Football coaches help young men shine

I would like to say a big “Thank You” to Coach Tom Tri and his amazing staff of coaches at Lake Stevens. My son has been on the varsity football team for three years. Being born with hearing loss has been challenging at times, but Ryan has persevered through hard work and the dedication of everyone associated with LSHS.

As a child, we were told all the things that Ryan wouldn’t be able to do in life. Happily, he has proved the critics wrong. He has been able to realize his dream of playing high school football. The coaches and players have all worked to make this a reality for Ryan. Last Saturday night, Ryan played in a varsity football playoff game, and his proud mom heard his name on the loudspeaker when he made a tackle!

The captains on this team have been great role models for all the young men in our community. I know that the future holds many great things for Cody Tupen, Korey Young, Christian Gasca, Brady Pahukoa and Jake Nelson. While Ryan will soon be playing his last organized football game, you boys have many more opportunities ahead of you. Cherish every game, every throw, every tackle and carry that Viking pride with you wherever you go.

I love Lake Stevens! I am crazy about football! I am so thankful for our coaches and this awesome group of young men. Go Vikings! Thanks for allowing us the privilege to go along for the ride.

Dawn Shell

Lake Stevens