Players to watch

Austin Hall, Kamiak, RB

According to Kamiak head coach Dan Mack, it can be difficult to pick Austin Hall out of the huddle.

“You wouldn’t know if Austin was the leading rusher for us last year or the paperboy,” Mack said. “He’s a humble, hard working, intelligent young man. He’s an absolute joy to coach.”

Just wait until Kamiak reaches the red zone, then it’s easy to spot Hall. He’ll be the one carrying the ball over and over again,

“He’s going to have a monster year,” Mack said. “We’re really excited for him.”

Last year, Hall battled a sprained ankle going into the season and was slowed by it. Of course, the then-junior went on to rush for 1,673 yards and 21 touchdowns.

“Austin is healthy this year,” Mack said. “He’s quick and he’s ready to go.”

That should scare every defense on Kamiak’s schedule.

Kamiak lost All-Area center Ian Hughes to graduation but returns a lot of talent along the offensive line, including Riley Briggs-Thomas, Oleg Avramenko and Jacob Meuse. If they stay healthy, the members of that line should be blowing open holes for Hall all season and giving the Knights back a shot at eclipsing the 2,000-yard mark.

In a competitive 4A South, Kamiak will lean heavily on Hall, which is fine with him.

“Honestly, I like that more,” he said. “It makes the games more competitive, more interesting, more fun. And it’s not like we’re nervous about it. We know that if we prepare like we always do, we’ll be fine. We’re not worried about that at all.”

Other players to watch

Trey Robinson, Jackson, WR/DB

The senior is fast and has big-play potential every time he touches the ball — whether on offense or defense.

Randin Crecelius, Cascade, OL/DL

Crecelius, a first-team Wesco 4A South offensive and defensive lineman a year ago, can be dominating and will be counted on to lead the Bruins both on and off the field.

Joshua Williamson, Mariner, RB/DB

Williamson, a senior, had a strong junior campaign, rushing for 1,139 yards and 20 touchdowns, and now finds himself the main ballcarrier in a run-first Mariner offense.

Isaiah Holmes, Lynnwood, OL/DL

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound, athletic defensive end is looking to cause all kinds of trouble in opponents’ backfields this season.

More in Sports

Hall-of-Fame voter says Edgar Martinez worthy of induction

The Mariner great is one of 10 players ex-Herald baseball writer Kirby Arnold voted for this year

Jr. Silvertips try to nail down league title

Everett’s 16U midget team can clinch the crown this weekend in Minnesota.

‘Braveheart’ helps UW men’s basketball salvage road trip

The film rejuvenated the Huskies, who beat Colorado on Saturday after Thursday’s loss at Utah.

Monroe High’s Monique Fierke looks for the basket during drills at practice on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. Fierke is the leading scorer for the Bearcats. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Q&A with Monroe’s Monique Fierke

It didn’t take long for Monique Fierke to make a good impression… Continue reading

Monday’s prep stars of the night

Paris Smith, Cascade bowling Smith, a junior, rolled a 383 series with… Continue reading

BLOG: Fonteyne, Hart feted while Sutter and Wylie earn recognition

The Everett Silvertips didn’t skate Monday. But the organization still turned in… Continue reading

Everett Jr. Silvertips 16U standings, stats and schedule

Here’s the details about the team in first place heading into the NAPHL’s final weekend.

POLL: Evaluating the Seahawks’ assistant coaching changes

Which change — offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, defensive coordinator — is biggest?

Monday’s prep results

Here are Monday’s prep results, with links to recaps: BOYS BASKETBALL Wesco… Continue reading

Most Read