Tomorrow morning at Lakes High School in Lakewood, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will announce that two players will play in the all-star game, which is held every January in San Antonio. Two Lakes players, one of them almost certainly TE/DL Kavario Middleton, are going to be named as two of the top 84 players in the country.
It got me to thinking: if you had to name your two all-Americans from this state, who would you choose? Graham-Kapowsin’s Marcel Smith, O’Dea’s Johri Fogrerson, Edmonds-Woodway’s Tony Heard and Federal Way’s Andre Barrington are all running backs who would surely deserve notice, but I’m sure there are more names out there I’m missing.
And don’t limit yourself to football, either. In soccer, we have some great players, such as Issaquah’s Kate Deines, Jackson’s Kristi Kingma and Skyline’s MacKenzie Barney. Or how about volleyball, where Newport’s Lauren Barfield and Bainbridge’s Kelcey Dunaway are nationally-ranked seniors. Kentwood and Tahoma also have great players.
Cross-country, tennis, golf, swimming, and diving; there are notable players everywhere. List your best.
So who are your all-Americans?
1. Amanda Clark, Shorewood, soccer. Had two goals and two assists in 8-0 victory against Mariner.
2. Paul Mitzer, Mercer Island, boys golf. Won KingCo 3A championships at Snohomish Golf Course with a 1-under 71.
3. Ashley Nguyen, Kentridge, volleyball. Led the way with 17 kills in 5-game victory against Tahoma.
Tonight’s top games
1. Edmonds-Woodway at Kamiak, volleyball, 7 p.m. First place in WesCo South on the line; both teams are 9-1 and 5-0 in the conference.
2. Everett at Snohomish, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Snohomish hasn’t lost yet in WesCo. Could second-place Everett be the one to end the run?
3. Mount Rainier at Lindbergh, girls soccer, 8 p.m. Battle for second-place in the Seamount League.