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January 18, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Snohomish senior is the epitome of scholar athlete

One of the most decorated student athletes of the 21st century at Snohomish is in the final stretch of his high school career.

Luke Perry is a four-year letter winner in wrestling and a three-year letter winner in football (where he started at quarterback and defensive back as a captain this year). He also has a 4.0 grade-point average and has served as ASB president.

For his exploits, Perry recently was named the winner of the 2010 Terry Ennis Scholarship by the Washington Football Coaches Association and Adrenaline. There were 14 finalists based on nominations from head football coaches. Perry will be recognized Saturday at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel during the association’s Hall of Fame banquet.

This past Saturday, I witnessed Perry win the championship match at 145 pounds (where he’s ranked in the top 10 in the state regardless of classification) at the Marysville Premier. It was a good 24 hours for him, as he got accepted into Washington Friday.

This makes his college choice even more interesting: “So I can do that, and play intramurals, or I can walk-on and play football at PLU, where I’ve been accepted, or I can join my brother (Brad) at Boise State and hopefully wrestle.”

Whatever Perry decides, Snohomish coach Rob Zabel is certain that he’ll end up successful.

“Luke’s a pretty special kid. I mean, how many kids do all of that? And that whole family has been such a blessing to our program and to our community,” said Zabel, also referencing Luke’s father, Mark, a former Snohomish wrestling coach and long-time head football coach. “It’s been pretty special to get to know them and have them be a part of my life.”

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