Gridiron Classic football rosters fueled by Washington state lacrosse talent

TACOMA, Wash. – When the 2013 WIAA Gridiron Classic kicks off Friday at the Tacoma Dome, two story-lines will unfold when Eastside Catholic squares off against Bellevue High School in the much anticipated state 3A title game.

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Bellevue senior Chris Medzegian is one of six student-athletes playing in Friday’s Washington 3A Football State Championship Game. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

With the Wolverines riding a wave of supremacy in state 3A circles, can rival Eastside Catholic disrupt coach Butch Goncharoff’s bid for a sixth consecutive 3A state title and how dominant can Bellevue star Budda Baker be in his final prep game in the state?

But for fans of the well-rounded student-athlete experience at the prep level, another to keep an eye on is the handful of Wolverines and Crusaders playing lacrosse, an emerging sport among state high schools, that are quietly contributing in this marquee matchup for state football supremacy.

“We’re definitely ready for this,” said Wolverines senior starting guard Chris Medzegian, who at Bellevue has been a part of three state champion teams in football and two in lacrosse and will be looking to open holes for Baker, the state’s top NCAA recruit.

The key, says Medzegian, one of six prep lacrosse standouts playing in the title game and 64 whose schools made the state tournament this year, is using one sport to enhance success in the other.

Cross training that expects will help open holes for Baker who has already rushed 35 times for 600 yards and scored 16 touchdowns this season.

“It’s definitely intense,” said Medzegian who thrives on off-season preparation.  “When I’m not lifting for football, I’m hitting the wall and conditioning for lacrosse.  With both, you need to know that everyone is getting better every day.  That’s where you really see it,” he said.

Medzegian joins Bellevue junior Campbell Alexieff, a 5’11”, 210-pound outside linebacker, as two football players on last year’s state champion Bellevue lacrosse team fueling the Wolverines football squad that takes the Tacoma Dome field Friday at 7:30 p.m.

On the Eastside Catholic side of the ball, seniors Henry Jarvis a running back and Colin MacIlvennie a wide receiver, along with junior running back Arend Broekmate and sophomore wide receiver Chase Steiner will look stop the state’s longest win streak of 53 games and take a spot of their own on top of the podium.

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Bellevue’s Campbell Alexieff, a Bellevue High School lacrosse attackman, will play for Wolverine coach Butch Goncharoff in Friday’s Washington State 3A Football Championship Game against Eastside Catholic. (Photo: Bellevue High School)

While excelling in football, it’s lacrosse that captivates the 6’0″, 170-pound MacIlvennie, who has singed to play the sport at NCAA Div. I Maryland and the 5’11”, 210-pound Broekmate who will join Lafeyette the following year.

“To be able to play for such a rich and traditional program as Maryland and such a well-respected coach as (Maryland coach) John Tillman is great honor,” said MacIlvennie who signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period in November.

For Glacier Peak senior Jake Berg, whose squad also earned a berth in the state tournament, the athleticism of lacrosse is key to his success of the football field.

“Lacrosse definitely helps,” said the 5’9”, 170 pounder, who is a return specialist for the Grizzlies, who were dealt a 48-6 blow by Bellevue in the opening round disrupting their chance at bringing down the Wolverines.

“The cutting and dodging in lacrosse help you run cleaner routs in football and gives you head-faking skills that definitely make a difference,” said the wide receiver and return specialist who broke free on a 90-yard return in the Grizzlies r31-29 win over rival Snohomish in September.

But it’s the non-stop aerobic conditioning in the lacrosse that is the difference maker says Berg.

“In football you’re going full for 9 or 10 seconds.  But in lacrosse you’re full goal for two minutes at a time,” he said.  “It makes you a better athlete.  More competitive.”

Other prep lacrosse players to make it to the 2013 Gridiron Classic finals include Lynden High School’s Trevor Lange a senior lineman, along with juniors Blake Browning and Derrond Dunnigan, also linemen, and Jared Moffat a wide receiver.

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Eastside Catholic receiver Colin MacIlvennie, an All-State lacrosse player in 2013 and 2012, will attend NCAA Div. I Maryland on a lacrosse scholarship in the fall. He’s one of 64 state lacrosse players to play in the 2013 WIAA Gridiron Classic. (Photo: MacIlvennie family)

The four helped the Lions advance to Saturday’s 10 a.m. state 2A championship game against Tumwater.

For Medzegian, he’s grateful that coaches in both his sports have helped him mature as an athlete and an individual.

