EVERETT — A table sat atop the stage centered at the front of the ballroom with cameras ready to record the conversation.
Tables lined the outside walls filled by members of media waiting to ask questions.
It looked like the scene of a college football media day, albeit on a bit of a smaller scale.
Football teams from Wesco 4A held their first-ever media day Monday at the Delta Marriot Hotel. Three players from each of the league’s five teams joined coaches to field questions from media members ahead of the upcoming season, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 2.
“(Lake Stevens coach) Tom Tri had kind of kicked this (idea) around a few years ago,” said Glacier Peak coach Shane Keck, who spearheaded the organization of the event. “… Really we were just kind of looking for ways to really promote the programs up here, and to do something that we would really stir up some energy and excitement.”
“At the end of the day, I think it’s just a really cool experience for the kids and a way to promote our programs,” Keck added. “Couldn’t be happier about how this thing has come together.”
Below are video interviews from each team conducted by The Herald’s Zac Hereth and STSPN’s Scott Ohsman.
Glacier Peak coach Shane Keck and players River Lien, Trey Leckner and Cooper Jensen discuss the Grizzlies’ upcoming season. Topics include the team’s wealth of talent on offense, the high expectations surrounding the team this season and GP’s tough non-league schedule, which includes a game at Lumen Field.
Jackson coach Mason Siddick and players Mohammed Al-Ezairej, Brody Bossert and Tyson Beaulieu discuss the Timberwolves’ upcoming season. Topics include the rebuilding program’s goals, the offensive line and Al-Ezairej taking over as the starting quarterback.
Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas and players Ben’tre Worthy, Max Rust and Chance Loudenback discuss the Knights’ upcoming season. Topics include expectations for the rising program, replacing do-it-all wide receiver Wesley Garrett and Kamiak’s challenging non-league slate.
Lake Stevens coach Tom Tri and players Jayden Limar, Grant Lynch and Isaac Redford discuss the Vikings’ upcoming season. Topics included the team’s state title expectations, the returning talent headlined by Limar and the ongoing quarterback competition.
Mariner coach Tyler Tuiasosopo and players Macky James, Cartez Williams and Isaiah Cuellar discuss the Marauders’ upcoming season. Topics included Tuiasosopo’s passion for coaching at his alma mater, the team’s switch to more passing on offense and the culture the program is trying to build.
Video footage provided by STSPN.