wenatchee 12 1960: Wenatchee 25, Eastmont 14 1959: Wenatchee 21, Eastmont 0 1958: Wenatchee 41, Eastmont 0 Series: Wenatchee leads 31-9.

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Date Opponent Sept. 10 Ilwaco Sept. 16 Oroville Sept. 19 Oroville (JV) Sept. 23 Bridgeport Sept. 26 Bridgeport (JV) Sept. 30 Entiat Oct. 7 Brewster Oct. 10 Brewster (JV) Oct. 14 Liberty Bell Oct. 17 Brewster (JV) Oct. 21 Davenport Oct. 28 Pateros Nov. 4 Cross over Nov. 7 Oroville (JV) Nov. 10-12 1st Round Nov. 18-19 Quarter-finals Nov. 25-26 Semi-finals Dec. 2-3 Finals

Place Away Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Away Away TBD Home TBD TBD TBD Away

Time 1:00 pm. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD

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Date Opponent Sept. 10 Jamboree Sept. 13 Bridgeport Sept. 17 Oroville Sept. 20 Pateros Sept. 24 Cashmere Sept. 27 Liberty Bell Oct. 1 Brewster Oct. 4 Waterville Oct. 8 Bridgeport Oct. 11 Oroville Oct. 15 Pateros Oct. 20 Liberty Bell Oct. 25 Brewster Oct. 27 Cascade JV Oct. 29 Waterville Nov. 1, 5 Districts Nov. 11-12 State

Site Away Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Home Away Away Away Away Home Away Away

Game Time 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. TBD TBD

Date Opponent Sept. 13 Bridgeport Sept. 17 Oroville Sept. 22 Tonasket Sept. 24 Warden Sept. 27 Liberty Bell Sept. 29 Chelan Oct. 1 Brewster Oct. 4 Omak Oct. 6 Bridgeport Oct. 11 Oroville Oct. 13 Wenatchee Oct. 15 Entiat Oct. 18 Warden Oct. 20 Liberty Bell Oct. 25 Brewster Oct. 27 Chelan Nov. 1 Districts Nov. 5 Districts Nov. 11-12 State Nov. 18-19 State

Place Home Away Away Away Home Away Home Away Away Home Home Home Home Away Away Home TBD TBD TBD TBD

Time 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m 11:00 a.m. TBD TBD

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ofensive lineman Caleb Barnes, an all-state selection a year ago. “We have self-confidence,” Barnes said. “Execution (is key as well), the quarterback making those right reads. That’s what it boils down to. All of us have a mindset of (winning) a state title. That’s the attitude, the atmosphere — state title. We’ve got the horses to do it.” Cascade coach Elia Ala’ilimaDaley said Cashmere’s ofense is difficult to stop for a variety of reasons. “We feel like we have a good game plan going in against them, but they just pound it at us,” he said. “They’re so consistent and well-conditioned that by the time we get to the fourth quarter they’re still taking it to us with the same ofense. We have to make sure the

kids understand their defensive responsibilities. A big play could happen because one kid is worried about another area.” Omak coach Nick Sackman, whose team beat the Bulldogs twice last year, said it’s tough to prepare for Cashmere because of the uniqueness of the ofense. “If you get a lot of good athletes running (the option), it’s unstoppable,” he said. “Kids don’t grow up seeing that style of ofense in college or the National Football League anymore. Our kids can prepare for the spread because they’re seeing more of it, but they have only one week to prepare for the option. Your defensive players have to be very disciplined and have great football IQ , especially along the front seven or eight. Otherwise they’ll nickel-and-dime you to death.” Even though Zukowski has been running the option for 12 years, he still professes to be a student of the ofense — “I DVR Georgia Tech and Navy every

time they’re on television,” he said. He’ll make some small changes on occasion, but doesn’t have to teach a lot of fundamentals from year to year because the option has become ingrained in not jut the program, but the community as well. “That’s the beauty of tradition,” Zukowski said. “Our grid kids (youth program) run the same ofense. The middle school runs it. The No. 1 reason why it’s been successful is because we still run it. When we come to spring ball, the kids remember it from last year. It takes a little tweaking to get them going again, but it’s a repetitive thing. They’re not learning a brandnew ofense every year.” The players appreciate that fact — and respect it as well. “I can’t imagine Cashmere football,” Barnes said, “without the option.”