“(Bellevue lacrosse) coach Baumann has the Eastcoast mindset and is in your face.  He says what needs to be said.  Butch (Goncharoff) is quieter,” he said.  “Both have the same traits of working hard and doing your job.  They push us to be the best that we can be.”

A total of 64 Washington state high school lacrosse players were on the rosters of their high school football squads that advanced to the 2013 WIAA football state championship tournament getting underway Friday night.

Follow Washington state lacrosse student-athletes playing in the Washington state football championship or watch the games LIVE on the WIAA Network at 2013 WIAA Gridiron Classic.

 

Washington State High School Lacrosse Players in the 2013 WIAA Gridiron Classic

Washington 4A State Championship Tournament

Wenatchee High School
Advancing to the 4A quarterfinals, Wenatchee fell to eventual state finalist Chiawana 56-34 on Nov. 23 at Wenatchee’s Apple Bowl.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Luke Carlson Jr 5’9” 160 Midfield RB/DB
Adam Chivilicek Jr 5’9” 155 Midfield WR/DB
Cory Leenders Jr 5’9” 155 Midfield RB/DB

 

Bothell High School 
Advancing to the 4A state quarterfinals, Bothell defeated Graham-Kapowsin 52-21 Nov. 15 in the opening round before falling in overtime to Bellarmine Prep 20-17 on Nov. 23 at Tahoma High School in Covington.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Rilyn Gherardini Sr 6’1” 202 Goal PK
Dale Goong Jr 6’0” 178 Midfield RB/DB

 

Eastlake High School
Advancing to the 4A state quarterfinals, Eastlake defeated Union 34-27 Nov. 15 in the opening round before falling to Camas, an eventual state finalist, 47-28 on Nov. 23 at Eastlake High School.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Chase Barlow Sr 5’11” 165 Midfield CB/WR
Nick Peterson Sr 6’3” 220 Defense DE/O

 

Gig Harbor High School
Gig Harbor fell to Wenatchee 33-31 in the opening round of the 4A state tournament, Nov. 15 at Wenatchee’s Apple Bowl.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Alex Bouterse So 6’0” 170 Defense WR/LB
Sam Campidilli Jr 6’7” 270 Attack OL/DL
Will DeGennaro Sr 5’9” 165 Midfield K
Kyle Murphy Sr 6’1” 225 Attack OL/DL
Bailey Weir So 5’10” 148 Midfield DB/SLOT

 

Graham-Kapowsin High School
Graham-Kapowsin fell to Bothell 52-21 in the opening round of the 4A state tournament, Nov. 15 at Art Crate Stadium in Spanaway.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Evan Wells Sr 6’0” 220 Defense C/MLB

 

Skyline High School
Skyline fell to Federal Way 26-20 in opening round of the 4A state tournament, Nov. 15 at Skyline High School in Sammamish.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Michael Cowin Sr 5’10” 170 Midfield QB/DB

 

Newport High School (Bellevue)
Newport fell to Bellarmine Prep 38-35 in opening round of the 4A state tournament, Nov. 16 at Newport High School in Bellevue.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Michael Calibosos Sr 5’10” 172 Midfield CB/RB
Justin Lau Jr 5’11” 145 Midfield WR
Zach Trimble So 6’2” 182 Defense DL
Dalton Voeller So 6’1” 195 Attack OL

 

 

Washington 3A State Championship Tournament

Bellevue High School
Advanced to the 3A state championship game following a 66-0 semifinal win over Shadle Park in Spokane on Nov. 20, a 48-27 win over Peninsula in the quarterfinals on Nov. 23 in Gig Harbor and a 48-6 opening-round defeat of Glacier Peak on Nov. 15 at Bellevue High School.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Campbell Alexieff Jr 5’11” 210 Attack OL/DL
Chris Medzegian Sr 6’0” 205 LSM/Defense LB/OL

 

Eastside Catholic School
Advanced to the 3A state championship game following a 28-14 semifinal win over O’Dea on Nov. 29 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium, a 21-16 quarterfinal win over Meadowdale on Nov. 23, and a 42-35 opening round victory over Marysville-Pilchuck on Nov. 16 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Henry Jarvis Sr 6’0” 215 Midfield RB/LB
Arend Broekmate Jr 5’11” 210 Defense RB/LB
Colin MacIlvennie Sr 6’0” 170 Midfield WR/DB
Chase Steiner So 5’9” 170 Defense WR/DB

 

