More focus on high school football brings more coverage in and out of season. We’re now getting spring practice reports not only from team websites but local media as well.
Before looking at some of the spring highlights thus far, the biggest Washington team event of the spring takes place tomorrow in Sammamish. The Skyline Spartans are hosting Skills and Drills on the Hill – 7 on 7 and Lineman Challenge. The 7-on-7 tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday, and includes at least 23 teams this year. Some top-flight talent will be on display, likely including Skyline’s own Max Browne and Mercer Island QB and 2012 UW commit, Jeff Lindquist.
The Skyline Gridiron Club will host its third annual Skills and Drills on the Hill this Saturday and Sunday at Skyline High School.
The event features a 7-on-7 football tournament, a lineman challenge and a kicking and punting competition.
Action begins at 9 a.m., Saturday with eight full fields competing in 7-on-7 games. That competition continues throughout the day and into Sunday. Kicking and punting will take place at lunch, approximately noon, and the lineman challenge will be held Sunday, around 9:30 a.m.
The public is welcome.
On to spring practice coverage after the jump.
Bellevue Reporter: Spring Football’s Burning Questions Bellevue Reporter preps blogger Josh Suman checks with the football teams in Bellevue. Yes, there are more than just the Wolverines.
After making a run to the 2A state quarterfinals last year, Interlake likely hopes to continue their growth under head coach Jason Rimkus, who enters his second season leading the Saints. Interlake has made the 2A playoffs each of the past three seasons despite an always difficult league season that yielded only one win in 2010. The Saints opened 2010 with a 70-14 loss to Newport. Coach Rimkus ensured the 2011 opener against the Knights will bear no resemblance to that performance.
The [Newport] Knights ended their 2010 season with a 30-10 loss to the Chiawana Riverhawks in the first round of the 4A state playoffs, finishing the season 6-5. They will again be led by junior-to-be quarterback Isaac Dotson, who rushed for over 1,000 yards while throwing for nearly 500 last year at the helm of the Knights’ throwback Wishbone offense.
Pasco football took a hit in the Pasco divide of 2009, which created two schools. Chiawana being the by product, flourished last season going to the state playoffs. The Bulldogs struggled. In the past two seasons since the split… Pasco’s 5-16. Head coach Dustin Lamb who is entering his third year running the show, continues to rebuild a former powerhouse on the grid-iron. A tall order for a team returning just four starters to spring ball.
GSHLFootball.com is in the process of visiting each team in the league and posting full photo gallery for each.
Finally for this edition, we have the all-star games coming up starting with the small school Earl Barden Classic on June 25th in Yakima. The 3A/4A East-West game comes next on July 1st at Eastern Washington U, and the Shriner’s Freedom Bowl Classic takes place July 9th in Vancouver.