Harvard-Westlake School might have the most popular football coach in the country.
Ashton Kutcher, the 30-year-old Hollywood actor, is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles prep school’s freshman team. The star, known best for his MTV show Punk’d, played high-school football in Iowa and is friends with freshman coach Scott Wood.
Needless to say, the paparazzi are flocking to all the team’s games. But Harvard-Westlake also expects an attendance boost from another demographic.
Varsity Coach Vic Eumont said, “We’ll definitely have more girls at football games this season.”
Though a bit of a sideshow, Kutcher has earned the praise of the school’s head of athletics, Audrius Barzdukas.
“His sincerity and enthusiasm were refreshing,” he said.
That said, California football has always had its extra elements of entertainment.
Oaks Christian, in nearby Westlake Village, also has high-profile names around the football program. The sons of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, NHL great Wayne Gretzky and Hollywood actor Will Smith are all listed on the football roster.
I wonder if the football’s any good…
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2. SPSL boys golfers — All these guys shot under par Tuesday: Broc Johnson of Beamer with a 2-under 34 at Riverbend, Rogers’ Chris Olmstead with a 2-under 34 and High Cedars, Dustin Hegge of Auburn Riverside shot a 3-under 33 at Twin Lakes and finally the Kentridge duo of Garik Kosai (2-under 33) and Sean McMullen (1-under 34) at Fairwood.
3. Jessie Genger and Lauren Campbell, Kentwood volleyball — Each racked up double-digit kills to lead the second-ranked Conquerors to a straight-sets win over No. 6 Issaquah.
4. Glacier Peak girls soccer — The first-year program from Snohomish started off strong with a 5-0 win over Mountlake Terrace. Malloy Leahy and Brooke Gilbert each had two goals.
Tonight’s top game
1. Seattle Prep at Issaquah, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. — A rematch of the last two Class 3A title games should be a great nonleague matchup.