O’Dea High School
Advancing to the 3A state semifinals, O’Dea defeated Mount Si 49-7 in the opening round on Nov. 15 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium before falling to eventual state finalist Eastside Catholic 28-14 in the semifinals, Nov. 29 at the Tacoma Dome.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Will Dean So 6’0” 210 Defense OL/DL

 

Peninsula High School
Advancing to the 3A state quarterfinals, Peninsula defeated Bonney Lake 30-7 in the opening round Nov. 15 in Gig Harbor before falling to eventual state finalist Bellevue 48-27 in the quarterfinals, Nov. 23 in Gig Harborl

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Jared Boerner Jr 5’7” 170 Midfield RB/DB

 

Glacier Peak High School
Glacier Peak fell to eventual state finalist Bellevue 48-6, Nov 15 in the opening round of the 3A state tournament at Bellevue High School.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Jake Berg Sr 5’9” 170 Midfield WR/DB
Nick Hensley Sr 6’1” 250 Defense OL/LB
Andrew Hirschi Jr 5’10” 165 LSM/Defense WR/DB
Logan Holleman Sr 6’0” 215 Defense OL/DL
Ian Jensen So 6’1” 170 Midfield WR/LB
Jason Lindsay Jr 5’11” 170 Attack/Mid OL/DL
Noah Palmaffy Sr 5’9” 220 Goal OL/DL
Miles Russon Jr 5’9” 155 Attack/Mid WR/DB
Blake Stefanson Sr 5’11” 145 LSM/Defense WR/DB

 

Columbia River High School
Columbia River fell to Kamiakin 28-6 in opening round of the 3A state tournament, Nov. 16 at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Conrad Littlefield Jr N/A N/A Goal OL

 

Mount Si High School
Mount Si fell to O’Dea 49-7 in opening round of the 3A state tournament, Nov. 15 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Jake Smith Sr 5’10” 160 Midfield WR/DB
Colby Weldon Jr 5’11” 175 Midfield RB/DB
Adam Husa Sr 5’11” 175 Midfield RB/LB
Tyler Smith Jr 5’10” 225 Defense FB/LB
Cruz Parker So 5’7” 201 Goal OL/DL
Riley Peerboom So 5’11” 200 Defense OL/DL

 

Seattle Prep
Seattle Prep fell to Mountain View 55-0 in opening round of the 3A state tournament, Nov. 16 at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver, Wash.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Sam Kopf Jr 6’0” 180 Midfield RB/LB
Daniel Bryan Sr 5’11” 180 Attack OL/DL
Cullen Carter So 5’7” 130 Attack RB/LB
Clayton Comiskey Sr 5’10” 200 Midfield RB/LB
Jamie Clarke Jr 6’2” 171 Defense OL/DL
Atticus Harmon Jr 5’8” 175 Defense RB/LB
Connor Gossman Jr 6’1” 200 Attack OL/DL
Jackson McCune So 5’8” 150 Defense OL/DL
Max Nelson Sr 5’7” 160 Defense RB/DL
Jack Pohlmann Jr 6’0” 170 Defense TE/LB
Joe Nelson So 5’9” 175 Defense OL/DL
Christian Smith So 5’11” 175 Attack TE/LB
Philip Vien So 6’1” 210 Goal OL/DL
Taariq Vanegas Jr 6’0” 200 Defense OL/DL

 

 

Washington 2A State Championship Tournament

Lynden High School
Advancing to the 2A state championship game, Lynden defeated Kingston 34-0 in the opening round and Sumner 54-21 in the quarterfinals at Civic Stadium in Bellingham before dispatching Ellensburg 21-7 in the semifinals, Nov. 30 in Moses Lake.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Blake Browning Jr 5’9” 180 Midfield DL
Derrond Dunnigan Jr 5’8” 225 Defense OL/DL
Trevor Lange Sr 6’0” 290 Attack OL/DL
Jared Moffat Jr 6’3” 180 Attack WR/DE

 

White River High School
Advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2A state tournament, White River downed Orting 27-14 in the opening round Nov. 15 before falling to Tumwater 45-7 on Nov. 23 in the quarterfinals at Orting Stadium.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Keenan Fagan Sr 6’0” 185 Midfield RB/SS
Justin Tidwell So 5’9” 155 Midfield RB/CB

 

Sehome High School
Sehome fell to Tumwater 52-22 in opening round of the 2A state tournament, Nov. 16 at Adriotti Stadium in Ellensburg.

Name Year Height Weight Lacrosse Football
Gavin Kaepernick So 5’11” 165 Midfield QB
Brady Lehman Sr 6’2” 230 Attack QB/LB

 

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

www.WashingtonHSLAX.com

 

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