After a one-year absence the big-school East-West battle will return to Everett.
The 2006 Class 3A/4A East-West All-Star Football Game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at Everett Memorial Stadium. It’s the 42nd version of the annual event, which showcases the state’s elite high school seniors.
Last year, after a run of three straight summers in Everett, the game took place across the state at Central Valley High in Spokane Valley.
East-West event coordinator Paul Lawrence said the game, which is preceded by several days of practice and bonding activities for players and coaches, will stay in Everett for at least two years. Lawrence, Everett High’s head football coach from 1995-2004, said he’s excited to welcome back the East-West experience.
“The community really supports us in what we do,” Lawrence said, “(and in past years) has really gone all out to provide us with different things that we need during the week.”
An event committee already selected players for both teams and sent out invitations, Lawrence said, but rosters won’t be finalized until the first week of March. Players report to Everett on June 26.
Last year the East won 31-14 to end the West’s two-game winning streak. Nathan Overbay, a 6-foot-6 tight end from W.F. West of Chehalis now at Eastern Washington, was named Most Valuable Player for the East, which pulled away in the second half after leading 10-8 through two quarters.
ARCHBISHOP MURPHY KICKS OFF SEASON: The Archbishop Murphy football team is one of 10 teams slated to play in the 2006 Emerald City Kickoff Classic Sept. 2 at Qwest Field. Archbishop Murphy, the 2005 2A state runner-up and the 1A champion in 2002 and 2003, plays Orting at 9:30 a.m. in the day’s first game. The other four matchups are: Columbia River vs. Curtis at noon, Auburn vs. Moses Lake at 3 p.m., Prosser vs. Southridge at 5:30 p.m., and Eastlake vs. Punahou (Hawaii) at 8 p.m. The Prosser/Southridge game features two of the state’s top returning quarterbacks. Kellen Moore (Prosser) and Jason Munns (Southridge) combined to throw 98 touchdown passes last season, including Moore’s 66, a state record.
WILSON ENTERS HALL OF FAME: Former Edmonds District athletic secretary Kim Wilson is part of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s 2006 Hall of Fame class. Wilson, who later this year will retire from his current position as District 1’s executive secretary/treasurer, will be inducted April 26 at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima.
“I’m very humbled by the (honor),” said Wilson, 65, who lives east of Lynnwood. “I’m pleased, obviously, but it’s very humbling to say the least.”
Wilson thanked the many family members, coaches and peers who helped shape him during his professional career. “I’ve had a lot of people who have had just a tremendous impact on my life … who set a tone and standards for me. I feel very fortunate.”