The Marysville-Pilchuck football team is expected to practice at the Seattle Seahawks facility on Tuesday after being invited by coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll reached out to the football teams from both Marysville Pilchuck and Oak Harbor after the tragic shooting on Friday at Marysville Pilchuck. It has not yet been worked out when Oak Harbor may be able to practice at the Seahawks facility, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, in Renton.
The two teams were to play for the WESCO North title Friday night. After the game was cancelled, Oak Harbor offered to forfeit the game and give Marysville Pilchuck first place. Each will play in the playoffs this weekend.
Carroll said Monday that the Seahawks wanted to do whatever they could to offer support to each school.
“Our hearts just opened immediately to try to help in any way that we can,’’ Carroll said. “When they are faced with an opportunity about a playoff situation and the other school decides to forfeit the game, what an extraordinary gesture. And I think it’s a gesture in every direction and an understanding and compassion that it’s good to be recognized. And we hope that we can do whatever we can in our support, our fans’ support.
“You feel so helpless but we wish that we could do something to ease the pain of all of the people that have been troubled. So that was a very cool gesture.’’
Marysville Pilchuck will play in the Wesco 3A championship at 8 p.m. Friday while Oak Harbor will host Mountlake Terrace in the crossover of the No. 2 seeds on Friday at 7 p.m.
Mike Colebrese, the executive director of the WIAA, said someone in the Hawks front office called the WIAA Monday “to see if the there are any restrictions on what they could do” for the players and teams.
“It’s not a violation of our rules and regulations,” Colbrese said. “We don’t have any restrictions on where teams practice or play during the regular season. That’s up to them.”