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were moving to the West Coast offense, then to more of a spread shotgun type of look. It does cycle. You see the same on the defensive side. From Page 4 “Offenses adjust, defenses change. It’s a fun chess game for coaches, more value to a player with game smarts and when players get into and intuition over one with purely physthe chess game it’s next ical gifts. level thinking.â€? “You’ve got to have guys on defense that The spread and the can ďŹ gure things out,â€? he said. “We’ll take wildcat are two of the an undersized guy who can run and ďŹ nd a biggest changes to affect way to use him. A muscle-bound guy with Darren Talley Chelan coach prep football in NCW no knowledge of the game is a dinosaur.â€? over the years, but The cycle Devereaux thinks that As popular as the spread has become, just the fact that teams there’s another trend that has yet to really are changing is signiďŹ catch on locally: the wildcat, a sweep- and cant in itself. option-heavy formation where the quar“The second year I was terback could just as well be called a runhere as an assistant in ning back. 1996, seven of the teams “We haven’t (seen the wildcat), and I in the old Big Nine ran hope we don’t because it’s just another the exact same defense,â€? Elia thing to put on the list,â€? Ala`ilima-Daley he said. “On offense, Ala’ilima-Daley said. teams would just line Cascade coach One team that has used it on occasion up in I-back and pound is Eastmont. it 50 times per game. “We did that in situational, goal-line Now, everyone has mulitple formations plays if we just needed a couple yards,â€? and even multiple blocking schemes. McGill said. Some teams will show you three different Of course, the wildcat could just be a sea- blocking schemes on consecutive plays.â€? son or two from becoming the rage itself. The Ephrata Tigers will get a quick “In my 30 years of coaching high taste of that variety. school football I’ve seen several cycles,â€? Ephrata’s ďŹ rst three opponents this seaTalley said. “Everybody moving to a son run wildly different offenses, and Jay variation of a wing-T was a hot butMills’ Tigers will have to adapt on the y. ton for a time, then I think some people “Quincy has been an option team,

Evolution

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Ephrata faces off with the Quincy Jackrabbits during a homecoming game in 2007. Ephrata became a spread team after that season and plans to switch again this year. Prosser is a spread team, and Toppenish is a double wing team that throws the ball once a game only because it’s a law,â€? he said. Still, no matter what system a team runs, the guys on the ďŹ eld have to execute the play in front of them. Mills is on his third different offensive system in his 11th season with the Tigers. After being a full-bore spread team for three seasons, Ephrata will scrap the shotgun for the run-dominated Wing-T

offense in 2011. Ephrata has experienced the full spectrum of success as a spread team, going from a Class 2A state berth (2007) to a winless season (2009). “Regardless of what offense you run, it still comes back to execution — blocking, tackling and managing the ball,� Mills said. “We’re proof that its more about the Jimmys and Joes than it is about the Xs and Os with any system.�

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GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL

GIRL’S SOCCER Date Sept. 17 Oct. 3 Oct. 13 Oct. 15 Oct. 24 Oct. 31

Opponent Warden Cashmere Cashmere Manson Cashmere Cashmere

Site Away Away Home Away Home Away

Game Time 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Date Aug. 22 Sept. 7 Sept. 8 Sept. 13 Sept. 17 Sept. 20 Sept. 26

Opponent TBD Bridgeport Pateros Soap Lake White Swan Lake Roosevelt White Swan

Site Game Time Home TBD Away 5:00 p.m. Home 5:00 p.m. Home 5:00 p.m. Home 11:00 a.m. Away 5:00 p.m. Away 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 1 Oct. 4 Oct. 6 Oct. 8 Oct. 11 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 25 Oct. 27 Oct. 29

Riverside Christian Soap Lake Waterville Warden Lake Roosevelt Kittitas Waterville Riverside Christian Kittitas Warden

Away 11:00 a.m. Away 5:00 p.m. Away 5:00 p.m. Home 11:00 a.m. Home 5:00 p.m. Away 5:00 p.m. Home 5:00 p.m. Home 5:00 p.m. Home 5:00 p.m. Away 11:00 a.m.

FOOTBALL Date Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Nov. 4

Opponent Soap Lake Waterville Brewster Liberty Bell Manson Pateros Oroville Bridgeport Cross Over Games

Site Home Away Away Home Away Home Away Home Home

Game Time 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

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