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December 17, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Rypien, Baker headline all-state football team

The Seattle Times All-State football team is below. The Offensive Player of the Year is Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien and the Defensive Player of the Year is Bellevue safety Budda Baker.

Brett Rypien 6-2, 175, Jr. recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman: “I think probably his ability to go through his progressions [makes him stand out]. Most high school quarterbacks don’t know how to do it. Most lock onto their receiver and rely on their arm strength. They’ll force throws, they’ll make poor decisions. Rypien has a good arm [and] great decision making.”

Shadle Park coach Alan Stanfield: “He’s got an extremely quick release. The ball comes out of his hands real efficient, there’s not a lot of wasted space and motion. The time it comes out of his hands [until it gets] to the receivers, it’s so quick it’s hard for defenders to react to.”

Eye-opening numbers: Threw for a state record 613 yards in a single game and tossed for 4,230 on the season, along with 57 touchdowns.

What’s next: Has another season at Shadle Park before he decides where to attend college. Currently has offers from Washington State, Boise State and Mississippi State, among others. Is expected, though, to get plenty more offers from big-name schools.

Budda Baker 5-10, 180, Sr. recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman:  “When he touches the ball, he’s got a chance to do amazing things with it. It doesn’t matter if it’s returning kicks, punts, catching the ball out of the backfield, taking a handoff, intercepting a ball, he’s so electric in the way … I don’t want to get all hyperbolic, but every time he touches the ball, there’s a chance he’s going to do something special with it.”

Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff: “The thing I tell everybody about Budda — every kid loves to play on Friday nights, everybody’s excited. Budda, the best thing about him is you can’t tell the difference between Friday night (and) Monday at 3:15. Practice looks exactly the same. That is rare. That is probably the most rare thing.”

Eye-opening numbers: Generally playing in only the first half of games due to Bellevue’s dominance, Baker racked up 59 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. Also had four touchdowns on special teams and defense.

What’s next: Has narrowed his college choice to Washington, UCLA and Oregon and is expected to make his decision on Feb. 5, National Signing Day.

QB – Brett Rypien Shadle Park 6-2 175 Jr.

Set many state records, including passing yards in a game (613). Rypien finished the season with 4,230 yards and 57 touchdowns.

RB – Myles Gaskin O’Dea 5-9 185 Jr.

The speedy O’Dea back will make defenders miss with a plethora of moves. Has picked up offers form UW and WSU.

RB – Teague James Graham-Kapowsin 5-11 175 Sr.

A two-time SPSL 4A rushing champion, James ran for 1,329 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.

RB – Austin Joyner Marysville-Pilchuck 5-11 185 Jr.

This slick-running back ran for 1,511 yards and 21 touchdowns despite injury problems. Is weighing a UW offer, among others.

WR – Zach Eagle Camas 5-8 170 Sr.

The EWU commit caught 65 passes for 1,282 yards and 13 touchdowns. Eagle led Camas to the state title game with three touchdown catches in the semifinals.

WR – Deion Singleton Chiawana 6-1 165 Sr.

The MCC MVP has offers from LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Miami, just to name a few.

TE – Drew Sample Newport 6-5 235

Sample became a key blocker in the run-happy Newport offense this season, after showcasing his receiving abilities last season; committed to Boise State.

OL – Drew Clarkson Camas 6-4 275 Sr.

The Oregon State commit overcame cancer to be named to the GSHL First-Team.

OL – Morgan Richey Bellevue 6-4 275 Sr.

This behemoth of an offensive lineman was a key ingredient in Bellevue’s nearly unstoppable run game; has an offer from UCLA.

OL Andreas Dillard 6-4 240 Sr.

The KingCo 4A offensive lineman of the year is an athletically gifted player with offers from EWU, Portland State and Idaho, among others.

OL – Austin Striplin Sumner 6-3 250 Sr.

A two-time Offensive Lineman of the Year in the SPSL 2A, Striplin also thrives on the defensive side of the ball.

Ath – Chico McClatcher Federal Way 5-9 180 Jr.

A dynmic threat in multiple facets of the game, McClatcher averaged more than 30 yards per kickoff return and scored 33 total touchdowns.

PK Spencer Pettit Glacier Peak 5-9 155 Jr.

Pettit made field goals of 52 and 53 yards this season and 80 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.


Pos. Player, School, Ht., Wt., Year

DL Shane Bowman Bellevue 6-4 245 Sr.

Bowman had 14 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss, while playing in just the first half of all but one game.

DL Marcus Griffin Bellevue 6-3 300 Sr.

An absolute beast on the interior, Griffin is a Semper Fidelis All-American.

DL Elisha Pa’aga Eastside Catholic 5-10 255 Sr.

Set a school record with seven sack. Also had 76 tackles and three forced fumbles.

DL Josh Wright Skyline 6-2 220 Sr.

Wright had 16.5 sacks, including five in one game, en route to being named the KingCo 4A Defensive Player of the Year.

LB Michael DiGenova Camas 6-2 205 Sr.

The GSHL 4A defensive MVP was a force in the middle of a nasty Camas defense.

LB Jaremy Martin Lynden 6-3 255 Sr.

Martin broke the long-standing school record for tackles in a season (105) with 106.5.

LB Alex Weber Chiawana 6-2 225 Sr.

The two-time MCC defensive player of year was also a threat out of the backfield.

DB Sam McPherson Bothell 5-11 190 Jr.

An all-around stud, McPherson was named the KingCo 4A Crest MVP on both sides of the ball.

DB Keenan Curran Federal Way 6-2 180 Sr.

An extremely athletic Curran had five interceptions as he led Federal Way to the state semifinals.

DB Cole Karstetter Ferris 5-11 180 Sr.

The GSL defensive MVP also set a league record for rushing yards in a season (1,442).

DB Budda Baker Bellevue 5-10 180 Sr.

An incredibly athletic safety, Baker has narrowed his college choice to Washington, Oregon and UCLA.

Ath Trevor Martin University 5-10 185 Sr.

The GSL All-Purpose Player of the year, Martin led U-High in receiving, was one of the top scorers in the league and was the Titans’ kicker and punter.

P Jake Talbot Redmond 6-2 185 Jr.

A first-team punter for the KingCo 4A Crest Division, Talbot averaged 43.5 yards per punt.

Coach of the year: Steve Graff Chiawana

Became second coach to win state championships with two different large-classification schools.



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