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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

October 18, 2007 at 12:06 PM

How young is too young?

A fifth-grader from Delaware is being touted as one of the greatest quarterback prospects ever.

He won’t step onto a college campus anytime soon, but he has received advice from Hall of Famer Joe Montana and NFL offensive coordinator Norm Chow. His parents spend thousands of dollars on flights across the country for training.

All for a kid who still gets to enjoy recess.

Granted, we live in a world of uncontrollable hype and premature rankings. Brainstorm a first draft of the Top 100 prospects in any sport and it’s sure to be an instant hit.

In other sports like tennis, gymnastics and swimming, young players competing at the highest level is fairly common.

But how early is too early? Should an 11-year-old be hailed as such? Is saying he’s going to be the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft a stretch?

What do you think?

Morning stars

1. Margo Cramer, Lakeside girls cross country &#8212 In her first year, Cramer overcame a tough field en route to a personal-best 18:50.6 to win the Metro League meet. Honorable mention to the Seattle Prep boys team, who had four of the top-five finishers.

2. Kevin Penner, Eastlake boys golf &#8212 Followed up a six-under 66 on Tuesday, with an even-par 72 to win the KingCo 4A medalist tournament and earn the top seed to state. Honorable mention to the Woodinville golfers, who finished second, third and fourth.

3. Auburn Riverside boys tennis &#8212 Five of the six remaining players in the SPSL 3A tournament advances to the semifinals. Honorable mention to Max Manthou of Kentwood. The sophomore started the long road to his Class 4A singles title defense with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the SPSL 4A tournament.

Tonight’s big games

1. Football, Federal Way vs. Kentridge at Federal Way Stadium, 7 p.m. &#8212 Andre Barrington and the Eagles are unbeaten in their league season, but face a tough Kentridge team that has a special player in Brandon Turner.

2. Football, Graham-Kapowsin vs. Rogers at Art Crate Stadium, 7 p.m. &#8212 Why not some more SPSL football? First place is on the line in the South Division, as Marcel Smith and the Eagles hope to bounce back from a bad loss to Bethel.

3. Girls soccer, Jackson at Kamiak, 7:30 p.m. &#8212 The top two teams in the WesCo South battle it out. If the Knights want a league title, they’ll need to hand Jackson its first loss. The Timberwolves haven’t allowed a goal since Sept. 25.

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